WORKSHOPS


Past Sessions 2018

A1 Composition in Wonder: Exploration of sound, music and movement (Part 1)

The sense of wonder is one of the most natural and present abilities of all children. The power to explore the world using all senses should always be cherished and fully utilized in childcare centers, as the BC Early Learning Framework suggests.

Our workshop will engage with the sense of hearing and the power of sound as a learning tool. Sound is a pedagogical material that, even if untouchable, is always present . Children feel, see, and acknowledge sound in a multitude of ways.

Through conversation and hands-on provocations, we hope to uncover questions and make discoveries through experiments with sound, music and movement applying multiple mediums both conventional and unusual.

Presenter: Annabella Cant & Violet Jessen

Annabella Cant received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program with her work : Unswaddling Pedagogies; Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education. She is currently an instructor at Capilano University in the Early Childhood Care and Education degree program.

Violet Jessen has been an early childhood educator since 1996 and she began teaching at Capilano University in 2002. Violet has a strong commitment to professional development and community work. She is a member of the Early Childhood Educators of BC and is currently serving on the provincial board.

A2 Whose Risk is it Anyways: Exploring Risks with Infants and Toddlers

All children come into this world and are born unique, they all have unique temperaments and personalities. Thus, for some children, taking risks comes more naturally than for others. Understanding the processes of risk allows us to better understand and support our children and their growth and development. Risk is inevitable, and without risk-taking opportunities, our children will be more apt to take impulsive and poor risks.

Presenters will ask participants to explore their feelings around risk, and what it means for infant toddler development. We will challenge common ideas and rules, and the problems that occur when we make decisions for children based on what we are comfortable with, rather than what they need.

Presenter: Nita Pedersen & Lina Brasil Do Couto

Nita Pedersen is a Senior Educator at SFU Chi Idea re Society in the infant Toddler, Programs Espuleta program. Nita has been in this field for over 25 years and in 2017 won the Prime Minister’s Achievement Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

Lina has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 15 years and it continues to inspire her. She has always been fascinated by how young children learn, especially from one another. The opportunity to engage in reflective practice, advocate for children and support families as an educator is one that she approaches with passion, curiosity and humility. She is so grateful to be a part of SFU Childcare Society for the past 5 years, for how deeply committed they are to emergent curriculum, to personal & professional growth, and to advocacy in early childhood. Currently She is the senior supervisor educator at ‘Les Petits’ IT Program.

A3 Dispositions to Grow Emergent Curriculum

We will interrupt the misconceptions that “following children” is the essence of emergent curriculum. We will illustrate this presentation with a small project highlighting processes the processes that invited and sustained relational inquiry. The workshop follows the format of a mini-lecture and scenarios for discussion.

Presenter: Elaine Beltran Sellitti

After teaching elementary and high school in Brazil, she found her passion educating young children studying Early Childhood Education in Vancouver, after which she has taken many roles in the last twenty-five years, including teaching young children and instructing adults in a variety of contexts, such as college courses and curriculum workshops. Elaine currently teachs early childhood education at a local university. She is an enthusiast of Reggio Emilia pedagogy. She received a Masters of Arts in Education from Simon Eraser University, where she is currently pursuing her PHD in curriculum.

A4 Nurturing Leadership

Within each educator there lies a passion, experience and knowledge. Our culture at SFU Childcare Society (SFUCCS) believes that each of our educators should be able use their passion, skills and interests daily to share and support others. Leadership means inspiration to and from children and colleagues that daily challenges, responds and reflects on our practice,

The typical Leadership model is to direct others from a hierarchical perspective and SFUCCS was engaged in this model. We would provide experts or professional development opportunities to learn from other ECE experts. Only the management team was responsible for the provision of professional development or making it available. Continued professional and personal growth was valued, but only as directed by the upper level management.

Then we began to consider our approach with children and lifting that engagement to all of our relationships. It was then that we realized that we were not consistent with our pedagogy of being with children and others. How could we expect our educators to engage fully with our approach with children if we treated them as empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge? Our image of the educator needed to experience a major shift.

Through the presentation, our intent is to unearth the administrative/leadership shifts that the SFUCCS management team took to in an effort to shift our image of the educator to engage them in a different way through our established practice with our children. Opportunities to observe, inquire about and reflect upon is what our educators need to excite them about their work with children.

