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Niagara Early Learning & Child Care School Age Network - Online

Educators are welcomed to engage in reflective practices using a variety of tools and resources. The networks are encouraged to share their ideas and pedagogical documentation they have created throughout their journey. discussion.

**please note this network is now being offered as a webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: March 2, 2021

Webinar - Emotional Schemas

Part of our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 3, 2021

Webinar - STEAM in Outdoor Environments

STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 4, 2021

Webinar - Strengthening Your Leadership Skills by Building Balanced Empathy (for Administrators)

A NEW session in our Leadership Series

As much as we like to think we are independent, the reality is that we are all inter-connected. This inter-dependence can make many of us feel emotionally overwhelmed, leading to an emotional disconnect towards others. But this inter-dependence also creates an opportunity to develop and embrace the quality of empathy, not only towards others but also ourselves.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: March 5, 2021

Webinar - Deepening Emotional Resilience through Building Balanced Empathy (for Educators)

As much as we like to think we are independent, the reality is that we are all inter-connected. This inter-dependence can make many of us feel emotionally overwhelmed, leading to an emotional disconnect towards others. But this inter-dependence also creates an opportunity to develop and embrace the quality of empathy, not only towards others but also ourselves.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$35.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$40.00)

Date: March 6, 2021

Niagara Nature Alliance Network - Online

Participants are invited to explore and reflect together on resources to support naturalizing their indoor and outdoor environments. The network meeting will offer an opportunity for participants to share photos of their outdoor play spaces and experiences they have offered to the children and families.

**Please note this session is now being offered as a webinar.

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: March 8, 2021

Webinar - Naturalizing your Indoor Early Learning & Child Care Environment

As educators we have become familiar with the term ‘the environment is the third educator’ and we are moving away from traditional, brightly coloured environments that have an abundance of synthetic materials towards natural indoor environments.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: March 9, 2021

Webinar - Simple Strategies for Stressed Educators

Join Patrice Palmer, teacher, trainer and writer for this workshop based on her book: The  teacher Self Care Manual.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: March 23, 2021

Webinar - What’s Your Story: Enhancing our Observation and Documentation Skills through lens of How Does Learning Happen?

What’s Your Story will offer educators a chance to document their journey to share back with the children, families and educators they work with.  During the session participants will have an opportunity to share their story, reflect on their journey and investigate tools and resources to support their observation and documentation skills.  What is our story links to the Four Foundations within How Does Learning Happen?

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: March 24, 2021

Webinar - Technology Strategies to Support Family Engagement

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 25, 2021

Webinar - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$30.00)

Date: March 29, 2021

Webinar - Constructing a New Pathway

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 30, 2021

Webinar - Rough and Tumble Play

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them.

Prices:
  • Niagara Eduators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 31, 2021

Sudbury - STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you!

Session 1: STEAM Rich Environments

The first session in this series will consider what STEAM is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry-based learning. Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering.

*registration fee includes training booklet and materials

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 6, 2021

Sudbury - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Session 1 - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators’ and children’s behaviour. Educators will reflect on the use of language, equitability, power relationships, and best practices. The session will also offer an opportunity to explore ways in which both educators’ and children’s resiliency skills can be enhanced to support change that behaviour can bring to the classroom

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 6, 2021

Sudbury - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 7, 2021

Sudbury - Lost Art of Music & Movement in Early Childhood - In Person

Children in today’s society are living more sedentary lives and their opportunities to engage in open music and movement activities are lessening. Come and join in to bring back the lost art of music and movement to the classroom. Educators will have an opportunity to engage together in joyful and fun activities that relate to music and movement to support children in healthy physical, mental, and emotional development. The session will look at the theory behind why music and movement are an important part of children’s lives and why it is being lost in today’s technology-based society. Educators will take away research, tools and experiences to share with the children and families in their program to reignite the passion for music and movement.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 7, 2021

Webinar: Workplace Wellness Series for Educators - Mindful Goal Setting

Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Have you ever set goals and found that you were not as committed to them as you thought? Or perhaps these goals were really set by someone else for you? Of course you have!

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: April 8, 2021

Webinar: Workplace Wellness Series for Administrators - Mindful Goal Setting

Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Have you ever set goals and found that you were not as committed to them as you thought? Or perhaps these goals were really set by someone else for you? Of course you have!

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: April 8, 2021

Sudbury - Block and Construction Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 8, 2021

Sudbury - Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs - In Person

Are you ‘living out of a cart’ and trying to provide sufficient, appropriate materials to enhance the play experiences that you offer to the young people in your school age program? Is storage and having to rotate spaces an issue that you are regularly faced with? Is it difficult to highlight the work of the young people in order to make their learning visible in the spaces that you work within? If you have answered yes to any of these questions and would like inspiration in moving forward, this workshop is for you. Join us to engage in reflective conversations, share ideas and gain practical strategies to use in your school age program.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 8, 2021

Sudbury - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play - In Person

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? What is involved in play? Structured vs. unstructured. So many theories and ideas are floating around about play and its role in children’s lives. Play is a right of every child and all children need time and space for free play every day. What does that look like in our EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 9, 2021

Sudbury - Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways - In Person

This session offers invitations for learning and opportunities to discuss the authentic ways that we may engage families. If you are looking to develop deep, meaningful relationships with families, want to ensure they feel included as a partner within your program, or perhaps you are looking for ways to incorporate families’ voices in your planning to help them feel a sense of belonging, this workshop is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 9, 2021

Ottawa - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Session 1 - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators’ and children’s behaviour. Educators will reflect on the use of language, equitability, power relationships, and best practices. The session will also offer an opportunity to explore ways in which both educators’ and children’s resiliency skills can be enhanced to support change that behaviour can bring to the classroom

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 13, 2021

Ottawa - STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you!

