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 1, 2024
  • MSVU Gender Inclusivity in Early Childhood Education

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    June 1, 2024  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Saturday June 1, 2024 9 am –1 pm 
    Cost: $50
    Total PD hours: 4 hrs
    Location: IN PERSON 
    Presenter: Sebastian Gaskarth

    DescriptionThis workshop includes two sessions aimed at imparting knowledge on gender & its role in early child-hood education. Participants will receive tools & strategies to create gender-inclusive environments & support children & their families.

    Session 1: Introduction to Gender. The first part one of this workshop will explore the historical significance of gender in early childhood education within the Canadian context. The presentation will encompass a wide range of topics, including gender roles, trajectory & constructs, social reproduction & reification, pronoun usage, & the rights of gender-diverse children.

    Session 2: Gender & Inclusivity in Practice. In the second part of the workshop, attendees will receive practical stra-egies for fostering a gender-inclusive practice & environment. Additionally, the session will provide helpful tools for facilitating gender-diverse conversations with children & their families. Finally, the workshop will end with a question-& -answer period.
    Objectives:

    • To gain knowledge of gender & its role in early childhood education
    • To develop tools & strategies for gender inclusivity & supporting families
    • To apply knowledge to specific practice & discussion

    Presenter Biography: Sebastian Gaskarth (they/them) is a queer and non-binary social worker, parent, and a graduate student in the Child and Youth Study Department at Mount Saint Vincent University. Sebastian’s diverse work history includes experience as a child and youth care worker, keyworker, community educator, young adult facilitator, coach, student mental health peer supporter, and Pride Centre Coordinator. They serve as an intensive case manager, assisting individuals experiencing homelessness, and as a relief worker for Phoenix Youth Programs. Beyond their professional work, Sebastian's human rights complaint against a gender-affirming care policy in Nova Scotia resulted in a significant legal precedent and policy change for gender-affirming care for non-binary individuals. Their experiences have influ-enced their research interests, focusing on critical gender study, gender inclusivity, and gender-affirming care for children and youth.

    Location: IN PERSON

    4 PD hours

    $50

     Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online    www.msvu.ca/earlychildhoodworkshops    


     



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  • NSCC Kingstec -Compassionate Care: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Early Childhood Education Support

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    June 1, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This workshop will explore the impacts of childhood trauma on early childhood development and education. We will examine the ways in which trauma affects the neurological processes in the body and can shape a child’s overall growth, well-being and development. You will gain strategies to nurture the child’s social and emotional development with understanding and supportive approaches.

    This session includes:

    • Some straightforward science brought to you in a simple way
    • Insight into the ground-breaking polyvagal theory
    • How to interpret and understand signs and cues that indicate a child’s emotional state
    • Identifying the body’s different defense strategies in response to a threat
    • What is trauma informed teaching
    • How do trauma behaviours present during play
    • Playful individual and group activities to support the child
    • Hands-on moments and live interactive chats
    • Video analysis
    • The effects of secondary trauma on ECEs

    This workshop will be facilitated online. Requirements:

    • Internet
    • PC (Desktop or laptop)
    • Access to email (we’ll send you a link to the session)
    • Headset (you can borrow one from us)

    It is the participants’ responsibility to make sure their equipment, including headphones, will work with the session. As per our policy, refunds will not be issued less than one week before the workshop.

    Facilitator: Nancy Ceulemans & Heather Cukierski

    Fee: $50

    Deadline to register: May 24th, 2024

    Please Note Our new payment process (September 2023)

    1. Credit card or VISA Debit payment
    2. Cheque
    3. Cash
    (Instructions below)

    - Registration form AND payment are to be received by us at least TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE (unless otherwise noted), not simply postmarked by the deadline.
    - Registrations cannot be processed, nor spaces held, until both registration form and payment are received.
    - Cancellations must be processed before the workshop occurs. Please contact us at least 1 week prior to a workshop if you are unable to attend.

    Please contact  sara.graves@nscc.ca or justine.macdonald@nscc.ca  for more details.

    *please keep our workshop guidelines in mind* https://www.nscc.ca/ecdsc/professional-development/kingstec-guidelines.asp

    To Register: https://bit.ly/ecdscws

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  • NSCC Marconi - Culturally Responsive Practice

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    June 1, 2024  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    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 and Lisa MacIntyre

    Session Dates and Times: Saturday, June 1 - 9 a.m. -4 p.m., and Saturday, June 15 - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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June 3, 2024
  • NSCC Marconi - Learning about Our Global Village: China

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    June 3, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    NSCC - Marconi Campus, 1240 Grand Lake Rd, Grand Lake Road, NS B1P 6J7, Canada

    Po Shan Wong and Jane Guo will be offering a session on ChineseCulture on Monday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m.  This is an in-person workshopthat will be held at NSCC Marconi (room A147).  Highlights of the eveningwill include learning greetings in Mandarin, a discussion of festivals, Chinesecalligraphy, traditional music and dance, and children’s books and games.