We are accomplishing this new way of being with educators through a mentoring lens where other educators with a particular passion, skill and experience leads others. This has turned into a collaborative practice at SFUCCS, and also in our broader ECE community and more recently globally.

This presentation will explore the areas of leadership opportunities that are nurtured at SFUCCS, whether it be building administrative strengths or as pedagogical leaders through the development of mentor educators, and growth in our capacity and ability through the engagement of our whole team. We will explore the impact that this approach has had on the educators’ sense of confidence, satisfaction in their work, hiring and retention.

Presenter: Jacqueline Ewonus

Jacqueline Ewonus is the Program Director at SFU Childcare, overseeing 7 IT programs. She has a long relationship in the childcare field in different capacities over the past 25 years. Jacqueline has recently returned from New Zealand, where she spoke at The Early Care and Learning World Forum on Research, Quality and Reflective Practice and most recently returned from Chicago, where she shared SFUCCS’s view on pedagogical leadership at Leadership Connections 2018 National conference at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.

A5 Ethical Responsibilities in the Childcare Director-Educator Relationship – Looking through the lens of the ECEBC Code of Ethics and Child Care Licensing Regulations (Part 1)

Employers have a moral obligation to look out for the welfare of employees. It is not a question only of fair pay and good working conditions, there should be a real and enduring concern for the well-being of employees. Employees should feel free to raise ethical or other issues without fear of retaliation. This workshop will focus on the CCLR and the ECEBC Code of Ethics as tools for raising concerns as well as a focus on the duties between employer and employee and what could be done to make sure that the relationship is ethically sound.

Presenters:

Sara Sutherland, Manager of the Capilano University Children’s Centre
Glenda Burrows, Senior Licensing Office, Vancouver Coastal Health

A6 Reconciliation as Relationship: Non-Indigenous Preschool’s Experiences of Exploring Indigenous Cultures

“In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation,” the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made 94 calls to action (2015). What are the roles of non-indigenous early childhood educators in these calls? If we work with the children with non-indigenous background, would we still take an action? How can we incorporate indigenous worldview and perspectives in the non-indigenous early childhood program? How can you make it meaningful for the young children to learn about indigenous cultures? The educators at Marpole Preschool tackled these questions in their classroom through Reggio-inspired responsive curriculum and with stories shared with them by a Musqueam Elder. The presenter will describe her own journey of reflecting on how “Indigenous knowledges” were incorporated into their program in a way that was meaningful to the children, and the children’s learning journey of exploring Indigenous knowledge through storytelling. The children and their families developed a close relationship and appreciation toward Indigenous cultures which also included an invitation to National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration at the Musqueam Reserve by the Elder. The presenter looks forward to hearing from participants their thoughts about the Marpole Preschool journey and approach to Truth and Reconciliation.

Natsuko Motegi

Natsuko has been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2002 after obtaining the Master’s degree of Education in curriculum and instruction. She is passionate about building preschool curriculum based on children’s interests and questions, and strongly believes in the importance of documentation as a tool to observe, record, and reflect in the process of curriculum building as well as to make children’s learning visible. She has been working at Marpole Preschool since 2005 where she demonstrates Reggio-inspired responsive curriculum in practice.

Gabriella Kirton

Gabi began her career in education working as an Educational Assistant. Years later, she did extensive volunteer work at the Parent participation preschool that her son attended. Gabi realized her true passion for Early Childhood education and returned to school to study ECE at Burnaby Continuing Education. This is Gabi’s fourth year working alongside Natsuko at Marpole Preschool, a Reggio inspired preschool in Vancouver.

A7 Working with Living Documentation

The educators of Reggio Emilia have been working with the concept of documentation for many years. In BC, we are exploring pedagogical narrations as part of our Early Years Framework and we are working to implement them in our school curriculum. In this workshop we will explore the possibilities of documentation beyond stories and pictures on the walls. Sharing stories from our Childcare Centres, we will consider how pedagogical narrations become a part of our living documentation at our programs, how the process of documentation enriches our deep investigations with children and how it plays an essential role in involving children and their families in their learning. Some questions we will ponder upon are: what is the role of pedagogical narrations in the process of documentation? What is a living documentation? What is the role of the living documentation in creating cultures of collaboration between educators, children and their families?

