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Online Symposium with Reggio Children

Presenters: Maddalena Tedeschi and Sara De Poi

Date: Saturday 22 June and Friday 12 July 2024


Category: Event

Viewing access will be available for registered participants until Monday 22 July 2024.

Registered participants are also invited as part of their registration, to a LIVE INTERACTIVE ENCOUNTER to share perspectives with and pose reflections to Symposium speakers on FRIDAY 12 JULY (please note – this session will not be recorded).

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Maddalena Tedeschi (Pedagogista) and Jane McCall (Translator) discussing the upcoming Symposium

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Program Description





More than a Mark: the joy and complexity of children’s graphic languages

REAIE is delighted to announce Maddalena Tedeschi, Pedagogista and Sara De Poi, Atelierista, colleagues who work directly with the Municipal schools in Reggio Emilia, as the 2024 Symposium speakers.

Much work has been undertaken in Reggio Emilia around building our understandings of the language of drawing as a communicative form of expression for young children.

Elena Corte, Atelierista, Municipal Infant Toddler Centres and Preschools Reggio Emilia, proposed Drawing is one of the many languages that children carry with them…a natural language that continuously mixes with all the other languages. 

The 2024 Symposium dialogue sessions will support deepened understandings of the significance of the language of drawing, making reference to the Exhibition titled The Pleasures of Drawing – the visual thinking of children.

The Research Symposium, as an online initiative, invites participation in 3 pre-recorded sessions that aim to build understanding around children’s interest and engagement in the graphic languages. Sessions will be delivered in Italian with translation into English by Jane McCall.


The themes discussed in this webinar have to do with the meanings of the language of drawing, a powerful and essential* language that goes back to the dawn of humanity. It is a strongly expressive and poetic language, related to verbal language and sometimes connected with it, though on other occasions it is so inventive as to precede it. Mark (segno) and drawing (disegno) become traces of Self in the world, theories narrating our personal point of view as we interpret being in dialogue with the contexts of our experience.

* in the sense of being both indispensable and containing an essence

This session is 3 hours (including translation) and will explore the contexts and processes of children’s drawing (birth to primary school).


This webinar addresses themes related to the language of drawing, and in particular attempts to analyse drawings made by children aged 0 -10 years, starting from a grammar of the language of drawing with the intent of making visible the strategies of cognition and construction enacted by children as they draw.

This session is 2 hours (including translation) and explores the new exhibition The Pleasures of Drawing, including an analysis of the drawings and processes.


This webinar narrates the experience of an in-depth exploration in the infant-toddler centres and preschools of trees understood as the natural connectors of the planet. This exploration, in the form of mark-making and drawing, involved the whole city of Reggio Emilia, and led to the creation of an exhibition and documentation shared publicly in the largest square in the historic centre of  Reggio Emilia.

This session is 80 minutes (including translation) and shares the narrative of a project titled Imagine a forest, which involved all of the  Municipal Infant Toddler Centres and Preschools in Reggio Emilia, as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Loris Malaguzzi.

A very special encounter will occur on Friday 12 July 6.00pm – 8.00pm (AEST) with a live session, linking directly to Reggio Emilia. Symposium speakers will engage with the questions, comments and reflections collected from Research Symposium participants to create an interactive opportunity not to be missed.

About the Presenters:

Maddalena Tedeschi is a Pedagogista, Responsible for the Complex Organisation Unit of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of Reggio Emilia Municipality, and coordinates the “Diana” municipal preschool. For Reggio Children, she collaborates on realising projects involving publishing, exhibitions, and professional learning, in Italy and abroad.

Degree in Pedagogy, Bologna University, Italy -1981 – 1991 Educator in Reggio Emilia’s municipal “Gianni Rodari” infant-toddler centre and 1991 – , Pedagogista in the Pedagogical Co-ordination of Reggio Emilia Municipality.

Currently, Responsible for the Complex Organisation Unit of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, and co-ordinator of the “Diana” municipal preschool.

Themes of special investigation include: educational environments as the design of spaces and new architectures, dietary education in early childhood, projects of educational continuity and relations between preschool and primary school.

Specific areas of Tedeschi’s deeper research on practice/thinking in children’s education include: the construction of scientific thinking in children, the use of digital technology in didactics, the construction of a school curriculum for 0-11 years, processes of evaluation and documentation in learning, environments as learning context, the culture of the atelier.

Member of the Research Group on the use of digital technology in didactics, in collaboration with Reggio Children, and the Milano Bicocca University.

For Reggio Children, Tedeschi collaborates on realising projects involving publishing, and professional learning journeys, through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and abroad.

Also for Reggio Children, Tedeschi has authored articles and curated exhibitions and publications.

Sara De Poi has been an Atelierista and video documentation maker with Reggio Children since 2005.

For Reggio Children, De Poi collaborates on the realisation of publishing projects, and professional learning journeys, through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and abroad.

She obtained her degree in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Udine, Italy, in 2003.

In 2004 she participated in Reggio Children’s Master’s course in Professional Development for Atelieristas.

In the years following her degree she continued to deepen her knowledge of the visual languages, with particular emphasis on photography and cinema, through workshops in documentary film-making and courses in professional video montage and editing.

De Poi participates in project groups, and works with audiovisual documentation recordings of experiences realised by children and teachers, including editing, montage, and post-production of documentary material by the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, and by Reggio Children.

Starting with documentation made in schools, De Poi creates video material for exhibitions, public showings, and communications.

Together with Vea Vecchi and Mirella Ruozzi, she curated the exhibition “A festive thought. Visual metaphor in children’s learning processes”, realised in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.


  • Please ensure a personal email address is used when registering (and note these registration details) to ensure you receive the links to view the presentations.
  • The presentations on Saturday 22 June, 2024 are pre-recorded and will be available for viewing until Monday 22 July, 2024. The recordings will be accessible from the participants’ personal area on Instructions on how to access these recordings will be provided to all registered participants via the email address used when registering.
  • Recordings will be available from Saturday 22 June, 2024 until Monday 22 July, 2024. This time period is not negotiable under any circumstances. If you are unable to view the presentations on the scheduled date or wish to rewatch the presentations, please do so within this timeframe. Any requests for extensions will not be possible.
  • Presentations are for individual use and are not to be shared.
  • The LIVE INTERACTIVE ENCOUNTER to be held on Friday 12 July 2024 6pm – 8pm (AEST),  WILL NOT be recorded. The link to participate in this session will be accessible through the participants personal area on

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