How we learn is how we are feeling. The research states this unequivocally.
On October 4th, 2018 we gathered for the Changing Results for Young Children Network Session. This was an inspirational, fun-filled and busy day spent together.
We were joined by District facilitators, Leads, Ministry staff, BCTF representatives, Early Learning partners. The day was joyfully hosted by Maria LeRose.
Presentations and updates on current and future research as well as early childhood pedagogy were given by:
Kim Schonert-Reichl, Director of Human Early Partnership HELP UBC and Professor, UBC Faculty of Education presented: Promoting Young Children’s Social & Emotional Development and Well-Being.
Jane Bertrand, International expert on Early Childhood Education, MWMFF & Atkinson Centre, OISE and author of the PLAY TODAY Handbook (DRAFT) presented: The Power of Play Based Learning
We finished up the morning with an enlightening panel discussion moderated by interviewer and producer, Maria LeRose. Our panel: Jennifer McCrea, Assistant Deputy Minister, Jane Bertrand and Kim Schonert-Reichl.
It was a day of connections, common understandings and planning as each of the facilitators and leads from the represented 42 districts and communities go back to their teams of educators with this information and to start their research.
School Districts and Communities will meet this Fall and begin the process of finding a focus and wonder child, building relationships with one another and both discovering the commonalities that exist among us in the social emotional realm with young children, as well as observe and understand the uniqueness amongst each other in our respective environments.
This will, and should, look different in every community .
Let’s Share: here are some invitations and plans that the Lower Mainland group consisting of: Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver as well as West Vancouver have started.
CR4YC focuses on social and emotional well-being to improve outcomes for young children.
One of the CR4YC goals is to identify and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with improving the social and emotional well-being of young children. Another goal is to increase the coherence in pedagogy between Early Childhood Educators and Primary Educators.
2018-2019 year 2
In year 2, we have 14 sites with 36 School Districts/Communities participating. Collectively these researchers are focusing on observations, relationships, pedagogical practices, collaborations and finding commonalities and unique characteristics amongst each other.
Facilitators and Leads will assemble on October 4th to plan, coordinate, network and learn about the current research and resources available and bring back this information to their communities and members.
Our collective this year includes:
Ministry of Education UBC Horizon Research and Evaluation Maria LeRose and Associates BCTF North Shore Early Years Centre Reach Child and Youth Development Society VCH-rural/coastal Sunshine Coast Community Services Society United Way of the Lower Mainland Fraser Valley Child Development Centre Western Canada WE Schools School District 8/Community: Kootenay Lake School District 10/Community: Arrow Lakes School District 22/Community: Vernon School District 23/Community: Central Okanagan School District 28/Community: Quesnel School District 33/Community: Chilliwack School District 34/Community: Abbotsford School District 35/Community: Langley School District 36/Community: Surrey School District 38/Community: Richmond School District 39/Community: Vancouver School District 40/Community: New Westminster School District 41/Community: Burnaby School District 42/Community: Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District 43/Community: Coquitlam School District 44/Community: North Vancouver School District 45/Community: West Vancouver School District 46/Community: Sunshine Coast School District 47/Community: Powell River School District 48/Community: Sea to Sky School District 51/Community: Boundary School District 52/Community: Prince Rupert School District 53/Community: Okanagan Similkameen School District 61/Community: Greater Victoria School District 62/Community: Sooke School District 63/Community: Saanich School District 64/Community: Gulf Islands School District 67/Community: Okanagan Skaha School District 68/Community: Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 69/Community: Qualicum School District 73/Community: Kamloops/Thompson School District 78/Community: Fraser-Cascade School District 82/Community: Coast Mountains School District 83/Community: North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 91/Community: Nechano Lakes
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.