About the Project

The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) is pleased to share its engagement of Pedagogical Partner support to newly announced Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) programs across Alberta guiding exploration of curriculum framework principles in practice. As part of this initiative, all ELCC sites will work with a pedagogical partner to support staff in learning and applying the key concepts foundational to Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework: play, participation and possibilities. 

Pedagogical partners work alongside the administrator and educators, supporting and learning about the curriculum framework; discovering how to meaningfully engage with and deepen understanding of concepts in practice. Currently this is a ministry sponsored support extended to ELCC sites only at this time.

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 Kkills

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.