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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


1. Coaching to advance early childhood professional development  

As a strength-based approach coaching builds upon individual knowledge and current understanding, allowing the early years' professional to observe, practice and evaluate through reflective practice to support continued professional learning. This session identifies the strategies required for a results-based coaching approach, relating coaching theory to practice. It links the coaching approach within the workplace to effective professional development.

LOUISE HUMPHREYS, RECE, Child Care Manager, Toronto District School Board

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2. The early childhood cognitive sensitivity training study 

Cognitive sensitivity (CS) refers to an educator’s ability to respond to a child’s interactions and is positively related to children’s language and executive functioning. The Early Childhood Cognitive Sensitivity Training Study is a professional development program aimed at enhancing educator-child interactions, a key aspect of early education and care quality. This session outlines key concepts and strategies used to enhance educator CS, and in turn, overall quality in the classroom.


School and Clinical Child Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

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3. Transitions in early childhood: Recent trends from Canada and abroad

This workshop draws from Canada’s participation in the OECD’s Starting Strong V project, a survey of over 30 countries examining early childhood transitions. Drawing from Canadian examples, as well as from successes in other countries, learn about best practices in pedagogy and professional development that support educator practice. This is also an opportunity to discuss emerging trends in early learning that underscore children’s successful transitions in the early years.

MARIE MACAULEY, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Policy, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
FEDERICO VARGAS, Analyst, Early Learning and Elementary-Secondary Education, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

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4. A mentoring journey: From professional development to a culture of mentoring

Mentoring staff is one of the key aspects that fostered effective implementation of the Abecedarian Approach at Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre (LSPCC), located in the inner city of Winnipeg, MB. As part of the Evaluation led by Healthy Child Manitoba, researchers provided training on the Abecedarian Approach. As a partner in the study, Red River College evaluated the program finding mentoring empowered staff and led to greater teamwork. Expansion of the mentoring model into the broader community will also be discussed.

JAMIE KOSHYK, Faculty, Research Department, School of Health Sciences & Community Services, Red River College
SHELLEY JONASSON, Program and Policy Consultant, Health Child Manitoba Office

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5. Developing the whole child through movement play

Introducing the MOVERS scale showing how movement play and physical development can improve child learning and well-being. The workshop will show how the tool can be used to enhance practice and improve our understanding of how the physical is connected to cognitive and social and emotional well-being. Examples of practice and demonstrations using the scale will form part of the workshop. All participants will receive a copy of the MOVERS Manual. Note there is an additional $20 charge for this workshop.

IRAM SIRAJ, Professor of Child Development & Education, University of Oxford, Department of Education

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6. Early childhood pedagogies 

This workshop engages with the concept of pedagogy and challenges early childhood education’s reliance on developmental psychology to rethink curriculum.

VERONICA PACINI-KETCHABAW, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Western University
RANDA KHATTAR, Executive Director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care, adjunct Assistant Professor, Western University
RACHEL HEYDON, Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University

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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