AECEO Professional Learning & Connections

Leading with Love and Compassion: An Entryway to Belonging

 

May 10 7:00-8:30PM EST

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In this follow-up conversation, Natalie Royer, Belonging Specialist at Saroy Group, will discuss love and compassion and how it acts as an entryway to belonging. Natalie will highlight key ideas for educators and leaders in the field on how we can communicate with compassion and how we can create a sense of belonging within ourselves by leading with love to both ourselves and others.

This session is a dialogical space for critical thinkers to explore ways to address anti-black racism in early childhood education. The session will consist of facilitated small group discussions offering various opportunities for participants to recognize and respond to the work that needs to happen. Our goal is to create a respectful learning space with zero tolerance for unkindness. Your group discussion could be a space where you see tensions. Please review this guide to understand the discussion rules

To prepare for this conversation, you are invited to watch Belonging Through Connection with bell hooks and john a. powell. In the video, the late bell hooks states two statements that we will explore with colleagues and peers, she paraphrases Henri Nouwen and states, "The challenge of love is extending belonging to someone that we might not even know, someone that might have even hurt us." Also, she states "True belonging is the belonging that is inclusive and does not make me choose people that look like me to care about."
We encourage you to reflect on these statements through thinking with the following questions:

  • How can we extend belonging to those that may have hurt us at work and in our lives?
  • How can we show compassion and love to ensure there is a sense of belonging where everyone can thrive in our practice and in our lives?

You can share your ideas, questions and/or possibilities about how we can address anti-black racism in early childhood education in this Padlet.

We highly encourage you to attend this follow-up conversation. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate ideas, questions and possibilities together about how we can address anti-black racism in early childhood education. We're sure that your ideas will make the facilitated small group conversations, a rich and meaningful experience.

Natalie Royer is a belonging consultant, strategist and coach at Saroy Group Inc. She provides training sessions primarily in the education sector and consults with companies and organizations on how to promote a space of belonging using an equity, diversity and inclusion lens. She has worked in the healthcare sector (i.e. Hospital For Sick Children) and she has taught at colleges and universities for over 10 years. With a background in early childhood education, she advocates for the next generations and hopes as leaders we can create an inclusive space where everyone can thrive.

This conversation will not be recorded to ensure a safe/brave space for all participants.

Access Information: The AECEO is committed to ensuring that our learning experiences are accessible to all educators; including educators with disabilities, whether visible or invisible. We believe that taking care to create a learning experience where no person's voice, spirit, or knowledges are lost because they are unable to attend, benefits everyone. ASL-English Interpretation and live captioning will be available at this session. Please contact [email protected] for access inquiries. 


Black History Month is Done! Now What?

 

In this Black History Month follow-up conversation, Natalie Royer, Belonging Specialist at Saroy Group, shared her story as a Black ECE navigating the sector and facilitated a dialogical space for us to "look deep within [ourselves] and ask the hard questions: Why do I choose to do nothing? What am I afraid of? Why do I think it is not my place act?" (Royer, 2021, para 9). This conversation consisted of facilitated small group discussions and Q&A, offering various opportunities for participants to recognize and respond to the work that needs to happen to address anti-black racism in early childhood education.

This conversation was not recorded to ensure a safe/brave space for all participants

 


(Re)Imagining Relationships with Land Conversation

 

 

In this conversation, Haley Higdon and Carolynne Crawley facilitated a dialogical space for us to rethink our relationships to the natural world through stories and questions that inspire and continue to drive Natural Curiosity’s work. This conversation consisted of facilitated small group discussions and Q&A, offering various opportunities for participants to openly question and think about how we can reimagine and restore our relationship to land.

AECEO membership access a recording of the conversation HERE!

 

 


Reimagining Our Relationship to Land through Natural Curiosity Webinar

 

Natural Curiosity offers a powerful way to engage children in learning about their world. In this webinar, Natural Curiosity Program Director Haley Higdon and Msit No’kmaq founder Carolynne Crawley introduced a transformative approach to early years learning on the land, which first begins with reimagining our own relationship to the natural world. Together, we considered: How might educators model an ongoing, intimate, and deeply informed relationship with the land, in ways that help children to develop a more reciprocal relationship to place, and to each other?

AECEO membership access a recording of the webinar HERE!

 


(Re)Conceptualizing Relationships with Playgrounds Conversation

 

In this follow up conversation, director of education Anne Marie Coughlin, centre director Joanie Vallinga, playground designer Tatiana Zakharova @TATIANAatPlay and preschool educator Sherida Johnson facilitated a dialogical space for us to rethink our relationships with and on playgrounds through sharing stories and questions that inspired and continue to drive their work. The conversation consisted of a facilitated break-out room discussion and Q&A that offered the space to share, question and think with ideas and concepts.

AECEO membership access a recording of the conversation HERE!

 


Play/Grounding and Pedagogy: Unravelling Relationships with ECE Playgrounds Webinar

 

In this webinar, centre director Joanie Vallinga, the director of education Anne Marie Coughlin and the playground designer Tatiana Zakharova @TATIANAatPlay shared images, sounds, stories, and questions that inspired and continue to drive the work of rethinking our relationships with and on playgrounds. Together, we considered: What do ECE playgrounds do, and how might these outdoor play-focused spaces connect to educational philosophies of today and challenges of tomorrow? How might we deeply and meaningfully intertwine pedagogical work and design of outdoor spaces for children? What might playgrounds look, feel and work like if the considerations behind their design and purpose were not driven by developmental psychology alone?

AECEO membership access a recording of the webinar HERE!

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