Tuesday, November 20, 2018
UniverCity Childcare (9075 Highland Court)
The aim of this workshop is to build a connection between curriculum and pedagogical leadership. What is pedagogy? In what ways can educators be authentic when transforming theory to practice? How do we define “Quality Care and Education”? In order to discuss these powerful questions, Saaiqa will share examples from her own practice and personal philosophy but also invite participants to share and listen to their own educational values/ pedagogical commitments/ research topics that they are currently working on with children.
Participants will engage in an informal reflective dialogue regarding pedagogical documentation as they develop new ways of knowing and relating to children. She also welcomes everyone to create a community of inquiry as they challenge their image of educators; moving past seeing themselves as technicians who simply deliver knowledge. Through a series of activities and discussions, she will support the participants to reflect upon their own leadership styles, pedagogical values and intent as they think about their own pedagogical commitment; share struggles and successes in their practice; as well as reflect upon how to truly sustain a long term inquiry. They will also engage in collaborative discussions on how to shift from viewing childcare as a service to building authentic spaces for children.
Saaiqa is a Senior Supervisor within the Nanitsh 3-5 program at SFU Childcare Society (SFUCCS). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Early Learning From Simon Fraser University. In addition, she also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs and Infant and Toddler Certifications from Capilano University. Saaiqa is currently a staff representative on the SFUCCS Board of Directors and received the SFUCCS Leanne Dalton Working with Passion Award for the 2017-2018 year. She also serves as a mentor for several 3-5 programs by enabling educators to build upon their own leadership skills and engage in on going reflective pedagogical documentation. She is extremely passionate about reconceptualizing the notion of “best practice” within the field of Early Childhood Education. She has published her work alongside other educators in The Canadian Association for Young Children’s Journal.
This workshop is suitable for:
- Educators (3-5)
- ECE Students (All Levels)
Educators are reminded to bring a notebook and pen to take notes.