Permanent Professional Development

Since 2005, NAREA has partnered with Reggio Children to bring the voices and experiences of Reggio Emilia educators to North America. We value the opportunity for North American educators to engage directly with a variety of persons from Reggio Emilia. Our in-person conferences engage community hosts, include small group discussions, atelier experiences, and visits to Reggio-inspired schools for young children. At the start of 2022, NAREA has organized 40 conferences in 22 communities throughout the US and Canada. Conferences and exhibitions have seen the participation of 300,000 educators and advocates.


Conference Archive


Confirmed Upcoming Dates

October 5—7, 2023


Annual Conferences

A NAREA Initiative in Collaboration with Reggio Children

Registration for conferences will remain open until capacity is reached. Each venue has a different capacity. Please DO NOT purchase lodging and airfare until you have a registration confirmation from NAREA.




Winter 2024



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July 13—15, 2023

Atlanta, Georgia


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October 5—7, 2023

Indianapolis, Indiana


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Fundamentals of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Orienting Values and Principles

For educators who are early in their encounters with Reggio Emilia’s philosophy and experience, fundamentals offer orienting values and principles.




Tailored Initiatives

Discussion Groups

From time to time, we are able to offer post-conference opportunities for continued discussion and exchange.




Author Talks

Informal Discussions

Periodically, authors who have written articles in Innovations are available to further discuss the contents of their articles.


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