Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network

Supporting the professional growth and development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

  • Provides an annual series of evening workshops for educators
  • Works to promote collaborations between institutions and schools exploring the ways in which the Reggio Emilia approach can inspire current teaching practice
  • Supports local professional development initiatives which seek to explore the principles inherent in the Reggio Emilia philosophy
  • Host of the 2018 Wonder of Learning Exhibit

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Learning with our Youngest: Reggio Emilia approach with Infants & Toddlers

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The 100 Languages of Infants and Toddlers: Rich stories from the field   Join us as we think about the principles of the Reggio approach and how they apply to infant toddler classrooms and community relationships..In this workshop we will reflect on multiple forms of classroom documentation, and use pedalogical protocols to reinvision our teaching practice with our very young students,. We will dicuss types of loose parts or materials to use with infants and toddlers, including the question of risk…

The 15th NAREA Summer Conference

June 27 @ 8:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pm

Defending Spaces for Creative Freedom: Spaces of Joy, Trust, and Solidarity June 27 - 29 Peachtree Presbyterian School in Atlanta, Georgia Featuring: Claudia Giudici, current president of Reggio Children, and Marina Mori, former teacher in the Diana preschool where she had the privilege to work next to Loris Malaguzzi. 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…

Education in Nature

July 2 @ 8:00 am - July 6 @ 5:00 pm

(Kroka Expeditions, Marlow, NH). This is a unique summer professional development offering by a well-respected wilderness camp for teachers who want to consider thoughtful and effective ways to bring their students to the outdoors; PDPs provided. Kroka Expeditions invites experienced and aspiring educators to join a five-day professional development course. Educators will gain first-hand experience in outdoor living while exploring, with other educators, ways to bring the power of nature into their curriculum. During the first two days we will focus on…

Froebel USA Conference: Back in Boston

October 5 @ 8:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm

The theme of the conference is "Back in Boston," where the original Kindergarten Movement began almost exactly 150 years ago. Attendees will experience hands-on exploration of Froebel Gifts and Occupations guided by teachers who have integrated these methods/materials into public, private, parochial and home-school K-12 educational classrooms. Click here for more information. PRESENTERS Barbara Beatty — "Early Kindergarten Pioneers in Boston" Julie Bennett — "Froebel Gift Play Techniques" Norman Brosterman — "Kindergarten: The Lost World" Scott Bultman — Preview of The Garden of Children documentary film series…

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What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?


Who is Loris

The Reggio Emilia approach, founded by Loris Malaguzzi, is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach to early childhood education has developed and and continues to evolve within a system of municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The late Loris Malaguzzi, leader, philosopher and innovator in education, guided and directed the energies of parents and teachers who began the schools in the 1940’s.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is built upon a solid foundation of connected philosophical principles and extensive experience.

Educators in the Reggio schools believe that children have the right and the ability to express their thinking, theories, ideas, learning and emotions in many ways. 

Therefore, Reggio educators provide children with a diversity of experiences, so that children encounter many avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings.

"Observe and listen to children because when they ask “why?” they are not simply asking for the answer from you. They are requesting the courage to find a collection of possible answers."

-Carla Rinaldi


"Establishing collaborative relationships between teachers from different schools is essential to our work."

-Loris Malaguzzi

"Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more."

-Loris Malaguzzi