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Annual Event

August 31 & September 2, 2021

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How Does Learning Happen?

Hosted by the FN Early Years Mentors
Registration is FREE

AUGUST 31, 2021

Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am CST
10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Session 1: Tenacious Toddlers

An opportunity to discuss our observations and experiences with toddlers to cultivate reflective teaching and responsive interactions.

Lina Davidson, Early Years Advisor, MEDU
Wanda Gordon, Indigenous Professional Learning Opportunities Coordinator

AUGUST 31, 2021

Sharing our Culture

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm CST
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Session 2: Beading with Donna Meekis & Cindy Piche

An opportunity to create a unique craft and learn techniques for future creations!  Programs will receive a beading kit to participate.

September 2nd, 2021

Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am CST
10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Session 3: Outdoor Play Spaces

Tips and tools for creating an inspiring play space for children to explore, be curious and invoke a sense of freedom and wonder.  You will have the opportunity to network with supervisors who are on their journey of creating outdoor play spaces!

Voices from the Field with Shelley Franceschini, Ginoogaming Aboriginal Head Start, Stephanie Michano-Drover, Pic River Children & Family Learning Centre, Tanya Jones, Ni Gi Goo Si-Wii Gi Waam Child Care Centre




September 2nd, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Session 4: Setting Up a Preschool Environment

When we see children, educators and families as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential we are more likely to deliver programs and services that value and are built on strengths and abilities. How is this reflected in our relationships with preschool children?  How are families and educators a part of this shared understanding? An opportunity to engage as a starting point in a conversation around setting up a preschool environment built on the foundations of How Does Learning Happen?, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

Eugema Ings, Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon

Kelly Massaro-Joblin, Early Years Consultant

Registration deadline: Aug 17th, 2021

Time is required to allow for delivery of supplies for the cultural activity on Aug 31st. A set of children’s books will be gifted to registered programs following the event!

We look forward to connecting with everyone!