13 2014

Welcome to Kindergarten Early Years Symposium

May 13, 2014 | “Continuing the Journey: Making Family and Community Engagement Visible” | The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Early Years Family and Community Engagement Symposium
Research to Practice – Taking Action

Developed by The Learning Partnership’s Welcome to Kindergarten program, the Early Years Family and Community Engagement Symposium gives early learning experts, educators and policymakers from across Canada the opportunity to share and learn from each other about how to set up our youngest students for success.

This year's edition continued the conversation and the journey that began last April at the first Symposium in Toronto, 2013 and aimed at making Family and Community Engagement visible in all communities. Experts from the University of British Columbia; the University of Saskatchewan; the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education; the Dept. of Education and Early Childhood Development, PEI and, Healthy Child Manitoba shared their research and the actions taken to support the importance of Parent and Community Engagement. 

Participants were treated to presentations by a high-calibre lineup of early learning experts, recognized academics and influential policymakers from across the country including:

• Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director, The Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Colombia
From Research to Action: "How research is contributing to the value of Early Years – how are the children doing
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• Debbie Pushor, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Parent, School and community Engagement: Creating a Shared World
• The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba; Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba
Parent and Community Engagement in Early Childhood Matters

• Line Perron, Community Development and Mobilization Manager – Early Childhood Mapping Project, University of Alberta
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• Pierre Brochu, Coordinator, Assessment, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
Does Parental Engagement in Early Literacy and Numeracy Activities Make a Difference in School? Evidence from an International Assessment
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• Carolyn Simpson, Director, Early Childhood Development, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (PEI)
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• Dr. Rob Santos, Associate secretary to Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet, Gov. of Manitoba; Research Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
The EDI Results and Actions – The importance of Parent and Community Engagement

• Kelly Paolozzi, Chair, Research and Evaluation Task Group, Growing Up Great, Ottawa

• Deidre Sagert, Early Years Support Teacher, St. James-Assiniboia School Division, Winnipeg
Building Parent and Community Partnerships for Early Learning Success

• Allison Taylor McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, UBC; former Coordinator of Children’s and Young Adult Services and Children’s Librarian in North Vancouver
Early Literacy and Parent/Community Engagement

Case Studies of the 2014 Welcome to Kindergarten Awards for Partnership Excellence - Representatives from the following Awards recipients presented:
• David Finkelstein, principal, Queen Victoria P.S.
Partners in Early Learning, Toronto, Ontario
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• Shawna Latimer, program specialist, YMCA,
The Advisory Committee of Let the Learning Begin, North Bay, Ontario
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• Debra Betsch, Kingswood Academy Montessori and Day Care,
Education, Professionalism, Young Children (EPYC), Moncton Region 1, New Brunswick
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• Patti Davidson, Vice Principal,
L.M. Montgomery School Welcome to Kindergarten Team, Charlottetown, PEI

Conference Location: 
The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre
222 Broadway, Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C 0R3
Toll free: 1-855-332-5039

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