Professional Learning

Based on the survey conducted in the fall of 2017 and other opportunities, the Get Outside and Play Early Childhood Network is pleased to offer the following professional learning opportunities. We will be adding new opportunities as they arise and if you have an idea or are interested in offering a session, please contact Christina at christina@abcee.org.

 

Burr, Its Cold Outside - Webinar

There’s no need to hibernate!  Outdoor play in winter adds many new dimensions to children’s outdoor play including an increased sense of wonderment and opportunities for experimentation and discovery. Incorporating a variety of materials and options for play into children’s outdoor spaces enhances seasonal explorations.  This workshop introduces participants to some invigorating experiences that are bound to keep children moving and exploring with it is “Burr” outside. This workshop focuses on the early years, 0-6 years old.

Presenter: Beverlie Dietze has been exploring many facets of outdoor play since the 1990s. She is currently Director of Learning and Teaching at Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC and in her leisure time continues to engage in research and education related to outdoor play. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is author of a number of articles and textbooks that focus on early childhood education.

 
Date: January 19, 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm MST
Location: On-line webinar
Cost: $15.00

 

 

Outdoor Play Space Assessment Tool

Early learning professionals, consultants, and educators from across Canada are now being trained in using the Assessment Tool in Support of Creating Children’s Outdoor Play Environments with a Sense of Wonder.  The tool, the first of its kind in Canada, examines 32 items grouped into seven domains: play zone, play environmental elements, physical movement and risk-taking, loose parts, experiential play, involving parents and families, and the role of early learning practitioners. Qualified assessors who have participated in training in the tool are able to examine play spaces and make recommendations to early learning centres that will advance their outdoor play spaces to support children’s natural sense of curiosity and wonderment.
 

Presenter: Beverlie Dietze has been exploring many facets of outdoor play since the 1990s. She is currently Director of Learning and Teaching at Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC and in her leisure time continues to engage in research and education related to outdoor play. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is author of a number of articles and textbooks that focus on early childhood education.

Thank you to our partners, Glenora Childcare Society in Edmonton and Thornhill Childcare Society in Calgary for providing access to their outdoor play spaces for these workshops. Both facilities will receive a full report detailing the group recommendations for improving their outdoor play spaces!

Dates: Calgary March 27 (evening) and March 28 (full day)
Dates: Edmonton March 29 (evening) and March 30 (full day)
Time: Evening 6:30pm - 8:30pm Full day 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Thornhill Childcare Centre and Huntington Hills Super Store Community Room
Location: Glenora Childcare Centre and St. Vincent Elementary School
Cost: Charitable Organizations: $65
         Non-profit or for profit organizations: $85

Register - CALGARY

Register - EDMONTON

 

Coyote Mentoring: Exploring the Wonder of Nature-Based Education

Coyote Mentoring is a powerful nature-based educational model that fosters a deep connection with the natural world. Focusing on play, story telling and nature crafts, Coyote Mentoring is an amazing way of getting both children and adults to learn…..without knowing it.

Drawing from our experiences using this model as the foundation for Canmore’s Forest Play programs, this workshop will give you:

  • a chance to rediscover a child-like passion for the natural world
  • an opportunity to experience what it is like to participate in a program based on Coyote mentoring
  • an introduction to the natural learning cycle and essential routines that ground and reconnect us with the natural world
  • an understanding of how stories can be used to create powerful learning experiences.

Find your childlike passion for the world and join us for a fun day of exploring nature and this amazing educational model.

Presenter: Dave Verhulst has been sharing his passion for the natural and cultural history of wild places for 16 years. He has a Master’s degree in Recreation Management, is an accredited Master Interpretive Guide through the Interpretive Guides Associations and a Wilderness First Responder. In 2011, Dave co-founded Nature’s Tracks Forest Play – a nature connection program for children in Canmore AB. This program has been growing in leaps and bounds and not includes after shool and summer programs throughout the year. Dave is a father of two girls (ages 6 and 8) and he loves playing outside, sharing stories and connection both children and adults with the magic of the natural world.

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Calgary, Edworthy Park Picnic Site #2
Cost: $65.00

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Backdoor Physical Literacy: Outdoor Play in the Backyard 

With support from RBC Learn to Play, we are able to offer this workshop free of charge in 2017. This workshop is created for dayhome providers and may also be of interest to parents.

Create outdoor play spaces to support the development of physical literacy in your dayhome backyard. You will come away from this two hour workshop with simple strategies and resources to bring back to your dayhome. We will take the opportunity to learn together and share stories of what has worked in your backyard. Bring pictures, ideas and an open mind!

Bring 10 or more dayhome providers together and we will deliver this sessions free of charge. If  you are interested in hosting this session, please contact Christina Pickles at christina@abcee.org, or call at 403-998-4782. Limited spaces available.

Coalitions - we are also looking to reach out to parents and other dayhome providers who may not be connected to agencies, contact Christina if you would be interested in hosting with workshop in your community.