Enriching early childhood literacy curricula and practice - a dialogue with Canada.

A one day conference, Canadian scholars engaging in a dialogue with early literacy practitioners and researchers in the UK.

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This event took place Monday May 7th, 2012

The UK and Canada face many similar challenges around early childhood literacy policies. Both countries have immensely rich traditions as well as new innovative approaches towards improving children's learning opportunities in Early Years settings. Canada is a location for several exciting early literacy initiatives characterised by a participatory culture, respect for diversity and a carefully designed role for research. We are glad to welcome several notable scholars from Canada to participate in this unique one day conference, engaging in a dialogue with early literacy practitioners and researchers located in the UK. Plenary speakers: Professor Rachel Heydon, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario Learning opportunities: The production and practice of kindergarten literacy curricula in an era of change Professor Kathy Hibbert, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario 'The Salty Chip'; a Canadian Multiliteracies Collaboration that considers pedagogy in a participatory culture. Dr Joyce Bainbridge, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta This Land is My Land: The Many Voices of Canadian Picture Books Dr Rosamund Stooke, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario Learning Stories from an Early Childhood Literacy Program: Creating Writerly Assessments in Readerly Times Dr Lesley Lancaster, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University The Multimodality of Mark-Making in Early Childhood Interactive poster session. UK Literacy Association bookstall The cost is £50 including lunch and refreshments.This cost includes either a place in the minibus from Lancaster Stn at about 9.50 (to meet for example the train from London, leaving approx 7.30am, to Lancaster), returning at about 4.10, or a car park space.Each of these options has to be booked in advance for this to apply. No reduction if not taken up. NB. This is Bank Holiday Monday. This event is presented by the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre and supported by the UK Literacy Association and the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.   For booking information please visit the conference webpage here.