We are excited to share news of an exciting upcoming professional learning series "Leaning into the Edge: Collective Renderings of Pedagogical Imaginings in Early Childhood Education and Care".
In April 2021, Canada’s federal government announced its plan to support a Canadian childcare system, but to this day, we don’t really know what such a system would look like. In Canada, responsibilities for early education and care are fragmented, notably lacking a pedagogical vision or how we might rethink the concept of care in response to the world's present conditions. Moreover, despite an increase in rhetoric about “recruitment and retention,” the identity of the early childhood educator and the working conditions of persons working in the field do not reflect the complexity of the role.
In response to our current reality, this colloquium series brings together critical and creative voices of researchers and educators who are actively engaged in speculative exploration of possible futures for early childhood education and care to change the narratives within which early education and care are entrapped.
The Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC) is creating spaces for dialogues for co-thinking, co-speculating, co-imagining and co-envisioning pedagogical possibilities for early childhood education and care. The colloquium extends across different temporalities encompassing a series of virtual encounters leading to a face-to-face gathering in Fall 2024 (details TBA).
The first event in the series is the workshop, "Found Objects, New Worlds: Speculative Storytelling for Early Childhood Education", with Emily Ashton and Brittany Tomin, happening Thursday, February 29th 3:00 pm PT/6:00 ET. All CAYC members can attend this workshop at no cost. More information can be found at this link and in the attached poster. To register for this event, you will need to become a member of the CAYC today! Once you become a member you will be sent the registration link for this workshop.