An In-depth Overview of The Reggio-Emilia Approach


Session 1

Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins

Session 2

An Environment that Teaches

Session 3

Documentation: The Art of Making Learning Visible

Session 4

The Hundred Languages of Children: Life in the Atelier


November 14, 16, 21, and 23, 2022

4 group sessions

90 mins per session

1 pm - 2:30 pm (ICT)

Online (Zoom)

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Workshop Fee



USD 350 per participant

Group Registration (7 or more)


(register by October 28, 2022)

Facilitated by

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MARY ANN BIERMEIER holds an M.Ed. with distinction in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. She is an educational speaker, instructional designer, higher education faculty, and author with over 20 years teaching in the early childhood field.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, she understands the transformative power of relationship-driven teaching strategies. She reminds us, all children learn deeply through highly social, playful environments.
Target Audience
PreK-G3 teachers, curriculum specialists, school directors/principals, home school net-works, and teacher educators/trainers.
Heralded by Harvard University's Project Zero, the Reggio Emilia Approach is blend of theory and
practice that is based upon decades of research in early childhood development. Founder Loris Malaguzzi
designed a teaching approach which is alive, creative and emergent in form.
Workshop Agenda
Session 1

Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins

We begin with the teachings of Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of Reggio Emilia schools.


When we have a strong image of the child it changes the way we interact with children. Our own perspectives really are where teaching begins. As teachers, we are the creator of the learning environment in our classrooms.


An environment reflects our image of the child as an active learner. Environments that acknowledge the child as curious and inventive. Environments that recognize we all learn alongside others - as social learners. It is a school environment that is inclusive, challenging in content, and joyful.

Session 2

An Environment that Teaches

Educator and author Lella Gandini writes, "In order to act as an educator for the child, the environment has to be flexible: It must undergo frequent modification by the children and the teachers in order to remain up-to-date and responsive to their needs to be protagonists in constructing their knowledge." (1988)

An environment that teaches is flexible, responsive and reflective of the children's interests. In Reggio Emilia-inspired schools, great care is given to providing open-ended materials. We do this because we are most happy when we are creating something.


Children create every day with paints, clay, blocks, wood, and so on. We learn deeply when we are creating something of value to us and to the group. As such, much emphasis is placed on group work and investigations that teach across the curriculum.

Session 3

Documentation: The Art of Making Learning Visible

In this third session, we examine Loris Malaguzzi's suggestion that teachers should behave like

One of the tenants of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education is the development of a curriculum based upon the interests of the children.


Curriculum, emergent in form, is developed within the context of a relationship-driven classroom. In this session, you will be introduced to concepts of emergent curriculum, documentation practices, and social cognitive theory.

Session 4

The Hundred Languages of Children: Life in the Atelier

Much has been written and photographed of the Atelier and the role of the Atelierista within Reggio Emilia schools.

Vea Vecchi, the long time Atelierista at the Diana School writes, “the Atelier serves two functions:

First, it provides a place for children to become masters of all kinds of techniques, such as painting, drawing, and working in clay—all the symbolic languages.


Second, it assists the adults in understanding processes of how children learn. It helps teachers understand how children invent autonomous vehicles of expressive freedom, cognitive freedom, symbolic freedom, and paths to communication.


The atelier has an important, provocative, and disturbing effect on old-fashioned teaching ideas.”



If I cannot make it for the workshop, will you offer a refund?

Given the logistics involved we will not be able to offer a refund, but you can transfer your registration to somebody else. Or we can also send you the recording (limited time).   

Do you offer Continuing Education Credits?


Will I get a certificate of participation?