Events

Hands-On Events That Inspire Professional Growth

Discovery Professional Learning is driven by the passion to deliver professional development experiences for early learning professionals that enhance the inspiring work they do.

We have six core values that anchor the work we do; curiosity, reflection, collaboration, emergent practice, sustainability, joy. 

Not only do we deliver these values through our in-person and virtual training programs, Discovery Professional Learning also holds curated events where we provide inspiring, Nature-Based, comprehensive professional development opportunities for all levels of educators, executives and program administrators. 

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Check out some of our upcoming, and past, events

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June 2022

CNCP Annual Conference: Connecting with Outdoor Play and It’s Relationship with Resilience for Adults and Children

Community Network of Child Care Programs-Greater Toronto Area
  • Two hour in-person breakout session presented for their annual conference for 250-300 educators working in the Greater Toronto Area. Our breakout session will be a part of their larger goals of resilience and mental health for children and educators.
  • Our focus will be on the ways that outdoor play connects to How Does Learning Happen? and connects to supporting children with moving through stress and developing resiliency.
April 2022

Studying Environments - In collaboration with Ellen Brown

Bayview Glen Independent School (Greater Toronto Area)
  • In collaboration with Ellen Brown we presented a virtual study tour and examination of our Nature-Based values, ethos, and environment. We created a virtual presentation for educators to examine alternative ways that we can co-create environments with children.
February 2022

My Role In Cultivating An Ecological Identity

Community Network of Child Care Programs- Greater Toronto Area
January - March 2022

The Why/How/What of Nature Based Pedagogy

EarlyON Simcoe County
  • To cultivate a sense of confidence, competence and community among early childhood leaders in order to effectively lead a team of educators and maintain compliance within a licensed child care setting.
  • Used online learning modules, virtual community of practice, thinking ally (mentoring pairs), and online discussion support groups. These groups were together on a seven-month journey to grow their skills specifically to Natured-Based Education.
September - November 2021

Three Part Nature Based Series

Canada Wide: Play Outdoors Magazine
  • Three-part series focusing on Cultivating an Ecological Identity, Mud Kitchens, and Gardening with Children.
  • These virtual, interactive workshops focused on the skills and dispositions necessary for intentional outdoor learning through storytelling, small group conversations and hands-on experiential opportunities. Participants explored what is meant by the values that drive Nature-Based pedagogy. We created conditions for educators to critically examine their spaces and consider adaptations using pedagogical tools and examine core routines for nature connection including rituals and routines that evoke Nature connection.
April - November 2021

How Can I Be A Leader While Being A Supervisor?

Simcoe County
  • To cultivate a sense of confidence, competence and community among early childhood leaders in order to effectively lead a team of educators and maintain compliance within a licensed child care setting.
  • Used online learning modules, virtual community of practice, thinking ally (mentoring pairs), and online discussion support groups. These groups are together on a seven-month journey to grow their leadership capacities.
March - December 2021

How Does Learning Really Happen? How Do We Think About Learning

Simcoe County
  • Throughout the year, participants had the opportunity to engage in a variety of virtual learning encounters through a social constructivist lens. We examine theories, paradigms and discourses that exist within the Early Learning Sector. Through this work we held a strong image of educators that see themselves as optimistic critical thinkers.
  • Comprised of online learning modules, virtual community critical dialogue, pedagogical documentation studies, and community fireside gatherings with community contributors (ie. An artist to visit our work on environments-offering in their perspectives to our work).
October - November 2020

Skills and Dispositions for Intentional Outdoor Play

Simcoe County
  • Hybrid online community of practice with interactive modules and Zoom meetings to support educators in their pedagogical approaches to outdoor play and our roles in cultivating an ecological identity.
August 2020

Navigating a Pandemic: Reimagining Our Programs in COVID Times

Discovery Child Care Staff
  • Month long in person training for Discovery Child Care educators to re-enter programs after a six-month closure.
  • Reimagined organization with new values, pedagogical aspirations, and regulations.
May - June 2020

Tilt Towards Connection: Our Experiences in COVID Times

Simcoe County
  • Online community of practice hosted for educators to engage in pedagogical ways of being.
  • Supported professionals as they reimagined programs through the time of COVID.
February 2020

Embracing the Wonders of Winter Conference (100 Educators)

Simcoe County
  • Hosted at Discovery Child Care Centre
  • Full day conference outside connecting to HOW programs can flourish outside regardless of the weather
  • Key Note address
  • Engaging, hands on experiences for educators
September 2019

The Wonder's of Fall Conference (100 Educators)

Simcoe County
  • Hosted at Discovery Child Care Centre
  • Key Note Address
  • Full day four-part interactive sessions
  • Connection with our Local Barrie Native Friendship Centre
August - June 2018

Joy of Childhood Conference (100 Educators)

York Region
  • Hosted at Discovery Child Care Centre
  • Key Note Address
  • Small-group interactive breakout sessions
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