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Summer Symposium | July 7 - 9, 2021

Virtual Professional Learning for Early Childhood, Primary & Junior School Educators
Delve into Reggio-inspired and inquiry-based learning, alongside experienced JK to Grade 6 educators from The Bishop Strachan School, in these in-depth, virtual workshops. 

Featuring guest speakers Lella Gandini and Cathy Weisman Topal, authors of Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials and Beautiful Stuff from Nature: More Learning with Found Materials. 
Dates: July 7 - 9, 2021
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Regular registration
(salaried academics & professionals)
Discounted registration
(students, postdoctoral researchers, general public)
Solidarity registration
(Indigenous friends, BIPOC, academics, professionals and unwaged)

Each day includes interactive and participatory elements, such as story sharing, collaborative discussions, hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, Q&As, and more. BSS teacher presentations will be recorded and made available  to registrants after the symposium.

Wednesday, July 7 - Finding our Ground
These sessions will focus on developing relationships and the many dimensions of co-construction in meaningful learning contexts. Dig in, listen deeply, connect, and articulate the meaning, values and purpose in your educational approach.

Thursday, July 8 - Reflecting on Context
These sessions focus on documentation and the process of sharing stories, learning and experiences. Step back, visualize the journey, and encounter new perspectives.

Friday, July 9 - Disrupting and Re-Imagining
These sessions focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), the dimensions of education that foster social justice, and the steps one might take to move forward in ambiguity. Envision the future, plant seeds, and be open to risk!

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Lella Gandini is best known in her role as Reggio Emilia Liason in the United States, as well as for her publications, including The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education.

    Cathy Weisman Topal shares her knowledge through professional development workshops for teachers, and as a research associate with the Smith College Department of Education and Child Study. She is the author of studio art resource books Children, Clay & Sculpture and Children & Painting, visual arts curricula Explorations in Art: Kindergarten and Creative Minds Out of School, and the website, a collection of explorations inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.
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    Special Guest

    Alan Colley is a wise and experienced teacher. His spirit name is Whooping Crane and he is Wolf Clan. As creator of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, Alan works to honour and bridge traditional ways of life with mainstream concepts of tourism and experiential learning. He believes that every time a participant resonates with a teaching provided on the tours, the knowledge of his ancestors and the ancestors of all Aboriginal peoples is honored because it has a chance to expand into future generations. By understanding the sustainable lifestyles of the First Peoples of what is now Toronto, people can carry with them a new connection to the natural world they live in - even if it is surrounded by a concrete jungle.