Join Online Conversations where we explore ideas with experts in the early learning field and reflect together through large and small group conversations. Explore the collaborative learning opportunities below. When you are ready to register for one of our Online Conversation Cafés, you will need to either login or create an Early Learning Café account. 

Current Online Conversations

Check out these upcoming Online Conversations learning experiences. Each Online Conversation Café offers three sections: some preparation for the conversation (reading and reflection), an online conversation with other early learning professionals, and followup reflections. 

 

The Early Learning Café Online Meeting Space

The Early Learning Café Online Meeting Space

Available On Demand

Join this free Community of Learning Café and complete all the sessions to learn how to:
• navigate your ELC Membership Account
• make sure your equipment meets the requirements for an Online Conversation
• learn how to use our video-conferencing application.

Cost: FREE

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The Competent Parent: a Collaborator in Learning

The Competent Parent: a Collaborator in Learning

with Danielle Gibson
Online Conversation: Oct 16, 2019
7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

How can we create early learning contexts where we intentionally support the exchange of ideas with parents, deepen acts of their participation, and think more about learning together with their children?
In this café, Dannielle will guide our dialogue about ways of seeing parents with a lens that invites their participation – participation that is a meaningful for them, the program, and the children.

Cost: $45

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Democratic Spaces for Early Learning

Democratic Spaces for Early Learning

with Suzanne Axelsson
Online Conversation: Nov 20, 2019
7:00 -8:30 p.m. EST

How can an early years setting be democratic? What does it involve and what role do the educators and children play? A dialogue to explore how value, participation, respect and empowerment are steps towards inclusive play and learning communities.
This Café is designed for educators in early learning programs, kindergarten classrooms, home and licensed child care settings, and for resource consultants who work with children 1-6 years of age.

Cost: $45

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Questioning with Curiosity in Our Reflective Practice

Questioning with Curiosity in Our Reflective Practice

with Kathy Boelsma RECE and
Susan Ramsay RECE
Online Conversation: Dec 4, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST

This Online Conversation is an introduction to reflection and questioning – a foundational practice of RECEs and early learning educators. Reflection and questioning lead us into communication, listening, valuing others’ ideas and risk taking in conversation. They help us examine mistakes for new learning.

In this Café we can learn authentic ways to question ourselves, our practice, and our colleagues with a sense of trust and genuine curiosity.

Cost: $40

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Recent Online Conversations

These are some of our recent Online Conversations learning experiences. If you aren’t ready to register for a current Online Conversation you can still create your Early Learning Café account using the Account menu above. Registering now will make it faster and easier when you are ready to sign up for an Online Conversation later.

 

A Thinking Environment with Susan Stacey

A Thinking Environment with Susan Stacey

May 8, 2019 7-8:30 PM (EDT)
Our café speaker, Susan Stacey, will lead and guide us in an online conversation about environments that support thinking and risk-taking for educators and for children. How do we encourage innovation and thinking in our programs? 
Let’s discuss the role of disequilibrium, and how children use materials in new or risky ways. We’ll use inquiry with risky play outdoors. We will find ways we can say yes to learning.  We’ll also think critically about routines, curricula and environments in our practice. 

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