Listening for Children’s Ideas and Inquiries
with Kerri Embrey and Heather Evelyn
Reggio-inspired kindergarten and school-aged educators, leaders, and consultants
Online Live Session:
October 24, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT Canada)
This Online Conversation Supports:
- The Kindergarten Program 2016:
Pedagogical Approaches of Learning through exploration play and inquiry; Educators as co-learners; Pedagogical documentation; Reflective practice and collaborative inquiry
- CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice July 2017:
Standard 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy
About Our Café Facilitators:
Heather Evelyn is a kindergarten teacher at the Bishop Strachan School (BSS). She began her study of the Reggio Emilia approach with a team of teachers at the school as they explored best teaching and learning practices for young children in 2003. Heather attended the Canadian study tour to Reggio Emilia in 2011 and has recently completed her Ontario Reggio Association Emergent Curriculum Certificate. Over the years at BSS she has continued to study and reflect on this approach and to show her passion about making learning visible. Heather has been able to share her work with visiting teachers during professional development initiatives at BSS and was honoured to present her work in 2018 at Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kerri Embrey is currently a grade 5 teacher at the Bishop Strachan School. During her Masters Degree she had the honour and pleasure of learning from Dr. Carol Anne Wien; her thesis research focused on listening through aesthetic engagement. While Kerri has taught and worked as a lead teacher in Reggio-inspired primary classrooms for several years, her current practice and curiosity have shifted to engage in a pedagogy of listening with older children. Kerri enjoys opportunities to share and learn from other educators by consulting with schools and presenting at conferences such as National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). She teaches modules in the emergent curriculum program offered by the Ontario Reggio Association. She is often caught in a state of wonder at the creative intelligence of children and the beauty of the natural world.