News for early childhood professionals

Find out what's new for early learning professionals in Greater Sudbury. Have a news item you think should be posted here? Email it to beststart@greatersudbury.ca

New Program for Child Care/Early ON Programs- Power Off and Play Here!

The Healthy Kids' Power Off and Play Here initiative helps us to recognize and promote environments in our community that provide Screen-Free environments for our kids. Child care centres and homes, day camps, schools, recreation and afterschool programs that make it a policy not to include recreational screen time as a part of their program can sign up to our Power Off and Play Here! campaign. Participating locations will receive a decal for their door and a colourful poster to let families and kids know that they are pledging to offer a zero recreational screen-time environment. A whole centre or school can sign up, or just individual classrooms or programs. 

Interested programs can sign up for the program by filling out this simple form: http://www.sudburyfamilies.ca/healthykids/challenges/power-off-and-play-here/register-your-centre-or-program-as-a-power-off-and-play-here-site/

Françaishttp://www.famillesdesudbury.ca/enfantsensante/defis/eteins-ton-ecran-et-joue-ici/


SAVE THE DATE - Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Night Celebration

The actual date this year is October 16th.  Stay tuned for more information on events in our area


Pedagogical Support Program Applications for Participants Extended- Apply Now!

College Boreal in partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury Children Services is happy to be bringing to our Early Learning sector once again, the Pedagogical Support Program.
 
With the support of study group facilitators, 25 participating individuals will engage in a professional community of practice over a period of six months, to reflect on various aspects of the early years curriculum How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.
 
As the program aims to provide opportunities for participating individuals to have critical reflections and benefit from direct support in French, francophone RECEs are encouraged to apply.

Through a combination of workshops, hands on activities, critical reflections, collaborative inquiry and mentoring, participants will gain a better understanding of the guiding values and principles for early learning programs in Ontario and how they influence professional practice.

The goal of the program is to support the development and implementation of a play based early learning program that aligns with the six principles of the Early learning framework and the four foundations for learning as described in the document How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years.
 
We are looking for motivated educators who are looking to increase their awareness of our pedagogy and their leadership skills. Teams of educators from the same program are encouraged to apply. Individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as space is limited.
 
Applications will be accepted until September  10th, 2018. For more information please contact Melanie Lelievre melanie.lelievre@collegeboreal.ca or your Program Quality Coordinator.
Please see the attached Program Framework and calendar

CALL FOR CANDIDATES - Pedagogical Leadership Professional Learning Program - PAID OPPORTUNITY

Collège Boréal is seeking four Registered Early Childhood Educators to take part in the PEDAGOGICAL LEADERSHIP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM.

The participants of the Pedagogical Leadership Professional Learning Program will be responsible to organise and facilitate the sessions for the Pedagogical Support Study Group and related workshops.

As the program aims to provide opportunities for participating individuals to have critical reflections and benefit from direct support in French, francophone RECEs are encouraged to apply.

Click here to download the application in English and click here for the application in French. Please see last year's framework for a point of reference.

The aim is to offer the program on Wednesday's once again however, availability of space may alter this plan. We will offer full details following the hiring of the successful candidates. Applications will be accepted until August 6th, 2018.

Take advantage of this paid professional opportunity!  For more information please contact Melanie Lelievre  melanie.lelievre@collegeboreal.ca

 

 

 


Wanted! Volunteers to plan next Child Care and Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Evening

Would you like to be part of a fun, imaginative and creative team?  Then we need you! 

Over the past couple of years, a group of volunteers from our ELCC community has successfully planned our Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day events. Well it`s time once again to roll up our sleeves, put our creative thinking caps on and start planning for this years event. The date this year is Tuesday October 16th, 2018.
 
If you would like to be part of the organizing committee this year, please send me an email at jane.tousignant@greatersudbury.ca . Meeting times can be scheduled to accommodate our volunteers as best as possible. Within the next couple of weeks I will set up a meeting for all those interested so that we can get things started. Please extend this invitation to all those working in your programs. The sooner we start the better! :)

Opportunités d'apprentissage Provinciales - AFÉSEO

Formation à distance

1.  Développer son Portfolio

2.  Cycle d’apprentissage sur la documentation pédagogique

3.  Étude du Comment apprend-on?

