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The 16th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development

Accounting for Quality in the Early Childhood Workforce

June 17, 2019
George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON


KELLY ANDRUSHKO PhD, MSc, BHEcol, BA., Instructor, Early Childhood Education Program, Red River College: Dr. Kelly Andrushko has been an Instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Red River College since September 2005. She is a certified ECE III, and has worked with children and families for almost 20 years. Her primary areas of research include children's health, body image, eating attitudes and behaviours, physical activity, and gender.

CHRISSY DIBUSSOLO, RECE, Professional Learning Consultant
Affiliated Services for Children and Youth
In collaboration between Brock University and ASCY, Nancy and Chrissy lead each phase including the research processes, on-line module development and facilitation, recruitment, design and delivery of online professional development modules for educators in remote communities.

ASHLEY BRUNSEK is a PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at OISE/University of Toronto. Her research focuses on understanding quality indicators of the ECEC environment, with a particular focus on the professional development opportunities available to ECEs.

VEROUSHKA CORONEL, RECE, BA: For the past 20 years, Veroushka has worked as an RECE at George Brown College's Casa Loma Lab School. In addition, Veroushka is an independent consultant, facilitating workshops for the Child Development Resource Centre in Peel. Presently, Veroushka is involved in the Cognitive Sensitivity research study at OISE/University of Toronto and George Brown College

BETH DEAZELEY, Registrar & CEO, College of Early Childhood Educators: Beth Deazeley, LL.B joined the College of Early Childhood Educators as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. Her previous experience includes leadership roles and provision of professional advice to regulatory bodies at both the provincial and national level. Beth has written and published on governance trends, best practices and regulatory matters and has experience as a board member in both the regulatory and non-profit sectors.

RACHEL HEYDON, PhD., Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University, Co-Director, Provincial Centre of Excellence and Secretariat for Early Years and Child Care:. Rachel's work focuses on early literacies and curricula with the aim of expanding literacy and identity options across the life-course. Rachel's books include Learning at the Ends of Life: Children, Elders, and Literacies in Intergenerational Curricula and Constructing Meaning: Teaching Literacies K-8 (with Joyce Bainbridge).

LOUISE HUMPHREYS, Child Care Manager, Toronto District School Board:  With 30+ years experience within the child care and early years field, Louise brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding. Currently working with the TDSB, Louise leads the development, planning and operation of the Board’s Extended Day Program.

SHAILJA JAIN, MEd from the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE/UT. Her work focuses on how understandings of gender, masculinity/femininity and social norms inform the early childhood environment. Shailja is a part-time faculty member and Field Liaison Officer in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College as well as Field Liaison Officer at Seneca College. Shailja is currently a co-coordinator of the SSHRC Cognitive Sensitivity Study at OISE/University of Toronto.

SHELLEY JONASSON, Program and Policy Consultant, Healthy Child Manitoba Office:   Shelley worked for the Manitoba Government for over 15 years, and for the past five years as a Program and Policy Consultant with Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO). Her work at HCMO focuses on early childhood development and family resource programs.

ELLA KARIA, Post-Doctoral Fellow, OISE, University of Toronto: As an Ontario Certified Teacher with the Peel Board Dr. Karia has been an active member on writing teams and co-published resource guides for educators. She is also an active post-doctoral fellow at OISE who is involved with the Early Years Innovations Research Project.

RANDA KHATTAR, PhD, is the Executive Director for the Secretariat for the Ontario Centres of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Western University.  Prior to that she was an assistant professor at Charles Sturt University where she continues to serve as Adjunct Professor in the School of Teacher Education.  She is the co-editor of the Journal of Childhood Studies, a peer-reviewed international journal and has published and presented internationally.  Her research, anchored within an interdisciplinary constellation of post-foundational, complexity, and eco-feminist theories, uses experimental paradigms to problematize developmental childhood discourses.

JAMIE KOSHY, Faculty, Research Department, School of Health Sciences & Community Services, Red River College:  Currently the lead on Red River College’s Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council grant, Jamie explores the influence of the Abecedarian Initiative on parents and staff. 

RACHEL LAFFERTY, RECE, BSc, BEd, OCT, MEd:  An educator with experience teaching children and adults. Rachel coordinated an Indigenous ECE program for nearly seven years, wrote ECE curriculum with an Indigenous focus, and established an online ECE program option. As Executive Coordinator of the Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario, Rachel advocates for professional pay and decent work for RECEs who are employed throughout the early years sector.

MARIE MACAULEY, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy
FEDERICO VARGAS, Analyst, Early Learning and Elementary-Secondary Education 
Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)
Marie Macauley and Federico Vargas coordinate the work of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, in Early Learning and Elementary-Secondary Education. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education to provide leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and to contribute to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education.

VERONICA PACINI-KETCHABAW, PhD. Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University in Ontario, Canada. Veronica is the co-director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Early Years and Child Care, and the British Columbia Early Childhood Pedagogies Network. Prior to joining Western University, she was a professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria in BC, where she now serves as adjunct professor.

MICHAL PERLMAN, PhD. Associate Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development/ School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto: Michal studies interactions between parents and children and between siblings in families with young children. She also focuses on issues related to quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC) including how it should be defined and measured as well as the links between different aspects of ECEC program quality and child outcomes.

MICHELLE RODRIGUES is a PhD student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at OISE/University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the influence of father-child interactions on child mental health and cognitive functioning. Michelle is also interested in applied research, such as enhancing adult-child interactions in both family and education contexts.

IRAM SIRAJ, PhD. Professor of Child Development & Education at the University of Oxford. Her recent research projects have included the major DCSF 17-year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) and of the influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project (REPEY). 

NINA SOKOLOVIC is a PhD student in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at OISE/UT. Her research focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that enhance the quality of caregiver-child interactions. To date, she has been involved in designing such programs in Serbia, Brazil, and Toronto.


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

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