Members of the Faculty of Education, (l-r): Dr. Katherine Becker; Terri-Lyn Clark, Master of Education student; and Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, have planned a conference on early learning and development, which will take place at Lakehead Orillia May 1 and 2.
April 21, 2015 – Orillia, ON
Two members of Lakehead Orillia’s Faculty of Education launched a new International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development this past year and are now presenting an international conference on the topic.
The “First Global Conference on Holistic Early Learning and Development” takes place at Lakehead Orillia on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, and will feature two days of workshops led by education and childhood development experts.
The conference will open on Friday with a keynote by Dr. Charles E. Pascal, an internationally recognized educator, and coordinator of the PhD Program in Early Learning at the University of Toronto. He is the author of the 2009 seminal report to the Premier of Ontario, With Our Best Future in Mind. The opening keynote speaker on Saturday will be Connie P. Gale, child education expert and author of the book, Games to Grab, who will speak about “Sensory Learning Through Games and Play.”
“This conference will be of interest to anyone who works in the field of early learning (ages 0 to 8),” said Dr. Katherine Becker, one of the conference organizers. Dr. Becker, along with Dr. Sonia Mastrangelo, who launched the International Journal, led the conference planning team. “The conference, with over 30 sessions to choose from, is designed to suit a wide range of interests,” explained Mastrangelo. “In addition to researchers, we expect participation from teachers, therapists, policy makers, parents, and others with an interest in early child development.”
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In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.
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