In recognition and honor of 100 years since the birth of Loris Malaguzzi, NAREA announces new membership opportunities and categories. Membership is extended to all educators who value, support, and defend the rights of children, families, and educators. Members are part of a worldwide alliance of adults collectively advancing ethical politics of childhood and a pedagogy of listening based in research and innovation and inspired by the six-decade example of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
NAREA promotes Loris Malaguzzi’s vision of participation and solidarity as expressed in the publication Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia (2016, pp. 349-350).
Think of interconnecting, the great verb of the present and the future. A great verb we must be capable of understanding deep down, and of conjugating as part of our hard work; bearing in mind that we live in a world no longer made of islands, but in a world made of webs. In this image there is construction of children’s thinking and the construction of our own thinking. A construction that cannot be made up of islands that are separate, but which belong to a great archipelago, to a great web, in which interference, interaction, inter-disciplinarity is the constant, even when we cannot see it, even when we think it doesn’t exist, or that it isn’t there. Interdependence is there.
NAREA envisions a world where all children and all adults are respected for their humanity. As early childhood education undergoes ongoing political and cultural transformation in North America, NAREA members stand with children, families, and educators, promoting and defending children’s rights to be seen and valued as citizens with agency and intelligence. Early childhood is viewed as a particular and fleeting period of the human experience in which education and community life must extend positive possibilities to all children.
All members are represented through NAREA’s participation and support of the Reggio Children International Network, Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, and the Reggio Children-Loris Malaguzzi Foundation. NAREA contributes ongoing resources that strengthen the Reggio Emilia system, which enables the system to continue evolving and strengthening its worldwide dialogue.
Five Reasons to Become a Member
NAREA, together with Reggio Emilia, Reggio Children, Reggio Children – Loris Malaguzzi Foundation, and the Reggio Children International Network, is building a new future based on a strong and competent image of children, their families, and their teachers.
NAREA is formally connected to the municipal early childhood education project of Reggio Emilia, Italy, considered the most advanced system of early childhood education in the world. Through our formal relationship, we bring representatives from Reggio Emilia to North America, supporting continual exchange and dialogue.
NAREA offers participation in a larger movement and a greater cause for those who feel moral and ethical urgency on behalf of children. When you are counted as a member, you enhance the impact and credibility of our aims.
NAREA is dedicated to an elevated image of early childhood education seen as a profession committed to understanding children and education through research and innovation.
Becoming a NAREA member allows you to receive special access to a “members only” section of our website. Here you will find additional updated resources. NAREA members receive a subscription to Innovations of Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange developed in collaboration with Loris Malaguzzi and published for 27 years through an agreement with Reggio Children and the Istituzione Preschools and Infant-toddler centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. Members receive discounted rates to NAREA conferences featuring the presence of educators from Reggio Emilia as well as study tours and an array of other initiatives. All paid NAREA memberships are entered into an annual drawing for a complimentary study tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Advocate Membership – FREE
Advocate membership is complimentary to any and all individuals. Advocate Members are interested in Reggio Emilia’s history and present-day experience and seek to be informed of initiatives and resources available in North America.
Participant Membership – $100
Participant membership is available to any and all individuals. Participant Members share interest in Reggio Emilia and desire additional resources to support their ongoing study and active interpretation of Reggio Emilia’s approach.
School Membership – $200
School membership is available to any and all schools. School Members are distinguished not only by their interest in Reggio Emilia but also by their schoolwide pursuit of positive transformation through education within their local community. School Members continually strive to respectfully interpret and represent the values and principles of Reggio Emilia and to innovate and invigorate positive experiences and opportunities with children, families, and educators.
Associate Membership – $45
Associate Members are individuals within a school carrying a School Membership. Associate Members must have the member identification of their school to enroll.
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