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The 10th NAREA Winter Conference – Madison, Wisconsin – March 21-23, 2019

Ensuring All Children’s Rights to Education Based in Relationships and the Hundred Languages


Marina Castagnetti
Marina Castagnetti

Marina Castagnetti is a former teacher at Diana school where she worked with the historical teachers team, Loris Malaguzzi and Vea Vecchi, as well as at the Documentation and Educational Research Center of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia – Municipality of Reggio Emilia. She is also a collaborator on several projects that are part of “The Hundred languages of Children” exhibition. Marina collaborates with Reggio Children during study groups in Reggio Emilia, in other initiatives of the city, and in conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad.

Nunzia Franzese
Nunzia Franzese

Nunzia Franzese is a pedagogista for Reggio Children where she collaborates in the area of pedagogical consulting, focusing on design and supervision in the development of educational projects at the national and international levels. She also works with the Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia as the pedagogical-organizational coordinator of two municipal educational services: the Alice Infant-toddler center and the Otto Marzo Preschool.



Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706


Madison Central Library (Youth Services Room-Lower Level)
201 Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703

Overture Center of the Arts (Playhouse Gallery)
201 State Street
Madison, WI. 53703

(The exhibit will be located at Madison Central Library and in the Playhouse Gallery at the Overture Center.)


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 Wonder of Learning – The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibit, 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 two weeks before the conference begins.

Lunch will be at the responsibility of the registrant. This change is reflected in the registration fee.

Registrations must be completed online. All fees are in U.S. dollars. Written request for refunds must be submitted by March 1st to There will be a $50 processing fee. Registration will close on March 1, 2019.

Early Bird Rate
$490 (member) or $590 (non-member)

After January 14, 2019:
$590 (member) or $690 (non-member)


Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown (.5 mile from venue ~ 12-minute walk)
440 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
A courtesy block of rooms is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown. Guests can make reservations by using the custom link at: Hampton Inn & Suites NAREA Room Block or by calling 608-255-0360 and referencing the group name: NAREA Winter Conference, and code: NAR. Rooms are currently available starting at the reduced rate of $129 (exclusive of tax).

The Lowell Center (UW Extension)
(.3 mile from venue ~ 5-minute walk from venue)
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
A courtesy block of rooms is available at The Lowell Center (UW Extension). Guests can make reservations by using the custom link at: Lowell Center NAREA Room Block or by calling 608-256-2621 and referencing the group code: NAREA. Rooms are currently available starting at the reduced rate of $127.50 (exclusive of tax).

About the City

Madison, Wisconsin was named as one of the top ten happiest cities according to National Geographic, and it’s no wonder. Madison is located on an isthmus between two sparkling lakes Mendota and Monona making the state capital one of the most picturesque in the country. Madison has a rich and vibrant art scene that is sure to impress even the most cosmopolitan newcomers. Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most beloved architects called Madison home during his adolescence. Structures designed by Wright include Monona Terrace, Unitarian Meeting House, and Usonian House are must see spots for architectural buffs and Wright enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Madison appeals to the food connoisseur in all of us, proudly standing out as a top dining destination with its farm to table philosophy. Your taste buds are sure to be satisfied with everything from locally produced cheese as well as a host of growing microbreweries. Cheese curds, brats, chicken booyah, butter burgers, cranberries, frozen custard and layers of sweet Danish pastry treats known as kringles are long time favorites of Madisonians and are sure to delight.


Typical March Weather Patterns in Madison receive an average high of 46 with a low of 28.

Due to Mother Nature’s unpredictability, please prepare for a robust winter experience!!

Have questions?

Please visit: NAREA Conference FAQs.

For more information about the 2019 NAREA Winter Conference, please contact:

Thresa Grove
NAREA Administrative & Membership Coordinator


Registration will close when the capacity of the Wisconsin Historical Society has been reached or by March 1, whichever comes first.
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