Learning is a process of constant communication and inclusive exchange. Embracing children and teachers as active agents and collaborative participants in the learning process requires a new conversation about children, childhood and education.

This conference offers the recognition of agency and participation as important concepts for international educators and schools to consider. It aims to stimulate a conversation that is founded on the fundamental rights of children. It will explore participation and agency as central forces that activate learning in the early years, explored through four different lenses. During the conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear all four keynote presentations and then select two 'deep dive' workshops where ideas will be exchanged and thinking stimulated about agency and participation through different lenses and perspectives.
  "Learning is not the transmission of a defined body of knowledge, what Malaguzzi refers to as a 'small' pedagogy. It is constructive, the subject constructing her or his own knowledge - Butal Waysin

Democratic relationships with others and being open to different ways of seeing.

From this perspective, learning is a process of constructing, testing and reconstructing theories, constantly creating new knowledge. Teachers as well as children are constantly learning.

Learning itself is a subject for constant research, and as such, must be made visible."

Carla Rinaldi & Peter Moss. Children in Europe, 2004.
Thread 1: Participation & Playful Inquiry
The Power of Playful Inquiry
Matt Karlsen and Susan MacKay
By Opal School
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Thread 2: Participation & Agency
Young Children as Agentic Learners
Anne van Dam
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Thread 3: Participation & Learning Environments
Encountering the Third Teacher: Exploring the Agency of Learning Environments
Fiona Zinn
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Thread 4: Participation through Reading & Writing
Nurturing Young Readers and Writers
Matt Glover
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Gems World Academy, Dubai
Al Barsha South
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 (0) 4 373-6373

8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Registration at 8.00 am
on the 13th November 2020.
USD 750 Early Bird Offer 1st June 2020
USD 790 Closing Date 15th October 2020
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
Upcoming Workshops
Learner Agency Through Personal Inquiry
- By Kath Murdoch
7th - 8th February 2020
Building Your Mid-Level Leadership
- By Dr. Fran Prolman
20th – 22nd February 2020
Inquiry Reading Instruction
- By Kathy Collins
28th - 29th February 2020