Community-Wide Professional Learning

Community-wide professional learning opportunities delivered through this portal are coordinated by the Early Years Professional Resource Centre. These services are provided by the Children's Early Years Division, County of Wellington, as the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for child care and the early years for the Wellington service delivery area (City of Guelph and County of Wellington).

Facilitation of Professional Learning Opportunities

The Early Years Professional Resource Centre, our community partners, early learning peers, and guest presenters facilitate professional learning opportunities.

Format of Professional Learning Opportunities

At this time, the Early Years Professional Resource Centre will be offering and supporting professional learning in a virtual format. Please visit the Events Calendar for specific information on scheduled events and the virtual platform to be used.

Who Can Participate

Participation is prioritized for child care and early years educators and professionals working in the Wellington service delivery area (City of Guelph and County of Wellington). Priority for participation at no cost will be given to Programme and Non-Programme staff who work in the following child care and early learning settings:

  • Licensed child care (centre-based and home-based)
  • Authorized Recreation programmes
  • School board operated programmesDigital image outlining a group of learners while showing the interconnectivity of the internet
  • Enhanced Support System partners
  • EarlyON Child & Family Centres
  • School board operated Full-Day Kindergarten, and;
  • Growing Great Generations Birth to Six Working Group

Early Years Professional Development Portal 


Free Online Courses

There are many free online courses available for adult learners. Visit Coursera.org for more information and to search for courses of interest. Here are just a few:

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education - Offered by the University of Toronto 

Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

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Indigenous Canada - Offered by the University of Alberta 

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

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ACEs Coalition of Guelph and Wellington

Experiences in childhood shape who we are and set the stage for who we will become. Researchers call stressful or potentially traumatic abuse, neglect or household dysfunction adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs can increase the risk of negative health behaviours and outcomes later in life. The ACEs Coalition of Guelph and Wellington aims to prevent and reduce the  effects of ACEs in our communities by building resilience at the individual, family, and community level.

"Working toward a resilient community that prevents and reduces the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Guelph and Wellington County."

The free, self-directed ACEs & Resilience Learning Modules are intended for human service professionals interested in learning more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience. Content is also useful for educators, including early childhood educators, volunteers working with children and families, or anyone wanting to develop a better understanding of the relationship between early life experiences and long-term health.

ACEs and Resilience Training

 

 

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