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Danette Dickinson, B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed., ARCT, OCT

Danette Dickinson is a classical pianist. She came to love music as a child, through her interest in and study of piano. She studied piano performance and music education at Memorial University and is now a primary and junior music specialist atThe Bishop Strachan School for classroom, choral and instrumental programs. She is also studying toward a Master of Education degree in Language, Culture and Teaching at York University. I was first introduced to Danette's work with pedagogical documentation in a presentation at Charles Sturt University in Burlington. She and her colleague Susan Hislop spoke about an article that they had written, "The Way the Words Go: An Emergent Approach to Music Curriculum" where they told of their collaborative relationship as they studied and responded to the Grade 1 children's translations of musical and mathematical understandings in graphic and other languages over the course of several months. Danette's music background and Susan's mathematics background were highly complimentary in this study. They found the children to be using both music and mathematics to alternatively energize and lead their explorations and understandings. Photo by Danette Dickinson Danette's perspective of the children's transmediations between materials was very interesting. In particular, she shared the […]
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Karyn Callaghan, MEd

Update March 1, 2016 Karyn is a photographer. She is also the President of the Ontario Reggio Association, national board member of the Canadian Association for Young Children, board member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, and until the campus closed, was Program Director of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies at Charles Sturt University in Burlington, Ontario. She is a well recognized keynote speaker at early learning events held throughout Canada and in the United States, Asia and Australia, and is the co-founder and coordinator of the Artists at the Centre project in Hamilton. This project brings professional artists into early learning and child care centres, and Ontario Early Years Centres to support the children and educators to give visibility to children’s thinking. Karyn also coordinates a Reggio Study Group that has been meeting since 1998, and brings together early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers and artists. Articles she has authored or co-authored with Carol Anne Wien have been published in national and international journals. Some of these are available at the "Artists at the Centre" website. A book co-authored with Carol Anne and artist Jason Avery, “Documenting Children’s Meaning: Engaging in Design and Creativity with Children and Parents” […]
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Victoria Armstrong, RECE, BECS

Victoria Armstrong is a dancer. She says she loves ballroom and Latin dancing because it "forces her to live in the moment and get lost in the rhythm and emotion of the music." Victoria is the Early Learning Facilitator with Milton Community Resource Centre where a large part of her role is coordinating the Artists and Children Together program. She is a graduate of Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program and also attended the University of the Nations in Hawaii, which led her to travel to Japan and India. I met Victoria at a conference at Charles Sturt University and it was so interesting to hear about her role facilitating pedagogical documentation in early learning and licensed child care programs in the Milton, Ontario area. In the Artists and Children Together program Victoria mentors and supports artists and educators working with children to use pedagogical documentation as part of their experience. She says her role is "fairly new and quite emergent so it's continuing to evolve as we learn what works well and what we need to revisit and revise." She connects with the artists and the educators by offering a variety of provocations, including documentation of […]
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Randa Khattar, PhD

Randa Khattar is an artist with words. She is also a professor of education at Charles Sturt University, Burlington, Ontario campus. She teaches educators in both the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and in the Bachelor of Education programs. Randa has written a number of academic publications, using language and metaphor to evoke thought-provoking insights about pedagogy from a relational perspective. She is genuinely interested in understanding thinking and conditions for thinking for all. A central strand in her research is responsive education for educators that is grounded in social and ecological justice, sustainability and children's rights and responsibility. Eclectic perspectives are appreciated and valued by Randa and her conversations and writing around pedagogy and documentation reflect this attitude. Students who have worked with Randa appreciate her sensitivity and understanding guiding their learning experience in such intelligent and responsive ways. Dr. Lous Heshusius and Dr. Carol Anne Wien were Randa's supervisors in the doctoral program at York University as she developed her dissertation entitled, Pedagogy of Complex Relationality Exploring Complexity Theory, Neuro-phenomenology, and Attentiveness for Education. Randa and Carol Anne continue to work together to share their appreciative understanding and ideas of relationality and attentiveness in learning. Randa also works […]
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