MSVU Capable, Confident & Curious - Program Leader Session 1
April 4, 2020 AND April 18, 2020
Day One - Pedagogical Leadership (Module One)
'Pedagogical Leaders demonstrate credible knowledge of the teaching and learning process and draw on those principles to guide individuals and groups.’ (Coughlin and Woodburn, 2016)
Module One is designed for any type of leader in our field who is working in a regulated child care setting or Pre-primary Program, and will focus on how pedagogical leadership supports educators in reflecting upon, and learning more about, their practices with children.
We will address - through experiences and dialogue – the questions: What is an effective pedagogical leader? How do we work through growth and change in positive ways? How do we encourage innovative practices?
• develop an understanding of the role of a pedagogical leader, how this role can be improved through reflection, and how this type of leadership can support the vision and goals of their setting.
• explore ideas around leading others through change and growth, while making connections to the framework, as they practice motivating, coaching, and mentoring skills.
• reflect upon what it means to be a leader in terms of curriculum decisions; how we develop programs that are play-based, intentional, and connected to the practices described in the framework.Early years practices vary widely across our province, and yet we all have something in common: A desire to provide the best program possible for all our children. What does the Framework say about putting our good intentions into practice? What does this look like in our everyday work?
Day Two - Image of the Child (Module Two)
‘A person’s Image of the Child….is influenced by that person’s experiences, culture, values and beliefs’ (N.S Early Learning Curriculum Framework, p11).
This statement about the Image of the Child from the curriculum framework is foundational for the practices described within the document. In this module, we will use reflection and dialogue to work through our own images of children and how these are made visible in our day to day interactions, routines, decision-making, and responses to children.
We will address – through experiences and dialogue - the questions: What is your ‘Image of the Child’? Why does this image matter? How do our images and practices align with the Framework? What difference does it make to our daily practice? How does the Image of the Child affect the role of an educator or leader?
• articulate their Image of the Child, taking into account their own centre’s philosophies and values.
• understand how their own childhood experiences, family background, spiritual and cultural values, as well as experiences as an adult and educator, influence their images of children.
• improve awareness of what they see and understand in their approaches with children, and recognize how their images of children shape their ECE practices.