Advocating for democracy is something Reggio fosters… and advocacy is an aspect of quality teaching discussed by Reggio philosophers:
“Carlina Rinaldi once sought to explain what is involved in the teacher’s role. In an interview with Lella Gandini, she highlighted how a teacher’s work should be grounded in political beliefs and advocacy”.
Advocacy is also a constant presence in Magda Gerber’s work advocating for infants.
Part of this same concern about advocacy for families, something Jim Greenman intimates when he writes that “if families are left at the door, family bonds will weaken.” Such advocacy works on many levels and requires that a teacher know the families she works with well. Assimilating the research and respecting the competence of those who disagree (in parenting decisions, for example) is a strong aspect of advocating for families and for the community.
 P72 Jim Greenman (c2005) Caring Spaces, Learning Places; children’s environments that work. Exchange press: Redmond, WA
 P27 Carolyn Edwards (?) “Partner, nurturer, and guide: the role of the teacher” in Deb Curtis and Margie Carter … oops – need to search out that ref