Resources

What professional development has been successfully funded?

 

Looking for ideas for professional development? Explore the links below to find out how some agencies used bursary funds to offer professional development to child care professionals in their community from 2019-2021. 

 

 Communities of Practice 

 

“The Community of Practice has changed the way I think…and I really do mean that.. I am seeing, listening, evaluating and approaching everything in my life with a different mindset.  What I learned from this cannot be unlearned… my mind has been opened. Cool.”

Community of Practice Participant, Surrey 

What is a community of practice?

A community of practice is a “model of professional learning in which educators meet regularly to critically reflect on knowledge, experience, values and practice.” (Early Learning Framework, p. 103)

 

How do I start a community of practice? 

Contact the bursary manager to find out more about the community of practice implementation plan. We will connect you with a mentor who will work with you to plan, implement and reflect on the community of practice process.

From 2019 – 2021 there were 27 communities of practice that were formed across B.C. Below are the most popular topics that were explored.

1. Community of Practice Topic: The Early Learning Framework

Agency: Women’s Contact Society, Williams Lake CCRR
Location: Williams Lake
Contact: Carrie McCormack
Sample Resource: Community of Practice Outline

Agency: OneSky Community Resources Society, Penticton CCRR
Location: Penticton, B.C.
Contact: Carrie Reiter, 250-492-2926
Title: Take the ELF off The Shelf

Agency: Kootenay Kids
Location: Nelson, B.C.
Contact: Samantha Zaystoff, 250-352-0407

Agency: Simon Fraser University
Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Contact: Ines Tuzlukovic, 604-618-9687

Agency: Options CCRR
Location: Surrey, B.C.
Contact: Gisele Haines, 604-572-8032
Title: Reimagining Our Practice Through the Revised Early Learning Framework

Agency: ECEBC- Westcoast ECEBC Branch
Location: Tofino, B.C.
Contact: Kimi Henderson, 250-720-9339

Agency: Clements Society, Cowichan CCRR
Location: Duncan
Contact: Carmen Barclay, 250-746-4135
Title: Raising The Vibration of Joy ~ A Journey with The Early Learning Framework

2. Community of Practice Topic: From Teaching To Thinking

Agency: Trail Family and Individual Resource (FAIR) Centre, Trail and Castlegar CCRR
Location: Trail, B.C.
Contact: Sue McIntosh, 250-364-2980

Agency: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Okanagan
Location: Vernon
Contact: Becky Kirkham, 250-542-3121
Title: Courageous Conversations

Agency: Revelstoke Child Care Society
Location: Revelstoke, B.C.
Contact: Tracy Spannier, 250-837-8913

Agency: Immigrant Services of B.C.
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Contact: Ileana Gavrila, 604-785-5362

3. Community of Practice Topic: Reclaiming our Students

Agency: Childhood Connections, Kelowna CCRR
Location: Kelowna
Contact: Nicole Hoodicoff and Yvonne Stauble, 250-762-3536

4. Community of Practice Topic: Conversation booklets from The Childcare Exchange

Agency: YMCA of Northern B.C., Prince George CCRR
Location: Prince George
Contact: 250-563-2483

 

 Conferences and Workshops

 

“The Bursary Funds not only saved me a lot of early morning driving but also allowed my colleagues and I to spend hours together reflecting on our learning and on plans for our centre.” 

Conference Participant, Interior

 

Conference: Children Heart of The Matter

Agency: Options CCRR
Location: Surrey, B.C.
Contact: Gisele Haines, 604-572-8032

 

Provincial Conference:
“Our Languages, Our Teachings, Our Ways” 2019
“Our Journey Together: Resilience, Innovation, and Hope”

 

 

Vancouver Island Conference: Hands Hearts and Mind 2020 and 2021

Agency: Clements Centre Society
Location: Duncan
Contact: Carmen Barclay, 250-746-4135

 

Conference: A Hundred Ways of Thinking, February 2020

Agency: Frog Hollow
Location: Vancouver

Workshop Series: Cultivating Connections with Cris Rowan https://www.zoneinworkshops.com/

Agency: Women’s Contact Society,  Williams Lake CCRR
Location: Williams Lake
Contact: Carrie McCormack 

Workshop Series: Play with Lisa Murphy

Agency: OneSky Community Resources Society, Penticton CCRR
Location: Penticton, B.C.
Contact: Carrie Reiter,  250-492-2926

 

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