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Join us for this Free virtual training session for Early Learning and Child Care Professionals who work in York Region.

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Land as Teacher: Embracing a Seasonal Pedagogy with Hopi Martin and Diane Kashin

This is an interactive, virtual training session.

Educators will be encouraged to participate through voice and video in order to collaborate with each other and to practice skill development.

Come join in on a virtual conversation between Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE and Hopi Martin as we consider the foundations of early learning from both Anishinaabe and western worldviews through relationships to Indigenous knowledge.

What happens to our understanding of the four foundations of learning as described in How Does Learning Happen?

What are the practical applications of these teachings that can be applied by all nations through relationships, play, learning, and documentation?

This interactive webinar will also help you consider how to apply this worldview to your own professional development.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE

Diane is a registered early childhood educator who started her career teaching at a child care centre where she later assumed a supervisory position. In the early nineties Diane moved to York Region and was the child care coordinator at the York Region District School board. She taught at Seneca College until retiring in 2014 at both the degree and the diploma level and was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Child Development degree program at King campus.

Diane is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Diane’s doctoral thesis on emergent curriculum was published in 2009 and she has co-written three ECE textbooks including Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education (2019). From 2014 to 2018, Diane was a lead researcher with Okanagan College in the development of an open access, web-based learning resource designed to increase the capacity of early childhood educators to offer outdoor and nature experiences for children funded by the Lawson Foundation.

Diane is the past president of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario and current coordinator of the York Region Nature Collaborative which provides Land-based learning experiences for educators, children and their families.

Diane writes a blog to support professional learning in early childhood education, Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research and loves to engage in continuous professional learning through social media platforms. Diane presents workshops, webinars and keynote addresses in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Hopi Lovell Martin

Hopi was born in Massachusetts and raised in Tkaronto (Toronto). His ancestry is Lenni Lenape, Briton, and European. He belongs to Waabizheshi Dodem (Ojibwe Marten Clan) through his Auntie’s Ojibwe family. He is Oshkaabewis(Ceremonial Helper and Messenger). After specializing in Kindergarten and Outdoor Education for 15 years, he returned to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he is a PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology and Education researching Indigenous Land-based pedagogies in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015) for culturally appropriate early childhood education for Aboriginal families.

For more information about this training and other professional development and training opportunities offered by York Region, please visit our Eventbrite Page or email

York Region Integrated Children’s Services

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