Upcoming Sessions


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Calling all curious Children! 
An opportunity for Kindergarten and Grade 1 aged kids!


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I am hoping to bring my creative studio space to life with some curious Kindergarten and Grade 1 aged children who might be interested in weekly inquiry meetings that will stimulate their creativity!

I only have space for 4.

Here are the details that you can pass along to someone who would like to participate:
  • curious/creative child in either Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, or Grade 1 (maximum 4 participants)
  • Sunday inquiry meetings from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in my creative studio space (Major Mackenzie and Weston area)
  • snack break / music and movement half way
  • $25.00 +HST per hour (special introductory price)
  • Begins February 5-March 26 (8 weeks)
  • Must commit to all sessions
  • An orientation visit will be scheduled prior to meeting the group

What will the session entail?

I will meet the four children and spend time getting to know them better, while finding out what their strengths and wonders are.  Using these insights, I will facilitate an emergent curriculum process with them on a topic of their choosing.  In other words I will take their ideas and support their learning, while empowering them as active participants and protagonists in their own learning experience.  Each week we will review documentation of what happened the week prior, engage in hands-on creative learning to research our inquiry question, and plan for our next session together.  The children will be researchers and will learn many 21st century skills, including, but not limited to, communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative innovation, critical thinking, etc.

I look forward to bringing this curious group of leaders together and seeing what magic and discoveries unfold!

Registration deadline is February 1st, 2017.  For more information and to secure your child's spot, please contact me here: joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.




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PREVIOUS EVENTS INCLUDE:
Download the flyer in pdf here and for details click here.


They often say that "all good things come in threes," so here is what I am proposing to all of you:

1. TransformEd Workshop - Face2Face - Saturday, November 19th, 2016

2. NEW! E-Workshop series, Tea Talk Tuesdays - Online - August 16th and 23rd, 2016.


3. York University Kindergarten AQ course -Blended (Face2Face and Twitter) - September 27th until December 1st, 2016.



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Download the flyer in pdf here.



TransformEd Workshop - Face2Face

The Hundred Languages: Mini studio experiences and insights to support our understandings of integrated learning with the revised Kindergarten Program document (2016)



Saturday, November 19th, 2016 

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (4.5 hours)

8:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening Presentation

10:00 a.m. Mini studio experiences and time to be creative/collaborate

12:00 p.m. Closing Presentation

1:00 p.m. End time



Children learn in hundreds and thousands of different ways.  Why limit them to paper and pencil tasks?  In this experience-based session, participants will be introduced to several “mini studios” (or ateliers) to explore materials in new and creative ways.  They will learn strategies from artists to take back to the classroom, specifically around setting up similar provocations, and how to integrate the areas of the revised Kindergarten Program Document (2016).

What will you gain from this session?
  • Support with planning using the new Kindergarten Program Document (flow of the day, mini lessons, four frames, etc.)
  • Insights into inquiry project work
  • Tips for pedagogical documentation
  • Inspiration from Reggio-Emilia
  • Examples of how to integrate and differentiate learning in the early years from ages 0-8
  • Experiences with the hundred languages in the hands-on studio areas
  • Opportunities to be creative, collaborate, and be guided by artists
  • Chance to network and ask your burning questions
  • Ideas for the coming months and year
  • Certificate of participation


Location: Hazelton Manor (99 Peelar Road, Vaughan, ON, L4K 1A3 - 407 and Jane st.) - larger space that will accommodate for the hands on learning and mingling portion.


Location is subject to change depending on the numbers, but the format will remain the same.

If you register by Labour Day (September 5th, 2016), not only will you be entered to win some amazing educational products, but you will also receive a free copy of my TransformEd Tips and Tricks: Planning that Supports Integrated Learning package. Otherwise, copies will be sold at the session.  (This is in addition to the handouts that are part of our learning together.)


REGISTER HERE:

The TransformEd Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2015 from 8:30-1:00 p.m. (4.5 hours) with breakfast included costs $135.00 + HST.


Steps to help you register: 

  1.  The "Buy Now" button is having some trouble. Click on this direct link that will take you straight to the checkout of this particular workshop.
  2.  No need to login or create a paypal account, unless you want to use an existing one.  Click on "Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit" at the bottom.
  3. Add your information and to complete payment click on "pay now" at the bottom.
An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

All sessions are non-refundable.  The banquet hall requires that the number of participants are confirmed, to ensure that they have adequate space, staffing, and food.  Even on a snow day, they do not provide our money back.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  


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Download the flyer in pdf here.


