About the Project

The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) is pleased to share news of expanding opportunities for support with implementation of Flight framework principles in practice. To learn more about pedagogical partner support and the new professional learning series available titled “Possibilities for Practice”, be sure to read the following information HERE and then as appropriate complete one of the following:

  • Registration Link for Possibilities for Practice series
  • Service Request Form for Pedagogical Partner Support

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Professional Learning Opportunities – Possibilities for Practice (PfP) Learning Series

The following is an outline of topics pertaining to the Flight framework that will be explored through a six-part professional learning series titled Possibilities for Practice (PfP). This series is particularly relevant for anyone seeking an introduction to the guiding principles of practice intended to inform curriculum implementation.

Session 1:  What is Curriculum 

Session 2:  Image of the Child

Session 3:  Responsive Environments

Session 4:  Practice of Relationships

Session 5:  Creating a Culture of Learning

Session 6:  Pedagogical Leadership

To learn more and register for upcoming sessions, please click HERE.

Where do I start? When? How?

To activate involvement with the Pedagogical Partner program, please complete the Service Request form below to help determine appropriate entry point for your program. 

Service Request Form: Pedagogical Partner (PP) Support

Help ARCQE get to know your child care program, so we can best assess your program’s needs and entry phase for engagement best suited to your program’s journey with curriculum implementation relative to pedagogical partner support.

Engagement

In terms of a support model- ARCQE employs a triad design which includes Pedagogical leadership, Partner support, and Educator engagement!  This model takes inspiration from pilot-test work from Mount Royal University as well as research on mentoring based out of New Zealand Council of Educational Research.
Strengthening Facilitation Skills

Strong facilitation skills, and experience in supporting reflective practice dialogue and strategies with educators.

Enriching Practice

Enriched practice experience relative to educator-child engagement and co-constructed learning, and responsive environments.

Deepening Understanding

In-depth understanding of practice relating to coaching and supporting authentic practice relating to cultural diversity.

Supporting Capacity

Currently ARCQE employs a total of (30) Pedagogical Partners supporting (122) ELCC sites. Currently our PP representation across the province is as follows:

Northwest Region 3 Pedagogical Partners supporting 12 sites

Northeast Region 1 Pedagogical Partner supporting 4 sites

North Central Region 4 Pedagogical Partners supporting 16 sites

Edmonton Region 8 Pedagogical Partners supporting 35 sites

Central Region 4 Pedagogical Partners supporting 15 sites

Calgary Region 7 Pedagogical Partners supporting 29 sites

South Region 3 Pedagogical Partners supporting 11 sites

For a full listing of all ELCC sites, visit alberta.ca/elcc.

What to Expect

As the Pedagogical Partner roles evolve following are some of the ways they may be formally engaged with your centre:

Process of Engagement
Pedagogical Partners register and attend the MacEwan online curriculum course alongside of ELCC members to support and create dialogue relative to weekly reflective writing activities, contributing to class postings and sharing reflections in on-line Collaborate sessions.

Supporting & Strengthening Practice
In conjunction to taking the course together, Pedagogical Partners will also visit programs on a monthly basis for approximately 4 hours per month of coaching time to facilitate applying theoretical concepts of the course into daily practice.

Establishing Communities of Practice
Pedagogical Partners will also, as appropriate, coordinate Community of Practice (CoP) sessions within individual ELCC sites as a means of engaging all centre educators on topics relative to overarching curriculum concepts specific to each sites’ learning needs.

Regional Learning Community Sessions
Building more broadly upon curricular concepts a significant part of the support process also places emphasis on connecting ELCC sites together as part of a larger professional community. The learning community model places focus on guiding and facilitation of groups of 4-6 sites coming together as a Regional Learning Community (RLC’s).  These groups meet throughout the year to engage on related topics or broad interest areas of professional practice and engagement with elements of the curriculum framework once ELCC site staff have completed the Exploring Early Childhood Curriculum course with MacEwan University.

Project Details

How is support initiated?

  • All sites will receive an introductory/welcome letter describing PP involvement
  • Pedagogical Partners will connect individually with each site, schedule visits to build relationship and provide an overview of support.
  • PP’s will provide an overview of course involvement & how they can support educator participation (registration and on line technology)
  • PP’s will outline details for onsite Community of Practice (CoP’s) and offsite Regional Learning Community (RLC) sessions.

Who are the organizational partners supporting ELCC sites?
This work is currently being developed in partnership among four organizations:

  • Grant MacEwan University (GMU) overseeing the development and delivery of the on-line Exploring Curriculum Perspectives: Play, Participation, & Possibilities course
  • Mount Royal University (MRU) will provide leadership and guidance to Pedagogical Partners with application of curricular concepts relative to needs of individual sites
  • GRIT will bring inclusive support to individual programs by way of Access, Support and Participation (ASaP) model.