The Early Years Professional Development Committee consists of representatives of provincially funded Training Institutions and Support Sites. Committee members share their insights, needs assessment observations and professional development plans in order to coordinate, communicate and deliver quality professional development for all early childhood educators and other early years professionals in Nova Scotia. Welcome to the

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Welcome to the EYPDC

The Early Years Professional Development Committee consists of representatives of provincially funded Training Institutions and Support Sites. Committee members share their insights, needs assessment observations and professional development plans in order to coordinate, communicate and deliver quality professional development for all early childhood educators and other early years professionals in Nova Scotia.

Upcoming Workshops

Information about professional development workshops is shared by participating Early Years Professional Development Committee members. All registrations are processed by the individual sites. Please contact hosting site directly to register for your session.
September 24, 2020
  • Reimagining Our Work Info Session

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    September 24, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    online

    Reimagining our work (ROW) invitation

    Sometimes there are opportunities that seem too good to betrue but aren’t. The Reimagining Our Work Initiative (ROW) is one of thoseopportunities. Led by a group of eight conveners, including Margie Carter andAnn Pelo who you may know because of their visits to Nova Scotia, ROW isoperationally supported by Exchange Press. The conveners seek to create spacesfor new and transformative conversations about early childhood education. Theseconversations will pop-up all-over Canada and the US. Groups will befacilitated by pedagogical leaders who are invested in a study-for-actionapproach to bringing equity, play-led learning, and a cycle of inquiry to lifein early childhood classrooms.

    Drawing inspiration and focus from a book by Ann Pelo andMargie Carter - FromTeaching to Thinking: A Pedagogy for Re-imaging Our Work (2018) – the ROWInitiative seeks to reunite us with a joyful vision for children, childhood andourselves. Inspired and challenged by the events of 2020 the ROW conveners wantto support new conversations where a commitment to equity and social justiceopen the doors to new ways of thinking and being with children, with families,and with each other.

    These conversations are meant to spark change as we rebuildour childcare systems. We are at a pivot point where pandemic investments inearly childhood could lock us into old deficit-based views of childhood thatfocus on the future productivity of children or getting women back to workquickly, rather than focusingon children’s learning and wellbeing.

    ROW is informed by four guiding principles:

    ·        Principle one: Embrace our humanity

    ·        Principle two: Invite diverse voices and ways ofthinking

    ·        Principle three: Centre our work in socialjustice

    ·        Principle four: Believe in educators

    ROW meetings will bring together 6 to 10educators who are committed to meeting and thinking together over a 10-monthperiod. During meetings children’s voices and stories will be woven into ourconversations to inspire and ground us in our purpose; group members will be criticalfriends who reflect on their stories of practice and the readings with thesupport the facilitator. Learning will link to action, and participants willsupport and challenge each other to bring their ideas to life.

    This is an invitation to learn more about theROW Initiative with our three Atlantic facilitators. Liz Hicks, Susan Staceyand Carrie Melsom invite you to join us for a preliminary conversation aboutROW and next steps for getting started.

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September 29, 2020
  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 7 - 1 of 2

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    September 29, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 7: Pedagogical Documentation; the What, Why, and How

    Documentation makes children’s learning, ideas, thinking and strategies visible, and serves to communicate to others – parents, colleagues, the community – not only what is happening in our setting, but how, and why the documented play or event is important. It is a crucial part of reflective practice and ongoing professional learning for educators, and also a way to revisit past events with children.

    In this module, through examples, discussion, and hands-on work, participants will:

    • Be introduced to the many forms of documentation, and which type to use in which situation

    • Understand the difference between display, documentation, and pedagogical documentation

    • Discover tools that will assist in developing documentation as a regular part of their day

    • Understand the multiple ways in which documentation can be used: Communication, Reflection, Planning-next-steps, Revisiting with Children

    This module is being hosted by Jane Norman College / Early Years Support Centre. 

    This is a 2 evening Online Session on  September 29 6:30-8:30 & October 1 6:30-8:30 

    *you must attend both sessions in order to receive a certificate*

    Please contact [email protected] for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/capable-confident-curious-session-4-module-7-tickets-121054161255

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October 1, 2020
  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 7 - 2 of 2

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    October 1, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 7: Pedagogical Documentation; the What, Why, and How

    Documentation makes children’s learning, ideas, thinking and strategies visible, and serves to communicate to others – parents, colleagues, the community – not only what is happening in our setting, but how, and why the documented play or event is important. It is a crucial part of reflective practice and ongoing professional learning for educators, and also a way to revisit past events with children.

    In this module, through examples, discussion, and hands-on work, participants will:

    • Be introduced to the many forms of documentation, and which type to use in which situation

    • Understand the difference between display, documentation, and pedagogical documentation

    • Discover tools that will assist in developing documentation as a regular part of their day

    • Understand the multiple ways in which documentation can be used: Communication, Reflection, Planning-next-steps, Revisiting with Children

    This module is being hosted by Jane Norman College / Early Years Support Centre. 

    This is a 2 evening Online Session on  September 29 6:30-8:30 & October 1 6:30-8:30 

    *you must attend both sessions in order to receive a certificate*

    Please contact [email protected] for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/capable-confident-curious-session-4-module-7-tickets-121054161255

    See more details

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