Welcome to the EYPDC

The Early Years Professional Development Committee consists of representatives of provincially funded Training Institutions and Support Sites. Committee members share their insights, needs assessment observations and professional development plans in order to coordinate, communicate and deliver quality professional development for all early childhood educators and other early years professionals in Nova Scotia.

Upcoming Workshops

Information about professional development workshops is shared by participating Early Years Professional Development Committee members. All registrations are processed by the individual sites. Please contact hosting site directly to register for your session.
June 17, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland-Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 17, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    Description: Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia’s Early Learning and Child Care Settings is a 12-hour module developed in response to the ongoing enhancements to Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework (NSELCF). Three (3) sub-modules have been designed to create a safe and ethical space for examining the nature of biases, prejudice, and assumptions. The modules unpack privilege and encourage participants to reflect on the historical and systemic roots of discrimination and racism. The modules reflect on the lived experiences of people who face these challenges in Nova Scotia. Each module is accompanied by home learning that will continue the conversations between modules.

    Through a reflective approach, participants will become deeply aware of their own identities and the identities of the children, families, and communities they serve.

    Disclaimer: The modules have been developed for synchronous learning. Participants are required to move through each of the modules in sequence, and with the same cohort. The inability to commit will result in a “restart” of the entire training. The objective of the modules is to demonstrate cultural responsiveness, thus, participants must demonstrate this understanding throughout. To do so, participants scheduled for online learning must work from an operational computer, with a working mic and camera.

    Module 1: Laying Face and Foundation

    Module Objectives:

    • Understand who the Mi’kmaq are

    • Understand who the Acadians are

    • Understand who the Gaels are

    • Understand who the African Nova Scotians are

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of culture

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of intersectionality

    • Explore and articulate the intersections of race, nationality, gender, and sexuality

    Module 1 provides space for the four (4) historical cultures of Nova Scotia to share themselves in a meaningful way. Participants will better understand the four (4) historical cultures, languages, and beliefs. Participants will explore and contextualize specific intersections and how they relate to culture and themselves.

    Module 2: Faces of Discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize our own privileges, biases, and opinions

    ▪ Explore and contextualize discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize racism

    ▪ Explore and contextualize systemic racism

    ▪ Explore the Indian Act, Residential Schools, Africville, Racialized Policing, “All lives Matter” and, Social Determinants of Health

    ▪ Explore and contextualize micro-aggression

    Module 2 requires participants to explore and contextualize their own privileges, biases, and opinions. Participants will explore how these interrelate with discrimination, racism, and moreover, systemic racism. Participants will specifically explore contemporary racism in Nova Scotia.

    Module 3: Faces of Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and contextualize reconciliation

    ▪ Explore Truth and Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and review Education Calls to Action

    ▪ Explore Black Lives Matter

    ▪ Explore and review United Nations Rights of the Child

    ▪ Explore Educator’s role in the classroom

    ▪ Explore 7 Sacred Teachings as a tool

    ▪ Explore racism from birth onward

    ▪ Explore Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework

    ▪ Explore and articulate culturally responsive practice

    ▪ Explore and contextualize Allyship

    Module 3 provides space to explore the different types of reconciliation while acknowledging the need to act now. Participants explore their own roles in this work; specifically exploring cultural responsiveness as it relates to Early Learning and Child Care Settings and moreover the Early Learning Curriculum Framework.

    Pre-registration agreements
    -I agree to participate from an operational computer with a working mic and camera.
    -I agree all information is confidential and will not be shared outside my group discussions or cohort of participants
    -I agree to commit to the entire 12-hour schedule to receive credit.
    -I agree to conduct myself in a professional manner and be respectful of other people’s perspectives, opinions, and ideas.
    -I agree that I will show up fully committed and engaged in the work.

