The following is an overview 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. (Please note these sessions are intended for up to three members per program- ideally one administrator and two lead educators. – This learning series is to be attended as a complete series and is not available by individual session topic).
Session 1: What is Curriculum
This introduction will provide educators with a foundational background on the curriculum framework and the guiding principles. Participants will reflect on their practices and the approaches in their daily practices, through conversation and thinking on how curriculum may affect the way they are interacting with children in their programs. Participants will think about how comfortable they are with the term curriculum and how the curriculum will fit into your program and how they may be able to make the language more familiar/comfortable.
Session 2: Image of the Child
This session will consist of two parts. Part One continues the conversation about what curriculum in the early years consists of. Part Two will introduce and explore the concept Image of the Child, a fundamental concept in Flight, and how this image may be used to interpret our beliefs, values, and practice.
Session 3: Responsive Environments
Based upon the last session’s discussion about the image of the child, you may want to begin to think about how to pull together threads from that discussion to transition into exploring some thoughts about responsive environments. This might be thinking about how our image of the child influences what we do regarding practice including time, space, materials, and participation. Therefore, the purpose of this session is to introduce exploring responsive environments within the framework.
Session 4: Practice of Relationships
The purpose of this session is to introduce explorations of the practice of relationships around the role of the educator based upon the discussion about responsive environments. Educators will explore their thoughts about the practice of relationships, connecting how our image of the child supports the creation of responsive environments, which impacts and influences relationships and the role of the educator.
Session 5: Creating a Culture of Learning – This session is intended to continue supporting administrators and core team leaders with strategies on how to create a ‘culture of learning’ within individual programs that will engage educators in their understanding of the Flight framework and practical application in relation to their work with young children.
Session 6: Pedagogical Leadership – This session is intended to explore concepts of pedagogical leadership and provide an overview of Pedagogical Partner support available to programs following the introduction to curriculum framework concepts introduced as part of this series.
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