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Session C   2:50 – 4:20 pm


C1        Part 2 – Social Emotional Learning in Young Children

Kirsten Forestell and Maria Morriseau               


C2       Pedagogical Narration & the Art of Photography

This workshop will illuminate what makes a great photograph and how to capture the most meaningful moments with your photography. Through practical examples you will gain not only appreciation for a beautiful image but hands-on information regarding the choices that were made to create the image. In addition to techniques and aesthetics of photography, we will explore the use photography as a powerful tool in ECE for making learning visible and telling stories in your pedagogical documentation. Bring your cameras, whether they be DSLRs or your smart phone, we will cover ways to improve your images both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Presenter: Rebecca Heyl

Rebecca Heyl is an artist, autor and educator. In 2007 she received a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University and has taught photography and photojournalism courses at several universities. After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Rebecca studied documentary photography at the international Center of Photography in New York. She began working as a newspaper photographer in the 1990’s and continues to do freelance work, However in recent years, Rebecca has become involved in the use of photography for pedagogical documentation in ECE and primary school settings. She is currently working with children and educators on projects at SFU Childcare as an Atelierista.



B3/C3   Part 2 Bird stories and becomings: artistic languages and ways of knowing.           

Preseneters: Sylvia Kind, Johanna Po and Pritti Mistry


C4       “Yes, I will pick you up”- Exploring Educator Beliefs in Infant and Toddler Care.

In this workshop, through the use of vignettes and shared stories, participants will be invited to explore relational pedagogy with infants and toddlers. In particular, participants will discover ways in which their own beliefs and values may influence, intersect or inform their own practice in forming relationships with young children, developing policies and sustaining particular practices within their own programs.


Presenter: Julia Black

For the past 23 years, Julia has developed early childhood programs and facilities for children 3 months to 5 years of age within the Sea-To-Sky Corridor in British Columbia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor capital projects coordinator in the construction of facilities and Executive Director operating multiple sites and programs. Julia is a member of faculty in the Early Childhood Care and Education Department at Capilano University and is also a certified trainer and Field Consultant for High Scope Educational Research Foundation.


C5       The Complexities of Risky Play in Early Childhood

Risky play has become a complex part of childhood governed by adults. The idea of educators affording opportunities for physical challenge and adventure that may cause injury is paradoxical. This presentation will highlight the categories of risky play, some of the benefits of risky play and supportive local injury prevention research, as well as a window into the culture of risky play at my child care center. Group work will include discussion of risky play scenarios and the language of risky play.


Presenter: Melanie Walters

It is Melanie’s 20th year of work as an early childhood educator at UBC Child Care Services. Her undergrad inquiry project “Grappling with the Complexities of Living Risk-taking Play” has continued to unfold with the children, families and colleagues at the centre. This intriguing topic drives her passion for advocating for children’s play freedoms. Melanie aims to delve deeper into this area in her upcoming graduate studies at UBC.


C6       Co-constructing an Inquiry Project with Children: Untold Struggles and Affordances

This will be an interactive presentation about a project with young children. It will convey the behind the scenes reflections and decision-making process based on documentation of children’s theories and relationships. Participants will engage with the teacher’s process while being invited to reflect on the passions, practices and structures that invite and sustain inquiry.


Presenter: Elaine Beltran-Sellitti

After teaching elementary and high school in Brazil, Elaine found her passion of working with young children when studying ECE at Vancouver Community College. She received her Masters of Arts in Education from Simon Fraser University. Her research relates to the the roles of the educator in pursuing inquiry projects with children as well as the connection between passion and teaching.


C7       Rethinking and Situating Care in Early Childhood Education

This workshop asks what caring might mean within early childhood education in our multicultural and neocolonial context in Canada. We engage and extend Darhlberg and Moss’ (2005) invitation to consider “care as an ethic”(Dahlberg & Moss, 2005, p.91) as a way to re-examine generalized understanding of care as meeting children’s basic needs, such as supporting children with feeding and toileting. We suggest/invite workshop participants to re-consider care tied to the cultural notion as a way to further recognize stories and experiences that children and their families bring into classrooms. Our presentation provides specific examples for consideration. Participants may benefit by receiving tools and strategies for their practice with educators and children.

Presenters: Vanessa Clark and Rachel Yu

Vanessa in an instructor in the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Capilano University. She is also an artist who works with painting, drawing, collage, mixed-media, and site-specific art forms. Her recent research and presentation interests are in situated, art-based, inclusive practices in early childhood education.


Rachel is an instructor in the Early Childhood Care and Education program at Capilano University. Rachel’s teaching and research interests focus on cultural studies in the context of early childhood care and education. Rachel closely works with Colonial and Post-Colonial theories and decolonizing movements with early childhood care and education.


C8       Journeying with infants and Toddlers Through the Thresholds of Materials.


The infant and toddler educators from Capilano University children’s centre invite you into their classrooms to learn about the vibrant and transformative ways that art materials can be explored with-in the under three’s setting. There will be a strong emphasis of aesthetic environments, relationships, family involvement and the languages of such materials as clay, paint, charcoal paper, fabric, blocks and more. This workshop will include a presentation of our current explorations, our process, video examples and a tour with guiding questions for you to consider and share with your colleagues . This workshop will be of interest to educators with a special interest in the arts and creative environments and infant and toddler educators.


Presenters: Capilano University Children’s Center I/T Educators


B9/C9  Part 2 – BC Laws Legislation, Bylaws, Building Code and Healthy Built Environments for Children in Care.

Glenda Burrows, Heather Evans, Tim Ryce


C10     Power and Weapon Play: What Are the Children Getting Out of It?

In this workshop, the participants will reflect on the benefits of power and weapon play through the examples from Marpole Preschool. The participants will gain various perspectives from the children, teachers, families and researchers on power and weapon play as well as a deeper understanding of the process of responsive curriculum and teacher research that took place during the time of exploration. The participants who are reluctant to see power and weapon play may expand their views on the topic, and the practitioners who are interested in working in responsive/ emergent curriculum model will benefit from the concrete examples.


Presenter: Natsuko Motegi

Natsuko graduated with the a Master’s of Education from UBC, and has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 15 years. She has been working as a preschool teacher at Marpole Preschool through the Reggio Emilia inspired approach since 2005. Now she also teaches the “Responsive Curriculum” course in the ECE program at Burnaby Community and Continuing Education.