REAIE is thrilled to announce our very special keynote presenters from Reggio Emilia for the 2019 Conference

PAOLA STROZZI - Pedagogista

Paola Strozzi was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy where she still lives and works. After receiving her degree as an elementary teacher in 1973, she studied in Florence at the Special School of Social Services from 1972 to 1976. From 1970 until 1980 she worked as a teacher at the municipal infant-toddler centre “Arcobaleno” in Reggio Emilia.

From 1980 she worked as a teacher at “Diana” municipal preschool in Reggio Emilia. Between 1999 to 2003, at the Diana School, she was in charge of teaching a child with autism. She attended conferences and seminars about autism in Italy, sometimes as a speaker. She also attended a Summer Institute on The Denver Model for Autism at the JKK Centre of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre in July 2002.

In February 2004, during the International Conference “Crossing Boundaries” she was jointly responsible for the organisation of three concurrent sessions: “Making Learning Visible, the Languages of Evaluation and Assessment”, “A Difference in Ethics or an Ethic of Differences” and “Sciences among Research, Poetry and Beauty”. From 2004 to 2006 she worked at the Documentation and Educational Research Centre of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’infanzia of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

She graduated in 2007 with Scienze della Formazione Primaria from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia with a research paper on “The point of view coordination at preschool” with Prof. M. G. Bartolini Bussi. From 2007 she worked as a pedagogista of the Pedagogical Coordinating team of the Istituzione Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

She collaborates with Reggio Children (International centre for the Defence and Promotion of the Rights and Potential of All Children) for educational documentation, seminars and exchanges in Italy and abroad.

Paola Strozzi’s essays can be found in the books “Making Learning Visible, Children as Individual and Group Learners” published by Reggio Children September 2001; “Advisories”, published by Reggio Children September 2002, in the magazines “Bambini” May and June 2002, “Diario” special edition about school, April 2004. In English she published “Construction and Representation of Space in 5-Year-Old Children” in the Handbook of Child Development & Early Education edited by O.A. Barbarin and B. H. Wasik Guilford Press New York, 2009.


Cinzia was born in Reggio Emilia. She graduated in Education and she has been working for the network of preschools and infant-toddler centres, the Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 2000.

In 2006 she began working as a teacher in the preschool Diana.

She has been involved as a lecturer in professional development initiatives in Italy and in Reggio Emilia during study groups with participants from international contexts.