Innovations in Education: The Carle Announces Italy Trip for Educators

Posted January 12th, 2013

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ArtThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in cooperation with Smith College, announces its 2013 study tour to the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy, from March 18 – March 22.

The Innovations in Education study tour, which launched in 2010,has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

This is The Carle’s third tour, building on a ten-year collaboration with colleagues in Pistoia. The tour is organized by The Carle, the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia, and Crescere, Associazione Culturale in cooperation with Smith College. Registration deadline for Innovations in Education is February 28th. Visit for a detailed itinerary.

“This professional program is a wonderful opportunity for educators to experience firsthand programs that are internationally known for the respect they have for the competencies of the child and the careful thought that goes into creating environments, that support learning,” said The Carle’s Director of Education Rosemary Agoglia. “By making the learning of the children visible to the parents, teachers and the children themselves, a community of learners is established where thoughts, ideas, questions and possible solutions are shared and explored by all.”


The cost includes the program fee; accommodations for 5 nights (Sunday, March 17 – Thursday, March 2 with check-out on Friday morning); a tour of Pistoia on Sunday afternoon; Italian-style breakfast each morning; lunch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and dinner on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each participant is responsible for covering their own flight and travel arrangements.

$2300 Large single room
$2200 Small single room
$2000 Shared double room (cost per person)

Museum Members receive a $100 discount off the total price.

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The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at