Presenter: Maryam Naddaf

Maryam Naddaf is the coordinator of Frog Hollow Reggio-lnspired Learning Centre. In her role, Maryam works closely with Frog Hollow educators, children and their families in designing curriculum, and takes part in professional development opportunities for Frog Hollow educators. Maryam also facilitates and organizes workshops, tours, consultation services and roundtables for the Early Childhood Education and Early Years community in Vancouver and BC. Social justice and quality of life and education has always been a great value for Maryam which has taken her to her journey in obtaining her B.A in Community Rehabilitation Management and many years of working with infants, children, youth and adults with diverse abilities.

A8 Introducing the BC Early Years Pedagogy Network

This session will introduce the BC Early Years Pedagogy Network directed by Drs. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Denise Hodgins and Kathleen Kummen in partnership with ECEBC and funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The BC Early Years Pedagogy Network will work with early childhood educators to create a dynamic and holistic quality system in early care and learning in British Columbia. In this presentation, we will present how the Network will introduce, support, and evaluate the pedagogist role in early childhood programs across the province over the next few years. This session will share the project’s vision that together BC can lead in the development of a unified ECE system where quality can be understood and lived within the local community context, and where professional early childhood educators are recognized and supported as critical to its foundational backbone.

Presenters: Veronica Pacini Ketchabaw, B. Denise Hodgins and Kathleen Kummen

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).

Denise Hodgins is the Eexcutive Director of the British Columbia Pedagogies Network and an independent scholar. She draws on her more than 20 years of experience working with children and families in her commitment to making visible and engaging with issues of equity in, through, and for pedagogical and research practices. Her work as a researcher, pedagogical facilitator, and educator 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.

Kathleen Kummen is both an instructor in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program and the Chair, Innovation and Inquiry in 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 Nework 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.

B1 Composition in Wonder: Exploration of sound, music and movement (Part 2)

The sense of wonder is one of the most natural and present abilities of all children. The power to explore the world using all senses should always be cherished and fully utilized in childcare centers, as the BC Early Learning Framework suggests.

Our workshop will engage with the sense of hearing and the power of sound as a learning tool. Sound is a pedagogical material that, even if untouchable, is always present . Children feel, see, and acknowledge sound in a multitude of ways.

Through conversation and hands-on provocations, we hope to uncover questions and make discoveries through experiments with sound, music and movement applying multiple mediums both conventional and unusual.

Presenters: Annabella Cant & Violet Jessen

Annabella Cant received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program with her work : Unswaddling Pedagogies; Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education. She is currently an instructor at Capilano University in the Early Childhood Care and Education degree program.

Violet Jessen has been an early childhood educator since 1996 and she began teaching at Capilano University in 2002. Violet has a strong commitment to professional development and community work. She is a member of the Early Childhood Educators of BC and is currently serving on the provincial board.

B2 Food and Conviviality: A Conversation about Living Together (Part 1)

How do we think of food as a way of coming together and appreciating living together with children. Join the Capilano University Children’s Centre’s educators in a conversation of what it means to come together for paying attention to what is growing in the garden that is local and seasonal. What does it mean to pay attention to aesthetics of meals and the dining table and avoiding plastic containers. How might we look at the rituals of eating as not a managed time or transition time. Another aspect will be on how we pay attention to food waste.

Presenters: Capilano University Children’s Centre Educators, Dr. Sylvia Kind

Dr. Sylvia Kind is an instructor in early childhood education at Capilano University and atelierista in the Children’s Centre.

B3 Re-conceptualizing Best Practice in Early Childhood Education: Exploring Connections Between Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership (Part 1)

The aim of this workshop is to build a connection between curriculum and pedagogical leadership. What is pedagogy? In what ways can educators be authentic when transforming theory to practice? How do we define “Quality Care and Education”? In order to discuss these powerful questions, Saaiqa will share examples from her own practice and personal philosophy but also invite participants to share and listen to their own educational values/ pedagogical commitments/ research topics that they are currently working on with children.

Participants will engage in an informal reflective dialogue regarding pedagogical documentation as they develop new ways of knowing and relating to children. She also welcomes everyone to create a community of inquiry as they challenge their image of educators; moving past seeing themselves as technicians who simply deliver knowledge. Through a series of activities and discussions, she will support the participants to reflect upon their pedagogical values and intent as they think about their own pedagogical commitment; share struggles and successes in their practice; as well as reflect upon how to truly sustain a long term inquiry.

