Advancing Children’s Rights: An Educators Guide to Creating Rights Respecting Spaces
Date(s) - Jun 27, 2020
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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All children have rights, as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In our workshop we will explore the concept of rights, what it means to hold them, and the critical importance for students of a rights-respecting school environment. We will examine how educators can use a children’s rights framework to inform their classroom, from physical design to curriculum and everything in between. Finally, we will try out some fun activities exploring children’s rights that can be brought back to your workplaces.
Suitable for all early learning and child care professionals.
Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
$20.00 members, $25.00 non-members
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604-931-3400 ext. 0
Sarah Rush and Margie Sanderson
Sarah holds a master’s degree in social work from UBC and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. Sarah has a background in supporting children and families in variety of settings including early years centres, transition homes, and elementary and high schools. She has worked as an advocate, family facilitator and program coordinator. While pursing her master’s degree in social work, Sarah completed her practicum with Family Services of Greater Vancouver in Family Preservation and Reunification Services. Sarah developed skills and training in child protection practices and policies as well as broadened her clinical counselling skills. Her second practicum was at Urban Ink, an Indigenous and Intercultural Theatre Company. She developed and implemented an emotional support program for audience members attending a theatre production about residential school. For the past three years, Sarah has been working in the field of addiction and mental health at Women’s Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. Sarah has training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and trauma informed practice. In her spare time, Sarah loves to create puppet shows and plan her next kayak adventure. Margie has been passionate about advancing young people’s rights for as long as she can remember, dating back at least to age 9 when she rallied her classmates to petition for changes at their elementary school. She has a particular interest in child-inclusive design and a background working with youth in educational contexts, including as a Reggio Emilia preschool teacher and at a K-12 Democratic Free school. She has led classes, workshops and discussion groups on children’s rights for youth and for adults. Outside of work she enjoys exploring Vancouver and BC (having recently moved here from Philadelphia, PA) and volunteering with seal pups at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.