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."

COST:

Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

The Season Pass can be used as a concession card for your centre to have 10 teachers attend one lecture, or 5 teachers attend 2 lectures etc. (please read terms and conditions regarding refunds)

All lectures are in the evening, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. 

To print a brochure please click here. Alternatively full details of each lecture are below.

Please note: Programme order has been changed from what is shown on our printed brochures.
The following lectures have swapped dates:
  • Chelsea club sandwich: Now on 9 and 10 October
  • The capable and competent infant and toddler: Now on 8 and 9 May
 

Expert weavers
Presented by Lynn Rupe in June

Te Whāriki talks about the early childhood and primary school curriculums being “based on similar principles and have similar approaches to valued learning.”   We start the weave in early childhood then the woven whariki 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 beautiful taonga.

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Lynn's 2017 lecture:

"Thank you very much for this inspiring evening! I've loved learning more ideas/strategies to be able to implement into my daily practice!"

"Very inspirational! Thanks for taking me back to the basics. I am going to brainstorm other possibilities we can do"

Hamilton: Tuesday 12 June 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room A.G.30 (nb: different room from other lectures), Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road
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Auckland: Wednesday 13 June 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm 
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

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.

Just some of the wonderful feedback received following Margaret's 2017 lecture:

"I really enjoyed this lecture, found it insightful and hope to attend many more like this".

"Margaret is a treasure to listen to, no matter what the occasion! Such a real sense of how things are, a well-rounded picture of the issues/ideas".

Hamilton: Tuesday 10 July 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 11 July 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

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.  The development of Te Whāriki in the 90’s offered us different theorists and since then, with the growth of Google, TED talks and Facebook, we have been introduced to many, many more theorists, writers, speakers and their research. Some have strongly influenced our teaching practice,  curriculum and assessment and others have done so on a more subtle level. We also have our own home-grown researchers and theorists who are strongly influencing and informing early childhood education provision.

Though we are informed by theory everyday in multiple ways, the ideas that we are drawing from often fade into the background.  This lecture will take another look, revisiting some of the people and theories that have been so influential to both international and New Zealand early childhood education and we will reflect, through examples, how they have shaped the outcomes for tamariki.

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Tania's 2017 lecture:

"It was wonderful! So much food for thought. I loved the way that Tania engaged us in discussion"

"It was interesting to reflet on Autonomy, Belonging and Competence in relation to intentional teaching and our amazing Te Whāriki"

Hamilton: Tuesday 14 August 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 15 August 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Art: Take two
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.

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Kathryn's 2017 lecture:

"You have provided so many wonderful quotes and things to think about for the way we work with children. I appreciate and value your honesty and determination to move forward."

"Loved it, so empowering. Bring back the simple enjoyment of teaching."

Hamilton: Tuesday 11 September 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 12 September 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Chelsea Club Sandwich
Presented by Jo Colbert, Julie Killick and Jo Behse in October

We have been working together for about a year and a half and in this presentation we will share our journey so far around supporting continuity and complexity in learning. We will share some stories of interest that have developed and built over several months. We will also explore the various ways we have strengthened our connection with language, culture, and identity in our Cheslea Kindergarten community. It's going to be a little club sandwich full of flavour, something tasty for you to bite into!

Just some of the wonderful feedback from Julie's 2017 lecture:

"Thanks for sharing all your wisdom, experience and zest for life :)"

"What can I say - fantastic"!

Hamilton: Tuesday 9 October 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Go outside and play
Presented by Kim Hope in November

As an early childhood educator reading about the new gorilla space for Orana Wildlife Parks’s $6 million ‘Great Ape Enclosure’, I can’t help but reflect on the lack of access to natural and authentic environments most very young children experience, in their time in government funded education. 
 
Commercialisation within the education sector has led to the haphazard development of outdoor play environments based on cost effectiveness and promoting a false safety. Increasingly, I see that these are too often inadequate in providing for the unhampered growth of values-centred dispositions and qualities of childhood.
 
The life-threatening oppression of safe play spaces sounds dramatic and extremist, but …..
  
It is so important that we look after these endangered animals and create the best possible environment for them to thrive. However, is this more important than the future of our precious children?  It makes me question what needs to happen to enable the following key statements in Te Whāriki to be realised for our tamariki.
 
All children are born with immense potential. Quality early learning helps our children begin to realise that potential and build a strong foundation for later learning and for life. New Zealand’s early learning standards are amongst the highest in the world and almost all of our children are participating in and benefitting from a rich array of relationships and experiences in our early learning settings. Unique in its bicultural framing, Te Whāriki expresses our vision that all children grow 
up in New Zealand as competent and confident learners, strong in their identity, language and culture. 
 
In this workshop, I am interested in considering how to maximise opportunities for outdoor play to give young children the kind of unsupervised play that is needed for them to flourish. Particularly, but not only, in centres where:
  • the size of the space is challenging 
  • equipment is not challenging for all children’s ages and stages of development
  • where there is limited or no access to natural areas

Hamilton: Tuesday 13 November 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room MSB.1.01, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road

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Auckland: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: Room J101, Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Epsom Campus
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COST
Individual Lecture: $40 per teacher | $30 per full-time student

Season Pass (all 10 lectures): $275 per teacher | $200 per full-time student 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW!

Previous lectures from 2018.....

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.

Being an activist: Testing times in ECE
Presented by Wendy Lee in April

At a time when the NZ Government is challenging practices around assessment, it is vital that early childhood professionals are both informed and articulate about the issues of testing and how this might impact on children’s learning lives.

There is no question that assessment shapes how children see themselves and how they learn. Assessment also has an important role in building children’s learner identities. The OECD is now pushing for even younger children to be tested and baby PISA is under active development through a Field Study. Many countries have rejected participation in this Study and its development will therefore begin with just the USA and UK being involved. However, the OECD had hoped for 3 to 6 countries for the Field Study and so it seems clear that there will be a future drive to bring many more OECD countries into the Baby PISA fold.

We all need to examine the issues involved in this development and think about both the purposes and consequences of our assessment practice.

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.

Just some of the great feedback received from Wendy's lecture:

"This is my first one of your talks and WOW - you are an inspiration. I have been to many workshops but haven't been as interested and inspired as tonight - thank you :)"

'"Bring back the life". "Wow" I love listening to you sharing your views. Thank you for sharing your experience, your knowledge and your wisdom"

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’.

Just some of the great feedback received from Lynn's lecture:

"Tena koe Lynn, what food for thought. I felt very supported by your lecture. I love your growth mindset and feel empowered by what you present. You are easy to listen to and kept my attention. ELP lectures really empower and support my teaching. Thank you team ELP"

"Lynn presented really well. She discussed, explained and let us into her 'mind' - what she was grappling with. Really thought-provoking - thank you!"

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 doesn’t mean that learning happens easily. In the process, children build an understanding of themselves as learners who don’t give up; as learners who like to trial new approaches, and as learners who enjoy the stimulation of tricky challenging goals. When children very deliberately, with ‘inquiry’ uppermost, investigate open ended resources, they play around with ideas and experiment for long periods of time. They often chat about their techniques with their friends, teachers and family and formulate ‘working theories’ as they figure out how this world works.

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 lifelong learning success.

Just some of the great feedback received from Lorraine's lecture:

"Thank you Lorraine, once again an inspiring and thought provoking lecture! Lots of good stuff to reflect on and weave into my practice"

"Amazing workshop, very informative. Love the examples of real children developing real theories in their own time; supported by the teacher but not stifled."