The second component of this workshop will enable participants to also reflect upon how they view themselves and their role in the field of Early Childhood Education. This can be done by challenging existing notions of leadership; more specifically pedagogical leadership in relation to their own communication styles. Furthermore, when thinking about the notion of “quality”, participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their image of childcare and what this really means to them. They will also engage in collaborative discussions on how to shift from viewing childcare as a service to building authentic spaces for children.

Presenter: Saaiqa Bhanji

Saaiqa is a Senior Supervisor within the Nanitsh (3-5 program) at SFU Childcare Society (SFUCCS). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Early Learning From Simon Fraser University. In addition, she also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs and Infant and Toddler Certifications from Capilano University. Saaiqa is currently a staff representative on the SFUCCS Board of Directors and received the SFUCCS Leanne Dalton Working with Passion Award for the 2017-2018 year. She also serves as a mentor for three 3-5 programs by enabling educators to build upon their own leadership skills and engage in on going reflective pedagogical documentation. She is extremely passionate about reconceptualizing the notion of “best practice” within the field of Early Childhood Education. She has published her work alongside other educators in The Canadian Association for Young Children’s Journal.

Saaiqa has had the unique opportunity work alongside her mentor Bo Sun Kim, Pedagogist and instructor from Capilano University, to help organize, lead, and facilitate monthly learning circle sessions for SFU Childcare educators over a period of two years. This experience has enabled her to build upon her own leadership skills on a holistic level. She also developed and co-lead workshops for International Directors from Venus Kindergarten in Beijing, China, and as an active participant at the 2017 World Forum Foundation Conference, held in Auckland, New Zealand; she aims to focus on promoting high quality pedagogical leadership both on a national and international level.

B4 Rhythms and Intensities in the Juniper Room

The infant toddler educators, working in the Juniper Room at Capilano University Children’s Centre, share the joys, tears, laughter and complexities of learning with infants what it means to live well with other beings and entities who inhabit our world. Working with a pedagogista and atelierista, the educators will explain how their practice embodies an ongoing commitment to pedoagical practices that honour congeniality and hospitality They will narrate what happens to practice when relationships are understood as a process of constant reshaping, remaking and recreating of the daily rhythms as intensities ebb and flow in an infant room.

Presenters: Capilano University Children’s Centre Educators, Juniper Room, Dr. Kathleen Kummen

B5 Ethical Responsibilities in the Childcare Director-Educator Relationship – Looking through the lens of the ECEBC Code of Ethics and Child Care Licensing Regulations (Part 2)

Employers have a moral obligation to look out for the welfare of employees. It is not a question only of fair pay and good working conditions, there should be a real and enduring concern for the well-being of employees. Employees should feel free to raise ethical or other issues without fear of retaliation. This workshop will focus on the the CCLR and the ECEBC Code of Ethics as tools for raising concerns as well as a focus on the duties between employer and employee and what could be done to make sure that the relationship is ethically sound.

Presenters:

Sara Sutherland, Manager of the Capilano University Children’s Centre
Glenda Burrows, Senior Licensing Office, Vancouver Coastal Health

B6 Simplify in Easy Doable Steps (Part 1)

Simplify in Easy, Doable Steps: In scheduling your programs and deepening your connections with children. This workshop will give you tools to immediately put to use in integrating sustainable simplying changes you can make to enhance connections with children and create a calming atmosphere.

Presenter: Margo Running

Margo has worked with families and children all of her life, babysitting, camp counseling, co-housing, kindergarten teacher and creator of many childcare programs. Her new work is with Simplicity Parenting, Family Coaching as helping support and simplifying home life which is such a key to a child’s unfoldment into the world.

B7 “Being” Educators at School Age Programs

School Age programs are traditionally (and widely) perceived as places for children to pass time until their parents return from work and take them home. For anyone who has worked in a School Age program, it is no news that these after school programs are full of potential for children to engage in social interactions, build and maintain meaningful relationships and practice true citizenship. At this workshop we invite School Age educators to think about their role beyond child-minders and to look deeply into possibilities these short few hours can offer. While we share stories from our School Age children and their educators, we provoke the audience to wonder: How do School Age children view the role of teachers and students? What influences our definition of education, educators and learners? What is the role of the educator in a School Age program? How can we start to think of a School Age program that is a place deep in meaning and crucial in one’s self and collective identity?