     

    What: Chinese Culture Workshop

    Where: NSCC Marconi – A147 (in-person)

    When: Monday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. (2 PD hours)

    Who: Po Shan Wong and Jane Guo

    Cost: $25

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

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    June 3, 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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  • NSCC Kingstec -Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 3, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    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: Liz Hicks & B de Guzman

    Session Dates and Times:

    May 27 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    May 29 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM   

    June 3 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM 

    June 5 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 10 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 12 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-culturally-responsive-practice-tickets-719148732217

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June 4, 2024
  • NSCC Marconi - ECE Community of Practice

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    June 4, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Do you like to connect regularly with other passionate Educators?  Would you enjoy coming together professionally to create materials, discuss successes, ideas, and strategies that work?

    This winter and spring the NSCC Marconi Early Childhood Development Support Centre will be offering ongoing Community of Practice building sessions in cooperation with recent ECE Advanced Practitioner graduate Mary MacAulay. 


    Please contact Kathy Milburn or Tessa Seward for more info – Kathy.milburn@nscc.ca, Tessa.seward@nscc.ca, 902 563-2166

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June 5, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland - Beyond Behaviors-Repeat Session

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    June 5, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    We are offering a repeat session of the Beyond Behaviors workshop (part of the Neurodiversity Series) as the first session filled up so quickly.

    "Beyond Behaviours” is inspired by the work of Dr. Mona Delahooke and will give educators the tools they need to recognize the inherent traits of neurodiversity and characteristics of neurodivergent trauma. In rethinking our responses to child behaviour we will compare ‘top-down’ vs ‘bottom-up’ behaviours, and learn to be an ‘interpreter of behaviour’. Identifying how to provide compassionate care for sensory overwhelm (meltdowns/shutdowns) in neurodivergent children will also lead educators to a better understanding of the neurodiverse perspective.

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

    Preregistration required-submit ECDSC registration form by May 21st.

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

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

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    June 5, 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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  • NSCC Kingstec -Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 5, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    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: Liz Hicks & B de Guzman

    Session Dates and Times:

    May 27 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    May 29 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM   

    June 3 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM 

    June 5 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 10 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 12 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-culturally-responsive-practice-tickets-719148732217

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June 10, 2024
  • NSCC Cumberland-Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 10, 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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  • NSCC Kingstec -Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 10, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    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: Liz Hicks & B de Guzman

    Session Dates and Times:

    May 27 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    May 29 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM   

    June 3 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM 

    June 5 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 10 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 12 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-culturally-responsive-practice-tickets-719148732217

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June 11, 2024
  • NSCC Marconi: Learning About Our Global Village: India

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    June 11, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    NSCC - Marconi Campus, 1240 Grand Lake Rd, Grand Lake Road, NS B1P 6J7, Canada

    Pinder Dhaliwal and Richa Lalchandani will be offering aworkshop on Indian Culture on Tuesday, June 11 from 6-8 p.m.  Thisis also an in-person workshop to be held at NSCC Marconi (A147). Highlights will include Indian greetings, festivals, traditions, food, andfamily structures.

     

    What: Indian Culture Workshop

    Where: NSCC Marconi – A147 (in-person)

    When: Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 p.m. (2 PD hours)

    Who: Pinder Dhaliwal and Richa Lalchandani

    Cost: $25

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June 12, 2024
  • Jane Norman College - A Three-Part Series: Coloring Outside the Gender Lines

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    June 12, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online via Zoom (6:30-8:30)

    Implementing a Gender Flexible Pedagogy

    Offering practical steps for adults who work with young children to build inclusive and intentional spaces where all children recieve positive messages about their unique gender selves. 
    Exploring and deconstructing the gender binary in the early years sector. These workshops increase awareness about gender identity, gender-inclusive language and what it truly means to be an ally.
    This series is based on modern understandings of gender and intersectionally, as well as research on child development, and gender health. 
    By including the voice and lived experience of a transgender early childhood educator.
    Contextualizes what it means to rethink early learning programs with a commitment to gender justice and gender equality for all children.

    Part 1 (April 24)
    The Gender Question
    Expand our understanding of gender through history and how it manifests differently across cultures.

    Part 2 (May 22)
    Gender Responsive Eduators
    Expand our knowledge and improve practices around gender stereotyping in the early years through practical tools and framework.

    Part 3 (June 12)
    Creating Safe Spaces
    Create gender expansive environments, implementing inclusive policies for children, families and gender diverse educators.

    Cost $75.00

    6:30-8:30 each evening

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

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  • NSCC Cumberland - Magical Thinking in the Early Childhood Setting

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    June 12, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    Is magical thinking part of your early childhood practice?  How might educators incorporate fantasy, dramatic play, music, movement, art and more in outdoor settings?  

    In this workshop, playful examples will be shared about how magical thinking enriches the curriculum and provides children and educators with many possibilities for deeper reflection, discovery, play and learning.

    Facilitator: Dr. Beverlie Dietze          Cost: $23.00

    Preregistration required-submit ECDSC registration form by May 29th.

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

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  • NSCC Kingstec -Culturally Responsive Practice in Nova Scotia's Early Learning and Child Care Settings

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    June 12, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    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: Liz Hicks & B de Guzman

    Session Dates and Times:

    May 27 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    May 29 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM   

    June 3 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM 

    June 5 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 10 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    June 12 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

    To register, click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-culturally-responsive-practice-tickets-719148732217

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