Facilitated by Dr Diane Kashin, RECE


According to How Does Learning Happen? (2014) it is important for Early Childhood Educators to “value children as individuals and as active and competent contributors with their own interests and points of view” (p. 11).

Children are citizens of the world with rights and value. We have learned many lessons in 2020, including the importance of relationships and service to others. In this session, Diane will focus on how programming can help children see themselves as contributing citizens of the world, as part of a community within each centre and beyond.

Learning to be part of a community, starts with play, both indoors and outdoors. Educators can build on the interests that emerge to create a cyclical inquiry that supports the child’s voice and their role as co-learners. This type of programming is particularly suited for preschool, kindergarten and school-age children.

Participants will be provided with reading materials and reflection questions prior to the session. During the session they will be invited to bring an item from nature that we will use to demonstrate how inquiry can emerge from everyday experiences and include a developing focus on citizenship.


Dr Diane Kashin is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and retired ECE professor.  Diane is the past president of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario and the current coordinator of the York Region Nature Collaborative.  Diane has authored several ECE textbooks and presents workshops, webinars and keynote addresses in Ontario, across Canada and internationally as well. Diane also writes an amazing blog to support professional learning in Early Childhood Education



Monday November 9

6:30 – 8:30 PM

via ZOOM

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