MSVU Learning Outdoors: Building Relationships with Nature, Workshop Series Session 4: Nature & Your ECE Practice
Date: Tuesday April 12 & 19, 2022 7-9pm both evenings Cost: $50 Total PD hours: 4 hours Location: ONLINE Presenters: Bernadette Fegan & Olha Khaperska Description:
Date: Tuesday April 12 & 19, 2022 7-9pm both evenings Cost: $50 Total PD hours: 4 hours Location: ONLINE Presenters: Bernadette Fegan & Olha Khaperska
This reflective series of interrelated workshops will invite you to examine your personal concept of “nature” &
“learning outdoors”, reflect on benefits of outdoor play & discuss the changing play landscape in the modern times. We will expand our views by exploring the Mi’kmaw concepts of relating to the land & bringing together the Western & Indigenous knowledge about the natural world. Together, we will work on creating mission statements that cap-ture your commitment to supporting children’s relationships with the natural environment as well as a commitment to the environment itself. The final part of the workshop is focused on brainstorming ideas & how they can be implemented in our daily practice. We will create SMART goals that will support the planning & accountability for this process.
The sessions are designed to support educators through the entire process with enough time in-between to reflect & engage in further learning. However, you can choose to sign up for a few or just one session to deepen your knowledge on the topic of interest. All sessions will be held online via Zoom platform.
Presenter Biographies: Olha Khaperska is a learning environments consultant behind Beautiful Classrooms, a service that helps teaching teams implement positive changes in their classroom design, layout, & materials selec-tion. She has been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2013 & she shares her passion for early learning with fellow educators through delivering workshops on learning environments as well as facilitating NS Early Learning Curriculum Framework sessions on behalf of EECD.
Olha has a degree in Management, an ECE diploma, & an Early Childhood Administrator Certificate. She is finish-ing her Master of Education degree, Studies in Lifelong Learning/Adult Education, at MSVU. She currently works in the Pre-Primary program & enjoys spending entire days outdoors with her amazing & curious students.
Bernadette Fegan has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 25+ years & has become an advocate for nature-based learning in the last ten years after connecting with Claire Warden & visiting Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in her native Scotland. She currently works as a Mentoring Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters & enjoys her work as a facilitator for NS Early Learning Curriculum Framework.
Bernadette has a Master of Arts in Child & Youth Studies, an Early Childhood Administrators Certificate & a Level 3 certification. She has expended her knowledge & understanding of the benefits of nature-based play by attending conferences & workshops in Nova Scotia, Ontario & New Brunswick. In the past year she has volunteered at the South Shore Waldorf School accompanying the G1/2 children to the farm.
4 PD hours
Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online www.msvu.ca/earlychildhoodworkshops
(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada