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Session B   1:00 – 2:30 pm


B1/C1   Social Emotional Learning in Young Children

This 3 hour workshop will provide information, resources and strategies for supporting the Social Emotional Learning in Young Children – Teaching Social Skills, Friendship Skills and Emotional Literacy.


Presenters: Kirsten Forestell and Maria Morisseau

Kirsten Forestell is the Manager of the North Shore Neighbourhood House Supported Child Development Program. Maria Morisseau is the Coordinator of the North Shore Early Years Centre – North Shore Community Resources.


B2        Children and Their Photographs

The workshop will engage with a very current aspect of the relationship between the very young and the not-so-young. The two presenters will share their interpretation of photographs from two points of view. Annabella will interpret them from a pedagogical point of view and Kristine will offer her expertize as a journalist and young mother of three toddlers.



Presenters: Anabella Cant and Kristine Nyborg

Kristine Nyborg is a versatile and productive journalist with 15 years in research, storytelling, photographing, editing and marketing on topics varying from business to dogsledding. She completed her Master’s degree in Visual Cultural Studies in Norway. She also has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco University. She has intensive experience with documentary and studio photography, writing, videography, sound recording, editing, research, online publishing, social media publishing, blogging, marking, sales and logistics. Stories varied from visiting the Bush White House with the Norwegian king to living in the Alaskan bush documenting a dog musher. Kristine’s passion became a way of life, when she became a young mother of three now-toddlers. She is offering lectures and workshops on how to photography young children. Her presentation style is like story telling. She teaches with her heart and life.


Annbella Cant received a PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree at SFU (1999-2010), she initiated and managed childcare centres and kindergartens dedicated to underprivileged young children in Europe. Annabella is the editor and author of her latest publication Wonder-full Education: The centrality of wonder to science, mathematics humanities and art teaching – a book that offers a rich understanding of the nature and roles of wonder in general and provides multiple suggestions on how to revive wonder in adults (teachers and curriculum makers) and how to keep it alive in children. Annabella is an instructor at Capilano University’s department of Early Childhood Care and Education and a graduate sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. Annabella is the initiator and editor-in-chief of the online Journal of Childhoods and Pedagogies. She is a voting member of the Senate Curriculum Committee and the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Capilano University. Her areas of interest include: unswaddling pedagogies; Somatic Understanding within the Imaginative Education philosophy; wonder and its pedagogical value in education; inclusive practices in ECCE; imaginative teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels; faculty learning communites.



B3/C3   Bird stories and becomings: artistic languages and ways of knowing

In this interactive presentation participants are invited to engage with the processes, emergences, and insights from a project focusing on birds that has taken place over the last two years in the Capilano University Children’s Centre and Studio with children ages 2-5 years. We will share moments and trajectories from the project while emphasizing children’s expressive and artistic languages and diverse ways of working with and through ideas. Participants will be invited to try out some of the children’s processes and experiment with artistic ways of knowing as we consider the richness and complexity of engaging in project work with children.

Presenters: Sylvia Kind, Johanna Po, and Pritti Mistry

Sylvia Kind is an instructor in early childhood education at Capilano University and atelierista in the Children’s Centre. Johanna Po is an educator in the Children’s Centre and Pritti Mistry, although recently retired after many years of working as an educator, still stays in close contact and participates in ongoing studio projects.


B4        Making Movement Matter! Self-Regulation and Physical Activity

Self-Regulation is essential for learning, mental wellness, positive social engagement and healthy human development. Recent brain research supports the concept that increasing time children spend on physical activity serves as a key strategy for enhancing learning-socially, emotionally and cognitively. Participants will actively explore the 5 domains of Self-Regulation – biological, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial – and create active planning maps for nurturing the development of key fundamental movement skills in the early years. This interactive session will focus on making movement matter through the self-regulated asset-building framework focusing on concrete ways to embed movement into the early learning environment. Participants are asked to come prepared to move and laugh!

Presenter: Sandra-Lynn Shortall

Sandra-Lynn Shortall is an accomplished education leader, currently employed as the District Principal for Early Learning for the West Vancouver School District, one of Canada’s highest achieving school districts. Sandra-Lynn is a frequent speaker on the link between Self-Regulation, educational transformation and optimal learning outcomes. She earned her Master’s in Education at UBC in 2003 folowing completion of Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Special Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Sandra-Lynn is recognized across Canada for her deep knowledge of cutting edge early learning initiatives. She has made numerous media and public appearances to speak and comment on early learning and special needs, with an emphasis on the importance of human connection – and the value of nourishing both the heart and the mind – as the foundation of successful human development, community connections, professional learning, student engagement and academic achievement.


B5        Media R Us: The Role of Media in the Lives of Children Today

Media R Us is a crash course in the most recent research on screen media and children. It provides a look at the role media plays in development, socialization, identity and imagination and aims to create awareness and opportunities for teachers to make choices in the classroom, and in conversations with parents, that will benefit the children in the future.

