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2004 Assessment Workshop

What Develops? Understanding Assessment in Early Childhood Education

We are pleased to provide the presentations from our second annual workshop entitled “What Develops? Understanding Assessment in Early Childhood Education”, at the University of British Columbia. Once again, the workshop was held as a “track day” prior to the annual conference of the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) on Thursday, May 13, at the University of British Columbia. The co-sponsors of the workshop along with ECEBC included the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), the Consortium for Health, Intervention, Learning and Development (CHILD Project), ECEBC, the Psychoeducational Research Training Centre at UBC (PRTC) and the Infant Development Programs of British Columbia (IDP of BC).

This year’s workshop was an exciting, thought-provoking and stimulating day of presentations and discussions with 200 delegates in attendance. Paul Kershaw, Acting Director of HELP, greeted the delegates and the presenters, on behalf of Hillel Goelman (on sabbatical). Martha Piper, President of the University of British Columbia, delivered some enthusiastic opening remarks on the relevance of early identification and services for infants and young children who are at risk for developmental disabilities. Gerry Kysela, Clinical Director of the Family Centre Practices Group, Vancouver and Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, delivered the keynote presentation Understanding the Challenges in Assessing Young Children “, described by many delegates as “inspiring” and “though provoking”.

Following last years’ requests from participants, the conference presenters included a team of early childhood educators, elementary school teachers, professionals in the health and mental health fields and university professors. They all shared their visions on the nature of formal and informal assessment of young children, and contributed their experiences and academic expertise with valuable strategies for all participants — parents, front-line workers and professionals in the education, child, youth and family work, health and mental health fields.Once again, there were lively discussions between participants and presenters during the morning and afternoon workshops.

Dana Brynelsen, Provincial Advisor, Infant Development Programs of BC and Esther Pace, Manager, Child Youth and Family Program, Vancouver Island Health Authority, delivered the closing remarks, “Where are the Children? Assessments for Whom?” described by presenters as “very empowering” and “very informative”. Participants rated the workshop as “excellent” and, for the second year, voiced strong support for holding “similar workshops” on assessment and practical intervention strategies for 0 – 8 years throughout
2005.

We would like to thank:

ECEBC and their Board of Directors, in particular Diane Tannahill, President
Joyce Branscombe and Nicky Byres of EventAbility
Dana Brynelsen and the Provincial Advisor Office of IDP of BC
William McKee and The Psychoeducational Training Centre at UBC
Clyde Hertzman and staff from HELP and CHILD
…for their support and enthusiasm in presenting this exciting event
We gratefully acknowledge the administrative and logistical support provided by:
Lori Boerma, The Psychoeducational Training Centre, UBC
Paul Darquin and the Audio Visual Department, Faculty of Education, UBC
Eileen Grant, CHILD Project Coordinator with HELP
Gillian Heninger and Carlotta Spino with HELP
Jo Anne Naslund, Education Library, UBC
D’Anne Rathie, Office of the Provincial Advisor, Infant Development Programs of BC
Kieran Ryan and staff, Office of External Programs UBC
Warm thanks to our Volunteers:
Sarah Duncanson, Eric George, Surita Jassal, and Carla Merkel, graduate students in Laurie Ford’s lab, Faculty of Education, UBC
David Wu (HELP) and Francisco Ng (UBC)
Presentations Speaker
Keynote Address: Understanding the Challenges in Assessing Young Children Gerard M. Kysela,
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, and Director,
The Family Centre Practices Group, Vancouver, B.C.
Translating Theories of Emotion into Prevention and Treatment in Early Childhood: Examples of Current Programs Kimberly Schonert-Reichl,
Faculty of Education, UBC
Veronica Smith, Ph. D. CandidateAngela M. Jaramillo, Graduate Student,
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC
Steps to Building a Successful Transition into Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs. (Please refer to May 2003 handouts by M. Docharty) Maureen Docharty,
Vancouver School Board
The Child as Literacy Learner: How to Observe and Assess
Children’s Developing Literacy Skills in the Preschool
Years
Jan Wells, Vancouver School Board
Parent-Infant Interactions, Bio-Behaviour and Stress Regulation: Theory, Research and Assessment (1)Parent-Infant Interactions, Bio-Behaviour and Stress Regulation: Theory, Research and Assessment (2) Julie Petrie –Thomas,
Ph. D. Candidate, UBC and BC Research Institute for the BC Women and Children’s Health Centre of BC
andDavid Haley, Centre for Community
Child Health Research, UBC and BC Research Institute
for the BC Women and Children’s Health Centre of BC
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator in Recognition Barbara Fitzgerald,
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children; UBC
Assessing Communication and Social/Emotional Development in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Infancy to Early School Age Janet Jamieson,
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology,
and Special Education, UBC
Susan Lane, BC Family Hearing Resource Centre
Paediatric Developmental Assessment of Preschool and School-Aged Children: The Role of the Front Line Worker Jill Houbé,
Women and Children’s Health Centre of BC
Assessing the Emotional Development
of Vulnerable Children from Birth to Age 3
Mary Lee Best,
Alan Cashmore Centre
Politics, Publishers or Best Practice?

Handouts 2003

Handouts 2004

Marianne McTavish,
Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, UBC
Mediated Teaching and Learning: Alternate Spaces of Process,
Context and Advocacy
Marilou Carrillo,
VSB and Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Work, UBC
Understanding and Responding to Misbehaviour Georgina Robinson,
Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Educational and Counselling
Psychology, and Special Education
Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together: Working as a Cross
Disciplinary Team in Conducting Early Childhood Assessments
Laurie Ford,
Faculty of Education, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Accountability?
Exploring the Effects of External Testing on Teachers
Margot Filipenko,
Faculty of Education, Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC
Understanding and Assessing Giftedness in Young ChildrenHandout Marion Porath,
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education UBC
Early Indicators of Autism in Young Children Pat Mirenda,
Faculty of Education, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education UBC
Promoting School Readiness Through Community Based Developmental Screening Susan Dahinten,
School of Nursing, UBC
Closing Session:“Where are All the Children? Assessments for Whom?” Dana Brynelsen,
Provincial Advisor, IDP of BC and Esther Pace, R.N., Manager, Child Youth and Family Program, Vancouver Island
Health Authority

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