Kindergarten AQ Course-York University




I have been very fortunate to instruct the 
Kindergarten AQ courses (for teachers) 
and Kindergarten Certificate courses (for D.E.C.E.'s) 
through York University's Faculty of Education.

It is always wonderful to co-learn with other passionate educators across our province of Ontario!

CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS - FALL 2016:
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)






INFO. FROM PREVIOUS SESSIONS:


Information for Teachers:




Summer 2014 (July) Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Major Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill) 

Spring 2015 (April-June) Kindergarten Part 1, Kindergarten Part 2, Kindergarten Specialist, York University (Maple, Ontario)

Fall 2015 (September-December) 


Sessions are on hold, until after my maternity leave.




Information for D.E.C.E.'s:





Summer 2014 (July) Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching StrategiesPart 2: Planning and AssessmentPart 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Major Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill) *I am instructing*

Spring 2015 (April-June) Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2 Planning, and Part 3 Leadership, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario)

Fall 2015 (September-December) 


Sessions are on hold, until after my maternity leave.




Guest Speaker Presentations:

*If you are a former #yorkukaq student, please contact me if you would like to participate: joanne_babalis@edu.yorku.ca 

Play-Based Learning and Children with Special Rights - AnaMaria Ralph and Suzy Mantle-Saythong on Monday, July 7th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Numeracy is Not Separate from Play - Robyn Ecclestone on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Literacy is Not Separate from Play - Mara Visentin on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Balance and pattern, rhythm and awe (exploring the theory of loose parts) - Laurel Fynes on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Introduction to Pedagogical Documentation - Crystal Mastragelo and Cathy from Acorn School on Monday, July 14th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Photography for Beginners Workshop - Life Images Alex Albojer on Monday, July 14th, 2014  from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Making Learning Visible: Pedagogical Documentation in the Early Years - Marisa Benakis, Maureen Cicinelli, and Andrea Santangelo on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill.

Field trip to Marander Montessori School on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at 5906 16th Avenue, Markham. 





Or follow our learning:
Twitter and Instagram hashtag: #yorkukaq



Testimonials about the 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



After Shelley took the AQ course, she completed this video interview for her school board and is now also instructing Kindergarten Part 1 for Simcoe County:




1 comment:

  1. Hi Joanne,
    I love seeing the AQ posts on Instagram about the course you are teaching. It is so wonderful to see all the happenings from the course. Makes me feel like a part of all the excitement. Hoping to arrange a visit soon to Anne Frank Public School. ✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨🌟✨

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