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Early Years Conference

New Horizons: Exploring the Landscape of Equity in the Early Years 

This conference is aimed at providing Early Years educators with practical strategies and tools to engage learners and improve achievement and well-being through an equity stance. Educators will be provided with opportunities to deepen their understandings of Equity in education as it pertains to the Early Years pedagogy and approaches. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a hands on learning environment called “A Landscape for Play” that is designed to invite experiences that support equitable learning opportunities through play.

The conference begins with keynote addresses from Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Executive Superintendent, Learning Centre 3 & Early Years and Jeewan Chanicka, Superintendent, Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to:

  • Attend two break-out sessions of their choice 
  • Engage in a hands-on learning environment to invite experiences that support equitable learning opportunities through play 
  • Visit information displays and resources 

Participants will include: Educators K-2, Designated Early Childhood Educators, Parent Family Literacy Centres, Licensed Childcare Providers, Parenting Workers, Special Education Support Staff and Professional Support Staff

New Horizons is a conference for Early Years Educators interested in learning more about exploring the landscape of equity in the Early Years. There is a $25 conference fee.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy (82 Thorncliffe Park Drive, East York, ON M4H 0A2)

  • To deepen understanding of Equity, Anti-Oppressive Education and Inclusivity in the Early Years.
  • To highlight and support the work of educators who are focused on identifying and removing systemic barriers within an Early Years context.
  • To facilitate partnerships and identify opportunities for ongoing collaboration among educators, Designated Early Childhood Educators, Licensed Child Care Providers, Parent Family and Literacy Centres, TDSB schools, and communities.
  • To deepen understanding through inclusive design around eight key sub-themes.

Session A - 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.


Laying the Groundwork: Courageous Anti-Oppression Action in Our Classrooms


Shared Leadership So All Students Read!


Making Your Environment the Third Educator: An Inclusive Lens From an English & French Speaking Classroom


Exploring, Affirming and Sustaining Cultural Identity


Including the English Language Learner in Equitable Classrooms


Understanding STEM Pedagogy From an Equity & Anti-Oppression Stance


Conceptualizing an Anti-racism Approach to Canadian Early Childhood Education: Pedagogy and Policy


High Expectations and Pedagogical Documentation as Key Elements of Equity in the Early Years


Honouring the Authentic Student Voice


Motor Activities for the Kindergarten Classroom


Exploring a Culturally Relevant Family Engagement Framework for Early Years


Session B - 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Fostering Change Agents Through Anti-Bias Education in the Early Years


Equity in the Early Years: Vocabulary, Strategies, and Perspective


Using Visuals to Support Student Achievement and Well-being


HELP! My Students Are Not Reading Yet!


Closing Achievement Gaps Through Coding in the Early Years


Supporting Mentally Healthy Classrooms and Schools


Challenging Our Bias' and Expectations About Behaviour: Responding to the Diversity of Childhood Narratives in a Meaningful Way


Walking With Our Communities: A Living and Learning Experience for Educators


Discovery Without Limits


Developing Social Competence


Registration Information





1. Select 'Workshops'
2. Create an account
3. Pay for the course

  • There is a $25 registration fee (non refundable) and a resource will be provided.
  • Child care is available at the conference.
  • A light breakfast will be provided. 
  • Limited parking is available on site for attendees (on the rooftop). Please carpool, if possible.

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