The Tennessee Reggio Study Group mission is to support and challenge early childhood professionals as they seek to strengthen their connections to Reggio-inspired practices.

This mission is accomplished through monthly study group meetings, training events, Inspire! teacher groups, Child’s Guide to the City and other experiences that build community and further the collective goal of implementing constructivist inquiry-based learning for young children.  


  • Program philosophy and mission that communicates a powerful and respectful image of the child

  • Theoretical underpinnings of constructivist theory through the work of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Loris Malaguzzi, and David Hawkins as evidenced in Reggio Emilia and programs inspired by Reggio Emilia

  • Emergent inquiry as a curriculum development model

  • Documentation as a means for making learning visible

  • Exploration of the 100 languages of children

  • Professional development that supports internalized learning and application of proven practice for participating individuals and programs

  • Transformation strategies that support a catalyst for change in the individual, early childhood program, and early childhood community

  • Respect unique identities of participating programs while journeying together in growth and application of constructivist theory practices

  • Increase awareness and understanding of Reggio-inspired practices in the community-at-large

  • Reflective thinking

  • Embrace collaboration

the spiral

We've adopted the spiral to symbolize the winding inward journey we make in order to reflect and the outward journey we make as we grow through 

collaboration. The spiral 

represents the spirit of inquiry as we learn more and go deeper with each encounter. 


Collaborative and Congenial 


At its heart, the TNRSG is a Community of Practice
summarized as a "group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally" (Lave & Wenger 1991). We respect each other and enjoy the process of discussion and debate as we seek to be reflective and progressive practitioners of early childhood education.  


why TNRSG?


Established in June 2012


Our group was established following a shared, inspirational experience at a professional development event in April 2012. Realizing the spark that was ignited, our founder and continuing facilitator, Cheri Lindsley, invited participants to start meeting together to dig deeper into the fundamental elements of the Reggio approach and of constructivist learning theories. Today, not only does our Study Group continue to meet monthly, but we also sustain two classroom educator support groups (Inspired!), have instituted a successful community involvement project (Child's Guide to the City) over a number of years, and we offer biannual training opportunities. 



A Growing Consortium


Our member programs represent a diversity of structures and formats including private and faith-based full time child care, nature-based preschools and forest kindergartens, part-time preschools, home-school cooperatives, and more. Our environments run the gamut too, from farms, forests, and church acreage, to bustling urban settings and suburban corners. It is our drive to innovate early childhood education based on the pedagogy of discovery and inquiry practices, which unites us. 

member programs of TNRSG


Support from Like-Minded Educators


We're the group for you if you are a motivated and self-driven individual who is passionate about life-long learning, you want to challenge yourself to reach even higher, and your thirst for strengthening your practice in early childhood education is unquenchable. Send us an email and we'll help you determine which of our groups will best match your goals for participation.

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