Growing a Culture of Reﬂective Practice – Enhancing Individual
and Collective Leadership
As we move forward in our Province with the modernization of
the early learning sector and the requirements of our provincial pedagogy, “How
Does Learning Happen?” we have to begin to consider our approach to
leadership. As leaders we need to
reconcile the responsibility between ever ending administrative
responsibilities, ensuring program quality and supporting the growth of others.
This six-part series is designed of 3-hour sessions to
engage leaders with principles and practices that align and parallel the work
we want educators to offer children.
Leaders will develop the skills and mindsets that can enhance their
performance and effect organizational change.
If we are to build a culture of reﬂective teaching that
helps us sort through the complexities of our work we need to evolve our
culture of professional learning and embrace a pedagogical approach to leadership.
In this session participants will examine how our vision and
values act as both a foundation and a guide for the decision we make as
leaders. With a focus on self awareness,
individuals will deﬁne their values and how they connect with Ontario’s
pedagogy. We will explore how our values
can guide us through the challenges and complexities of our work as pedagogical
Session Two and Three:
Session two will focus on leadership practices that support
building trusting relationships. We will
explore levels of listening, strength based approaches, and ways of being that
parallel our practice. Through sharing
stories and experiences, we will examine what motivates us and how as leaders
we can inﬂuence and support the growth of others.
Considering the Role
of Learning in our Everyday Practice
The most powerful learning happens in everyday moments. As
leaders our role is to support and nurture a culture of professional learning
that invites reﬂection and dialogue. We
will explore a reﬂective model, and practice protocols that support deep
reﬂection and grow an intentional practice for educators as for ourselves as
Dispositions for Learning
The ﬁeld of early learning is changing, beyond skills and
knowledge our pedagogy requires us to support and nurture dispositions for
reﬂection and learning. In this session
we will explore useful dispositions to our approach as both leaders but also
how strategies and experiences that can grow disposition in educators.
Creating a Culture of
Observation and Research
Ontario’s pedagogy requires our sectors leaders to grow and
support educators to bring visibility to children’s learning through
documentation and ongoing observations.
In this session we will explore protocols for developing classroom
research, tools to use to uncover learning and ways to help educators move