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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


8:00 A.M.

Registration & Refreshments (Waterfront Lobby)

8:45 A.M.

Welcome and Introduction

Anne Sado, President, George Brown College

Greeting and Land Recognition

Bob Whiteduck Crawford, Counselor/Professor, Indigenous Education & Services, George Brown College

9:00 A.M.

Keynote: Fostering Effective Early Learning (FEEL)

Iram Siraj, Professor of Child Development & Education, University of Oxford

Drawing from her expansive international research experience, Dr. Iram Siraj shares findings from the FEEL professional development strategy, now showing promising outcomes for educator practice.

10:30 AM


1. Coaching to advance early childhood professional development  

2. The early childhood cognitive sensitivity training study 

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

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

5. Developing the whole child through movement play

6. Early childhood pedagogies  

12:00 Noon

Lunch & Networking (Waterfront Lobby)

12:45 P.M.

Poster Sessions:
(Waterfront Lobby)

A. Setting up Children with Autism and their Families for Success

B. Early Childhood Educator Wellness and Mental Well-Being

C. Advocating for Decent Work for ECEs

D. Promote healthy eating and physical activity in ECE

E. Using Virtual Reality to support learning in remote geographic locations

1:05 PM

Panel Discussion

Beth Deazeley, College of Early Childhood Educators

Rachel Lafferty, Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario

Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Provincial Centre of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care

Michal Perlman, Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Key elements of defining and sustaining an ECE workforce

3:50 P.M.

Closing Remarks

Jennifer Jenkins, Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Patricia Chorney Rubin, Director, School of Early Childhood, George Brown College

4:00 P.M.

Award Presentation & Reception

Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain

Join us in recognizing the contributions of Margaret McCain to early childhood education.

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

GBC          OISE



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