Engaging Families; Growing Communities Conference
Date(s) - Mar 18, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Stz'uminus First Nation
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Workshop Options – Choose Two
One AM session and one PM session
A. Terri Mack: Goal Setting Workshop to meet the needs of your Family and Community
Explore TRC’s ( Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada) Calls to Action statements in order to connect to achievable goals within your community. We will start with self before moving to a team model. A template for goal setting is supplied for this workshop. Please bring a pen.
B. Marc Lalonde: Social—Emotional Learning in the Early Years
The general public seems to be preoccupied with children learning their literacy and numeracy skills, before entering the elementary system. As practitioners, we understand these are skill sets that can be learned if a child is socially competent and is emotionally self-regulated. The interactive workshop will focus on the foundations to SEL and provide practical suggestions on how to get this message across to others.
C. Ocean Kneeland: Wellness Within
This workshop explores the seven dimensions of wellness, based on the Wellness Wheel, and supports participants in looking at ways they can nurture their own personal health and wellbeing. Participants are also invited to create a Wellness Vision Board, using an assortment of materials that are provided.
D. Enid Elliot- Venturing Outdoors Beyond the Walls and the Slide.
Children need extended periods of time playing outside where they can move, imagine and explore. Engaging with the materials of the earth children will learn about the place in which they live and learn. Let’s explore ways to feel comfortable taking children outside into local natural landscapes and how we might create wilder spaces in our yards. We will talk about the benefits to children of being outside, our feelings about risk and ways to create rich outdoor environments.
E. Charlene Grey and Mary Dolan: The $10 a Day Child Care Plan and You.
Since 2011 the Community Plan for a Public System of Inte-grated Early Care and Learning has raised awareness about the child care crisis in B.C. What do you know about the Plan? What are your questions or concerns? Join us for an open dialogue where together we will discover our own place within the Plan. Learn how the Plan is good not only for children and families but for educators too. See how the elements of the Plan support culturally appropriate early childhood programs for Aboriginal families and communities.
F. Alex Wadsworth: FirstVoices and FirstVoicesKids
FirstVoices is an online suite of language archiving and learning tools that allow First Nations community teams to document their language data and manage their own language resources by uploading content to a community-driven archive. Once uploaded, language data can be accessed by learners via media-rich interactive lessons, games, and apps. Participants of this workshop will learn how to access and use these freely-available tools and resources that support and celebrate the diversity of BC’s First Nations languages.
G. Marc Lalonde: Management vs Leadership
There is a distinct difference between managing a group and leading a synergistic working group. Management produces short-term results, at best, whereas leadership creates long-term sustainable results. Leadership identifies talents and skills and builds on these strengths to facilitate a highly effective working group.
H. Drew Cooper: Physical Literacy
Now more than ever, physical literacy is being recognized as an important component of best practice. The goal of the presentation is to introduce the concept of physical literacy and how it impacts virtually every aspect of a child’s development. This fun, interactive session will leave you with an understanding of how to tweak your activities to give kids the tools to be active for life. Resources will be provided.
I. Elder sharing Circle
Mena Williams and Guest
Come and join us with 2 of our knowledge keepers, this will be a opportunity to ask questions, learn about history, and is a time for connecting and sharing.
J. Joan Gignac: Engaging Families. What does it look like and how do we make it work?
Come join the conversation to learn how Aboriginal Head Start programs engage families and communities, what works and how it has made a difference for children, families and early childhood educators. We will discuss ideas and share experiences to encourage and grow family involvement in your programs, too.
K. Danielle Alphonse: Bringing Indigenous knowledge and understanding research to inform ECD practice.
In the session, the AECD Chair will share current and past research projects to discuss current themes that are being brought forward in communities such as assessment, culturally relevant curriculum, relationships with families, cultural knowledge through language and Elders. Applying research to practice, Educators will learn about new ways to connect with families regarding how to create space to dialogue about their child’s development and creating equality for the role of teaching and bringing knowledge into ECD programs. Also, the session will focus on being true to Aboriginal ways of knowing and how this is pivotal in connecting with families and sustaining child development in Aboriginal communities.
- Administration and Communication
- Child Growth and Development
- Child Health and Wellbeing
- Curriculum/Program Development
- Early Care and Education
- Professional Ethics & Practice
Terri Mack, Marc Lalonde, Ocean Kneeland, . Enid Elliot, . Charlene Grey, Mary Dolan, Alex Wadsworth, Drew Cooper, Mena Williams, Joan Gignac, Danielle Alphonse
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Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours