Developing a shared pedagogy in the early years:
Bridging the divide between
what we believe and what we do.
By Fiona Zinn
30th – 31st March 2019, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  What do we believe about young children and their learning?

How do we draw on beliefs and practices to develop shared understandings?

How do we navigate our way through the different theories of children, childhood and learning that a diverse team brings?

Coming together as an early years team is a complex and rewarding process. We have moved away from the time when isolated islands of practice were the norm and where collaboration was an option. Instead, today, early childhood educators find themselves in learning teams which ask them to critically reflect, bravely re-think, seek new questions and uncover shared understandings together.

This workshop supports teachers and leaders in the early years to work together to build a culture of sustained professional learning that honours the agency of children, teachers, learning environments and the curriculum.

Across two days, teams will collaborate to unpack their philosophies of learning, constructs links between beliefs, values and pedagogical practices and begin to generate action plans.
Participants will work in site-specific teams to explore:
  • The roles of the educator and the educational leader in developing a 'shared pedagogy'
  • Strategies for leading professional learning in teams with collaboration and respect.
  • Bringing professional learning into focus with everyday practice.
  • The process of co-constructing belief statements and connecting these to actions.
Participants are asked to bring:
  • Any guiding curriculum documents that apply to their context – electronic copy will suffice
  • The values and/or mission statements from their School /Centre
  • An image or two of their learning environment
  • A digital device for collaboration and accessing shared resources
Potential Audience:
  Early Years Educators, Leaders and Curriculum Coordinators who have specific responsibility for the Early Years.

Please note: The workshop is designed as a guided collaborative inquiry for teams and will focus on context specific values and questions, therefore participants who register must have a minimum of two representatives from their School or Centre.
Trainer’s Profile:
  Fiona Zinn is an Education Consultant based in Australia. Drawing on 25 years experience in the early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors, Fiona works with educators around the world to boldly re-imagine early years pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments in response to research. Much of this work finds resonance with the educational project of Reggio Emilia but is also shaped by interpretation and experience across a wide range of contexts.

Fiona consults extensively with International Schools, has spent a decade as an invited sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, is elected to the National Committee of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and collaborates with the International Baccalaureate as a Professional Development Educator, Field Representative, Curriculum Consultant and Workshop Developer.
  Investment includes Certificate of Participation, Light Breakfast, Moring tea and Lunch
  USD 650 early bird offer till 1st December 2018
  USD 750 closing date 1st March 2019
  International School Ho Chi Minh City
28 Vo Truong Toan St., D2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration at 8.30 am on the 30th March 2019.
  Shonal Agarwal

  register now
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