ELP Presents: Early Childhood Professional Learning Lecture Series
Hamilton & Auckland 2018
ELP is excited to present another fantastic line up of lectures for 2018, brought to you by some of NZ's most experienced and inspiring early childhood educators.
The series features 10 powerful lectures from February to November, please see below for the full details. This year, the first 50 Season Passes booked will go in the draw to win attendance to all lectures for free!
Just some of the fabulous feedback received for last year's lectures:
"What a great lecture, very insightful. Thank you for this amazing two hours. I hope to have the support to introduce this teaching practice in our centre. I am very excited to try."
"Was fantastic! Absolutely loved the lecture and how it was delivered. So much wonderful info that will help me in my personal life, as a teacher, and my team. Many thanks."
"Loved it, so empowering. Bring back the simple enjoyment of teaching."
"Wow this P.D. was great. It opened my mind, gave me new ideas to share with my team and children. I can’t wait to go back to work and try these."
To print a brochure please click here. Alternatively full details of each lecture are below.
- Chelsea club sandwich: Now on 9 and 10 October
- The capable and competent infant and toddler: Now on 8 and 9 May
Chelsea Club Sandwich
Go outside and play
Previous lectures for 2018....
Children formulating working theories: what does this look like?, presented by Lorraine Sands in February
Children who are ‘up for challenge’ realise that anything worth doing takes time, effort, patient exploration and a willingness to explore possibilities. This lecture investigates the kinds of settings, relationships and conversations that enable children’s working theories to expand in imaginative, curious, inventive ways that will carry them into learning success lifelong.
Who said 'good is good'?, presented by Lynn Rupe in March
Guy Claxton wrote, “We are built to learn by imitation. Evolution has equipped us with brains that are designed from the moment of birth to do what people around us are doing.” The questions are then what are we modelling, what are we teaching by just being? Thoughts and ideas that hopefully will provoke discussion and reflection about the messages we are giving children moment by moment. Discussion that may leave you wondering ‘who is my authentic self’.
Being an activist: Testing times in ECE, presented by Wendy Lee in April
This will be a lecture that will both share information about the current development of Baby PISA and also explore key ideas around formative assessment, keeping the principles of Te Whāriki in view as a crucial lens through which every NZ early childhood professional lives. It is imperative that teachers and managers of early childhood settings are able to inform those within their communities about these critical elements of education and especially the role of assessment in the development of children’s learning.
The capable and competent infant and toddler: Revisiting a curriculum for our youngest learners, presented by Anita Homewood in May
As teachers, our aspiration is for "children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.” This is just as pertinent for infants and toddlers, and Te Whāriki has been instrumental in bringing this rich learning to life. We will revisit a curriculum for infants and toddlers, and consider how the Principles of Te Whāriki in particular support a Curriculum of Care. We will also take time to reflect on our role in creating the space for infants and toddlers to flourish as capable and competent learners.
Expert weavers, presented by Lynn Rupe in June
Te Whāriki talks about the early childhood and primary school curricula being “based on similar principles and have similar approaches to valued learning.” We start the weave in early childhood then the woven whāriki continues on seamlessly with no gaps into primary school. To continue the learning journey from early childhood to primary school the expert weaver requires knowledge, skill, time and to work in collaboration in order to create a beautifully taonga.
Portfolios that 'carry on', presented by Professor Margaret Carr in July
Portfolios can be more than a place to store Learning Stories. They can have a robust role to play in education, and there are many ways in which this role plays out. Maybe e-Portfolios do too, and we can have a conversation about this during the evening of this lecture. One of the roles that interests me in particular is the philosophical notion that, in portfolios, stories and collections of drawings and photographs can be a space of authoring. Tim Ingold, an anthropologist, in a book entitled Anthropology and/as Education writes (p.12): “Stories overlap, with each telling leaning over and touching the next. So too do the lives of which they tell. That’s the way they carry on”. I will talk about this idea for early childhood and Te Whāriki.
Let's take another look, presented by Tania Bullick in August
For some of us, it has been a long time since we trained and were first exposed to the theorists that have shaped early childhood education in New Zealand. This lecture will take another look and revisit some of the people and their theories that have been so influential to both international and New Zealand early childhood eduction and reflect through examples how they have shaped the outcomes for tamariki.
Art: Take 2, presented by Marianne MacPherson and Kathryn Delany in September
Following the 2017 lecture we are giving further consideration to art experiences that offer children opportunities to explore their creative and expressive selves. We will consider the rich opportunities for art that sits inside Te Whāriki as a bi-cultural and socio-cultural curriculum and ways art can be woven through our curriculum design. We will revisit the image of art education from Kei Tua o te Pae that “... explores, challenges, affirms, and celebrates unique artistic expressions of self, community, and culture…” and how we allow and support this to grow in our learning environments.