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Early Learning Deep Dive Book Study

Facilitator(s): Anita Sterne
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Feb 25, 2020 (4:30 pm to 6:00 pm)
Day 2Apr 07, 2020 (4:30 pm to 6:00 pm)
Day 3May 05, 2020 (4:30 pm to 6:00 pm)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 20-EL-171

Target Audience

Teachers (Grades Pre-K to grade 4)

Also Recommended For

Educational/Instructional Assistants

About this learning opportunity

If you are familiar with Reggio-inspired and play-facilitated pedagogy and are keen to strengthen your practice, than this deep-dive early years book study is for you! Participants will have the opportunity to engage in both collaborative and reflective conversations based on the book From Teaching to Thinking: A Pedagogy for Reimagining Our Work by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter. The book’s authors are well-known experts in the field of early learning and challenge others to step away from using standardized curricula and engage in their practice as teacher-researchers, where contextual thinking, questioning and imaginations become work from the heart. During our time together we will share our personal insights, wonders and meanings made from the readings and identify group members who can act as critical friends for seeking more personalized feedback from each other. This three-part session is anticipated to profoundly impact the heart, mind and pedagogical practice of each participant, while creating a community for support as we move forward in our journey of understanding early childhood education.

Please note: Participants will be responsible to organize a copy of the book for themselves.


This session addresses the LQS competency #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #1: Fostering Effective Relationships
  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Anita Sterne has a passion for Reggio inspired pedagogy and its relation to inquiry and play-facilitated learning. The foundation of her work rests on the Reggio concept of having a strong image of the child: A mighty learner & citizen – strong, resourceful, capable; rich with wonder, full of imagination; creative, playful, adventurer! She loves using an emergent curriculum with her Kindergarten learners, which offers the opportunity for exciting new concepts to be explored in response to learner interests. With over 15 years of experience as a classroom educator, and having taught in both Canada and New Zealand, she brings an interesting flair to early years programming. The door to the learning space she shares with her learners is always open, as she is eager to share and co-create ideas with others using a relaxed and inviting approach.