SPRING & SUMMER SERIES + SYMPOSIUM!

Monday, May 1, 2017

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TransformEd welcomes Spring and looks ahead onto Summer with great enthusiasm!

Over the weekend, I had the chance to visit the Niagara Region (see previous post with ECCDC) to discuss a topic that is now so near and dear to my heart - parental involvement.  I love to share my learning journey and have planned some more professional development sessions where we might have the possibility to meet! 





Within this blog post, you will discover photos from Saturday's workshop along with a wide variety of new learning opportunities.  You can use these hours toward your training, as all sessions provide you with a certificate of completion.  My hope is that the various formats will be both practical and inspiring!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me here.




Check out the following eWorkshop series and an all NEW! face-to-face two day Symposium:

1. eWorkshop - Going Deeper with Inquiry-Based Learning: Sharing a project which celebrates creativity and critical thinking! (4 hours - May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

This session will talk about:
  • a new research project from start to finish 
  • following an emergent curriculum - topic decided by the children
  • inquiry meetings with students in Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • weekly documentation and planning process
  • focus on the experience and joy of learning 
  • self-regulation
  • integrated / differentiated learning for the 21st century
  • the power of inquiry learning
  • celebrating creativity by embracing the 100 Languages from Reggio Emilia




2. NEW eWorkshop! 100 Languages, Provocations, and Loose Parts: Starting Points for Any Early Childhood Context (4 hours - June  6, 13, 20, 27 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

This session will talk about:
  • What are loose parts? Provocations? 100 Languages?
  • How can these theories and concepts support your early learning context?
  • Examples of 100 Languages and integrated learning
  • Suggestions for using provocations to spark inquiry 
  • Reggio Emilia inspiration
  • Weekly challenges to support your personal growth



3. New Face-to-Face - Lunch and Learn Sessions! Celebrating Creativity through Inquiry: A Summer Symposium (July 7th and July 8th)

Location: 
Axis Freestyle Academy - Studio Space
356 Four Valley Dr.
Vaughan, ON
L4K 5Z1
(Near Vaughan Mills Mall and Hwy 400/407)

*Special rate for guests travelling from out of town at Hotel Novotel Toronto Vaughan with code TRANSFORMED is currently being negotiated! Might be a fun weekend away near shopping, Wonderland, and several restaurants!

Day 1 - a) Listening to Students' Theories: Sharing the Creative Process of Documenting a Reggio Emilia Inspired Emergent Curriculum Project (3 hours - July 7 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. *lunch is provided)


This session will talk about:
  • Joanne Marie Babalis will share an example of an emergent curriculum process of two months
  • Reggio Emilia philosophy 
  • How to begin to ask questions that are deeper and more thought provoking 
  • Listening to students' thinking rather than interrupting and going beyond generic inquiry questions
  • Collecting and using pedagogical documenting for planning
  • Creativity and education 
  • The 100 Languages to support theory building
  • Family involvement 

b) Rediscover Your Inner Artist: A Creative Painting Experience (2 hours - July 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. *snacks are provided)

This session will talk about:
  • This is an open-ended two hour social painting experience and is completely hands-on
  • Artist/Author Maria Merecoulias and Joanne Marie Babalis will inspire and support your paint explorations
  • All art supplies, drinks and sweets included
  • One canvas is yours to keep
  • Come and socialize with other creatives and unwind from the busy school year



Day 2 - a) Embracing Creativity and Inquiry through Visual Arts, Mathematics, Nature and more! (5.5 hours - July 8 from 8:30-2:00 p.m. *light breakfast and lunch provided)

TransformEd welcomes three inspiring guest speakers to bring this topic to life!


8:30-10:00 a.m. Michelle van Heugten and Visual Arts Inquiry Lens - "Creative Exploration: The Art of a Question"

10:15-11:45 a.m. Trista Dutt and Mathematics Inquiry Lens - "Math Exploration and Self-Regulation: A Window into Inquiry and Creativity in Kindergarten"
Lunch Break
12:15-2:00 p.m. Niki Belegrinis and Nature Inquiry Lens - "Nature as a Canvas for Inquiry: Creativity in Full Bloom"


This session will talk about:

Michelle will discuss...
  • curating a space for creative investigation to support inquiry in the classroom
  • sharing examples of artistic provocations and invitations for inquiry investigations that support children's wonders
  • participants will engage and explore in several creative invitations set to encourage wonder and inquiry
  • supporting a creative mindset through time, experience, and celebrating ideas

