Welcome to the 2015 Joy of Childhood Conference.
Recognizing that the child care community is changing, our conference has focused on topics for Early Learning professionals working with children ages 0 to 12 years old including: family child care providers, those working with children of all ages, children with special needs, parents, facility administrators and center staff. It is our goal to promote and develop quality, professional care for all children in York Region. We have planned many exciting and relevant workshop topics that take into account current trends in Early Learning and Care.
The world needs our playful spirt more than ever! But for many of us we have been taught to be anything but playful. This year we are pleased to announce our Keynote speaker Vince Gowmon - get rejunvinated as he talks about "REMEMBERING TO PLAY - Inspiring Joy, Freedom & Self-Care".
We look forward to a wonderful conference with lots of exciting topics to explore.
Saturday November 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Hot Breakfast
8:00 a..m. to 11:00 a.m. Trade Show and Agency Fair
8:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Vince Gowmon
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tradeshow and door prizes
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Workshop
“Dialogues with Spaces – Materials – Reggio Inspired Practices”
By Rosalba Bortolotti
Participants will learn to create spaces for children to inspire learning. Participants will experience hands-on materials, experience what a Reggio-inspired class can do. How to collect observations to document and what can help to enhance programming ideas and learning.
Rosalba is an educator and pedagogical consultant who has owned and operated Acorn School, a Reggio-inspired preschool. She has worked with educators inspiring their practices to become richer and meaningful.
“Positive Behaviour Support: Finding Success in Everyday Challenges”
By Nicole Tuzi
This is an interactive workshop where participants are encouraged to bring examples of children’s behaviours that challenge their everyday operation. We will go over the Positive Behaviour Support principles and find ways of applying these strategies to the challenging behaviours so that both child and educator can find success in their everyday interactions.
Nicole Tuzi, RECE, BCD, M.Ed. is an RECE working in a school-age before and after school program. She is dedicated to the ECE profession and with a focus on children’s social-emotional well-being. She is continuously looking for opportunities where children can experience success in their everyday lives.
Workshop #3 Please note the change in workshop topic
“Book and Boogie: Bringing books and literacy to life through usic and Movement Activites”
By jill Javelosa Alvarez
This fun and interactive workshop will provide parents and professions with ideas to incorporate books and literacy with music and movement activities. Participants are encouraged to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Jill Javelosa-Alvarez is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who currently works as an Early Literacy Specialist. Jill is passionate about enhancing children's literacy and numeracy development through play based and developmentally appropriate programs and activities. Jill supports early literacy and numeracy throughout York Region by providing resources, programs and activities. Jill supports early literacy and numeracy throughout York Region by providing resources, workshops, programs and consultations for parents, caregivers and early childhood professionals.
“Inviting Spontaneous Inquiry Into the Learning Environment”
By Aviva Fudem & Simone Spiegel
Examine the unexpected moments that emerged from ThinkinEd’s wildly successful lab school environments working with children of multiple ages and skills levels. Interact with a curated collection of loose parts to unleash your own creative thinking about self directed learning. Discover the inherent joy of leaving room for spontaneous inquiries! This is a non-lecture format in a casual and intimate environment.
Simone Spiegel and Aviva Fudem are the Idea Architects behind ThinkinEd – a pop-up school specializing in seriously creative learning opportunities for children, families and educators. They use their collective knowledge in education, parenting, mental health and design to set the stage for spontaneous inquiry through open-ended materials.
“The Power of Photo Documentation”
By Caitlin Paterson
This workshop will go into detail as to how to use photo documentation for a variety of purposes. Some areas that will be covered are; book making, learning stories, documentation panels, involving parents and portfolios. This workshop will provide lots of great examples to inspire you.
Caitlin is a RECE currently holding a position with the Toronto District School Board in the full day Kindergarten program. She worked as the assistant supervisor and program staff for the pilot project of full day kindergarten. She has been working on ELECT, photo documentation and emergent curriculum for childcare settings.
