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The 17th Annual Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development

Innovations in Support of a Professional Early Childhood Workforce

June 5, 2019
George Brown College, Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON


The Summer Institute is an annual collaboration between the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. The Institute strives to offer timely information to inform early childhood research, policy and practice.

ECE requires consistent pedagogical practices, ongoing assessment, and coherent professional learning that builds on foundational knowledge and continued professional development. These elements work together to improve outcomes for children and families.

The 17th Summer Institute examines innovative practices and approaches that support the early childhood education workforce.

Call for Proposals

Are you interested in presenting at this year's Summer Institute? 

Submissions are due no later than February 28, 2020. Presenters will be notified by March 16th, 2020.

Proposals may include findings from research or innovative practices. International topics are welcomed. Areas include:

  1. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce: The hiring, evaluation and compensation of educators, educator shortages, collective bargaining, occupational standards, educator quality, and career advancement.
  2. Training for professionalism: How higher education and professional learning are preparing pre-service and in-service ECE’s for leadership, and the new demands placed on the workforce and its administrators.
  3. Advocating for professionalization and knowledge mobilization: Strengthening community and professional capacities to advocate, strategize, and stimulate innovation across silos. How can we influence policy?
  4. Funding for professionalization: Adequacy and stability in ECEC funding; financial support for wages and working conditions.
  5. Evaluation and accountability: Innovations in monitoring and assessment practices to inform future planning and development.
  6. Impact of the market: Public versus private responsibility and the implications to professionalization.
  7. Innovation from abroad: Perspectives, actions, or outcomes beyond the Canadian context. What can federal and/or provincial governments take away?
  8. Professionalism within diverse social contexts: Capacity building efforts that support accreditation, recruitment, training, retention, or leadership among and within marginalized communities.
  9. Early years service planning: Is professionalism on the agenda?
  10. Strengthening capacity for early childhood for all Canadians: Investments to strengthen community and professional capacity to advocate, plan, innovate, and operate programs and services that incorporate Indigenous worldviews and Francophone identity.

Consideration will be given to regional representation. Where possible conference organizers will facilitate sessions that include researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to synthesize findings.

Presentations that contain commercial marketing will not be accepted.

To submit your proposal, please complete the form found HERE.

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