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The Innovative Teacher Project (ITP) strives to create a culture of dialogue & research in Northern California that promotes high quality early childhood education.


WHO we are

The Innovative Teacher Project began in 1994, inspired by the exhibit from Reggio Emilia, “The Hundred Languages of Learning, The Wonder of Learning.” Collaborations were established with Reggio Children, Dominican University and Mills College. Over time a community of educators in Northern California created a network of schools in the Bay area interested in the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

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WHAT we do

ITP offers professional development opportunities from September to June each year for teachers, administrators, and parents which include seminars, conferences, and roundtables located at the network of schools.  We collaborate with educators from Reggio Children and other renown educators in the field of education who participate in dialogue and research of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

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WHY we do it

As the citizens of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the ITP community strives to create a culture of dialogue and research in Northern California that promotes the pleasure of inquiry among children and adults. Our goal is to promote high quality early childhood education.

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HOW to get involved

We invite you to participate in our roundtables, seminars and conferences.

We provide opportunities for collaboration, dialogue and community building.

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Reggio Emilia Approach.

The cornerstone of the Reggio philosophy is an image of the child as competent, strong, inventive and full of potential – subjects with rights instead of needs.



Professional staff development is essential to an organization’s success and to teacher’s realizing the importance of building on one’s experience within the daily life of the school. 

It is through ongoing exchanges with colleagues as an effort to analyze and develop our work with children and families that teachers grow and work becomes more meaningful.