Session 1: STEAM Rich Environments

The first session in this series will consider what STEAM is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry-based learning. Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering.

*registration fee includes training booklet and materials

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 13, 2021

Ottawa - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 14, 2021

Ottawa - Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 14, 2021

Ottawa - Block and Construction Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 15, 2021

Ottawa - Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs - In Person

Are you ‘living out of a cart’ and trying to provide sufficient, appropriate materials to enhance the play experiences that you offer to the young people in your school age program? Is storage and having to rotate spaces an issue that you are regularly faced with? Is it difficult to highlight the work of the young people in order to make their learning visible in the spaces that you work within? If you have answered yes to any of these questions and would like inspiration in moving forward, this workshop is for you. Join us to engage in reflective conversations, share ideas and gain practical strategies to use in your school age program.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 15, 2021

Ottawa - Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways - In Person

This session offers invitations for learning and opportunities to discuss the authentic ways that we may engage families. If you are looking to develop deep, meaningful relationships with families, want to ensure they feel included as a partner within your program, or perhaps you are looking for ways to incorporate families’ voices in your planning to help them feel a sense of belonging, this workshop is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 16, 2021

Ottawa - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play - In Person

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? What is involved in play? Structured vs. unstructured. So many theories and ideas are floating around about play and its role in children’s lives. Play is a right of every child and all children need time and space for free play every day. What does that look like in our EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 16, 2021

Ottawa - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play - In Person

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? What is involved in play? Structured vs. unstructured. So many theories and ideas are floating around about play and its role in children’s lives. Play is a right of every child and all children need time and space for free play every day. What does that look like in our EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 16, 2021

Innovative Ways to Use Natural Loose Parts - In Person

Take it Outside! A Nature Perspective Series

This series has been created through conversation and feedback in the early learning community as educators navigate the outdoors and offering opportunities to engage with loose parts, explore in all weathers and encourage opportunities for children to challenge themselves to take a risk.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: April 20, 2021

STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: April 22, 2021

Webinar - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? What is involved in play? Structured vs. unstructured. So many theories and ideas are floating around about play and its role in children’s lives. Play is a right of every child and all children need time and space for free play every day. What does that look like in our EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: April 24, 2021

Garden Soils, Critters and Ecology, with Garden Jane - In Person

Session Two of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series
• Insects, Bees, Birds, Bats - roles they play in the garden
• Learn about the soil food web and how to help children connect to it

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: April 27, 2021

Webinar - What does How Does Learning Happen? look like with Families?

A foundational principle of How Does Learning Happen? is that children thrive in early years programs where families are valued as active participants in their children’s learning. The session will offer opportunities for Educators and families to highlight and share in children’s learning, utilizing a side-by-side, in the moment approach.

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$15.00)
  • Out of Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: April 28, 2021

Webinar - Innovative Ways to Use Natural Loose Parts

Take it Outside! A Nature Perspective Series

This series has been created through conversation and feedback in the early learning community as educators navigate the outdoors and offering opportunities to engage with loose parts, explore in all weathers and encourage opportunities for children to challenge themselves to take a risk.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: April 29, 2021

Webinar - STEAM Rich Environments

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: May 3, 2021

Sudbury - STEAM for Infants and Toddlers - In Person

Session 2 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 4, 2021

Sudbury - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 4, 2021

Sudbury Venue - Mark Making Schemas - In Person

From our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 5, 2021

Sudbury - Building and Coding with Technology - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registrations C$50.00

Date: May 5, 2021

Sudbury - Imaginative and Dramatic Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 6, 2021

Sudbury - Theories of Play - In Person

School Age Series 2: Investigating the Theories of Play and the Principles of Playwork to Support Your School-agers

Playwork and the term Playworker are commonly used terms in the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world, and is rapidly spreading throughout North America. In the UK, Playworkers work with children and young people from 4-16 years in school-age programs, holiday programs, adventure playgrounds, on playbus’ and as play rangers. Playwork has evolved since post war Britain and is a profession in its own right. Although it shares some aspects of early learning and child care, it has philosophies, principles, and practices unique to Playwork. Play is seen as a process, not a product. Does that sound familiar? And one of the roles of a Playworker is to enrich the environment to provide ‘playable spaces’ for children, restoring play and lost experiences.

Session One: Theories of Play
During session one participants will have an opportunity to dive deeply into what play is for older children and the role of the adult within children’s play, thus supporting a move towards a child-led agenda. Participants will be introduced to the ‘Playwork Principles’ and the ‘Play Types’ as tools to support practice and playfulness.

Fee includes training booklet and materials.

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Price: General Admission C$50.00

Date: May 6, 2021

Sudbury - Supporting Risk and Challenge - In Person

How can we provide risk and challenge for a wide age range of ages and abilities while being mindful of the health, safety, and well-being of children? Educators will have an opportunity to explore ideas and experiences to support the implementation of appropriate risk within their programs.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 7, 2021

Sudbury - Sharing the Value of Unstructured Play Experiences with Families and Colleagues - In Person

As we are moving away from theme based planning to an emergent approach to learning through play, which is in line with Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks, the way that we are working with children in the early learning and child care field is changing. This workshop will support educators to explore what unstructured play is, the importance and benefits to children, and how they can communicate this to fellow educators and families. The session will look at intentional, open-ended experiences and dispel the myth of it being a ‘free for all’. Participants will have an opportunity to try out some practical, interactive ways to convey the importance of unstructured play in an early learning and child care environment.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 7, 2021

Ottawa- STEAM for Infants and Toddlers - In Person

Session 2 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 11, 2021

Ottawa - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: May 11, 2021

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