NEW! E-Workshop series, Tea Talk Tuesdays  Inquiry-based learning as a process: How to plan for and sustain your project work

Fully Online - Using an interactive platform called Adobe Connect
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (2 hours)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (2 hours)

Make a fresh pot of your favourite tea, grab your technology, and learn how to follow a child's interests and wonders, to spark an inquiry project in your classroom!  Within this online workshop series, participants will gain insights about the layers of inquiry-based learning, how to sustain project work, and plan their inquiry next steps with the help of pedagogical documentation. (Formerly a face-to-face Workshop)

What will you gain from this session?

  • Find out about the layers of inquiry based learning (image of the child, relationships, time, space, materials, listening, planning, documenting)
  • Learn how to begin and sustain your project work (emergent curriculum) and uncover curriculum expectations
  • Plan for inquiry next steps with the help of pedagogical documentation
  • Begin to balance workload and integrate learning 
  • Gain knowledge from the comfort of your own home, office, or classroom using any computer, laptop, iPad, or smart phone device
  • Certificate for participation


I have used Adobe Connect as a graduate student at York University and also as a Teacher Librarian for Scholastic training.  At first I was at little hesitant, but absolutely loved the interactive experience!  Adobe connect allows you to feel like you are participating in a workshop, without having to physically be there!  In our private meeting room (registered participants only), you can see the powerpoint slides, hear the presenter talking, access any handouts, view video clips, ask questions or contribute to discussion either by typing in the chat forum or through your phone line.  If you have wanted to attend my workshop, and our distance has gotten in the way - now it doesn't have to! 

Be one of the first to register for my online series, and receive a free copy of my TransformEd Tips and Tricks: Inquiry-Based Learning package.  (This is in addition to the handouts that are part of our learning together.)


REGISTER HERE:

The TransformEd E-Workshop series on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 and Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (4 hours) from the comfort of your own home costs $110.00 + HST.

 


An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information (how to login to adobe connect, etc.) and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

All sessions are non-refundable.  The online platform that I am using (Adobe Connect) requires an annual fee that is based on the number of participants that are confirmed.  Once you register, I will count on your attendance to run the E-Workhsop.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  



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Download the flyer in pdf here.

York University Kindergarten AQ/Certificate course for teachers and D.E.C.E.'s
Part 1 and Specialist combined course

September 27-December 1, 2016
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Blended (Face2Face and Twitter)
Tuesdays are online (except our first session) and Thursdays are face-to-face.

Location is TBD - 400 and Major Mackenzie area

Part 1 - Introduction 

Learn about The Kindergarten Program, using the 2016 revised document in an interactive, creative, and blended course.  This introduction will focus upon topics such as, but not limited to, the learning environment, pedagogical documentation, inquiry/play-based learning, self-regulation, early childhood development theories/approaches, integrated learning, and assessment.  Educators will have weekly opportunities to connect in person and online via Twitterchats with their professional learning community (PLC).  During the course we will be exploring the theory and connect it to practice with our hands-on lectures, interesting readings, knowledgable guest speakers, inspiring field trips, and practical assignments.  Our weeks together will feel more like an experience to support your own unique learning journey, and will provide you with resources for your ongoing exploration even after the course ends.

Part 3 - Specialist 

Learn about The Kindergarten Program, using the 2016 revised document in an interactive, creative, and blended course.  This third part will extend and deepen early childhood development theories/approaches and enhance our knowledge about effective practice for children aged 3.5-6 years with a focus on family involvement, collaboration, leadership, and mentoring in all areas of the Kindergarten program.  Educators will have weekly opportunities to connect in person and online via Twitterchats with their professional learning community (PLC).  During the course we will be exploring the theory and connect it to practice with our hands-on lectures, interesting readings, knowledgable guest speakers, inspiring field trips, and practical assignments.  Our weeks together will feel more like an experience to support your own unique learning journey, and will provide you with resources for your ongoing exploration even after the course ends.




For more information and photos please visit my #yorkukaq page on the blog or follow this hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  I really love to guide and inspire educators on their journey through early learning!  As I wrote in the descriptions, this course is an experience and you will grow through your interactions and collaborations.  If you are interested we will have a firm cap of 40 participants and it tends to fill up rather quickly, so don't wait until it's too late!  

REGISTER HERE:

Teacher AQ courses
Kindergarten Part 1 - To register click here.
Kindergarten Specialist - To register click here

DECE Certificate courses
Kindergarten Part 1 Teaching Strategies - To register click here. (waiting for the page to be updated)
Kindergarten Part 3 Leadership- To register click here. (waiting for the page to be updated)





Download the flyer in pdf here.


