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Early Childhood Education Professional Development Webinar Series

Join Lethbridge College for our Early Childhood Education professional development webinar series. Listen and interact with leading Early Childhood Education professionals. Each webinar is delivered through the Lethbridge College collaborate online system.

Connecting Children to Nature: A Call to Action

Presenter: Mary Lou Lummiss

Cultivating connections to the natural world with young children has not traditionally been a role that early learning professionals believed to be an area of their expertise. As child development specialists, early learning professionals may never have fully considered the affordances that nature offers to children in all areas of education, health and wellbeing. During this webinar, participants will explore the concepts of creating a culture of care and connectivity both for people and for the living systems that support and nurture us all. There will be opportunities to make connections to Indigenous teachings and perspective throughout the webinar. Exploration will be given to David Sobel's research "Play Motifs" which are design principles that support children's deeper connections to the natural world.

ECE Webinar Series Presenters

Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College. Her research interests include outdoor play, staff development in early learning programs and landscape designs for young children.

Liz Hicks is currently a private early learning and child care consultant working in and with centres in Nova Scotia, providing professional development in a variety of topics, environmental rating scales, inclusion scales, consultations and program coordination.

Bora Kim is faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. Bora holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and master's degree in Child and Youth Study. She has been teaching Early Childhood Education and Child and Youth Study in both college and university environments.

Mavis Lewis-Webber has been active in the early childhood outdoor movement in Manitoba for many years. Mavis is a founding board member of the Manitoba Nature Summit. In her "retirement," Mavis enjoys walking the trails on her 80 acres and whittling with her knife.

Mary Lou Lummiss is a full-time faculty member in the Early Childhood Education program at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont. Her work at Fleming has involved leadership in the redesign of program delivery to include an alignment with the inquiry-based model of curricula as well as a vision for student learners who are competent and capable of deeper thinking in all areas of their training.

Patricia Lynch-Staunton has been an early childhood educator since 1976 and is especially committed to curriculum development for infants and toddlers. She currently is an instructor and advisor in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College.