Looking back and looking forward.
With our pilot year ended, we gathered together at Burnaby North in May 2018 to share our learning, findings and excitements as we move into 2018-2019 with our expanding CR4YC group.
We were thrilled that Maria LeRose moderated the day for us. Honouring us with her special brand of warmth and welcoming as well as moderating our panel conversation,
highlighting some of the work from 2017-2018 CR4YChildren.
Alison Bledsoe, Scott Stinson and Angela Meredith
Our pilot group consisted of three provincial cross-district sites and
8 school districts/communities who, with facilitators, early learning lead educators, educators and students paved the way for the current research and experiences we have to share as we move forward next year with 14 sites and 36 school districts/communities.
2017-2018: Lower Mainland: Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver
South Okanagan: Okanagan Skaha and Okanagan Similkameen
Vancouver South Island: Sooke, Saanich and Victoria
- Maureen Dockendorf, Ministry of Education
- Resource team: Research and Evaluation: Sharon Jeroski (Horizon Research); Kim Schonert-Reichl (UBC-HELP)Supported by the Ministry of Education and the United Way
We are most thankful to our educators and students for forging the path forward. We are excited to explore deeper in 2018-2019.
Our site includes two school districts, SD53 Okanagan Similkameen, and SD67 Okanagan Skaha, early years community agencies, SenPokChin School in Oliver, Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School, and Little Paws Child Care and Preschool.
Today we met for our fourth meeting and explored the 7 facets in a variety of ways. At each of the meetings we have collected pictures and stories of our children in each area using the strategy SEE-THINK-WONDER.
We also explored the Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum from New Zealand, and looked at how the big ideas connect with the
First Peoples Principles of Learning, and used Inside-Outside Circle to talk about what we have done since time, what happened, what we learned and what we plan to do next.
Thanks to Cindy, one of our amazing Strong Start educators for giving every person a set of emotion discs and Melia for packaging them up as beautiful Valentine gifts.
Changing Results for Young Children (CR4YC)
South Vancouver Island – Site Profile
In the South Vancouver Island region, we begin – and continue – by acknowledging that we are inquiring together on the traditional territories of many Coast Salish nations:
- W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations (Saanich), including:
- BOḰEĆEN – Pauquauchin Band
- SȾÁ,UTW̱ – Tsawout Band
- W̱JOȽEȽP – Tsartlip Band
- W̱SÍKEM – Tseycum First Nation
- Lkwungen Nation (Songhees)
- Xsapsam (Esquimalt)
- T’Sou-ke First Nation (Sooke)
- Scia’new First Nation Beecher Bay
- Pacheedaht First Nation
Our site includes three school districts, Greater Victoria (SD61), Sooke (SD62), Saanich (SD 63), and early years community agencies in the South Island region. Our region includes urban, rural, and remote communities, and is distinguished by our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and temperate rain forests. As we explore social emotional well-being with young children, our inquiry journey is inspired by the richness and diversity of our beautiful surroundings.
CR4YC – South Vancouver Island Key Contacts
- SD61 Contact: Carey Nickerson firstname.lastname@example.org
- SD62 Contact: Laura Lancaster email@example.com
and Vivian Collyer firstname.lastname@example.org
- SD63 Contact: Lisa Kinshella email@example.com
- Facilitator: Alison Bledsoe firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring quality practices to increase the Social and Emotional
Well-Being of Young Children
Framework in the field from the Lower Mainland group kicking off CR4YC at Terra Nova Nature School
What do we see?
Resilience: Terra Nova students share their garden, create with natural loose parts and enjoy fruits from the garden.
CR4YC teachers learn from young children about nurturing independence and comfort through nature.
Lower Mainland group reflects on their experience from the day.
What did we observe about social emotional learning?
And so the data collection begins…
*tweets and documentation from Gina Wong, Vancouver @gnwong and Angela Meredith