KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Working with the Early Learning Framework

Re-envisioning professional learning with early childhood educators:
The ECPN in conversation with the BC ELF.

Introduction to the BC Early Years Pedagogy Network

  • 8:55 AM – 9:45 AM
  • (Session A — BlueShore Financial Theatre, all delegates attend)

Role of the Pedagogist

  • 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
  • (Session A — BlueShore Financial Theatre, all delegates attend)

Presenter Panel:
Veronica Pacini Ketchabaw, Ph.D
Kathleen Kummen, Ph.D
Denise Hodgins, Ph.D

This panel will introduce the BC Early Years Pedagogy Network, a project funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The BC Early Years Pedagogy Network leads a network of pedagogists that work with early childhood educators to create a dynamic and holistic quality system in early care and learning in British Columbia. In the first part of the panel presentation, the panelist will share how the Network works with the revised BC Early Learning Framework (BC ELF). Specifically, we will discuss educators might envision the pedagogical possibilities. We will respond to the following question: What pedagogical conditions do we want to create to challenge the legacies of colonization, environmental catastrophe, racism, and globalization?

In the second part of the presentation, we will discuss the role of pedagogist in early childhood programs, by addressing the following questions: Who are pedagogists and what is their role in early childhood programs? How will a pedagogist work to support quality as an idea that needs to be be lived within the local community context? How might educators working with a pedagogist think of early childhood education otherwise?

Presenters:


Veronica Pacini Ketchabaw is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada. She is the co-director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Early Years and Child Care, and the British Columbia Early Childhood Pedagogies Network. Veronica’s writing and research contributes to Common World Childhoods Research Collective (tracing children’s relations with places, materials, and other species), and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory (experimenting with the contours, conditions, and complexities of 21st century pedagogies).


Kathleen Kummen is both an instructor in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program and the Chair, School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University on the unceded territorial lands of the Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth First Nations. She is a co-director of the British Columbia Pedagogies Network and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education at Western University in London, Ontario. Kathleen is particularly interested in developing pedagogies that support student educators in attending to the everyday, complex and contradictory lives of 21st century children. She is part of the Early Childhood Collaboratory and the Common Worlds Research Collectives.


B. Denise Hodgins is the Deputy Director of the British Columbia Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (ECPN) and the lead researcher and pedagogist at UVic Child Care Services. Her work is rooted in material feminist theoretical perspectives. Current projects include the research studies “ECE Pedagogical Explorations” and “Climate Action Network: Exploring Climate Change Pedagogies with Children”. Denise is a member of the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory and the Common Worlds Research Collective.