All events relating to ECEC
Description: The University of Calgary is proud to honour the unique perspective that is shared by Reggio Children and the way children learn through experience - hands and minds on, with discovery and imagination. Parents, educators, child advocates and community leaders are invited to participate in the internationally renowed Reggio exhibit that recognizes the unlimited potential of children when they use the many languages they possess. The exhibit is comprised of images and text on 12 fee-standing structures with interactive components, which present a narrative of possibilities grounded in the conviction that children's potential and rights are at the centre of sound education. See what is possible when you grow your perspective through an child's eyes.
Research in Early Childhood Care, Education and Health (REACH) is pleased to announce a unique one-day Conference featuring internationally recognized scholars from New Zealand, Australia, Continental USA, Hawaii and Canada addressing issues related to Indigenous ECD
This one day conference is brought to you as part of the Investigating Quality in ECD Project. The Project is supported by the B.C. Ministry of Child and Family Development and is engaged in exploring diverse discourses that relate to better understanding the complexity of 'quality' in Early Childhood Care, Education and Development. Indigenous communities' understandings of quality and how their children, families and communities can be effectively and appropriately served by ECCD is one important discourse that allows us to broaden and deepen our understandings.
The 16th EECERA Annual Conference, Democracy and Culture in Early Childhood Education, will be held in Iceland, a Nordic country where democracy has been the foundation of society and where one of the oldest parliaments in the world was established.
The first theme of the conference is the role of early childhood education in creating a democratic society. If children have the opportunity to practice democracy through decision-making, communication, negotiation and participation in projects of relevance, they will be likely to encourage the formation and growth of democracy in their societies. The conference aims to raise important and urgent questions about democracy in early childhood settings. Is it important? What does it mean? How do we practice it? Where will it lead?
Culture is the second theme of the conference, which aims to ask critical questions such as: How can children contribute to and create the wider culture? How is a society's culture reflected in its early childhood education? How do early childhood programs in each country adapt ideas from other countries to their own culture? What is the influence of globalization on early childhood education?
- Prof. Hrafnhildur Ragnarsdottir, Iceland University of Education: "What can Cross-Linguistic Studies of Children's Language Acquisition Tell us About the Role of Culture in Development?"
- Prof. Barbara Rogoff, University of California, Santa Cruz: "Learning through Observation and Collaboration in Sociocultural Activities."
- Prof. Lars Dencik, Roskilde University, Denmark: "Parent-Child Relationships in Early Childhood in Contemporary Welfare Societies."
- Prof. Peter Moss, University of London: "Bringing Politics into the Nursery: Early Childhood Education as a Locus for Democratic Practice."
- Prof. Joseph Tobin, Arizona State University: "Children of Recent Immigrants in ECEC Settings in Five Countries: Parent and Teacher Perspectives."
This national workshop is designed to help people seeking an understanding of infant development and practical training in infant caregiving. The workshop is based on research and theory in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, motor, sensory, and language development. The use of daily routines as opportunities for loving and learning experiences and for gaining competence will be emphasized. Developmentally appropriate toys and games are demonstrated.
The workshop demonstrates the necessity of integrating the different developmental domains so that caregivers may see and interact with the whole child. The small cues infants give to caregivers are explored in order to sensitize caregivers to appropriate strategies for interaction. Practical applications of lectures include observations and interactions with infants. A variety of infancy videos and films are shown.
ACEI is the oldest professional organization in the world dedicated to the development of the child, from infancy through middle childhood. Its primary purpose is to promote the inherent rights, education, and well-being of all children in school, home, and the community.
Greet, learn from, and network with over 1,000 early and middle childhood educators from such countries as Korea, China, Jamaica, Mali, Canada, Ghana, and the U.S.
The Conference is open to classroom teachers, administrators, principals, school board members, teacher educators, college students, child care personnel, parents, and other caregivers.
Conference highlights will include more than 200 workshops and panel discussions led by internationally and nationally renowned experts in the fields of early and middle childhood education.
Symposia topics such as "The Arts - A Cultural Necessity," "Best Practices for an Embattled World," "Diversity in Homes, Families, and Schools," and "Policies and Practices: Influences on Educational Practices"; "Kids Speaking up for Kids: Advocacy for Children, by Children"; plus an Author's Luncheon with award-winning children's author Diane Gonzales Bertrand.
Keynote Speakers Dr. Joe L. Frost, University of Texas at Austin, will speak about "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm" by exploring the evolution of the standardization of the culture of childhood education, the dissolution of the traditional culture of children's play, and the expansion of the culture of poverty in America and throughout the world, and Dr. Steven Silvern, Auburn University, will explore how embracing a confluence of cultures, philosophies, and experiences brings a sharper, delineated focus on education of the whole individual with his presentation, "Educating Mind and Spirit: Embracing a Confluence of Cultures in the Education of Children.
New Zealand's largest annual conference for early childhood professionals. Three full days of forums, keynotes, workshops, trade exhibits, networking and social events.
The conference objectives:
- To show what theories can mean in practice for the education of young children
- To show the importance of the education of young children in professionalizing the field
- To show the preventive effects of early childhood education
- To show the main approaches in early childhood education in Europe and in the United States of America
- To show which curricula are effective and which approach would be best: a holistic approach or a more specific approach
- To stimulate policy-makers to allocate funds for the education of young children
Achieving these objectives
1: Internationally recognized experts will provide their visions on global developments in early childhood education.
2: An interesting and lively programme will be offered, with a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and panel discussions. For more detailed information about the speakers and the programme: Speakers and Programme
3: During the conference, a number of internationally recognized organizations in the field of early childhood education will take part in an information market.
- W. Steven Barnett
- Kathy Sylva
- Jay Belsky
- Larry Schweinhart
- Catherine Snow
In our unique and respective situation within the child care field, we have ongoing opportunities to move from what is comfortable and familiar and embrace new ways of thinking, doing, and connecting. This year's conference will explore these new ways of thinking and doing in relation to our daily work.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Frances Ricks
Dr. Ricks will challenge us to consider the differences between Leadership and Management & Inspiration and Motivation in Expanding Our Horizons. This presentation will involve the audience.
The Conference will include:
• Key Note Address
• Friday & Saturday morning and afternoon workshops
• Trade Show events
• Opportunities to attend the Westcoast Spring Fling Dinner
This session will feature a new, stimulating discussion and debate on assessment of children's social and emotional development. The day is designed for parents, and those working in early childhood care and education, public and mental health settings, infant development, supported child development, post secondary early childhood programs, primary education, and special education environments. Registration packages will be available after Feb. 28, 2006.