Join Online Conversations where we explore ideas with experts in the early learning field and reflect together through large and small group conversations. Explore the collaborative learning opportunities below. When you are ready to register for one of our Online Conversation Cafés, you will need to either login or create an Early Learning Café account. 

Current Online Conversations

Check out these upcoming Online Conversations learning experiences. Each Online Conversation Café offers three sections: some preparation for the conversation (reading and reflection), an online conversation with other early learning professionals, and followup reflections. 

 

OC7: Listening for Children’s Ideas and Inquiries

OC7: Listening for Children’s Ideas and Inquiries

with Kerri Embrey and Heather Evelyn
October 24, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT (Canada)

Kerri Embrey and Heather Evelyn are educational leaders who find joy in continually deepening their understanding of the Kindergarten Program using an emergent curriculum pedagogy and the transformative power of listening to children’s curiosities, theories, struggles and strengths. Their experiences show that listening to children is the most effective way to help children not only meet program expectations, but to exceed them.

This Online Conversation will be of special interest to educators in full day learning, and before and after school programs.

Cost: $39

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CL1: The Early Learning Café Online Meeting Space

CL1: The Early Learning Café Online Meeting Space

Available On Demand

Join this free Community of Learning Café and complete all the sessions to learn how to:
• navigate your ELC Membership Account
• make sure your equipment meets the requirements for an Online Conversation
• learn how to use our video-conferencing application.

Cost: FREE

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OC2: The Competent Parent: a Collaborator in Learning

OC2: The Competent Parent: a Collaborator in Learning

with Danielle Gibson
Coming Winter 2020

How can we create early learning contexts where we intentionally support the exchange of ideas with parents, deepen acts of their participation, and think more about learning together with their children?
In this café, Dannielle will guide our dialogue about ways of seeing parents with a lens that invites their participation – participation that is a meaningful for them, the program, and the children. Click below to see the video.

Cost: $39

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Recent Online Conversations

These are some of our recent Online Conversations learning experiences. If you aren’t ready to register for a current Online Conversation you can still create your Early Learning Café account using the Account menu above. Registering now will make it faster and easier when you are ready to sign up for an Online Conversation later.

 

OC6: A Pedagogy for Ecology – Connecting to nature as place and well-being

OC6: A Pedagogy for Ecology – Connecting to nature as place and well-being

with Ann Pelo
Online Conversation: April 30, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT (Canada)

Join us, as we explore a pedagogy for ecology — an exploration of connecting to the place we live and breathe in, on this planet of ours. How can we support connections to nature with children and ourselves? How can we support encounters in nature that help us to see children’s inquiries?

Cost: $39

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OC5: Drawing as Thinking with Young Children

OC5: Drawing as Thinking with Young Children

with Debi Keyte-Hartland
Online Conversation: Feb 8, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EST

We are very excited to have Debi Keyte-Hartland join us at Early Learning Café to engage us in conversation about the ideas of Loris Malaguzzi who says there is “great responsibility of adults to read and interpret visual communications.”

Children’s “mark-making” is more than a precursor to writing and literacy. It is a language of communication in its own right. Drawing, re-drawing, thinking and rethinking are aspects of communication we will be exploring with Debi in this Café. Pablo the cat will be there, will you?

Cost: $39

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OC3: Democratic Spaces for Early Learning

OC3: Democratic Spaces for Early Learning

with Suzanne Axelsson
Online Conversation: Nov 20, 2019
7:00 -8:30 p.m. EST

How can an early years setting be democratic? What does it involve and what role do the educators and children play? A dialogue to explore how value, participation, respect and empowerment are steps towards inclusive play and learning communities.
This Café is designed for educators in early learning programs, kindergarten classrooms, home and licensed child care settings, and for resource consultants who work with children 1-6 years of age.

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OC1: A Thinking Environment with Susan Stacey

OC1: A Thinking Environment with Susan Stacey

with Susan Stacey
Online Conversation: May 8, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM EDT

Our café speaker, Susan Stacey, will lead and guide us in an online conversation about environments that support thinking and risk-taking for educators and for children. How do we encourage innovation and thinking in our programs? 

Let’s discuss the role of disequilibrium, and how children use materials in new or risky ways. We’ll use inquiry with risky play outdoors. We will find ways we can say yes to learning.  We’ll also think critically about routines, curricula and environments in our practice. 

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OC4: Questioning with Curiosity in Our Reflective Practice

OC4: Questioning with Curiosity in Our Reflective Practice

with Kathy Boelsma RECE and
Susan Ramsay RECE
Online Conversation: Dec 4, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST

This Online Conversation is an introduction to reflection and questioning – a foundational practice of RECEs and early learning educators. Reflection and questioning lead us into communication, listening, valuing others’ ideas and risk taking in conversation. They help us examine mistakes for new learning.

In this Café we can learn authentic ways to question ourselves, our practice, and our colleagues with a sense of trust and genuine curiosity.

Cost: $40

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