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Summer Institute 2014

Investing in the Early Childhood Workforce

June 12, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Location: George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, Ontario

  • Links to the day's presentations are posted below throughout the agenda

About the Institute

The early childhood workforce has long been identified as central to the delivery of high quality early childhood education. Despite continuing workforce issues including access to professional development opportunities, gaps in skills and competencies, and ongoing challenges regarding wages, benefits, and retention, the changing landscape in Ontario’s early years sector presents the workforce with both new opportunities and challenges.


The 11th Annual Summer Institute on Early Child Development examines the early childhood workforce - locally and internationally. This year’s institute explores the new skills and knowledge early childhood educators need to bring to early learning and family support programs.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jan Peeters

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker for the 2014 Summer Institute is Dr. Jan Peeters, Coordinator of the Centre for Innovation in the Early Years of the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University (Belgium).  Dr. Peeters is an international expert on competency requirements in early childhood education and care and inclusion in the early childhood workforce.  He will be sharing international trends and evidence.  

Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Learning Division, Ministry of Education

Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister of early years for the Ministry of Education, tackles the most contentious issues facing early years leaders. The session will offer practical strategies and solutions based on international research and Jim’s own leadership experience. The new provincial pedagogy How Does Learning Happen will also be highlighted. Through pre-surveying, Jim will identify and address specific leadership challenges of interest and concern to the audience during this highly interactive and informative session.


Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration & Refreshments (Waterfront Lobby)

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Eugene Harrigan, Vice President, Corporate Services, George Brown College

9:30 a.m. Award Presentation
Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, Community Services & Early Childhood, George Brown College

AECEO ECE Award Recipient

left to right: Patricia Chorney Rubin (George Brown College), Eduarda Sousa (AECEO), Rachel Langford (Ryerson University)

left to right: Particia Chorney Rubin (George Brown College), Eduarda Sousa (AECEO), Rachel Langford (Ryerson University)

The Association for Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) has represented Early Childhood Educators for over 60 years advocating for the professional recognition and working conditions that support healthy child development. Join us in recognizing the contribution of the AECEO to the professional status of early childhood educators.

9:45 a.m. Keynote: What makes a High Quality Early Childhood Workforce?
Jan Peeters, Coordinator of the Centre for Innovation in the Early Years of the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University (Belgium)

Dr. Peeters is an international expert on workforce preparation and inclusion in the early childhood workforce.

The early childhood workforce is being called upon to adapt to new delivery systems as they support children and families with diverse needs navigate unprecedented socio-economic changes. These external developments require an innovative, more sophisticated workforce. Dr. Peeters discusses the preparation and character required for the new Early Childhood Educator and approaches that can assist the profession to rise to the challenges and opportunities.

10:15 a.m. Early Childhood Workforce Development in Canada

Trends in ECE Preparation and Supports across Canada
Jane Bertrand, Program Director, The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation

Strategies to Advocate for a Professionally Recognized Workforce
Jamie Kass, National Childcare Coordinator, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Responding to the New Service Delivery Environment
Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Toronto Children’s Services

Moderator: Kerry McCuaig, Fellow Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, OISE/University of Toronto

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Morning Workshops: Research to Inform Practice

  • Voices from the Field: Full Day Kindergarten Teaching Teams Share Their Wisdom

    This study examines the perspectives of RECE/OCT teaching teams in Full-Day Kindergarten who are making this professional partnership work. Survey and interview results highlight the complexity of the new teaching model and identify conditions that support inter-professional team building and effective team teaching in school settings. Participants will be invited to explore the
    implications of the study including structural and interpersonal factors that support professional collaboration, professional learning and advocacy.

To view their presentation, Bringing Our Best to Full-Day Kindergarten: Creating Equitable & Effective Teaching Teams (pdf)

Kimberly Bezaire, Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College
Monica McGlynn-Stewart, Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

  • Leadership, Professionalism and Public Recognition

    The process of professionalization can be viewed as a self-actualization journey of leadership. In order to be viewed as professionals we need to first see ourselves as having professional status. The role of the College of Early Childhood Educators is to promote public trust and accountability. Please join in a guided discussion on the relationship between professional identity, the regulatory body, and the catalytic nature of leadership in pursuit of quality outcomes.

To view their presentation, Leadership, Professionalism and Public Recognition (pdf)

Sue Corke, Registrar and CEO, College of Early Childhood Educators
Elaine Winick, Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

  • Schools at the Centre: An Evaluation of the Impact of Full Day Kindergarten on Education and Care Systems, Educators and Families

    The study analyzes data related to program access, affordability and workforce developments in Ontario between 2010 -2014. The study includes surveys of educators documenting the nature and status of working relationships, interviews with administrators, and parent surveys assessing potential changes to parent workforce behaviour and family stress. Findings to date have implications for policy makers, administrators and postsecondary educator training.