“Enhancing the Environment for School-Agers”
By Monica Carruthers
School aged children have just spent their day learning so their after school care needs to be a place to unwind, socialize and relax with the help of a caring and supportive caregiver. Creating a home-like place to go after school can be challenging with low budgets and in ‘shared space’. In this fun, hands-on workshop we’ll explore how to create a Child-focused, Play-based environment for school-aged children, inside and out.
Monica graduated from the Mohawk College ECE program in 1980, has her Early Childhood Resource Teacher Certificate, is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators, and is certified by the AECEO. Since working in Child Care, Co-operative Preschool, and having been a Resource Teacher in both Hamilton and Windsor, Monica has come to realize the importance of the connection of children, educators and families to nature and natural elements. This connection has now become part of every workshop she delivers. Also, all of the workshops she presents include a direct connection to the ELECT document and ‘How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years’.
“Transition from Traditional Circle Time to Meaningful Meetings”
By Wendy Meek & Fran DeFilippis
Meeting time is an opportunity for children and educators to share their thoughts and ideas, to listen to each other, solve problems, learn new concepts and make connections. By coming together as a community of learners, children have a voice in their learning through engagement and inquiry. We will share our journey from circle time to meeting time through videos, discussions and self-reflections revealing our successes and failures. This will provide you with practical strategies to move from traditional circle time to meaningful meeting time.
Fran DeFilippis is a RECE at the Seneca College’s King Campus La School (KOLTS) and a faculty member in the School of Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children and families in a Cooperative Nursery school setting, within the York District School Board, and supported bereaved children and families as a facilitator through various organizations.
Wendy Meek has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 34 years. She has worked with children and families in a commercial childcare setting, as well as provided a high quality, well-respected home childcare program within the community. She is currently a RECE at Seneca College Labs School (KOLTS).
“ECE Environmental Inquiry and Forest School Practices”
By Diane Kashin
Find out more about forest school and how you can incorporate forest school practices into your programming. When children have more experiences playing in and with nature, they “naturally” gravitate to inquiries that are real, authentic and connected to their own worlds.
Dr. Diane Kashin is a registered early childhood educator and professor at Ryerson University. She is the chair of the York Region Nature Collaborative and author of two ECE textbooks, Play and Learning in ECE and Empowering Pedagogy in ECE. She writes a blog, co-moderates a Twitter chat #ReggioPLC and is Reggio inspired and Forest School influenced.
“Building Identity Matters”
By Barbara McKee
How we learn to connect with children of all types and temperaments makes a difference to who these children become. We will look at how identity is formed and how can we play a positive role for all the children we care for. We need to reach out to each unique and individual one and find what makes them shine. This workshop is geared primarily to the work of toddler and preschool practitioners.
Barbara is proud to be a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Certified member of the AECEO, and has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages, both as a front line staff and as an administrator. Her career has provided many opportunities to engage others in the field. She has worked as an Educator, and Administrator, part time faculty and a trainer/facilitator. She currently provides consulting and training for her own business Early Development Consulting. Barbara also pursues many other interests including storytelling, writing and photography.
“Doodle Dream and the Dance of Co-Creation - Unlocking the Gifts of Free Unstructured Play”
By Vince Gowmon
When we think of doodling, we picture a child whiling away the time scribbling or drawing. Doodling, however, is much more than that. It is the experimental and exploratory beginnings of the creative process. It is the means of opening the gate to our body wisdome, and to the dreams and possibilities that lie within. In this fun and interactive playshop, rediscover a love for doodling, and understand its power for opening you up to your creative potential. Explore the many ways we can joyfully doodle, and how it can free our playful spirits, and nurture the spirits of the children in our lives.
Vince Gowmon is the founder of Remembering to Play Events, and the author of Let the Fire Burn - Nurturing the Creative Spirit of Children. He leads keynotes and playshops for organizations, conferences and communities on topics such as Leadership, Communication, Creativity, Community Engagement and Play. His events are fun and interactive, leaving poeple inspired and with practical tools for work and life. He also provides individual and team coaching in person, on phone and vis Skype on all personal and professional matters.
Full Conference Package can be found on the Child and Family Collaborative Website: http://www.cfcollaborative.ca/
“Richmond Green High School is wheel chair accessible. Please note any special accessibility needs”.