Connect with curriculum, pedagogy and play: Maths, literacy and creative arts
As an early childhood professional, you know that pedagogy and play are central to your work with children. This event will encourage you to think—and rethink—about how you engage with these essential facets of your work. You will hear from some of Australia’s leading academics and educators about their current work exploring the intersection between play and learning. You will also get the opportunity to explore the areas of mathematics, literacy and the creative arts through the lenses of play and pedagogy. Come and connect with your fellow educators and colleagues (at all stages of their careers) as they share their work and consider this important topic.
|Completing the Connect with curriculum, pedagogy and play: Maths, literacy and creative arts event will contribute 3 hours and 15 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 2.5.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.|
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|Service Pack—three tickets for three people to attend one event||$255.00
($85.00 per ticket)
All registration fees are inclusive of GST.
Date and time
Friday 18 September 2020
9.30 am to 3.00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
|Acknowledgement of Country, welcome message and program overview
Dr Kate Highfield and Amelia Joyce, Early Childhood Australia
|Keynote address by Emeritus Professor Sue Dockett, Charles Sturt University
Play and pedagogy
|Move to discussion session|
|Group discussion session|
|Morning tea break|
|Dr Andi Salamon, Charles Sturt University
Curriculum, play and pedagogy with babies and toddlers: The beginning of symbolic representation
|Dr Gai Lindsay, University of Wollongong
The arts and project-based learning
|Move to concurrent session|
|Dr Marina Papic, Goodstart Early Learning
Numeracy through play and literacy
|Rowena Muir, Manuka Childcare Centre
Leadership and play
Dr Kate Highfield
|Educator perspectives: Making learning visible
Host: Dr Kate Highfield
♦ Jane Kim, Essex Heights Juniors Early Learning and Child Care
♦ Cressida Batterham-Wilson, Prehil’s Junior School
|Keynote address by Adam Duncan, Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care Centre, University of Canberra
Exploring curriculum through nature, collaborative projects and art
|Move to discussion session|
|Dr Kate Highfield in discussion with Jill McLachlan, Blue Gum Community School
Exploring the role of the educator in unearthing learning through play
|Group discussion session
Uncovering opportunities for Rich Play
|Wrap-up and closing remarks
Dr Kate Highfield and Amelia Joyce
|3.00 pm||Close of event|
Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at discretion of the event organisers.
Facilitators and speakers
Dr Kate Highfield
Dr Kate Highfield is an experienced teacher, teacher educator and researcher. As General Manager of Professional Learning and Research Translation at ECA, Kate explores effective technology integration and use, with a focus on potential impacts on learning (for adults and children), pedagogy and play.
Kate has spent over two decades working as a classroom teacher, and as a teacher educator and researcher at Swinburne, Macquarie and Charles Sturt Universities. Her current research (supported by a range of grants and linkage projects) explores the impact of technology as a tool for young children, parents and educators. This work specifically focuses on the use of digital technologies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEAM), including interactive screens, tablet computers and smartphones, robotics and techno-toys. Kate examines digital play, technology integration and how healthy media use can be used as a tool to enhance learning.
Amelia’s knowledge and skills traverse sectors and industries, such as education, health, mental health, government, not-for-profit human services, and commercial business. She has worked with families, children and young people in therapeutic and crisis support capacities throughout South Australia. She has been an educator in early childhood and primary school settings as well as director of a community-based early learning service. Her most recent role as Be You Executive at Early Childhood Australia (ECA) relies on her experience in clinical social work and education, and her Master of Digital Media. Amelia’s priority is creating safe online spaces that support educators and health professionals to communicate, advocate, connect, and learn together.
Emeritus Professor Sue Dockett
Sue Dockett recently retired from Charles Sturt University, where she is now Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education. Over more than 30 years, she has been actively involved in early childhood education as a teacher, academic and researcher. Much of Sue’s current research agenda is focused on educational transitions—in particular, transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. This research has been published widely, and has had substantial impact on policy, practice and research. Complementing her research around educational transitions is research that incorporates children’s perspectives, engages with families in diverse contexts, reflects upon the practices of educators, and explores the importance of working with communities.
Dr Andi Salamon
Andi Salamon is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, with 20 years’ experience as an early childhood educator. She was awarded her doctorate in 2015 and won the 2016 Beth Southwell Research Award for Outstanding Educational Thesis, followed by the Jean Denton Memorial Research Award in 2018. Andi is currently working on a project funded by the Jean Denton award, and is a Research Investigator with the collaborative project, ‘Young children in digital society: An online tool for service provision’. She is particularly focused on making her work accessible to professionals and carers who are working and living with very young children. An advocate for infants’ rights and quality early years learning experiences for all children, Andi brings her passion for optimal childhood learning into her work with pre-service teachers.
Dr Gai Lindsay
Gai Lindsay is a lecturer and coordinator of the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) mentoring program for the University of Wollongong’s Bachelor of Education – The Early Years. Her PhD research explored the visual arts in Australian early childhood education.
Gai has over 20 years’ experience as a preschool teacher and director, and has also served as a project officer with Community Child Care Co-operative New South Wales (NSW). Her current research interests are visual arts pedagogy, educator self-efficacy beliefs, and pedagogical content knowledge. She is particularly interested in John Dewey’s philosophies of art, education and democracy, as well as the pedagogical influences of the Reggio Emilia approach. Gai is currently engaged in research and consulting partnerships with early childhood educators in Abu Dhabi and Vietnam, using online tools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this work involves contributing to a parent outreach project in the Middle East called ‘Parenting in the Pandemic and Beyond’.
Dr Marina Papic
Dr Marina Papic is the State Manager for NSW and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with Goodstart Early Learning. She has worked in the education sector for 35 years and has held various roles at Macquarie University Sydney, including Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education; Head of the Institute of Early Childhood; and Director of the Children and Families Research Centre.
She also has experience as an executive officer at an independent college and was Manager of Children’s Services at Blacktown City Council. Marina has led large research projects on mathematics curriculum and practice, early numeracy, and professional development of early childhood educators. She is an ECA National Board Director, Big Fat Smile Board Director, a member of the ECA NSW Executive, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She sits on various government committees, university and TAFE teacher-advisory groups and has served the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Ratings Review Panel for two terms. Marina was a member of the consortium of early childhood experts that developed the Early Years Learning Framework.
Based in Sydney, Jill McLachlan is an Education Director of Blue Gum Community School. She is currently working in earnest to set up a new Blue Gum preschool and primary school in Hornsby, NSW. A passionate educator and thinker, Jill advocates for approaches to teaching and learning that place relationships and deep thinking at the heart of practice. Whether she’s speaking, writing, teaching or leading, you can be sure Jill will be inviting educators to put rich theory into practice every day. The 2nd edition of her much celebrated book, Unearthing Why: Stories of Thinking and Learning with Children, co-authored with Clare Britt, is available now to order through the ECA shop.
Adam Duncan is a Biripi man from the Manning River region of NSW. He is an experienced early childhood educator and pedagogical leader at Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care Centre at the University of Canberra, ACT. He is also a visual artist, storyteller and early childhood education consultant.
Rowena Muir is the Director of Manuka Childcare Centre located in the Australian Capital Territory. As an experienced teacher and educational leader, she continues to work with the educator team on how play can be valued and learning made visible. Rowena started her career in the 90s and has enjoyed a range of roles, including authorised officer for the ACT Regulatory Authority and quality assurance manager for a community-based organisation. Throughout each of these roles she maintained a professional interest in the connection between educational leadership and continuous quality improvement. In 2019, Rowena received the ‘ACT Educational Leader of the Year’ award.
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