Walking in Place: Cultivating Ecological Identity in Young Children -- and in Ourselves


Walking in Place: Cultivating Ecological Identity in Young Children -- and in Ourselves: An invitation to early years educators to be outdoors in their bodies and in the body of the Earth

This event features keynote speaker, Ann Pelo, a noted teacher educator, program consultant, and author whose primary work focuses on reflective pedagogical practice, social justice and ecological teaching and learning, and the art of mentoring. Her work is anchored by a commitment to the right of educators to be intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually engaged by their work. Ann is nourished by teachers' commitment to growth and challenge, by children's potent capacity for questions, and by families' deep commitment to their children. She is the author of five books: The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children (2013), Season by Season the Year Unfolds: A Guidebook for Developing an Intentional Culture in Early Childhood Programs (2010), Rethinking Early Childhood Education (2008),The Language of Art: Inquiry-based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings (2007), and, with Fran Davidson,That's Not Fair: A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children (2000).

In addition to Ann's address, attendees will have the opportunity to explore at their own pace multiple outdoor activity stations, including clay creatures, journey sticks, the campfire, and more.  After a light lunch and networking time, we will reconvene for a summation with Ann.

Participant Fee: $95.00 (plus HST)
Location: Kortright Centre for Conservation
A light lunch will be provided. Please bring a reusable mug and carpool if possible. 

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May 23, 2015 at 8:30am - 3pm
Kortright Centre for Conservation
9550 Pine Valley Dr
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A6
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Diane Kashin


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