This year, the NAREA annual meeting included a tribute to Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and Co-Director of the Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative, Champaign, IL. Three early childhood educators participated with Lilian in a panel discussion, titled “Building Relationships and Dialogue Between the Reggio Emilia Approach and the Project Approach”: Lella Gandini, Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Reggio Children Liaison for Dissemination of the Reggio Approach in the United States; Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Children International Exchanges Coordinator and Liaison for Consultancy in Schools; and Judy Harris Helm, President, Best Practices, Inc., Brimfield, IL Following the panel discussion, Lella Gandini and Sylvia Chard, Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, Calgary AB Canada, presented tributes to Lilian Katz. Following the tributes, Lilian shared her thoughts and reflections with those attending and accepted gifts from Karen Haigh, NAREA Co-Chair and representative of NAREA membership.
One of NAREA’s goals is to create opportunities for dialogue and exchange among Reggio-inspired educators throughout North America. It is the hope of the NAREA guiding board to continue to honor the work of our colleagues during future NAREA annual meetings, and share perspectives through panel discussions, such as the one on December 9, 2005.
We welcome your reflections on the tributes to Lilian Katz and your suggestions for future honorees. Please respond to Judith Allen Kaminsky.
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