To view their presentation, Schools at the Centre: Case Studies of Seamless Early Learning (pdf)

Emis Akbari, Post Doctoral Fellow, Atkinson Centre, OISE/University of Toronto
Romona Gananathan, PhD Candidate, OISE/University of Toronto
Zeenat Janmohamed, Visiting Scholar, Atkinson Centre, OISE/University of Toronto

  • Assessing Child Care Centre Quality to Drive Quality Improvement and Accountability in ECEC Programs

    This study tests the validity of the Operating Criteria as a measure of quality as well as the City’s process for collecting quality ratings. Research, implementation and policy issues will be discussed.

To view their presentations, Supporting System Quality (pdf) and Measuring Child Care Centre Quality for Quality Improvement Purposes (pdf)

Anne Hepditch, Quality Assurance Consultant, Toronto Children’s Services
Michal Perlman, Associate Professor, OISE/University of Toronto

  • Science of Early Child Development

    The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) initiative includes online, video-rich resources and courses that present current research on early development, health and well-being. Topics include: social determinants of health, self-regulation, population health, and early literacy and numeracy. In this session, we will demonstrate some of the ways SECD is used for ECE postsecondary education and professional development, in Canada and around the world. We will also show examples of filming done around the world and review the results of student surveys on SECD use.

To view their presentation, SECD Scient of Early Child Development (pdf)

Jamie Koshyk, Red River College
Shelly Mehta, Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

  • Changing the Educational and Professional Development Requirements of Early Childhood Educators: How did Five OECD Jurisdictions Engage in this Policy-Changing Work?

    There are many elements in policy-changing work: initiating the process, determining who is to be involved in policy development and in what capacity; gathering information; policy design, and moving from recommendations to action. This workshop, based on key informant interviews and emerging literature, will examine the presence or absence of these steps in five jurisdictions—Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Australia, New Zealand and England—that designed and introduced
    strategies to increase their ECEC workforce’s required levels of education and/or professional development. The workshop will then explore what can be learned as we engage in policy-changing work to address Ontario ECEC workforce issues.

Rachel Langford, Director, School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University

12:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Keynote: Leadership on the Line: How to Shine in Challenging Situations
Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Learning Division, Ministry of Education

Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister of early years for the Ministry of Education, tackles the most contentious issues facing early years leaders. The session will offer practical strategies and solutions based on international research and Jim’s own leadership experience. The new provincial pedagogy How Does Learning Happen will also be highlighted. Through pre-surveying, Jim will identify and address specific leadership challenges of interest and concern to the audience during this highly interactive and informative session.

2:30 p.m. Roundtables: New Policy Directions in Ontario

  • Pre-Service Training

    Are post-secondary institutions keeping pace with the new demands placed on graduates? What is the right kind of training and how much training is enough?

Debra Harwood, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University
Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, Community Services & Early Childhood, George Brown College
Mary-Louise Vanderlee, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University

  • Professional Pay for a Professional Workforce

    Public funding is allocated to early years services in a variety of ways, via the space, the child and/or the staff. What works best? Who should pay early childhood educators and how?

Jamie Kass, National Childcare Coordinator, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Rachel Langford, Director, School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University
Eduarda Sousa, Executive Director, AECEO

  • Professional Learning

    Early childhood educators value lifelong learning. As professionals, they are expected to engage in continuous professional learning. Who should provide professional learning? How can the sector address issues of access to professional learning?

Melanie Dixon, Director of Professional Practice, College of Early Childhood Educators
Phyllis Hession-White, Professional Relation Services, Executive Assistant, ETFO

  • How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years

    How Does Learning Happen? is Ontario’s newly released pedagogy for the early years. It is a professional learning resource developed to support Ontario’s renewed vision for the early years. How does this resource help inform and transform practices in early years settings?

Lynne Besner, Program Policy Analyst, Ministry of Education, Early Years Division
Kimberly Bezaire, Professor, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College
Nelson Hillier, Manager, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College
Palmina Ioannone, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College and Atkinson Centre, OISE/University of Toronto

To view their presentation, How Does Learning Happen (pdf)

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks: Professional Recognition for Professional Work
Colette Murphy, Executive Director, Atkinson Charitable Foundation


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This event is presented by George Brown College, School of Early Childhood, and the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

 

Thank you to all of the organizers, sponsors, speakers and participants for making this a such a successful event!

 

 

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