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Summer Symposium  |  July 4 - 6, 2022 | In-person*
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.

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

In-person sessions*
   *Subject to change (dependant on Toronto Public Health regulations)
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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

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

Past Sessions

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  • 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.
  • Friday, February 4 - 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
  • Friday, May 6 - Investigative Research & Emergent Curriculum

    Online sessions
    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.

    $149Full fee (salaried academics, professionals)
    $99Discounted fee (students and postdoctoral researchers, general public)
    No feeSolidarity fee (Indigenous friends, BIPOC, academics, professionals or unwaged)
  • Friday, May 6 - Schedule

    9:30 - 10:00 am
    Welcome Note
    10:00 - 11:00 am
    Keynote Address
    Learning Relationships: Uncovering myths about emergent curriculum and exploring contexts for powerful inquiry
    Speaker: Kerri Embrey, teacher and former Atelierista and Lead Teacher at The Bishop Strachan School
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Session #1a
    Word Inquiry as a Practice to Develop Critical Thinking: How to use word investigation to empower diverse learners, and deepen our understanding of the writing system

    Speaker: Aida Fahoum, teacher at The Bishop Strachan School
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Session #1b
    Togetherness in Everyday Moments: Sharing stories of ongoing and growing relationships with each other, materials & environments
    Speakers: Jessie Sawyers & Matthew Badali, teachers at The Bishop Strachan School
    1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
    Session #2a
    Schools as sites of Social Justice: Developing inclusive and responsive practices for better ways of being & learning together

    Speaker: Radhika Raj, teacher and Director of Inclusive Excellence at The Bishop Strachan School
    1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
    Session #2b
    Beautiful Ecology: Deepening connections to place within a Grade 4 community
    Speakers: Jessie Sawyers and Amanda Humphreys, teachers at The Bishop Strachan School
    2:30 - 3:00 pm
    Discussion Panel and Closing Reflections
    *Participants will also gain access to a collection of recordings from our 2021 Summer Symposium*