Association Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Conference workshops

The following are materials and resources provided to us by the workshop presenters of the 2016 Shaping our Future conference held September 16-17th, in Ottawa, ON.  Materials will be posted as they become available to us.  

The orientation and onboarding of employees and beyond

Kim Hiscott,/Ronna MacPherson

This workshop provides resources to develop a framework or process for orientation and onboarding of new employees.  Topics of discussion include: When the process starts and ends; the value of engaging employees for your agency as well as the early years sector, supporting professional learning for employees at all stages of employment and what that can look like.

Professional Identity: research into journeys of self-discovery

Dr. Elaine Winick/Dr. Elaine Levy/Nicola Morrison/Daniel Venditti

This workshop, focused on a current research project funded through George Brown College’s Research and Innovation Department, explores the influences that recent and ongoing changes in the early years’ sector have on professional self identity. It is important to note that this current research project has an Ontario focus, with implications for national needs, and international (and inter-collaborative practices) attention.

Exploring strategies to support ECEs in addressing ‘stress’ in the workplace 

Gail Hunter/Raizell Slobodsky

This workshop is for early childhood educators who work in child care centres, before and after school programs, home child care, full day kindergarten, drop in centres, clinics or in any other capacity working with children and families.  In this interactive workshop participants will discuss the concept of ‘stress’, identify triggers of stress, the impact stress has on well-being and on their professional practice.  We will delve into direct and indirect strategies that will support ECEs in creating collegial, supportive, and productive work environments. The discussion will encompass exploration of strategies such as self-reflection, strengthening professional relationships, communication with children and families and importance of ‘self’. 

Beyond flesh coloured crayons: Supporting children’s cultural growth in early years programs

Bernice Cipparrone McLeod/Safra Najeemudeen 

Diversity, inclusion and equity continue to be of paramount relevance to the field of education particularly with recent emigration and immigration issues across the globe. How are educators using environments that are rich in diversity to help facilitate children’s cultural growth? Beyond flesh coloured crayons, pictures representing diversity and holiday celebrations, educators will benefit from critically reflecting on their own assumptions, cultural beliefs and values which influence their practice when working with culturally diverse children and families. 

We are ALL IN this together!

Rosario Dizon

A workshop that will revisit what inclusion means to the early learning professional and how it is applied to the early learning classroom. This workshop will both be a presentation and interactive discussion with participants.

Best practices in Aboriginal ECE at Oshki Pimache-O-Win (OSHKI) Education and Training Institute 

Lori Huston/Roxanne Loon/Rita Winter-Duncan

This workshop will tell the story of Aboriginal early childhood educators in Northern Ontario, receiving an Aboriginal ECE diploma within a First Nation institute located in Thunder Bay, ON, which delivers a blended unique model that allows students to stay in their communities for the majority of the program, while working in the field of early learning and raising their families.  Will include highlights of the best practices at OSHKI, graduation rates, the impact the program has in communities.  Participants will learn about the Aboriginal ECE learning lab and its teaching purposes for the students. 

Rita Winter-Duncan will share her knowledge and experience of First Nation language practices with the students, communities and post secondary programs at OSHKI. 


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