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The 18th NAREA Summer Conference

Designing Spaces of Creative Freedom: Furthering Relationships, Knowledge, and Innovation

Registration for the 18th NAREA Summer Conference is now closed. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email:
As additional capacity may become available, we will reach out to confirm your interest in joining us. We are thrilled to be back in person collaborating and learning with the educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy and we hope to see you soon!

Atlanta, Georgia • June 23-25, 2022


Alessandra Braglia
Alessandra Braglia

Alessandra Braglia is currently working as a pedagogical coordinator of one infant-toddler center and three preschools of the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy. From 2018 to 2019, she worked as special education rights coordinator for Accento, a social cooperative for the educational services in primary and middle schools. In addition, she coordinates and participates as a speaker in professional development initiatives promoted by Reggio Children on the Reggio Emilia educational experience. Alessandra graduated with a degree in design and management of cultural activities in 2009 and pedagogy in 2017 at the University of Modena and Reggio.

Simona Spaggiari
Simona Spaggiari

Simona Spaggiari has been an atelierista at the Diana municipal preschool for the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy since 2005. Simona is a member of various pedagogical research projects on children’s languages of expression, with a particular focus on the design and realization of digital learning environments. She is also a member of the research and design group for the City Ateliers at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. Since 2012, Simona has been the co-designer and curator of the Digital Landscapes Atelier at the MoMA in New York City. She participates in professional learning seminars and workshops for Reggio Children in Italy and abroad. Simona received her arts diploma from Bologna’s Accademia di Belle Arti. She is multi-media artist, exhibiting in galleries and museums in Italy and Europe since 1999.



Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool
3434 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305


Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool
3434 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

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In Person Conference FAQs


The program varies from conference to conference. Typical features might include: presentations and reflections by noted representatives from Reggio Emilia and/or North America, school visits, small group discussions, encounters with “The Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material exhibition and atelier, and local cultural experiences.

Each day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude around 5:00 pm.

A detailed schedule will go out to participants in a logistics email one week before the conference begins.

Lunch will be provided.

Registrations must be completed online. All fees are in U.S. dollars.

Written request for refunds must be submitted by June 13th to There will be a $50 processing fee.

Registration will close on June 13, 2022.

EARLY BIRD RATE: $525 (member) or $625 (non-member)

After May 15: $625 (member) or $725 (non-member)


Courtyard Atlanta Buckhead
3332 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

A courtesy block of rooms are available at the Courtyard Atlanta Buckhead.
Guests can make reservations by using the custom link at: Courtyard Atlanta NAREA Room Block or by calling 404-869-0818 and referencing the group code: NAREA.
Rooms are currently available starting at the reduced rate of $172 (exclusive of tax).

In addition to local hotels, the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta offers many Airbnbs that may be close to the conference venue and offer a fun and less expensive option for colleagues traveling together.

Driving in Atlanta can be challenging at times.
However, participants have found that using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze can help plan arrival and departure times.

About the City

Atlanta is situated in the northwest part of Georgia between the southernmost base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chattahoochee River underneath a canopy of beautiful and richly colored trees. The National Forest service has recognized Atlanta as “the most heavily forested urban area in the country” and is often referred to as the “city in a forest. Atlanta is a city rich in history and southern culture. From its role in the Civil War and Sherman’s destructive march through the streets of Atlanta, Georgia’s capital has been a place where history was transformed. Later, as Martin Luther King, Jr., declared Atlanta the home of the Civil Rights Movement, this area of the Southeast once again took center stage in events that would shape the course of history. Atlanta has recently become a major film mecca and is beginning to rival Hollywood in film production. The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Black Panther, and The Hunger Games, have all been filmed in and around Atlanta. While in Atlanta, you can visit Centennial Olympic Park- home of the 1996 Summer Olympics, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.



For More Information

Thresa Grove, NAREA Administrative & Membership Coordinator | | 770.552.0179

Registration will close when the capacity of the venue has been reached or by June 13, 2022, whichever comes first.

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