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“Inspiring Change & Ignite Your Inner Energy”

This FREE Conference is for Early Learning Professionals
Centre and home based child care, child and family programs, before and after school programs and School Board DECE’s

Conference Agenda

Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Paul Jackson “Why we do what we do.”
In this inspirational keynote we are going to explore the realms of “Why we do what we do.”
What it is that drives us to continue to do what we do and ask those tough questions as to why we are doing it or “Why aren’t we doing it.”
What are the obstacles and barriers that prevent us from fulfilling our purpose: “What we want to do.”

Learning Experiences
11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(The below learning experiences will be selected on the day of conference)

Playing with Pedagogy: Pop Up Paint Lab Studio with Tanya Andrejas & Laura Salau
Participants will be invited to explore through critical reflection their unique creative identities and how it relates to others.
Participants may explore collaborative and collective inquiry through a lens of pedagogical complexity and tensions that may arise.
Participants will explore potential juxtapositions of possibilities and boundaries as they relate to our practice.

The Spaces Between Light, Shadow, Creativity, and Imagination with Rosalba Bortolotti
Explore light and shadow can guide children through developing and collaborating critical thinking skills and to understand the science of light.
Learn more about how the benefits of light and shadow engage children in imaginative, creative, and play-based learning.

Schema Play and Thinking with Loose Parts with Cindy Green
Engage in a playful co-learning experience with colleagues, positioning them to reflect on their level of play comfort.
Engage in collaborative discourse, thinking about schema play preferences and the benefits of open-ended materials in all early learning environments.
Participants will reflect on schema play and thinking when program planning further curriculum invitations.

DROM (drum + OM) with Val Shah
Get ready to move and have fun in this engaging workshop where age or ability does not matter.
Have fun and experience the transformative power of movement and mindfulness.
Increase energy, flip your mindset and alleviate stress and anxiety.

12:00 p.m.
Hot Buffet Lunch will be provided.

Closing Remarks
12:30 p.m.


Maple Downs Golf and Country Club
11101 Dufferin St,, ON L6A 1S2
Maple, Ontario L6A 1S2 Canada
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