Fall 2019 Esteem

Passing the Torch – Succession Planning for Organizational Success; December 3 2019

  • “The information provided lots of clear, usable ideas and actions to get started.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was defining the different types of succession planning.”
  • “I will use this information to incorporate more into governance policy and future planning.”

Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth; November 30 2019

  • “The videos and life experiences were wonderful and extremely helpful, as well as the books provided.”
  • “This was a very enjoyable and interesting workshop. I feel I am walking away with great tools and more knowledge in this topic.”
  • “This workshop provided a wealth of information on play therapy and strategies you can use with children.”

Sharing Sensitive News with Parents; November 27 2019

  • “This session allowed role play and made us practice the techniques we learned.”
  • “This session is of value to my daily practice because sharing sensitive news is such a huge part of our time as educators, it is important to be able to do this properly.”
  • “I will be able to use this information in building rapport and laying foundation for future meetings.”

Mindfulness through the Senses; November 26 2019

  • “The most informative part of this session was the suggested books and activities to use.”
  • “I will be able to use this information for meditation and sensory activities.”

Tinkering with Metal; November 21 2019

  • “The information presented encouraged me to think outside the box with using metal with the preschoolers.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was the hands on experience and easy ways to implement for every age group.”
  • “The information and experience at this session encourages me to be more open and give more challenges.”

Behaviour Awareness and Self-Regulation; November 7 2019

  • “The most informative part of this session was the power of praise and self-regulation.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was how to recognize that a child is escalating.”
  • “I will be able to use this information by helping children cope and remaining more patient myself.”

Gardening, Food and Harvesting, with Garden Jane; November 5 2019

  • “The most informative part of this session was learning hands-on ideas for gardening and how to start one.”
  • “I will be able to use this information to come up with an effective plan for a garden program.”
  • “I will be able to get the children more involved with nature and growing gardens.”

Educators as Protagonists in Documentation, with Ann Pelo; November 2 2019

  • “This session has given me a new perspective on documenting. I can see myself putting it into practice.”
  • “I felt that the workshop combined theory and hands on learning beautifully.”
  • “I have learned to listen to my children and tell their stories instead of documenting their learning journey. Think and write a story that grows community culture.”

RIRO Resiliency Skills Training; October 26 2019

  • “I found value in the specific examples, videos and research provided.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was the research findings and evidence.”

Pedagogical Leadership Series 2, Day 2 – Enhancing Team Dynamics Through Inspirational Leadership; October 23 2019

  • “This session touched on all basics of bringing inspiration to the workplace.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was the reminders and new ideas of how to be a stronger leader.”
  • “I will be able to use this information by bringing back new ways to support and communicate with my team.”

Tinkering with Wood; Oct 22 2019

  • “Enjoyed woodworking and the various tools and materials for our children to explore. Safety first.”
  • “Gained more knowledge on how to introduce woodworking.”

25 Top Tips for Engaging Young Learners with Loose Parts; October 17 2019

  • “The most meaningful part of this session was being able to use the loose parts to make things and see what others are doing.”
  • “This information and experience will give me thought before I throw things away.”

Emotional Literacy with Niagara Children’s Centre; October 15 2019

  • “This session gave me a better understanding of emotional literacy.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was talking about different emotion words and teaching children how to build relationships.”
  • “I will be able to use this information by using lots of visuals for the children and expanding on their emotional vocabulary.”

How to Transform a Toxic Team to a Dream Team – Repairing Your Workplace Culture; October 10 2019

  • “The most informative part of this session was the perception awareness and collaborative solutioning.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was the legislation information and the scenarios.”
  • “I will be able to use this information to implement ideas in team meetings.”

Supporting Infant Mental Health in the Early Years through Attachment; October 10 2019

  • “My job is to support caregivers, and this information helps me walk them through stressful situations.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was exploring engagement vs. disengagement cues and states of awareness.”
  • “This session helped me have a better understanding of infant attachment.”

Tinkering with Recycled Materials; September 30 2019

  • “I realized the children have already been tinkering. This session gave me the skill set to expand their learning.”
  • “This session gave me great ideas for my career and definitely expanded my thoughts around tinkering.”
  • “The most informative part of this session was learning tinkering at all developmental levels.”

25 Ways to Boost Your Board; September 26 2019

  • “This professional learning opportunity provided practical information to be implemented immediately and in future evolution.”
  • “I will start implementing this information in preparation for our next board meeting.”
  • “This session provided necessary information for moving from policy focus to governance.”

Pedagogical Leadership Series 2, Day 1 – Pathways to Explore Your Pedagogical Leadership Journey; September 25 2019

  • “The most meaningful part of this session was how to make educators feel a sense of belonging.”
  • “I will be able to use this information in my daily work by building better relationships and support systems.”
  • “This session provided a lot of tools and ideas to take back to help me become a better leader.”

Talking to Kids About Death and Dying and Promoting Self-Care Through Self-Compassion; September 24 2019

  • “This professional learning opportunity provided lots of information and great personal examples.”
  • “The information was valuable and I learned ways to be more aware of my actions and thoughts to deal with loss.”
  • “The most informative part of this workshop was exploring how every child grieves differently and how to support them.”

25 Ways to Promote Literacy in Your Playground; September 19 2019

  • “Jill Bienenstock gave great ideas for gross motor skills and outdoor play.”
  • “This session gave me more confidence to do more activities outside.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was learning how literacy connects to movement, senses, body and physical activity.”

Inquiry Based Learning Environments – Session and Book Launch with Susan Stacey; September 7 2019

  • “Susan was an excellent speaker who linked examples to her theories.”
  • “The ideas shared at this session will help me with my documentation.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was learning how to describe what children are learning without using developmental domains.”

Appetizers and Answers; September 5 2019

  • “The information presented was very informative and lots of answers to daily struggles.”
  • “I will be able to use this information when hiring new staff.”
  • “I Will be able to use what I learned when dealing with staff concerns.”

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