This event is 4 sessions taking place over 2 days.
Are you looking to reflect, reconsider and research with your team to discover a revitalized practice that aligns with How Does Learning Happen? Are you looking to build a culture-based approach that strengthens your values as a team? Are you and your colleagues trying to make sense of the recent pedagogy and legislation changes? If so, this reflective approach has been designed for you!
This four part training series is designed to enable teams to build their own community of practice based upon intentionality, reflection, values, authenticity, and deep relationships. The Institute will be delivered over two days. Teams will be grouped together within a reflective practice circle to engage in conversation and hands-on experiences together throughout the two days.
Session One: Ethics, Professionalism, and Communication - Saturday March 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Participants will explore the following concepts: weaving ethics and professionalism into practice with the College of Early Childhood Educators’ Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; developing respective and effective communication strategies with children, families, and colleagues; and considerations for designing inclusive and diverse spaces and practices that are welcoming for all children, families, and caregivers.
Session Two: Planning through the Lens of How Does Learning Happen? - Saturday March 3, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
This session will offer opportunity for participants to explore pedagogy and planning through the lens of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years and the principles of a Reggio Emilia inspired, emergent curriculum. This afternoon will inspire conversation related to strengthening relationships through authentic family engagement strategies and planning from a value, strength, and asset-based approach.
Session Three: Exploring Reflective Practices - Saturday April 28, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This session will give educators an opportunity to reflect on how they currently observe and document children’s learning and how they can build on this to move towards a pedagogical approach to documenting children’s thinking. Participants will gain a variety of strategies to support them with this change in practice to become inspired to interpret children’s thinking and learning in different ways.
Session Four: Documentation Panels and Learning Stories - Saturday April 28, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Documentation panels can support educators to move away from displaying children’s work decoratively to using them as a means of documentation to support a deeper understanding of children’s learning. This session also offers opportunity for dialogue related to how learning stories can also be an effective tool to help bring meaning to children’s thinking as well as a valuable way to engage families further in their children’s learning.
*Registration fee includes all 4 sessions and lunch on both days. Please note that attendance is required at all 4 sessions to receive a certificate of participation.