1. TransformEd Fall Workshop:

Provocations, projects, and my pedagogical documentation process: Reflections of a five year journey transforming educational practices

For the past five years I have planned many different invitations for learning in hopes that they might lead to inquiry sparks. Learn more about how I provoked student thinking with several examples of project work and how these experiences were documented to support planning throughout the years.

Special guests include #FourEverInspired: Trista DuttJocelyn SchmidtVanessa Bianchi as well as my SK/1 grade partners Heidi Theis and Sandra Foryszewski.

What will you gain from this session?
  • provocation ideas from five years in the making
  • inquiry project examples from five years
  • seeing how various inquiry sparks were carried out and documented 
  • how documentation was used to support planning of next steps
  • how the process of documenting evolved over time
  • exposure to higher-order thinking questions that aligned with each project
  • examples of uncovering the curriculum
  • insights, experiences, and perspectives of educators in FDK, SK/1, Library, and Junior grades
  • opportunity to ask questions at a point in the school year where you might have many
  • inspiration for the coming months and year
  • certificate of participation


Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Timing: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:30-10:00 Registration, exploration, and networking
10:00-12:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-3:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis followed by special guests
3:30-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (including varying perspectives of guests) and Questions

Location: St. George's Golf and Country Club 
1668 Islington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M9A 3M9



If you register by October 1st, your name will automatically be entered in a draw to win some educational products.  In addition to these materials, the first 50 registrants will receive 1 in 5 chances for a FREE TransformEd Consulting Services package (which might include any of what is listed below under #3 - customizable opportunities) to continue our learning and growing together! 




REGISTER HERE:

The TransformEd Fall Workshop on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 from 9:30-4:00 p.m. (6.5 hours) with lunch included costs $200.00 + HST = $226.00.  





An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

All sessions are non-refundable.  The golf course requires that the number of participants are confirmed, to ensure that they have adequate space, staffing, and food.  Even on a snow day, they do not provide our money back.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  



2. #CTInquiry

Are you interested in joining a free network that can inspire and guide your inquiry work throughout the school year?

Join us for our first session in Anamaria Ralph's classroom of the TDSB - Maurice Cody P.S. on Thursday, September 17th, 2015!


Download the flyer in pdf here.
More information on the #CTInquiry page.





3. TransformEd Consulting Services customizable opportunities


Download the flyer in pdf here.


How can TransformEd help you, your program, and your colleagues, within your context?

  • Workshop presentations at your location with topics that match where your group of learners are in their transformation (lecture style, hands-on creative, or a mixture of the two formats)

  • Classroom consultation visit with design inspiration on how to make your learning environment act as the third educator (not limited to your classroom - could also be a discussion over materials at a store such as Ikea)

  • One-on-one or small group planning meetings (at your location, a cafe, or within TransformEd studio office space) supporting you or your team wherever you are on your journey (e.g., flow of the day, inquiry, pedagogical documentation study, etc.)

  • Skype/Face-Time consultation meeting or online learning session

  • Book study or network sessions facilitated such as #CTInquiry

  • Educational event planning, marketing ideas/creative brainstorming sessions, and support with styling or setup

  • Classroom or school photography captured through TransformEd's lens that you can then used for your social media

  • Support with and tips to begin your own educational blog, youtube channel, twitter account, Pinterest page, or Instagram feed

For more information about these customizable packages, please contact joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.  I will try to work creatively around my busy schedule to accommodate your request(s) throughout the school year!





4. TransformEd customizable children's programming

Download the flyer in pdf here.


How might TransformEd inspire your child to become a lifelong learner?


  • private inquiry-based learning sessions in the TransformEd studio (near Wonderland) or in your own home for 1-6 children 
  • private piano lessons
  • private art lessons
  • private literacy lessons (oral communication, reading, and writing)
  • custom package that combines different areas of your interest




5. Coming soon to TransformEd:  Online video workshop sessions entitled, "Tea Talk Tuesdays" from the comfort of your own home, teacher products/publications, and an official website. Stay tuned!!!!


Download the flyer in pdf here.






Feel free to browse through some of TransformEd's former offerings below:



For complete 2 page handout to download and email click here.



Are you interested in learning more about the following?
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten 
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Reggio Emilia Inspiration 
  • Environment as Third Teacher
  • Pedagogical Documentation 
  • Outdoor Learning
Then you have come to the right place! 



