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A series of Webinars on Designing / progettazione in infant-toddler centres and preschools


Designing / progettazione in infant-toddler centres and preschools
Strategies for participating with children in the construction of knowledge


This series of webinars deals with the theme of designing / progettazione as a form of thinking which - coherent with the most recent research data in psychology and epistemology, and with a democratic vision of education and society - gives shape to strategies that seek to construct a reciprocal relationship between theory and practice in education and teaching.

By using a wide range of documentary material we will be offering a synthesis of our experience, matured over decades, in Reggio Emilia's municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools.





Participating in the construction of learning
Transformative dialogue between children, adults, and environments


In this presentation webinar of the professional learning series, we share ideas that can guide a different way of being a preschool, infant-toddler centre, teacher, parent and child. This session is dedicated to the theme of progettazione / designing, as choosing an idea of knowledge that commits adults to research together with children, and to welcoming curiosity, wonder, and the unexpected as constituent parts of their work.


WHEN: Wednesday June 9, 2021

LANGUAGE: Italian, with simultaneous translation into English

TIMES: 12.30-13.30 PM CEST (Rome time)

PARTICIPATION FEE: Free upon registration. To subscribe, insert the item in the cart, proceed with the check-out until the end. To complete, click on buy. You will not be asked for any payment.

TO TAKE PART: One hour before your chosen webinar we will send a link to the email address provided during enrolment. You can also connect to your webinar by clicking “connect” in your reserved area on the relevant webinar page.

COPYRIGHT & PRIVACY: Under no circumstances may photographs or videos of speakers and their multimedia documentation/presentations be taken.

Educational material (multi media documentation in PowerPoint, video recordings etc.) presented during the Webinar, cannot be ceded, either to organizers or to participants.






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A series of Webinars
Designing / progettazione in infant-toddler centres and preschools

Designing / progettazione in infant-toddler centres and preschools
Strategies for participating with children in the construction of knowledge


As teachers we receive a background in theory that very often does not correspond to widespread practices in early childhood centres. This tradition of practice is passed down through direct action and based on programmes that structurally pre-define objectives and the pathways through which we achieve them. It is a procedure that offers a sense of security but which individual teachers can find very difficult to modify alone.

Every child is different and has their own subjective ways of elaborating representations from the data they receive from their physical, cultural, and social environment. Pre-defined educational programmes and curricula tend to make these differences into something uniform.  

Instead, progettazione / designing offers a vision and actions that while oriented towards objectives, are capable of leaving fixed moorings and welcoming uncertainty and possibility, of valuing the question rather than the answer, and of feeling open to wonder and research. To do this we cannot improvise, we need tools of reflection and strategy, coherent with this kind of mindset.

The professional learning we offer in this series will discuss on the level of theory - ideas on how children shape pathways of learning and construct knowledge, the relationship between biological constraints and experience, the role of inter-subjectivity - but consistent with the intention we have declared these will constantly be viewed in relation to concrete documented situations.

To facilitate a deeper understanding of "prefigurations" (envisioning) and the construction of learning contexts, certain themes that are also an important part of the designing /progettazione process will be mentioned only briefly, in particular observation, documentation and "re-launching".

We will be offering dedicated professional learning opportunities on these themes in the future.

Paola Cagliari

Paola Cagliari was a teacher in Reggio Emilia’s “Diana” municipal preschool, pedagogista in the Pedagogical Coordination, and Director of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of Reggio Emilia Municipality. For Reggio Children, she collaborates on realising projects involving research, publishing, exhibitions, and professional learning journeys, in Italy and abroad.

Lucia Colla

Lucia Colla has been a Teacher Educator for the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 2007.
Colla collaborates with Reggio Children on the realisation of publishing projects and professional learning journeys, through participation in seminars and workshops in Italy and abroad.

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