Trista will discuss...
  • exploring math through meaningful problems, games, mini lessons, provocation, and inquiry
  • exploring self-regulation through the language of art, nature, and inquiry 
  • opportunities to play math games, explore provocations, and create materials for the classroom 

Niki will discuss...
  • how natural environments enhance creativity
  • nature evokes creativity which makes us more curious, and makes us flexible in our thinking 
  • nature recharges our directed attention
  • nature's role in the creative process
  • a look at mindfulness and nature
  • opportunity to visit the pond and extend learning



4. New eWorkshop! The Third Educator: Designing and Transforming your Learning Environment (4 hours - July 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

This session will talk about:
  • How your learning environment can become the third educator in the room
  • Concepts of time, space, and materials 
  • Reggio Emilia inspired spaces
  • Suggested starting points for your own classroom transformation
  • Weekly challenges that support your design dreams


5. eWorkshop Popular ECE approaches, theories, and concepts: An introduction to research in the early years (12 hours - Aug. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.)

This series will talk about and introduce the following:

Session 1 - Reggio Emilia Approach
Session 2 - Montessori Approach and Waldorf Approach
Session 3 - High Scope Approach and Bank Street Approach
Session 4 - Forest Kindergarten and Theory of Loose Parts
Session 5 - Play-Based Learning Approach and Math Problem Solving
Session 6 - Inquiry Based Learning Approach and Mosaic Approach 




Registration information:

Please note that there is a Canadian and US/International price for each session. You may pay using your credit card through PayPal or I can also accept an email transfer if you contact me.

If you have a group that would like to participate together (5 or more) please email me for a special group rate.  In order to be fair to those enrolling in these sessions, it is of paramount importance that we maintain honest practices.  Therefore, do not share logins (I can see when you login twice), and be truthful about your address and location.  If you are not a Canadian resident, then with your currency it wouldn't be right to have the advantage of such a large discount over those who live across Canada.  Finally, similar to how we honour copyright and the hard work an individual puts into their writing, I would appreciate and trust that you won't register once and have a few people around your computer.  In the end only one individual will get the credit and certificate.

I thank you for respecting these wishes and already know that it won't be an issue!!!

All sessions are non-refundable, as the numbers affect overall planning and coordination.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I can update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert - once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


REGISTER HERE:

Please note that all PayPal prices in the "Buy Now" section have already been calculated with HST.

  • eWorkshop- Going deeper with inquiry-based learning: Sharing a project which celebrates creativity and critical thinking! (4 hours - May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$125.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$165.43 + HST

TransformEd eWorkshop Prices






  • NEW eWorkshop - 100 Languages, Provocations, and Loose Parts (4 hours - June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$125.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$165.43 + HST

TransformEd eWorkshop Prices





  • NEW Face-to-Face Summer Symposium Lunch and Learn Sessions Celebrating Creativity throughInquiry!

  • Day 1 a) Listening to Students' Theories- July 7th with Joanne Marie Babalis (3 hours - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$135.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$184.61 + HST

TransformEd Workshop Prices







  • Day 1 b) Rediscovering your Inner Artist- July 7th with Artist Maria Merecoulias and Joanne Marie Babalis (2 hours - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$50.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$68.37 + HST

  • TransformEd Workshop Prices





  • Day 2 - Embracing Creativity and Inquiry through Visual Arts, Mathematics, and Nature - July 8th with guest speakers Niki Belegrinis, Michelle van Heugten, and Trista Dutt (5.5 hours - 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$150.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$205.12 + HST

TransformEd Workshop Prices





  • NEW eWorkshop - The Third Educator (4 hours - July 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$125.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$165.43 + HST

TransformEd eWorkshop Prices






  • eWorkshop - Popular ECE approaches, theories, and concepts: An introduction to research in the early years (12 hours  - Aug. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.) Canadian price-$350.00 +HST and US/Inter. price-$463.21 + HST

TransformEd eWorkshop Prices







An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please don't hesitate to ask me by email.  I look forward to meeting you and will provide each participant login information prior to the sessions, as well as a few opportunities to login and ensure your technology is working before our first Tea Talk!  We will do all the troubleshooting early, so that we may enjoy our time online together!

Thank you and hope to see you soon!




Creativity

is intelligence

having FUN!

                                           -Albert Einstein 


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