Welcome to Online Conversations where we explore ideas with Reggio-inspired leaders and thinkers in the early learning field and reflect together through large and small group conversations.

Current Online Conversations

Register below for any of our upcoming Online Conversations learning experiences. If you have registered with Early Learning Café previously you will need to log in to sign up for the Café. If this is your first Cafe, then at the log in form, click “register” and create an account. Then return to this page to sign up for your course.

Note: Early Learning Cafe is located in Canada, and times for all live events are in North American Eastern Time. 



OC2: The Competent Parent: a Collaborator in Learning

with Dannielle Gibson
Coming later in 2021

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.

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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.


OC0: Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Framework with Susan Stacey

Each person's image of the child is influenced by their own experiences, biases, and knowledge. Join us along with Susan Stacey to dialogue about the new early learning framework in Nova Scotia, with overview of its main principles. The relationship between this framework and HDLH is significant and broadens our knowledge of our Canadian context in early learning. This pilot session will also allow us to explore the online registration and platform for reflective dialogue with break out rooms for small group conversations.

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Creative play with model house

OC1: A Thinking Environment that Supports Risk-Taking

May 8, 2019 7-8:30 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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OC3: Democratic Spaces for Early Learning

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

Suzanne Axelsson’s work with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten children, and children with special rights will help us explore democracy (equity and inclusivity) in early learning settings. Her inspirational ideas for using listening, participation, anti-bias approaches, as well as pedagogical documentation will help us reflect on the ways we can grow democracy and inclusion in our work with young children.

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OC4: Questioning with Curiosity in Our Reflective Practice

with Kathy Boelsma RECE
and Susan Ramsay RECE
Online Conversation: December 4, 2019
7:00-8:30 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.

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OC5: Drawing as Thinking with Young Children

with Debi Keyte-Hartland
Online Conversation: February 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.

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OC6: A Pedagogy for Ecology

with Ann Pelo
Online Conversation: April 9 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 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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