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Oct 04 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm





Playful Inquiry Institute With Matt Karlsen & Susan Harris MacKay

Hybrid Institute (4 sessions, attendance required at all sessions) • 17.5 hours
Online Sessions: 2 Wednesday evenings • 6:30-8:30pm • October 4 & November 1
In-Person Sessions: 2 sessions with Matt & Susan • Friday & Saturday, October 27 (4:00 – 9:30 pm) & October 28 (8:30am – 4:30pm) • Location: Civic Hotel – 13475 Central Ave., Surrey

Cultivating Reflective Teaching Practices to Embolden Joy and Meaning

“Through attention and curiosity, we can suspend our tendency toward instrumental understanding — seeing things or people one-dimensionally as the products of their functions — and instead sit with the unfathomable fact of their existence, which opens up toward us but can never be fully grasped or known.” – Jenny Odell, “How to Do Nothing.”

Our work with young children (and their families, and our colleagues) is complex and messy. Joy results from bringing ourselves fully into that work in all of its (and our) complexity. Practices involving observation, the arts, writing, and collegial inquiry embrace those understandings. Our time together will support your engagement in the ongoing processes of listening and sharing. We hope that you’ll leave with new commitments, deepening your professionalism and connection to your work and the world.

Presenters: Matt Karlsen and Susan Harris MacKay

– Pay parking is available at the hotel (Please access the parkade from University Drive).
– Registration closing date September 29, 2023.
– Online sessions will be offered through the Zoom platform. A Zoom link with further instructions will be emailed to you in the days prior to each online workshop.
– Cost: $40.00 ($400 value) includes: a light meal at each in-person session, learning resources for each participant, and 17.5 hours of professional development).

We are thrilled to offer this Institute in partnership with BC Communities of Practice and Delta Continuing Education ECE Department.

We are grateful this initiative is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, in partnership with the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC), the agency responsible for administering the funds.



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