Presenter: Maryam Naddaf

Maryam Naddaf is the coordinator of Frog Hollow Reggio-lnspired Learning Centre. In her role, Maryam works closely with Frog Hollow educators, children and their families in designing curriculum, and takes part in professional development opportunities for Frog Hollow educators. Maryam also facilitates and organizes workshops, tours, consultation services and roundtabies for the Early Childhood Education and Early Years community in Vancouver and BC. Social justice and quality of life and education has always been a great value for Maryam which has taken her to her journey in obtaining her B.A in Community Rehabilitation Management and many years of working with infants, children, youth and adults with diverse abilities.

B8 Subsystems

Primary focus of this lecture will be to examine both concrete and abstract aspects of generic interior-spatial design of educational spaces for young children and the effects of design on pedagogical practices. We will discuss the effects of physical flow on individual experiences and group dynamics, the importance of positive and negative spaces and how they can enhance the flow, and ways of designing circumstances that facilitate relational ways of being.

Presenter: Ana Vojnovic

Ana Vojnovic is an educator, artist and designer. Her pedagogical and creative practices are an integrated interdisciplinary response to basic questions of how built/designed environments affect and condition human perception, communication, learning, and socialization.

C1 Unswaddling Pedagogy

In very practical, joyful, playful ways, the workshop will engage with the concepts and practices of swaddling, unswaddling and non-swaddling pedagogies, bringing into the attention of the audience the pivotal role of early education in the designs of life. The presentation will also focus on the “missing beginnings”- the reasons why there is a globally present disconnect between early education and school education. Dr. Annabella Cant will share findings from her doctoral journey in order to motivate the audience to think with the concepts and better understand the privilege of working with young children. She will continue the conversation on the introduced concepts in and will share two examples of swaddling pedagogies: the “Moulding” one and the “Not-yet” one. Also she will introduce the theory and practice of Imaginative Education – a pedagogy that she considers close to being unswaddling – together with her own contributions to it, contributions that emphasize the period at the beginning of life: 0 to 5. Participants will get a glimpse of children’s genuine capacity for openness and wonder by feeling it themselves. Annabella will remind her participants how to be joyful, playful and open, and why these states of mind provoke deep and long-lasting learning in children.

Presenter: Annabella Cant

Annabella Cant received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program with her work : Unswaddling Pedagogies; Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education. She is currently an instructor at Capilano University in the Early Childhood Care and Education degree program.

C2 Food and Conviviality: A Conversation about Living Together (Part 2)

How do we think of food as a way of coming together and appreciating living together with children. Join the Capilano University Children’s Centre’s educators in a conversation of what it means to come together for paying attention to what is growing in the garden that is local and seasonal. What does it mean to pay attention to aesthetics of meals and the dining table and avoiding plastic containers. How might we look at the rituals of eating as not a managed time or transition time. Another aspect will be on how we pay attention to food waste.

Presenters: The Capilano University Children’s Centre Educators, Dr. Sylvia Kind

Dr. Sylvia Kind is an instructor in early childhood education at Capilano University and atelierista in the Children’s Centre.

C3 Re-conceptualizing Best Practice in Early Childhood Education: Exploring Connections Between Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership (Part 2)

The aim of this workshop is to build a connection between curriculum and pedagogical leadership. What is pedagogy? In what ways can educators be authentic when transforming theory to practice? How do we define “Quality Care and Education”? In order to discuss these powerful questions, Saaiqa will share examples from her own practice and personal philosophy but also invite participants to share and listen to their own educational values/ pedagogical commitments/ research topics that they are currently working on with children.

Participants will engage in an informal reflective dialogue regarding pedagogical documentation as they develop new ways of knowing and relating to children. She also welcomes everyone to create a community of inquiry as they challenge their image of educators; moving past seeing themselves as technicians who simply deliver knowledge. Through a series of activities and discussions, she will support the participants to reflect upon their pedagogical values and intent as they think about their own pedagogical commitment; share struggles and successes in their practice; as well as reflect upon how to truly sustain a long-term inquiry.

The second component of this workshop will enable participants to also reflect upon how they view themselves and their role in the field of Early Childhood Education. This can be done by challenging existing notions of leadership; more specifically pedagogical leadership in relation to their own communication styles. Furthermore, when thinking about the notion of “quality”, participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their image of childcare and what this really means to them. They will also engage in collaborative discussions on how to shift from viewing childcare as a service to building authentic spaces for children.

