Early Childhood Education Professional Development Webinar Series 2017

October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm - December 12, 2017 - 8:00pm

Hosted by: Lethbridge College

Join Lethbridge College for our Early Childhood Education professional development webinar series. Listen and interact with leading Early Childhood Education professionals. Each webinar is delivered through the Lethbridge College collaborate online system.

Series Descriptions:

Facing the Challenges of Implementing Change in Outdoor Play Philosophy

Facing the Challenges of Implementing Change in Outdoor Play Philosophy

Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Presenter: Joanne Keilty

You’ve heard about the movement to increase children’s outdoor play opportunities. You’re excited by the idea of spending more time outdoors with children and making their play experiences meaningful. Perhaps you could exchange some of the equipment children have access to and give more opportunity for decision making and critical thinking . . . but there are challenges.

  • How do you work with colleagues who see outdoor play as time to expend energy and then return indoors for learning time?
  • What do you say to parents who only want their children outdoors when the weather is “nice”?

This webinar will provide opportunity to explore all of these challenges and to share ideas with other Early Childhood Educators from across the country who are facing these same challenges. Specific strategies for turning these challenges into opportunities will be examined.

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Documenting Outdoor Play: Outdoor Learning Matters Too!

Documenting Outdoor Play: Outdoor Learning Matters Too!

Oct. 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Presenter: Bora Kim

How do educators offer rich, experiential outdoor play learning opportunities that expand children’s curiosity and creativity? How can educators support families in understanding what children learn during outdoor play? Outdoor play pedagogical documentation provides educators with visual recordings that illustrate how children make meaning of the world around them, and therefore, contribute to deepening their outdoor learning experiences while partnering with families. This webinar highlights the role of educators in observing, documenting and reflecting on children’s outdoor play experiences. Participants are invited to explore outdoor play pedagogical documentation as a tool to contemplate, reflect and support children’s outdoor play.

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Pedagogy of Place and Educator Attitudes

Pedagogy of Place and Educator Attitudes

Oct. 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Presenter: Joanne Keilty

What is pedagogy of place? Do you have a particular outdoor place, perhaps from childhood, which is significant to you? What makes it significant? How does it affect your way of thinking about the outdoors? How does your approach to the world change when you are in this place?

In this webinar, we will explore the concept of pedagogy and the power of place. We will consider children’s emotional experience in place and how emotional development and relationships are significant in children’s learning. Coupled with this, we will reflect on the attitudes educators have towards children’s understanding of place and the ways in which this builds sustainability knowledge and skills.

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ECE Webinar Series Presenters

Katherine Bonell has been a licensed Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia for more than 30 years. She is a full-time instructor for Lethbridge College and the founder of the Rural Communities Early Childhood Institute.

Tim Van Brummelen is the vice-principal at Mar Jok Elementary and has had the opportunity to collaborate with each teacher from K-6 to develop a full school learning continuum in coding and robotics.

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, and investigator with B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the B.C. Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention, including the developmental importance of children’s risky play.

April Cutler is a kindergarten/grade 1 teacher at Mar Jok Elementary in West Kelowna, B.C. with 15 years’ experience at a variety of elementary grade levels. She has a passion for finding innovative ways of promoting the development of the whole child.

Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College. Her research interests include outdoor play, staff development in early learning programs and landscape designs for young children.

Joanne Keilty is an advocate for quality early childhood education. She is a retired instructor from the ECE program at Lethbridge College.

Bora Kim is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She greatly values outdoor play pedagogical documentation as a learning tool to gain children’s insights, enhance their outdoor play experiences and partner with parents. Her master’s thesis focused on pedagogical documentation and outdoor play environments.

Mavis Lewis-Weber has worked in early childhood education in Manitoba for more than 35 years. She is active in the Manitoba Nature Summit Board of Directors and is a Course Assessor for Nature School Canada.

You can download a PDF brochure for this series here.