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.
Creating Outdoor Play Environments with a Sense of Wonder
Presenters: Dr. Beverlie Dietze and Bora Kim
How outdoor play spaces are designed and presented to children influence how they engage in play. The more opportunities that children have to be in spaces and places that offer greenery in all seasons, unique and flexible place and features, and options for a variety of play experiences, the richer the play. This webinar will introduce participants to aspects of an outdoor play assessment tool that can guide the process of examining ways in which outdoor play spaces can be designed to support children in being in engaging spaces that facilitate their sense of wonder and discovery.
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.