Presenter: Saaiqa Bhanji

Saaiqa is a Senior Supervisor within the Nanitsh (3-5 program) at SFU Childcare Society (SFUCCS). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Early Learning from Simon Fraser University. In addition, she also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs and Infant and Toddler Certifications from Capilano University. Saaiqa is currently a staff representative on the SFUCCS Board of Directors and received the SFUCCS Leanne Dalton Working with Passion Award for the 2017-2018 year. She also serves as a mentor for three 3-5 programs by enabling educators to build upon their own leadership skills and engage in on going reflective pedagogical documentation. She is extremely passionate about reconceptualizing the notion of “best practice” within the field of Early Childhood Education. She has published her work alongside other educators in The Canadian Association for Young Children’s Journal.

Saaiqa has had the unique opportunity work alongside her mentor Bo Sun Kim, Pedagogist and instructor from Capilano University, to help organize, lead, and facilitate monthly learning circle sessions for SFU Childcare educators over a period of two years. This experience has enabled her to build upon her own leadership skills on a holistic level. She also developed and co-lead workshops for International Directors from Venus Kindergarten in Beijing, China, and as an active participant at the 2017 World Forum Foundation Conference, held in Auckland, New Zealand; she aims to focus on promoting high quality pedagogical leadership both on a national and international level.

C4 Object – Body – Sensory Experience

In this lecture, we will discuss the ways of designing and arranging educational spaces that speak of simplicity and rhythm, and ways of using the objects of the space that can facilitate relational flow, one that is responsive to the culture and dynamic of the people that are using the space.

Presenter: Ana Vojnovic

Ana Vojnovic is an educator, artist and designer. Her pedagogical and creative practices are an integrated interdisciplinary response to basic questions of how built/designed environments affect and condition human perception, communication, learning, and socialization.

C5 Simplify in Easy Doable Steps (Part 2)

Simplify in Easy, Doable Steps: In scheduling your programs and deepening your connections with children. This workshop will give you tools to immediately put to use in integrating sustainable simplying changes you can make to enhance connections with children and create a calming atmosphere.

Presenter: Margo Running

Margo has worked with families and children all of her life, babysitting, camp counseling, co-housing, kindergarten teacher and creator of many childcare programs. Her new work is with Simplicity Parenting, Family Coaching as helping support and simplifying home life is such a key to a child’s unfoldment into the world.

C6 Land Pedagogies: Gardening as a Living Curriculum

The educators at Capilano children’s Centre share their experiences with gardening and land pedagogies. They will share how they reconceptualized their practice of gardening and thinking with place and drew inspiration from the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer and the common worlds framework. These influences have brought new perspectives on how to engage with gardening as a form of ‘ living curriculum’. Most of the examples discussed are from the Toddler program but the ideas have relevance to 3-5 age group as well.

Presenter: Capilano University Children’s Centre Educators, Adrienne Argent, Christina Valente, Briony Taylor

C7 Tools of the Trade for Turning Whiners into Winners

Early childhood classrooms are vibrant, energetic and creative spaces for children but not always so for the educators. Workplace whining interferes with the sense of camaraderie in the workplace and distracts educators from active learning and engaged interactions with children. Using small group discussion and lecture, this workshop, will provide participants with specific tools of the trade to turn those workplace whiners into winners.

Presenter: Julia Black

Julia Black is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology, at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and an instructor in the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University. Julia is also a Field Consultant for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, providing training in the HighScope Curriculum model to educators, locally and internationally. Julia earned a MBA at Athabasca University with a focus on change management among educators implementing new curriculum within early childhood classrooms. For twenty-one years, Julia has worked as an educator and manager in early childhood programs and as an educational and early years policy consultant. Currently her graduate research focuses on the relationship worlds of infants and toddlers with a particular interest on the influence of cultural values and beliefs on pedagogical practice.

C8 Twists and Turns. Explorations with Wire

We will explore this intelligently complex material so as to understand its many affordances to represent. We will also experience the possibilities of wire as a language to make meaning about topics and concepts that intrigue children and teachers. We will unpack together a pedagogical narration discussing a long term responsive exploration with young children.

Presenter: Elaine Beltran Sellitti

After teaching elementary and high school in Brazil, she found her passion educating young children studying Early Childhood Education in Vancouver, after which she has taken many roles in the last twenty-five years, including teaching young children and instructing adults in a variety of contexts, such as college courses and curriculum workshops. Elaine currently teachs early childhood education at a local university. She is an enthusiast of Reggio Emilia pedagogy. She received a Masters of Arts in Education from Simon Eraser University, where she is currently pursuing her PHD in curriculum.