Category: Educator Professional Development

Articles and resources to support educators professional growth and development

You do not fit the child into the theory

The word theory has its roots in ancient Greek, basically meaning a view, a notion or contemplation.  In the domain of early childhood education, theories are the overarching ideas that influence our pedagogical practices, and each theory or theorist has...

/ September 12, 2019

Does digital documentation replace face-to-face conversations between parents and educators?

Does digital documentation replace face-to-face conversations between parents and educators?  The answer may surprise you! New research completed out of the University of Toronto on the use of a digital documentation technology (called Storypark) has dispelled the common misconception that...

/ August 16, 2019

Technology is a gamechanger at Central Michigan learning lab

Mount Pleasant in Central Michigan is home to one of the state’s largest universities. Central Michigan University, with 20,000 students, almost double the population of the city and is known as a “college town”. From its beginnings as a teacher’s...

/ July 26, 2019

What does it mean to be a Reggio Emilia inspired early learning service?

What does it mean to be a Reggio Emilia inspired early learning service? You do not need to look hard to find early learning services aligning their programs and practices with the Reggio Emilia educational project. Early learning services often...

/ July 16, 2019

Ministories – A way of making visible context, strategy and assessment

The rapid expansion of technology in everyday life has meant that the tools available to early childhood educators to use in pedagogical documentation are many. The early childhood sector has responded enthusiastically to their arrival and a lot of documentation...

/ May 13, 2019

Educators Are Worthy Of Care

Educators are worthy of care As a consultant, I am fortunate enough to be invited into the lives of early childhood professionals. More recently, many individuals seem to be exploring what educator wellbeing means for them both personally and professionally....

/ April 29, 2019

The digital space as a Piazza of participation

What is in your head? What is in my head? What is the gap in between?   Digital software for use in early learning environments has transformed the way that information about children and programs is generated, documented and distributed....

/ March 27, 2019

Translating pedagogy into practice

Indulge for a minute on your image of the child. As you are capturing the delight in their smile through a photograph; watching them as they stand back and look at the amazing play dough creation that they have just...

/ March 12, 2019

Distributed leadership for professional learning

We all know that we need to be lifelong learners in early childhood education (ECE), and for most of us, this is part of the joy of teaching. As a leader in ECE, one of the traits I look for...

/ March 11, 2019

Discussions with Dr Edward Melhuish

We are extremely fortunate at Storypark to have the support and guidance of some of the worlds leading experts on child development and early childhood education. One of our advisors is Dr Edward Melhuish. Professor of Human Development at the University...

/ February 13, 2019