Early Years Twilights with VCAA

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The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), in partnership with Bastow, has developed a series of Twilight Seminars about assessment for learning across the early years. The series started in September 2014 and will run through to May 2015 to support ongoing dialogue and discussions with early year’s educational professionals.

Dr Noella MackenzieThe first seminar, The power of linking drawing and emergent writing in the early years, was presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie from Charles Sturt University.

Dr Mackenzie’s presentation described how drawing and writing can be viewed as a unified system of meaning. This seminar provided opportunities for practitioners in both early childhood and in the early years of school to develop joint expertise in considering evidence of children’s learning.

Eighty five participants attended this Twilight Seminar at Bastow and over 130 participants linked in by video conference from 13 regional sites across Victoria.

Anne StonehouseDr David HowesThe second seminar in the series, Babies and toddlers: amazing learners was presented by Anne Stonehouse AM, a consultant and writer about early childhood education and care, and Dr David Howes from the VCAA.

Anne Stonehouse’s presentation drew attention to the significant foundational learning in the first three years and the direct links with later learning in school and in life. Interactive discussions included the perceptions about babies and toddlers in the broader community and how this impacts on relationships between children, parents, and early childhood professionals. Anne’s discussion was based around excerpts from her DVD: Babies and toddlers: amazing learners, which can be downloaded from the VCAA website.

The seminar proved popular with over 100 participants in attendance and 14 video conference links.

The feedback from participants for both twilight events has been extremely positive. Participants connecting via video conferencing are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to connect with these events from a remote location.

The next Early Years Twilight event, Collaborative approaches to assessment for learning in early years networks, will be held 11 March 2015.

Further information about the Early Years Twilight Seminars can be found on the VCAA website.