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Environment & Documentation  |  February 4, 2022 | Online
Investigative Research & Emergent Curriculum  |  May 6, 2022
Summer Symposium  |  July 4 - 6, 2022
Professional Learning for Early Childhood, Primary & Junior School Educators

Explore inquiry-based learning and teaching inspired by the educational project of Reggio Emilia, alongside experienced JK to Grade 6 educators from The Bishop Strachan School. Join us to collaborate, reflect and inspire!

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Each day includes interactive and participatory elements, such as story sharing, collaborative discussions, hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, Q&As, and more. Recordings of BSS teacher presentations from previous workshops will be available to registrants for a limited time.

Sessions are virtual (online) or in person, depending on current public health regulations. Please see the session details below for more information.

Join us for one day, two days, or all of these wonderful professional learning opportunities! All journeys of understanding and explorations of inquiry-based work are welcome.

Friday, February 4 - Environment & Documentation

Online sessions
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

How do we construct contexts for learning? This workshop is an opportunity to unpack how we uphold the rights of children by creating spaces and sharing stories of learning in relationship with our intentions and values.

Featuring sessions by experienced presenters and BSS teachers Anna Papageorgiou, Heather Evelyn and Jessie Sawyers, and a keynote presentation from Shelley Van Benschop, Atelierista and Lead Teacher in the BSS Junior School. Click "Schedule" below for more details.

$149 Regular registration (salaried academics, professionals)
$99 Discounted registration (students and postdoctoral researchers, general public)
No fee Solidarity registration (Indigenous friends, BIPOC, academics, professionals and unwaged)

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  • Schedule

    9:30 - 10:00 am
    Welcome
    10:00 - 11:00 am
    Keynote Address
    Shelley Van Benschop
    Exploring Entanglements: Pedagogical Underpinnings Between Environments and Documentation
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Session #1
    Anna Papageorgiou and Heather Evelyn
    Elevating the Quality of Relationships: Renewing Learning Spaces Through Reflective Practices to Honour Children's Love for Nature
    1:15 - 2:15 pm
    Session #2
    Jessie Sawyers
    Evolving Learning Environments: Re-Imagining Possible Processes and Contexts for a Democratic Learning Community
    2:30 - 3:00 pm
    Discussion Panel and Closing Reflections

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Friday, May 6 - Investigative Research & Emergent Curriculum

Online sessions; potential on-campus explorations, dependent on local health and safety regulations
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

How do we know where to begin and where to go? Explore the ways that a pedagogy of listening grounds us in a strong image of the child (and of teaching and learning), and enables us to develop practices and strategies for co-constructing learning with children.

$149 Regular registration (salaried academics, professionals)
$99 Discounted registration (students and postdoctoral researchers, general public)
No fee Solidarity registration (Indigenous friends, BIPOC, academics, professionals and unwaged)

July 4 - 6 - Living Pedagogies: Finding Deep Connections to the 'Why?'

This three-day symposium will be filled with opportunities to delve into Reggio-inspired and inquiry-based learning, with special guests and BSS educators. More details coming soon!

$299 Regular registration (salaried academics, professionals)
$199 Discounted registration (students and postdoctoral researchers, general public)
No fee Solidarity registration (Indigenous friends, BIPOC, academics, professionals and unwaged)