Reggio Inspired Practice
It is extremely important to understand the difference between the practice of the Reggio Emilia Approach and Reggio Inspired Practice. The Reggio Emilia Approach was developed in a small city in Reggio Emilia Italy. It was developed based on long held beliefs about how children learn along with the cultural values of Reggio Emilia, Italy. For this reason, it would be very difficult to duplicate the approach in the United States. We simply don't live in Italy and we do not share the same value systems when it comes to our cultures. Instead we should study the approach examining it based on our own cultures and our school context. Then we able to see how the approach can inspire our own practice.
Only the educators in Reggio Emilia Italy can claim to be experts in this approach and we (CEY) would never claim otherwise. Our expertise instead lies in supporting schools in their study of he approach and discovering how their schools can best be inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. We work with schools to examine their own culture and context and use that as a catalyst to study key aspects of the Reggio Approach that fits with their school.
We also help schools develop and understanding of the foundation concepts of the Reggio Emilia Approach which came from John Dewey, Jerome Bruner, David Hawkins, Howard Gardner, Lev Vygotsky, etc. Interestingly most of the educational philosophers who are key to the Reggio Emilia Approach are American Educational Philosophers. Though these philosophers are highly regarded in America, it was Reggio Emilia that brought all their philosophies together and again combined them with the culture and context. This is where CEY's expertise really shines. Our company was founded in Chicago, Il which was the home of John Dewey and the Progressive Ed movement which sparked the Reggio Emili