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University of Victoria Early Years Institute 2009

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The University of Victoria presents the first annual Early Years Institute featuring keynote speakers Dr. Glenda Mac Naughton, Dr. Cheryl Rau and Dr. Helen Penn.


David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria Victoria, BC

May 2009 marks the inauguration of the first annual University of Victoria Early Years Institute. In many respects, the Early Years Institute is a new name for a long tradition at the University of Victoria (UVic). Starting in the late 1980s, Dr. Alan Pence and colleagues has offered a series of national Summer Institutes that focused on a variety of ECE leadership issues. In 2006, Dr. Alan Pence in collaboration with Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw began offering a series of Early Years Forums through the auspices of the Investigating Quality (IQ) Project. The Early Years Institute incorporates elements of these previous early years events and will allow participants to focus on issues of quality programming and leadership. The Institute will feature some of the most creative thinkers currently working nationally and internationally in early childhood education and care. Our keynote speakers, along with workshop presenters, bring a broad range of experience from around the world.

Keynote speakers for the event are:

Dr. Glenda Mac Naughton from the University of Melbourne where she established and directs the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood.

Dr. Cheryl Rau from Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is currently the Project Coordinator for Ngahihi Incorporated, a Maori led organization providing kaupapa Maori teacher professional learning programs, in Hamilton, Aotearoa.

Dr. Helen Penn from the University of East London. She is Professor of Early Childhood at the institution and is co-director of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare.

Registration will begin on February 15, 2009 and will close on April 15th, 2009. The participation fee is $80 for self-funded front-line ECEs and students; $100 for program directors and program sponsored individuals; and, $120 for college and university instructors, government officials, and others. Space is limited.

See event flyer for more information on speakers and program details.

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Marie-Germaine Chartrand
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