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“Making Our Own Road” Learning EXPO

Early Childhood Organisation

Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (ACDT)

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Teachers Ended $50.00 $0.00
Students/SSO Ended $25.00 $0.00
Reimagining Childhood Project: Ardtornish Children’s Centre   more info Ended Free $0.00
Reimagining Childhood Project: Paringa Park Primary   more info Ended Free $0.00
Reimagining Childhood Project: Christie Downs Disability Unit   more info Ended Free $0.00
Reimagining Childhood Project: Craigmore Kindergarten   more info Ended Free $0.00
Reimagining Childhood Project: Adams Road Children’s Centre   more info Ended Free $0.00
Critical Friends   more info Ended Free $0.00
Invited Site: Alberton Ended Free $0.00
Invited Site: Parafield Gardens Ended Free $0.00
Invited Site: St Paul Lutheran Ended Free $0.00
Invited Site: Nazareth ELC Ended Free $0.00
Invited Site: Blair Athol North Ended Free $0.00
Reggio Study Tour Ended Free $0.00
St Andrew's Staff Ended Free $0.00

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“Making Our Own Road” Learning EXPO 

Share & celebrate the learning from
EChO’s “Re-imagining Childhood Project 2018-19”

Saturday 2 November 2019
Venue: St Andrew’s School Hall, Church St, Walkerville

As a response to being a partner in Carla Rinaldi’s Residency in SA, EChO initiated at two-year professional learning project, which aims to explore how the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project can be interpreted for, and enrich our SA learning context. Through their participation in the project, learning teams are invited to see themselves as researchers of childhood, learning and their personal pedagogies. They question, reflect, celebrate, ponder, debate and grow in collaboration with each other and their EChO critical friend.

During the two-year cycle of professional learning, there are many moments of ‘wonderful uneasiness’ through which philosophies and personal theories about a South Australian childhood, children’s learning processes and our pedagogy are strengthened. 

You are invited to listen to the stories of growth and renewal in this EXPO style learning experience – each of the stories is different and unique. You will have the opportunity to read and view examples of learning and artifacts, as well as the chance to talk with the educators about their thinking. 


Guest Speaker: Jan Millikan OAM

Jan is the highly-respected founder of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. We are thrilled that she is able to open our Term 4 Conference. She is the REAIE Liaison with the Reggio Children International Network, and Founder and former Director of REAIE. Her particular educational interest in children 2- 8 years of age has involved teaching in Australia, UK, Singapore and Canada. Jan is the author of Reflections: Reggio Emilia Principles within Australian Contexts and, alongside Stefania Giamminuti, Documentation and the EYLF: researching in Reggio Emilia and Australia.

 Talk: The Road Built between Australia and Reggio Emilia.

Jan will share her perspective on the story of Australia’s connection with the educational project in Reggio Emilia, one she has been closely involved with since it’s inception. She will also close our conference with her reflections on the EXPO and EChO’s Reimagining Childhood Project.


Guest Speaker: Jill McLachlan 

Jill McLachlan (Education Director of Blue Gum Early Childhood School, Sydney) is a self-confessed wondering addict, with her feet anchored in hope and her gaze fixed on the possible. Her delight as an educator is to make children’s learning visible and in doing so to disrupt limiting beliefs about childhood and heighten people’s expectations of what children can think, do, be, and bring to others. She is an unashamed champion of teachers, calling for recognition of teaching as an art - an art which demands of its artisans creativity, curiosity and love - as educators find ways together, to leap boldly into the unknown. In her work as The Curious Teacher, Jill’s thinking cuts against the grain of the status quo, inviting educators to dig deep and reflect on what drives their practice. Her stories help teachers to see in practice how they can challenge dominant and power-based approaches to education and how together we might bravely re-imagine what it can mean to teach and learn alongside children. Her published works have positioned her as a highly regarded and influential Australian author. She is best known for her much celebrated book ‘Unearthing Why’, co-authored with Clare Britt, which brings together a diverse collection of stories that celebrate children’s capacity to learn and think together. Her most recent book,  ‘Teaching is Love’ is due for release in 2020.

TALK: Unearthing why: Re-imagining the child / Re-imagining ourselves 

Is it possible that by re-imagining childhood and the children we teach we may begin to re-imagine ourselves as teachers? (Britt & McLachlan, 2015, Unearthing Why: Stories of thinking and learning with children, p. 167)

The focus of this session will be to explore the connections between the images we hold (of children, teaching, learning and ourselves), and the potential that these images and imaginings have in opening up possibilities for pedagogy in practice. How can we re-imagine our practice and make room for new ways of doing and being? And how can we position what we value as filters through which we make pedagogical decisions and relate to children? What potential might these imaginings of children and childhood offer in transforming our image of ourselves as educators, and our teaching in practice? 


Guest Speaker: Dannielle Gibson

Dannielle was honoured to represent EChO at the Partners table of the Rinaldi Residency - Re-imagining Childhood in Adelaide, where she had the opportunity to work closely with Carla Rinaldi from Reggio Emilia.  Dannielle is passionate about creating learning environments, physical and cultural, and experiences that offer all children the opportunity to shine. She believes that in working with the competent child, educators also work from a competent view of the parent in order to truly collaborate. 

Talk: The Story of the Quilt




8:30 am – Registrations open

9:00 am - Welcome and Context of Project: Lisa Burman

9:10am - Jan Millikan – The Road Built between Australia and Reggio Emilia 

9:30 am – Dannielle Gibson – The Story of the Quilt 

10:00am - Time for interactive with exhibits, discussing, morning tea and networking 

12:00 pm – Jill McLachlan 

12:45pm – Closing remarks – Jan Millikan and Marilyn Hayward

1:00pm - Close of EXPO

1.00 - 1.30pm - Early career educator networking session


Have questions about “Making Our Own Road” Learning EXPO? Contact Early Childhood Organisation

When & Where

St Andrew’s School Hall
Church St
Walkerville, SA

Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (ACDT)

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Early Childhood Organisation

EChO (Early Childhood Organisation Inc) is a group of South Australian educators and carers whose focus is on children from birth to eight years of age.

EChO is committed to developing the status, high quality and future direction of early childhood education.

Our Aims

1. Promoting and maintaining the visibility of early childhood education.
2. Providing quality professional learning for early childhood educators and carers.
3. Developing and maintaining links with other professional associations.
4. Promoting and supporting research into children’s cultural, social, moral, physical and emotional development.

EChO membership is open to all educators and carers – teachers, child care workers, support staff and family day carers.

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