COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Earlier this year, Delta Continuing Education’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program, in partnership with Society of Richmond Children’s Centres and SFU Child Care Society, created a Community of Practice, based on a desire to build strong relationships with other early childhood educators and to impact how educators think about their work.
Based on “From Teaching To Thinking” by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter, Communities of Practice is a unique model of professional learning and development where participants are able to create a network of support, seek multiple perspectives from a range of educators, and offer opportunities for deep reflection of pedagogy.
“We’ve found ourselves constantly asking ourselves, how am I living my values? How am I demonstrating the values of the Delta ECE program and what does that look like?”
“Our model for professional development comes from a meeting we had in Seattle with Ann Pelo,” says Lisa Nicholson, coordinator of the Delta ECE program. “We’ve found ourselves constantly asking ourselves, how am I living my values? How am I demonstrating the values of the Delta ECE program and what does that look like?”
“As facilitators, we too have journeyed along with the educators and have challenged our own thinking,” says Jen Vanderberg, Delta ECE’s practicum coordinator. “It’s been an honour to see those values unfold in front of our eyes, as each of us deepen our understanding of the kind of educators we want to be in our world.”
Delta Continuing Education, in partnership with Child Care Options Resource & Referral Program and Options Community Services, present Ann Pelo in person on November 13 at North Delta Secondary School: https://www.childcareoptions.ca/events/education-for-citizenship-the-participation-rights-of-children/