Early Years Program: Getting It Right!

  • June 1, 2018 - June 15, 2018
    11:55 pm

5 hour online workshop between June 1 and June 15, 2018

Learning activities in this workshop will include online discussions, the examination of case studies, the exploration of resources, and a web conference.

Web Conference: June 8, 2018 8:00 AM EST or 8:PM EST

(Recorded version available June 9, 2018)

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“The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being.” Dr. J Fraser Mustard

Participants will

  • Understand the importance of a purposeful early-years program based on pedagogical approaches that support children as they learn along a developmental continuum and transition from one program to another – child care to pre-school to kindergarten and beyond
  • Explore and apply informative frameworks: Early Learning for Every Child Today: A framework for Ontario early childhood settings; and How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years
  • Understand the concepts of early-years learning and development, and the impact of context in terms of relationships among children, families, educators, and their environments
  • Examine the use of inquiry-based strategies to engage children in learning through exploration and purposeful play
  • Probe the use of pedagogical documentation to interpret and assess children’s learning and development.
  • Examine the role of the educator as a co-learner, engaged in self-reflection, discussion, and ongoing collaboration and learning among educators.

Your Instructor: Heather Cockburn

As a mentor and coach, Heather Cockburn is a dedicated lifelong leader and learner. Over the 29 years she’s worked in education, Heather has developed meaningful relationships while encouraging collaboration, fun and humour for learners of all ages. Heather has influenced change throughout the province of Ontario by providing her expertise to new initiatives developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Board Improvement and Strategic Plans. With each project Heather applies the lens of the School Effectiveness Framework and the Ontario Leadership Framework.
Throughout her career as an educator, Heather built knowledge and expertise at the school, board and provincial levels. She strengthened her skills in child development while working as a primary teacher and curriculum consultant. Heather has brought key learnings from her past positions to the role of First Steps Tutor. As a First Steps Tutor, Heather encourages kids’ success with oral skills, writing, reading and spelling. Her time as a First Steps Tutor taught her the important role play has in learning. She has infused this lesson throughout her career, encouraging child development through play.

Heather has shifted her focus by working on projects where she can share her learning experiences with fellow leaders. She worked with emergent leaders as a Principal’s Qualification Program instructor for the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC). Heather has also connected with school leaders and educators as a workshop facilitator. Her workshops have covered a range of topics from effective teaching strategies to developmental continuums. As a team leader and keynote speaker, Heather influenced the implementation of the Guide to Effective Instruction: K-6 (Literacy, Mathematics and Assessment) for the Barrie District.

Heather recently began sharing her leadership expertise at an international level. Heather worked with ISL in Vejle, Denmark. She has also played a substantial role on several key projects, serving as a lead facilitator and organizer.

Heather is a collegial and energetic leader who understands the tremendous value of developing and nurturing relationships while being of service to others. Schools led by Heather have been awarded the Garfield Weston Award for Improvement in Academics and one has been recognized by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat as a Lighthouse school.

Deadline for Registration:  May 15, 2018



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