Reggio Emilia Study Groups for U.S. Educators

Angela Ferrario is the U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Since 1994 she had been working in collaboration with Reggio Children, organizing and accompanying one or two groups per year and the annual U.S. Students and Professors Study Group that takes place in March.

Angela was a founding  board member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) and is currently on the board of the Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network (BARIN).

For more information about Reggio Children and the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, visit Here you will find additional opportunities to study in Reggio Emilia during the 2019/2020 school year, including the annual April International Study Group which is another option for U.S. educators. For more information about NAREA, visit
         Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi

Angela Ferrario is the Founder of International Study Tours, LLC, which she established in 2005 for the creation of educational travel initiatives in collaboration with U.S. and International colleagues. Offerings in 2020 include a delegation to Pistoia, Italy and Learning Together in a Special Place: Perspectives on Leadership, an on-going series of retreats for educational leaders at Palazzo Donati in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy.

May/June 2020 Leadership Retreats for Educators Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy

In the 6th year of this series, two sessions are being offered for a cross section of educational leaders. May 30 – June 4, Educational Leadership: Embracing A Strong Image of Children and Adults and June 6 – 11, Communication Skills to Support Professional Growth. Small group professional development will be complemented by sightseeing excursions and encounters with local artisans and townspeople, taking you inside village life.

March 2020 Pistoia, Italy Delegation

A unique opportunity to visit the infant toddler centers and preschools in Pistoia, Italy, through a collaboration between the Municipality of Pistoia and International Study Tours. This delegation is offered as an extension for participants attending the U.S. Students and Professors Study Group or the In Depth Study Group in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

"I would like to join the chorus in praise of the wonderful people, setting, food and wine that enhanced our learning together in a special place."

"Time to learn, to share, to give, to make friends, to think!
Thank you all for being part of this and for making my life brighter."
"Thanks again for sharing your wisdom, challenges, ideas, and strengths with us all! It was wonderful!"
"How wonderful it was to be there, to know interesting and provocative people and to learn from different sources and fields. Words cannot express my appreciation and deepest appreciation to all of you. The powerful collaborative process of our work was intense."
"I wouldn't be the educator/administrator/human I am today without the serendipitous life lessons you facilitated during our time together in Mercatello. I am forever grateful and am confident our paths will cross again soon."
"I am deeply grateful to all of you for all I have received - for being open to the experiences and giving so much of yourselves to our retreat. The whole is clearly more than the sum of its parts."
"I want to thank all of you for the connections we made!"

Angela Ferrario

International Study Tours, LLC
(508) 473-8001
15 Beach Street Extension
Milford, MA 01757

Questions? Please contact Angela below.