In-Depth Study Group in collaboration with Reggio Children

In-Depth Study Group in collaboration with Reggio Children

In-Depth Study Group: The role of the teacher, the pedagogista and the atelierista

Reggio Emilia, Italy

March 28 – April 4, 2020

An intensive week of professional development in dialogue with educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy for a limited number of U.S. educators who:

  • preferably, have participated in a prior group and would like to return to Reggio Emilia for further study 
  • have been practicing these ideas within a U.S. context over an extended period of time
  • are presently working in collaboration with other colleagues 
  • have a sustained commitment to furthering their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia educational system

Participants are expected to be well informed about the historical, pedagogical and political dimensions of the educational project in Reggio Emilia and the network of integrated public services that has evolved.

In advance they will:

 join a facilitated webinar or zoom call with other participants

become familiar with readings and resources published by Reggio Children and available through NAREA 

share their personal “Reggio-inspired” journey, describing how they have brought the principles of the REA to their current educational context

submit a summary of the particular areas of interest they would like to focus on during the week of study 

This experience is not suited to those just beginning to explore the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Angela Ferrario is the U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia, working in collaboration with Reggio Children since 1994. She is the Founder of International Study Tours, LLC, established in 2005 for the creation of educational travel initiatives in collaboration with U.S. and International colleagues.

The Program

The program will be designed by Reggio Children with careful consideration given to information provided by participants.  Throughout the week we will visit schools, listen to presentations, participate in small group discussions, interact and exchange ideas as we delve deeper into the following overarching topics:

Reggio Emilia as a point of reference

  • Examining our own cultural context and conditions that lend themselves to interpretation of the REA in an ethical way, giving visibility to the origins

Professional development and the role of the teacher, pedagogista and atelierista as a working group

  • The underpinnings of pedagogical coordination
  • Understanding the formative processes of professional development with respect to each role
  • Strategies to address generational turnover in the schools
  • A diffuse pedagogical system of relationships with children and adults working together
  • An attitude of research and exchange of knowledge
  • Linking theories and practices with real children


The culture of the atelier

  • The atelier as a diffused culture – within the schools, the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, the community, and beyond

In depth reflections on the strategies of observation and documentation

  • Understanding the ways in which documentation makes visible the actions and learning processes of children
  • How decisions and objectives are defined at the beginning of and during the school year
  • Challenges involved in determining the most coherent documentation choices
  • Opportunities to review and analyze actual documentation with Reggio Emilia educators, making interpretive notes together
  • Examining some of the inventories and observation tools developed and used by teachers in the schools of Reggio Emilia to organize their work

This experience is not suited to those just beginning to explore the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.


International Meeting Place

The venue for the study group is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which opened in February 2006.


International Meeting Place

“It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers.

The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.”

– As described by Carlina Rinaldi, President of Reggio Children Foundation Loris Malaguzzi International Center



Hotel Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included from check-in on Saturday, March 28 to check-out on Saturday, April 4. (Those participating in the Optional Pistoia Extension prior to the Reggio Emilia In-Depth Study Group should arrive at Hotel Patria in Pistoia on Wednesday, March 25. The airport closest to Pistoia is Peretola Airport in Florence. Participants will be transported to Reggio Emilia by private bus on Saturday morning, March 28.)

To accommodate our group, blocks of rooms have been reserved at Albergo Morandi, Albergo Reggio, and B&B del Vescovado, and 4 star Hotel Posta all within a 20-minute walking distance of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. Rates for accompanying non-participants and for additional nights are available upon request.

Title Address Description
Via Emilia A S. Pietro, 64, 42100 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Via S. Giuseppe, 7, 42100 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Via Monzermone, 3, 42123 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Piazza del Monte, 2, 42121 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Viale B. Ramazzini, 72/a, 42124 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi

Viale Olimpia, 2, 42122 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy

Hotel Europa


$2,450 or $2,800 per person (based on shared accommodations)

The cost includes the program fee to Reggio Children, hotel accommodations for 7 nights, services provided by Angela Ferrario, U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia and by International Study Tours, LLC.

The per person amount is based on hotel accommodations in shared double rooms at 3 or 4-star hotels.  Single room supplement is $300 (see registration form). North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) members receive a $100 discount. For membership information please visit:

Registration & Payment

To reserve a space, submission of Registration Form and $500 deposit per person is required by November 1, 2019. Please fill out the form and deposit online or print and mail Registration Form & Travel Agreement and a $500 check made payable to International Study Tours, LLC to: Angela Ferrario, 15 Beach Street Extension, Milford, MA 01757.

Confirmation and Invoice for Balance Due will be sent by email.  Balance may be paid by PayPal, credit card or check and is due upon receipt of Confirmation and Invoice.

"I want to thank you for all your hard work, support, and knowledgeable guidance during my time in Reggio Emilia and Pistoia. I learned so much and will return to my college with a renewed belief in the principles and philosophy in which I was so fortunate to be immersed."
"Thank you so much for coordination, planning and implementing an exceptional learning experience for our team. What a wonderful week that created so many possibilities and continued conversations."
"What a fabulous trip it was. Your commitment and organization is stellar, and greatly appreciated! It was a deeply meaningful experience for our entire group. We have much reflection and dialogue ahead following the deep provocations of the visit."

Arrival & Departure

Participants are responsible for booking their own flights and travel arrangements. Airfare is not included. Bologna Marconi is the most convenient airport to reach Reggio Emilia. Alternatively, you can fly into Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate.

Participants should arrange to fly on Friday, March 27, arriving in Reggio Emilia on Saturday, March 28 (departure from the U.S. is one day prior to arrival in Italy). Our first group gathering in Reggio Emilia is the introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday, March 29 at 12 noon.

The Program begins Monday morning and ends on Friday, April 3 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Hotel check-out is Saturday, April 4 by 11 a.m.

Pistoia Extension

Those participating in the Optional Pistoia Extension prior to the Reggio Emilia In-Depth Study Group should arrive at Hotel Patria in Pistoia on Wednesday, March 25. The airport closest to Pistoia is Peretola Airport in Florence. Participants will be transported to Reggio Emilia by private bus on Saturday morning, March 28.

Airport Pick-up Service

Assistance with making private ground transportation arrangements between the airport and Reggio Emilia for individuals or for groups traveling together is available upon request.  Cost is additional.

Photography & Videotape Policy

For privacy issues, participants are not allowed to photograph or videotape inside the infant-toddler centers and preschools, inside the Exhibition area and the Ateliers at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, as well as during the presentations.

Reggio Children’s policy allows the possibility to audio record the presentations.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

All payments are refundable in full minus a $100 processing fee until February 21, 2020. For cancellations received after February 21, 2020, no refund will be due.


It is recommended to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

If driving from Reggio Emilia, it takes approximately 45 mins. to reach Bologna Airport and 2 ½ hours to reach Milan Malpensa or Linate Airports depending on traffic conditions.

Allow more time if traveling from/to either airport by public transportation and check train schedules in advance.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  All U.S. Citizens require a passport that is valid a minimum of 6 months after their return date to the US. (For example, if you are departing from Italy on April 6, 2020 your passport must be valid through October 6, 2020.)  If you must apply for a new passport, plan to allow 6 to 8 weeks for this process. Non-U.S. citizens should check entry and visa requirements. 

Angela Ferrario

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

Questions? Please contact Angela below.