    Facilitators: Adam Braye & Jane MacKenzie

    Session Dates and Times:

    Monday, June 3 (online)                     6:30pm-8:30pm
     
    Wednesday, June 5 (online)              6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 10(online)                  6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday,  June 17 (online)                6:30pm-8:30pm

    Wednesday, June 19 (online)           6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 24 (online)                 6:30pm-8:30pm

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/850787306737?aff=oddtdtcreator

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June 18, 2024
  • JNC - Childhood Trauma: A Child-Centered Approach

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    June 18, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Nicole Terry (she/her) is a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate as well as a Certiftied Canadian Counsellor. She works with individuals across the lifespan with a focus on the LGBTQIA2s+ community. Nicole's areas of focus are emotion regulation, depression, anxiety and trauma.

    In early childhood education settings, creating a safe and nurturing environment is crucial for supporting children's holistic development.  Children may experience trauma or challenging life events that may impact their well-being. As educators, it is essential to understand the effects of trauma to create trauma-informed classrooms.  A trauma-informed care appraoch creates a safe and supportive environment for children.  This supports child development and fosters their social-emotional well-being.

    -Learn about the impact truama may have on children, their families and early childhood educators

    -Understand health and well-being, as well as sensitivity in responding to children who may have experienced trauma

    -Learn how to be responsive to the needs of children affected by trauma

    -Reflect on your own self-care as educators

    Cost $30.00

    If interested please contact:
    Jane MacKenzie
    at
    jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca

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  • NSCC Cumberland - Responsive Relationships

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    June 18, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    “Responsive Relationships” reflects on the importance of building secure, nurturing relationships with neurodiverse children and their families. Educators who intentionally prioritize children’s needs and capabilities will create strong connections and a culture of acceptance in their learning environments. We will explore co-regulation, facilitating positive relationships with neurotypical peers, and how to build capacity for emotional regulation in kids and educators. Identifying neurodiversity affirming rules and expectations, while highlighting existing ableism, means more inclusive and accessible spaces for all!

    Facilitator: Melissa Castonguay      
    Cost: $23.00 (tax included)

    Preregistration required-submit ECDSC registration form by June 4th.

    To register, click here: https://forms.office.com/r/Fpexz3sp9w

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June 19, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland-Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 19, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    Description: Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia’s Early Learning and Child Care Settings is a 12-hour module developed in response to the ongoing enhancements to Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework (NSELCF). Three (3) sub-modules have been designed to create a safe and ethical space for examining the nature of biases, prejudice, and assumptions. The modules unpack privilege and encourage participants to reflect on the historical and systemic roots of discrimination and racism. The modules reflect on the lived experiences of people who face these challenges in Nova Scotia. Each module is accompanied by home learning that will continue the conversations between modules.

    Through a reflective approach, participants will become deeply aware of their own identities and the identities of the children, families, and communities they serve.

    Disclaimer: The modules have been developed for synchronous learning. Participants are required to move through each of the modules in sequence, and with the same cohort. The inability to commit will result in a “restart” of the entire training. The objective of the modules is to demonstrate cultural responsiveness, thus, participants must demonstrate this understanding throughout. To do so, participants scheduled for online learning must work from an operational computer, with a working mic and camera.

    Module 1: Laying Face and Foundation

    Module Objectives:

    • Understand who the Mi’kmaq are

    • Understand who the Acadians are

    • Understand who the Gaels are

    • Understand who the African Nova Scotians are

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of culture

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of intersectionality

    • Explore and articulate the intersections of race, nationality, gender, and sexuality

    Module 1 provides space for the four (4) historical cultures of Nova Scotia to share themselves in a meaningful way. Participants will better understand the four (4) historical cultures, languages, and beliefs. Participants will explore and contextualize specific intersections and how they relate to culture and themselves.

    Module 2: Faces of Discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize our own privileges, biases, and opinions

    ▪ Explore and contextualize discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize racism

    ▪ Explore and contextualize systemic racism

    ▪ Explore the Indian Act, Residential Schools, Africville, Racialized Policing, “All lives Matter” and, Social Determinants of Health

    ▪ Explore and contextualize micro-aggression

    Module 2 requires participants to explore and contextualize their own privileges, biases, and opinions. Participants will explore how these interrelate with discrimination, racism, and moreover, systemic racism. Participants will specifically explore contemporary racism in Nova Scotia.

