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VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminars 2016–2017

The VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminar series for 2016–2017 is designed to engage early years multidisciplinary networks and communities of practice. It focuses on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), evidence-based research, resources and implications for practice. Intentional teaching and instructional support is a specific feature of these interactive seminars.

These seminars will be held at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and in 11 regional and rural sites via video conferencing. All seminars run from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Recordings and transcripts can be accessed on the Past Professional Learning webpage.

Seminar 3: Teaching and learning mathematics: Making the most of everyday opportunities to support early learning

A recording of this seminar will be published on the Past Professional Learning webpage in coming weeks.

This seminar explored the use of intentional teaching to build on the informal mathematics knowledge that children have, and how quality interactions can support learning. Dr Mary Oski, Executive Director, Curriculum Division, VCAA, introduced the seminar. Dr Caroline Cohrssen (Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne) and Mary Holwell (Program Manager, Early Years Unit, VCAA) co-presented.

About our presenters

The research of Dr Cohrssen has investigated quality adult-child interactions to support mathematics learning, and the influence of the home learning environment on children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Her current research is investigating four-year-old children’s spatial thinking in the year prior to school entry.

Mary Holwell has held a variety of roles in the early childhood sector (both as an educator and a leader) and has an interest in the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills in young children.

Seminar 4: Wednesday 1 November 2017

Details about this seminar, which will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, will be announced later tin the year.

Opportunities to support the seminar series

The VCAA encourages early years multidisciplinary networks to host these events via video conference in local communities. To host a twilight seminar by video conference, contact the VCAA Early Years Unit at: veyldf@edumail.vic.gov.au

Subscribe to the Early Years Alert to be notified of upcoming seminars in this series.

Department of Education and Training professional learning

To access DET professional learning modules go to the DET website: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/proflearn.aspx

Four modules of professional learning are available to help early childhood professionals to use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework in their daily practice.
The modules are available on FUSE as resource packages. Each module contains short videos with examples, exercises suitable for individual or team use and supporting materials.