Professional Learning while Social Distancing

            Strive recognizes that professional learning may not be top-of-mind during this unprecedented time.We are viewing this work-from-home opportunity as a gift of time to engage in intentional professional growth. Perhaps you need to catch up on documenting your Continuous Professional Learning (CPL from the College of ECE), or you want to achieve some of the goals you have set. Now is the time.

The Strive Team, along with incredible community partners, created this curated list of professional learning opportunities, while maintaining strict social distancing of course.

Firstly, Strive has great online resources on our Members Section including a Program Overview from All Kids Belong, Art-Full Wellness from HOTO Art Therapy, and Karyn Callaghan’s incredible speech from the 2019 Literacy Conference… just to name a few. We are looking into unique ways to continue to offer you live digital PL over the next few weeks as well – so stay tuned to our Social Media platforms and the website for registration.

We also wanted to offer some additional external resources that may be of benefit to you. Our hope is that this list will offer a variety of opportunities that would support goals in many pedagogical areas. As a reminder, here is how Strive defines the Pedagogical Focuses:

  • Well-Being Focuses on nurturing a sense of self, health, and wellness for children, families, and professionals.
  • Belonging Focuses on cultivating authentic, responsive relationships, positive interactions, and valuing each individual’s unique spirit and contributions.
  • Engagement Focuses on meaningful play, inquiry, and exploration, as well as the role of the environment in the co-learning process.
  • Expression Focuses on fostering communication and expression in all forms.
  • Leadership Focuses on organizational culture and engagement, as well as personal leadership skills.


Mental Health:

Mental Health Online Resources for Educators:

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute:


BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA):

Mental Health First Aid:

Peak Resilience:

Locke Psychotherapy:

Recorded Webinar: Managing Anxiety During Social (Physical) Isolation for families (from the Nexus Health / Best Start Network):


Special Needs Resourcing:

Geneva Centre for Autism:

Thames Valley Children’s Centre:




The Brain Story Certification:


Curriculum and Pedagogy: 

City Wide Training:

MEHRIT Centre: Self Reg 30 Day Challenge

Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research: Process Art:

The National Geographic Educator Certification (Starts on April 6):

Outdoor Play as a Quality Maker of Early Learning & Risky Play Outdoors:



College of ECE:

Ministry of Education, Child Care and Early Years Act Self Test:


Reflective Reading and Perspective:

Early Childhood Education: Making Sense of Our Life’s Course


Resources for Families:

Play in the Time of Coronavirus Tim Gill (Rethinking Childhood) and Penny Wilson:

Building a Routine When Working from Home and Caring for Kids:


Independent Professional Learning:

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars:

Tamarack Institute: Webinars for leadership growth and development:



How We Lead:


Truth Before Reconciliation

Get a primer in Canada’s colonial reality; a necessary first step in building just relationships with Indigenous Peoples and the land.

8th Fire: Wab’s Walk through History 

  • A quick walk through 500 years of history that ends with an invitation to talk & learn (video, 2 minutes)

How do we solve structural racism?

  • An overview of 30-years of recommendations to solve the problems of racism and inequality in Canada (PDF)

Is it really genocide? In Canada?

  • Indigenous activists, artists and journalists examine the UN’s definition of genocide alongside Canada’s history (video, 7 minutes)

Canada’s Dark Secret

  • Survivors revisit residential schools, and Murray Sinclair explains the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (video, 47 minutes)

Can you commit to 12-16 hours for more in-depth, online learning? The Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program is open for London-Middlesex ECEs, sponsored by the local Journey Together committee. This foundational course will increase your knowledge of colonial legacies and bias. Email for registration details. Start dates are ongoing; next available is mid-April.


We will continue to add to this list as we explore additional professional learning opportunities. Be sure to check back often!

Thanks and stay well,

The Strive Team