This year, due to the availability of Diane Kashin to speak to our members on May 1, the Directors’ Retreat normally held in June will be held on May 1!
Critically Reflecting on Practice
This interactive workshop is designed for centre-based directors to support their practice as pedagogical leaders. Critical reflection involves not only questioning and rethinking our actions, but also considering whether they make sense in the light of research, theory, and what we know about the children and families in our programs. Using protocols designed for dialogue, the session will focus on Alberta’s curriculum framework. While engaging in dialogic learning directors will practice protocols that can be utilized in their own contexts to create environments of critical reflection.
Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE
Diane is a registered early childhood educator and has taught early childhood education at both the degree and the diploma level for the past 30 years. Diane’s doctoral thesis on emergent curriculum was published in 2009 and she has co-written three ECE textbooks including Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education (2019). Diane is the past president of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario and the current chair of the York Region Nature Collaborative. Diane’s areas of interest include forest and nature schools, risky play, loose parts, Reggio inspired practice, outdoor play and emergent curriculum. Diane writes a blog to support professional learning in early childhood education: http://tecribresearch.wordpress.com and loves to engage in continuous professional learning face to face and through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Diane presents workshops and keynote addresses in Ontario, across Canada and internationally