 Presenter: Dr. Kym Stewart

A media educator who has spent over a decade researching the role fo media in the lives of children and as a result has sought to develop and implement creative media education lessons using the theory of Imaginative Education. Kym is currently teaching in the School of Communications at Capilano University, as well as, continuing sessional work in the Faculty of Education, Imaginative Education M.Ed program at SFU.


B6        The Reggio Emilia Approach: A Beginning

Participants will explore the basic foundations of the Reggio Emilia approach. This hands-on workshop will engage providers in exploring the value of using art as a language. In addition this workshop will explore and provide inspiration for the creation of art studio spaces in home child care environments. This workshop is targeted for family child care providers and others working with family child care providers.


Presenter: Christine Lawson

Christine is an ECE, IT and SN Educator currently enrolled in the ECCE degree program at Capilano University. Christine has over 20 years experience working with children, families, and professionals in a variety of settings. Most recently, Christine has worked with family childcare providers in her role as a child care consultant at the Vancouver Child Care Resource and Referral at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre.


B7    Pedagogical Relationship: Indigenous Connections to Land, Spirit and the Quantum (through a colonial settler’s lens)

This presentation is based on a published article that situates myself, the presenter, as a Eurocentric colonial settler trying to connect with the Indigenous unceded territory we inhabit. Then it moves into pedagogical relationship between people and place/Land/Capilano University. Indigenous knowledges enter through an embodied pedagogy of Land and the wisdoms within it, as discussed by Styres, Haig-Brown and Blimkie (2013), and by Simpson (2014). Land in a pedagogy of Land includes all of our environment — water, earth, air and spirit – and brings a focus of Land as first teacher, and how this speaks to pedagogical relationship.


Presenter: Anita Pettersen

Anita Pettersen, BECCEd, began studying and working the field of Early Childhood Education in 1992 and went to to receive her degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Capilano University. Anita is a perpetual student with an eclectic study and work resume but being a parent is her greatest experience. Her diverse interests are a part of her ongoing interdisciplinary quest to honour the integrated heart space of her ethic of a body-mind-spirit connection that deepens intuition. She is a writer, researcher and presenter on these matters. Anita’s inquiries into spiritual pedagogies, Indigenous knowledges and the quantum are her efforts to make spaces for ethical and spiritual investigations to flourish.




B8        Objects – Building Multi-Sensory Consciousness


We will propose the idea of tactile experiences, with a focus on building and expanding multi-sensory consciousness that correspond the contemporary pedagogical practices. Participants will be introduced to variety of ways of developing and increasing material literacy by looking at existing elements of educational spaces as textual objects that have the capacity to engage, providing deep sensorial experiences and training the senses. We will focus on ways of proposing the objects at hand, with a focus on movement, aesthetic pause and understandings of dynamic peripheries.


Presenter: Ana Vojnovic

Ana Vojnovic is a spatial design researcher and consultant with an educational background in philosophy, education, art practice and currently interior design. She is engaged in interdisciplinary based practice, that primarily focuses on investing and understanding the concept of spaces, elements that coexist within them and interrelationship between spatial design and daily living. Over the years, she has worked in different pedagogical capacities (early childhood educator instructor, artist in residence) with an objective to bring forth the understandings of spaces as encompassing objects of both internal and external contexts, and therefore interpreted as vehicles for shaping and enrichment of overall experiences.



B9/C9   BC Laws Legislation, Bylaws, Building Code and Healthy Built Environments for Children in Care – Administrative Stream


This workshop will focus on navigating provincial and municipal requirements to operate or make changes to any Licensed Child Care Program. There will also be an overview of the development and building permits. Workshop participants will also learn about outdoor play spaces considering air and acoustic considerations that may impact health and safety in a child care environment.


Presenters: Glenda Burrows (Senior Licensing Officer, Vancouver Coast Health), Heather Evans and Tim Ryce


B10      Being Present With Young Children

Being present with young children, yet preparing them for kindergarten. What are kindergarten and 1st grade teachers hoping for in their new students? After being with children, ages infant to 5 years and now teaching Kindergarten, my hands-on research has developed an inquiry into what is school readiness and how the early years prepare children to sit at desks, listen to a teacher and make sense of learning.


Presenter: Margo Running is part of the Early Education faculty at the Vancouver Waldorf School.



B11      Physical Literacy – an active start helps children flourish!

If we want children to be active for life, they need to develop physical literacy at a young age. This means learning the fundamental movement and decision-making skills that enable them to enjoy participation in sports throughout their life.  And… physical literacy can be learned and developed at any age.


Presenter: This workshop is sponsored by PL4U (Physical Literacy For You) Network.  PL4U promotes physical literacy through educational workshops, capacity building and information sharing in North Vancouver.


PL4U is a proud 2016 recipient of an RBC Learn To Play grant!  The RBC Learn To Play Project provides grants to local community groups that are building the physical literacy of Canada’s kids and youth.  RBC Learn To Play Project grants are funded by RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered by ParticipACTION with support from Canadian Sport For Life.