    Module 3: Faces of Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and contextualize reconciliation

    ▪ Explore Truth and Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and review Education Calls to Action

    ▪ Explore Black Lives Matter

    ▪ Explore and review United Nations Rights of the Child

    ▪ Explore Educator’s role in the classroom

    ▪ Explore 7 Sacred Teachings as a tool

    ▪ Explore racism from birth onward

    ▪ Explore Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework

    ▪ Explore and articulate culturally responsive practice

    ▪ Explore and contextualize Allyship

    Module 3 provides space to explore the different types of reconciliation while acknowledging the need to act now. Participants explore their own roles in this work; specifically exploring cultural responsiveness as it relates to Early Learning and Child Care Settings and moreover the Early Learning Curriculum Framework.

    Pre-registration agreements
    -I agree to participate from an operational computer with a working mic and camera.
    -I agree all information is confidential and will not be shared outside my group discussions or cohort of participants
    -I agree to commit to the entire 12-hour schedule to receive credit.
    -I agree to conduct myself in a professional manner and be respectful of other people’s perspectives, opinions, and ideas.
    -I agree that I will show up fully committed and engaged in the work.

    Facilitators: Adam Braye & Jane MacKenzie

    Session Dates and Times:

    Monday, June 3 (online)                     6:30pm-8:30pm
     
    Wednesday, June 5 (online)              6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 10(online)                  6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday,  June 17 (online)                6:30pm-8:30pm

    Wednesday, June 19 (online)           6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 24 (online)                 6:30pm-8:30pm

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/850787306737?aff=oddtdtcreator

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June 22, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland - Learning with Mi'kma'ki

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    June 22, 2024  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    NSCC Cumberland Amherst Learning Centre (147 South Albion Street, Amherst, NS) & Tidnish Provincial Park (Prounis Park, Amherst, NS)

    Learning with Mi'kma'ki is a new professional development opportunity for early childhood professionals in Nova Scotia. This training provides an opportunity for participants to see the natural environment, Earth science, sustainability, reciprocity, and interconnectedness, with two eyes — Etuaptmumk (ed-do-up-dm-momk). The work represents Mi’kmaw-first voice, with the support and advice of a standing committee.

    The 6-hour course is an introduction for Early Childhood Educators to explore their immediate relationship with place and how this knowledge can be integrated in learning environments for Early Learners. The field book, which is a part of the training, requires participants to reflect on knowledge and teachings. It helps guide participants in understanding how they, as members of this place, are to be present and, in turn, how being present can be directly linked to the work of Early Learning and Child Care.

    TOPICS EXPLORED:

    Part 1: Indoor Presentation and Reflection

    Explore Mi’kma’ki
    Explore Land Acknowledgments
    Explore the traditional territory and seven (7) districts
    Explore who are the Mi’kmaq
    Explore Mi’kmaw ways of knowing and being
    Explore the teachings of Netukulimk
    Explore the differences between a gift economy and a wage economy
    Explore how this knowledge relates to early learners
    Explore the importance of play
    Explore the differences between outdoor education, outdoor learning, and land-based learning
    Explore personal skill sets
    Explore Etuaptmumk
    Explore relationships with place

    Part 2: Outdoor Activities and Discussions

    Sitting with Land Activity
    Observe – Memorize – Compare Protocol: bird watching
    Observe – Memorize – Compare Protocol: plants and trees
    Talking Circle reflection
    Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing
    Case study on outing with children – reflection and discussion.

    Please come prepared to spend at least 3 hours outdoors, dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle.

    Session Dates and Times:

    June 22nd 9:00am-4:00pm (Lunch not provided)

    9:00am-12:00pm-NSCC Cumberland Amherst Learning Centre (147 South Albion Street, Amherst, NS)

    1:00pm-4:00pm-Tidnish Provincial Park (Prounis Park, Amherst, NS) It is a 26 minute drive here from the Amherst Site. We ask that you bring your lunch or grab something on your way to the park.