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New Science of Early Childhood WEBINARS available through AECEO Online Professional Learning

The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario and Red River College have partnered to offer online workshops. The workshop content (videos, readings, links, games, discussions) is completely online and available to participants over the course of the workshop.

Participants have complete flexibility to work through the materials at times that are most convenient for them.

For more information and to register for these workshops click here.


Registration is now open for these next two Fall sessions

Cambrian will continue to offer courses designed to support RECEs working in administrative positions or those who wish to improve their leadership skills.

PSY2700 Client Communication and Leadership Development 

Students will examine a number of psychological topics relevant to the work environment. This course is intended to provide the student with the skills necessary to lead and support clients in a variety of settings. Students will acquire knowledge about interpersonal communication and theory and will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in the development of their own personal and professional leadership style. Topics include: communication theory, self awareness, perception, listening, non-verbal behaviour and communication, conflict management and negotiation skills, team building, group problem solving and decision making, and leadership. Students will be given the opportunity to assess their own attitudes and biases for each of the areas studied.
This course is delivered in a face-to-face format with more than 50% of the content delivered in person. Please note that this course is an upper level course with a focus on interpersonal engagement.

If you are interested in attending, please register on LMS. under Leadership

Empowering Teams & Peers Series
Have you been wondering about what you could do to motivate your staff or peers? Are you looking for an opportunity to build upon your mentorship skills and develop desirable dispositions, knowledge and skills? If so, this workshop series may be the key to achieving your goals and the next step in your career path.
Building on the skills from the Empowering through Dialogue sessions, this next workshop Empowering through Collaboration focuses on guided conversations that lead to guided outcomes. Utilizing the skills of active listening and conflict resolution, teams will incorporate quality authentic feedback to motivate as they work together. Alternative approaches to progressive learning through goal setting, personal growth and habits of mind, acknowledge teams in meaningful ways. Guided conversations affirm the importance of individuals to the team, challenge each person to look deeper, encourage individuals to rethink and/or reflect, interpret and make decisions.
Topics:
? Image of an Educator
? Powerful Questions/Guidelines for effective use of feedback, a review of active listening and conflict resolution strategies employed during conversation/feedback.
? Goal setting (personal and team), motivating staff, ensuring accountability, linking to CPL
? Strategies for coaching and mentoring; adult learning
? Creating learning environments where educators learn through play and documentation
? Promoting Team Work
Participants will reflect using communities of practice model, on the different methods they can use to empower and motivate their teams and colleagues. Participants will be able to align their work as leaders, mentors and coaches, to the four foundations of HDLH? and the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Professional collaboration advances the quality of programs and leads to valuable networking


If you are interested in attending, please register on LMS. under Leadership


WANTED - Volunteers for the Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day Planning Committee

Would you like to be part of a fun, imaginative and creative team?  Then we need you! 

Over the past couple of years, a group of volunteers from our ELCC community has successfully planned the event. If you are interested in being part of a dynamic team and would like to help in the planning of our next Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day event then please send an email showing your interest to jane.tousignant@greatersudbury.ca. Within the next couple of weeks I will set up a meeting for all those interested to get things started. This invitation is open to all child care workers therefore we ask your help in sharing this message with all those working in your programs. Once again, we would like to support our community celebrating Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. The date this year is Wednesday October 25th, 2017.


LAST CALL Pedagogical Support Study Group - Don't miss out! Sign up now!

The updated description of College Boreal's Pedagogical Support Study Group which includes the calendar with the exact dates is now available. If you are interesed in learning more about our Pedagogy and Pedagogical Documentation then please complete the Participant Application Form and return it to either Jane Tousignant or Natalie Halushenski by August 12th. The study group will start in October. 
Recognizing the importance of having a critical friend to reflect with we will prioritize those who apply as a team however please do not let this be a deterrent to your application.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL COLLEAGUES!
Thank you!