The 8th NAREA Winter Conference

Welcome Letter

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Board would like to welcome you to The Eighth NAREA Winter Conference in Durham, North Carolina, Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children: Growing a Community Vision for Education.

This past year, we had the privilege of developing many initiatives: our Seventh NAREA Winter Conference in Miami, FL, the Twelfth NAREA Summer Conference in Toronto, ON, the inaugural Exhibit Host (Phase One) Initiative also in Toronto, and the Brick by Brick Series in Atlanta, Michigan, New England, and Ohio. We are excited to continue to bring together educators with the aim of supporting and strengthening all those interested in the experiences and ongoing research of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We hope this conference offers a rich and meaningful contribution to your ongoing professional development and that this experience embodies inclusion and respect for diversity. Perhaps now more than ever, dedication to dialogue, and vibrant evidence of what is possible, is needed.

It is with special gratitude that we welcome our colleagues, Elena Maccaferri and Elisabetta Rasori, from Reggio Emilia, Italy. We wish to extend our appreciation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, Carolina Friends-Durham Early School, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School, and Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and to the educators from Children First and Our Playhouse Preschool Durham for hosting this initiative and supporting the

planning connected to it. In addition, we would like to thank those in the Durham community who opened their doors for special events, The Scrap Exchange and The Little School of Hillsborough.

Through our professional development projects, we encounter a host of schools at varying points of their own journey, willing to open their doors, expose their work, and welcome the participation of visitors. This style of development has been introduced to all of us by the only “Reggio schools” of Reggio Emilia, Italy. To be continually encouraged to find our own unique identities as schools, in different communities worthy in our own identity, is to see how much the message of Reggio Emilia is based on attitudes of research and innovation, rather than prescriptive dogma. For this, we are also grateful.

We wish to highlight our belief in and commitment to the value of embracing a shared vision for education, which cultivates the potential of all children. Recognizing the ever-increasing number of programs for young children inspired by Reggio’s approach to life and education, we honor and encourage each program and every group of colleagues to invest in an ongoing approach that includes permanent study, research, collaboration, innovation, transparency, and exchange.

Please enjoy the pleasure of thinking and wondering as we work together to construct a better future for our children, our communities, and ourselves.


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