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/903363874667?aff=oddtdtcreator

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June 24, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland-Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 24, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    Description: Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia’s Early Learning and Child Care Settings is a 12-hour module developed in response to the ongoing enhancements to Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework (NSELCF). Three (3) sub-modules have been designed to create a safe and ethical space for examining the nature of biases, prejudice, and assumptions. The modules unpack privilege and encourage participants to reflect on the historical and systemic roots of discrimination and racism. The modules reflect on the lived experiences of people who face these challenges in Nova Scotia. Each module is accompanied by home learning that will continue the conversations between modules.

    Through a reflective approach, participants will become deeply aware of their own identities and the identities of the children, families, and communities they serve.

    Disclaimer: The modules have been developed for synchronous learning. Participants are required to move through each of the modules in sequence, and with the same cohort. The inability to commit will result in a “restart” of the entire training. The objective of the modules is to demonstrate cultural responsiveness, thus, participants must demonstrate this understanding throughout. To do so, participants scheduled for online learning must work from an operational computer, with a working mic and camera.

    Module 1: Laying Face and Foundation

    Module Objectives:

    • Understand who the Mi’kmaq are

    • Understand who the Acadians are

    • Understand who the Gaels are

    • Understand who the African Nova Scotians are

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of culture

    • Explore and contextualize our understanding of intersectionality

    • Explore and articulate the intersections of race, nationality, gender, and sexuality

    Module 1 provides space for the four (4) historical cultures of Nova Scotia to share themselves in a meaningful way. Participants will better understand the four (4) historical cultures, languages, and beliefs. Participants will explore and contextualize specific intersections and how they relate to culture and themselves.

    Module 2: Faces of Discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize our own privileges, biases, and opinions

    ▪ Explore and contextualize discrimination

    ▪ Explore and contextualize racism

    ▪ Explore and contextualize systemic racism

    ▪ Explore the Indian Act, Residential Schools, Africville, Racialized Policing, “All lives Matter” and, Social Determinants of Health

    ▪ Explore and contextualize micro-aggression

    Module 2 requires participants to explore and contextualize their own privileges, biases, and opinions. Participants will explore how these interrelate with discrimination, racism, and moreover, systemic racism. Participants will specifically explore contemporary racism in Nova Scotia.

    Module 3: Faces of Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and contextualize reconciliation

    ▪ Explore Truth and Reconciliation

    ▪ Explore and review Education Calls to Action

    ▪ Explore Black Lives Matter

    ▪ Explore and review United Nations Rights of the Child

    ▪ Explore Educator’s role in the classroom

    ▪ Explore 7 Sacred Teachings as a tool

    ▪ Explore racism from birth onward

    ▪ Explore Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework

    ▪ Explore and articulate culturally responsive practice

    ▪ Explore and contextualize Allyship

    Module 3 provides space to explore the different types of reconciliation while acknowledging the need to act now. Participants explore their own roles in this work; specifically exploring cultural responsiveness as it relates to Early Learning and Child Care Settings and moreover the Early Learning Curriculum Framework.

    Pre-registration agreements
    -I agree to participate from an operational computer with a working mic and camera.
    -I agree all information is confidential and will not be shared outside my group discussions or cohort of participants
    -I agree to commit to the entire 12-hour schedule to receive credit.
    -I agree to conduct myself in a professional manner and be respectful of other people’s perspectives, opinions, and ideas.
    -I agree that I will show up fully committed and engaged in the work.

    Facilitators: Adam Braye & Jane MacKenzie

    Session Dates and Times:

    Monday, June 3 (online)                     6:30pm-8:30pm
     
    Wednesday, June 5 (online)              6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 10(online)                  6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday,  June 17 (online)                6:30pm-8:30pm

    Wednesday, June 19 (online)           6:30pm-8:30pm

    Monday, June 24 (online)                 6:30pm-8:30pm

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/850787306737?aff=oddtdtcreator

    See more details

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