Organized by the Ontario Reggio Association in Collaboration with Reggio Children

 “Cultivating the dispositions needed for democracy: Strategies for building a responsive, caring group that thinks and researches together.

The Ontario Reggio Association is excited to announce that we are organizing a Study Week in Reggio Emilia, May 20 – 24, 2024.  We are seeing a significant increase in interest in deeper engagement with the pedagogy that honours the intelligence of children, educators and families, and that strongly influenced our provincial document, How Does Learning Happen?  Hundreds have participated in our Piazza ORA series with Tiziana Filippini, and thousands participated in the professional learning associated with the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material exhibition and atelier that was hosted in Toronto, Sudbury and Ottawa this past spring. Educators who have come with us on previous Study Weeks have said that the experience changed their life.  Loris Malaguzzi described the thoughts and aspirations of the families whose strong determination was the foundation for the first school and ongoing development of a system in Reggio Emilia, “…expressing a universal aspiration, a declaration against the betrayal of children’s potential, and a warning that children first of all had to be taken seriously and believed in.”

The Study Week will begin on Sunday evening May 19 with a reception at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre (LMIC).  The week includes full days of presentations by the pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers, and visits to infant-toddler centres and preschools.  The LMIC also includes a documentation centre, exhibits and ateliers that you can visit.  It is an intense experience, and the rich conversations continue beyond the borders of time and place.

Lunch is provided each day, and hotels typically offer a continental breakfast.  Dinner is yours to organize, with a rich choice of options.  There will also be opportunities to visit the Remida Centre, and to learn more about the city and its culture. There will be optional cultural activities such as a visit to a dairy where Reggiano Parmigiano cheese is produced, and a factory where balsamic vinegar is made.  Participants arrange for their own transportation and accommodation.  These costs are not included in the registration fee.  The city itself is wonderfully walkable.  We will provide a list of hotels, and guidance on ground transportation from airports.  Those details will be posted on our website in the fall.

We will be offering opportunities to gather on Zoom for those who wish to learn more about what a study week entails prior to registering, from those who have been there.  Registrants will also have opportunities in late winter to prepare for the richness of the encounters with the educators and schools in Reggio Emilia.

The fee (in Canadian dollars) for the Study Week and administrative costs is as follows:

Early Bird registration opens on September 15, 2023.  The cost is $2,300.

The full fee to be charged beginning on January 16, 2024 is $2,400.

Registration closes April 15, 2024.

You will be able to pay by Visa or Pay Pal, or by cheque for groups.  You must be an ORA member in order to register.  Please visit our website, for updates.  There will be a section dedicated to the Study Week where we will be making resources available in coming weeks.

Refund Policy
We understand that there may be reason to cancel after registering. There is a non-refundable amount of $300 per participant up until April 15. After this date, there will be no refunds. Funds for the Study Week will have already been transferred to Reggio Children by this date and are non-refundable to ORA. You may transfer/sell this space on your own and notify ORA of the new

participant attending in your place. ORA will be able to re-issue a receipt to the new participant for tax purposes. All registrations must be accompanied by payment. The Ontario Reggio Association and Reggio Children reserve the right to cancel the Study Week if a minimum number of participants have not registered or for other unforeseen reasons. In that event, all monies paid for registration will be refunded. ORA and Reggio Children will not be responsible for any other costs incurred.


Study Week Cultural Activities

The Ontario Reggio Association is coordinating and offering three cultural activities for Study Week participants while we are in Reggio Emilia in May 2024.


Sunday, May 19 from 3:00-5:00 pm

A local tour company will guide groups of 25 participants on a walking tour of the city from 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, May 19, ending at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre.  The cost is $15 (CAN) per individual for the walking tour.

Registration Closed



Wednesday, May 22 in the afternoon and evening (specific time TBD)

We will travel by bus to a local farm where we will see the process for making the balsamic vinegar and taste it in its various stages of aging. The tour will be followed by dinner.  The cost is $110 (CAN) per person for this event. Please note, the Study Week conference ends early on Wednesday, and, therefore, this cultural activity does not interfere with the regular schedule.

Registration Closed


These cultural activities must be paid in advance through the Ontario Reggio Association website, and there will be no refunds. 

Registration closes for these events on April 15, 2024 or when spaces have been filled. Spaces are limited!



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