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Everyday Moments - Workshop for ECD Professionals
Tue, 25 April 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM MDT
Morning - Professional Presentation
Appreciating the Deep and Simple in Early Childhood Education
What is deep and simple in the work of those involved in early childhood learning? From early childhood care programs to orphanages to impoverished neighbourhoods, we will discover and uncover the caregivers’ intuitive yet powerful human interactions. By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow communities of practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable systems change.
Afternoon - Professional Development Workshop
Using Simple Interactions to Seed and Grow a Community of Practice in Early Childhood Education
How can we support the learning and growth of a professional community in early childhood education? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments. In this workshop session, we practice an approach to communities of practice that rely on capturing and learning from every day, “simple interactions” in early childhood settings. We explore how this approach may complement and support the larger work of professional development and system change.
Speaker Bio - Dr. Junlei Li
As Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center, along with Rita M. McGinley Professor of Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, Junlei seeks to understand and apply Fred Rogers’ philosophy and approach to serve children and their helpers. He and his colleagues look for and convey what matters most to the children and families they serve…..what is “simple and deep?” With diverse community partners and students, he strives to enhance the quality of human relationships surrounding children. He and his colleagues also promote the concept of children “growing on the inside”, along with assigning positive meaning to the use of technology in children’s learning and growing. Across all of his projects, he believes that real and lasting change starts with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments. His work respects, honours, and supports all of the children’s helpers including; parents, caregivers, teachers, and neighbours.
Junlei has had the opportunity to learn from hundreds of children’s helpers across many diverse and low-resource developmental settings, including orphanages, child care facilities, school classrooms, and community programs. He has also helped to spread the important message of, “simple and deep” as a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences for early childhood, K-12 education, and child/youth/family development.