Educa Launches Professional Training Platform – Learning Story Academy

Welcome to Learning Story Academy! The Educa Team is excited to announce the launch of our specialized training platform for Learning Stories & related teaching practice. Learning Story Academy offers live webinars, book study & inquiry groups, and pre-recorded video courses – led by experts from around the world. view courses Our Why Our mission is to

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Student Teacher Mentoring with Educa – a Learning Story

Learning Stories in Educa Teacher Portfolios provide value beyond the classroom, aiding in teacher professional development, mentoring, and raising center standards. Read on to see how Learning Stories can be used for student teacher mentoring.     Jennifer, You Are Ready! Jennifer, it has been such a great year for you and the other student

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A Writer’s Guide to Amazing Learning Stories That Will Engage Families

Are Your Families Reading Your Stories? The mechanics of writing Learning Stories is easy enough in platforms like Educa learning story software platform.  And you know families love them, including grandparents who often can’t get enough. Plus children will constantly revisit their stories, retelling them to other kids, their parents and their extended family. However,

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Positive Responses to Children’s Behavior: Guidance Approach in ECE

“We cannot punish a child for making mistakes. To do so would be to punish them for being children.” -Jayne Mallin Recently Educa hosted a webinar entitled Positive Responses to Children’s Behavior – an outline of Guidance Approach in early childhood education by Jayne Mallin, a New Zealand based educator and home-based early childhood centre coordinator.

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Making Everyday ECE Routines Into Extraordinary Rituals

Everyday early childhood routines are a gold mine for finding rituals. That allows you and your staff to make a “psychological shift that impacts your attitudes and reactions.” Toni Christie Early childhood expert, Toni Christie, Childspace Early Childhood Institute based in Wellington, New Zealand recently presented an Educa webinar on thinking differently about early childhood

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Tips For Using Video in Your Early Learning Service

Ideas for using produced videos This year, about 80% of content people view online will be video, says the authoritative US Inc magazine. You are probably using videos in your learning stories or in your communications with parents as way to share activity in your center.  Educa supports sharing videos in stories and messages to

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Tom Drummond on Connecting to Children in ECE

An Amazing Trove Of Materials To Support Improved Teaching Practice The course material is there. Just take it. Let’s make the world a better place. Tom Drummond Tom Drummond is an emeritus professor in early education, based in Seattle. We first met him in 2018, when he gave us a touching and heartfelt interview on

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Using Images For Authentic Assessment In Stories

Using Images For Authentic Assessment Photographs as well as learning stories that capture learning through photographs or video recordings are ‘authentic assessment’. – Marilyn Rice As an early childhood educator, do you occasionally wonder if the images you share are more ‘Instagram moments’ rather than telling stories of discovery and learning? Educa recently conducted a

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Teaching as Inquiry in ECE – What, Why and How To

Benefits, Method and Tips – Jane Warnock Explains “Teaching as Inquiry ultimately benefits self and puts you in the forefront in ‘what you do’ that benefits the children. It should be part of your day, not an addition to what you already do.” In New Zealand, teachers are required to undergo an annual appraisal process,

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Creating Environments For Teacher Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Education

How to sharpen your inquiry-based practice through the lens of the environment “… we should aim for an environment that supports teacher growth so the classroom is a place of research where teachers ask questions and act as researchers. The idea of educators being ‘incomplete’ (a quote from a Reggio Emilia conference) in their understanding

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