I am instructing the York University Kindergarten AQ 

and Certificate Courses for Teachers and D.E.C.E's



Here are some professional learning opportunities and events that might support your interests:





October 2013
November 2013


March 2014


  • ORA Documentation Study Session, York University (March 8th 10:00-12:00)
  • Art Supplies for Africa: An Open House Event, Bond Lake Public School (Richmond Hill, Ontario) *I am hosting this event with my fellow FDK team*
You are all invited to come and see the Kindergarten classrooms at Bond Lake P.S. on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Print the complete flyer by clicking here.

We hope to see you there!


  • …and still we rise ETFO's annual Women's Conference, Royal York Hotel (March 27) *I am presenting*

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

July 2014


August 2014

September 2014


January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015


  • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
  • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.

May 2015
  • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
  • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.

June 2015























  • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
  • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
  • TransformEd Consulting Services presents a Summer Workshop Series with Joanne Marie Babalis at the St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto.  Four workshop topics: 

  • July 2015


    Testimonials Kindergarten AQ course from my former students:
    The Kindergarten AQ Specialist course offered through York University, taught by Joanne Babalis was an incredible experience.  I took two other courses online and was left feeling uninspired. This course invigorated me and pushed me to take risks in my own FDK classroom and throw myself into the new program. The course inspired me to be a leader in my school and I feel excited to start a new year with fresh ideas and a lot of creative experiences. Thanks for your inspiration Joanne. You are a true leader!
    Leah Liederman
    FDK Teacher, YRDSB






    I absolutely loved my Kindergarten Specialist course through York University, taught by Joanne Babalis.  It lived up to all my expectations and more and was the perfect way to end a year long journey of Kindergarten PD.  This course was inspiring in so many ways.  It taught me how to be a leader and inspired me to want to inspire others to be leaders in their journey of learning in FDK.  From the guest speakers to the class excursions, the connections to technology, creative experiences and life-long connections to colleagues, as well as, Joanne's guiding, supporting and inspiring leadership, the course was an A+!!

    Maria Marinuzzo
    FDK Teacher, Dufferin-Peel CDSB




    After 6 1/2 years of teaching kindergarten, I decided it was time to register for Kindergarten Part 2. Having followed Joanne's blog, My Classroom Transformation, I knew that I had to enrol in the course with Joanne.  Joanne (and the many wonderful educators I met in the course!) transformed my teaching practice!  Upon completing my Part 2, I immediately registered for Part 3 with Joanne!  I would highly recommend anyone who is taking their Kindergarten Specialist to enroll with Joanne.  She is extremely knowledgeable and provides an environment that fosters a growth mindset.  The material and the assignments are extremely practical and can be transferred to your day-to-day classroom practice.  

    Shelley Sweazey
    FDK Teacher, Simcoe  County District School Board



    10 comments:

    1. Joanne, My name is Stacey Donovan. I came to your classroom last year and was completley inspired! I have a question for you but I do not know your email address. Could you email me at stacey_donovan@kprdsb.ca please? It would be hugely, greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

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    2. Hi Joanne,
      I came across your blog through another blog that I consulted a lot last year as I taught FDK. I have a question about class size and how you manage.
      Can you email me when you have a moment?
      vanessa.perri@tcdsb.org
      Happy Friday!

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    3. Hi how are you Joanne. I just discovered all these amazing professional learning opportunities and events that took place in 2013. I am so interested in finding out when they will take place this year. Please please share.

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    4. Hello Joanne I am the PL chair for ETFO Durham Catholic DECE local and would love to get some more information on your workshops you present for our members, if you could email me that would be great.
      pd.durhamcatholicdece@gmail.com

      Thank you,
      Kelly Mulville

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    5. Hello Joanne,
      I'm a teacher at Horizon-Jeunesse in Mississauga. The principal of the school had registered me for the three workshops but he says that he hasn't receive a confirmation yet. Would it be possible for you to contact me on the matter. Thank you! Can't wait to assist to the first workshop in two weeks.
      pilottemenardf@csviamonde.ca

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      1. Hello Flavie,

        I emailed you back! All confirmations and receipts were sent out before the break.

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    6. Hi Joanne,

      Our school Larkspur Public School in Brampton would be very interested in booking you for a consultation/workshop for our 12 Kindergarten first year FDK program. Do you offer this? Is there a better way I can contact you through email- Microsoft Outlook is not connecting me to your email (old computers hehe).

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      1. Hello,

        Thank you for your interest in TransformEd Consulting Services!

        You can reach me at joannemariebabalis@gmail.com.

        Looking forward to connecting,

        Joanne

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