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By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have always believed that early childhood educators are the salt of the earth, a phrase that refers to groups of people who have great worth to society. In my long career as a proud early childhood educator, never has this been more apparent to […]


Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Educators as Co-Learners

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. I have always believed that early childhood educators are the salt of the earth, a phrase that refers to groups of people who have great worth to society. In my long career as a proud early childhood educator, never has this been more apparent to me than during this unprecedented … Continue reading


Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Learning through Exploration, Play and Inquiry

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE This is the third blog written during self-isolation imposed by the spread of COVID-19, intended to support early childhood educators committed to continuous professional learning. It is the second in a series focused on the pedagogical approaches from Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years: How Does Learning Happen? (2014). The … Continue reading


Celebrating Loris Malaguzzi: During Unprecedented Times Words can Inspire

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. and Rosalba Bortolotti, RECE. It has been a hundred years since the birth of Loris Malaguzzi who inspired the Reggio Emilia Approach™. Malaguzzi, from Reggio Emilia, Italy died in 1994. He was a teacher, philosopher, poet and theorist. This year, 2020, marks what would have been Malaguzzi’s 100th birthday. We … Continue reading


Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Responsive Relationships

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE When I went into self-isolation, I was worried about what I would do to keep myself motivated and busy. I wondered whether I could keep blogging in this time of COVID-19. I wrote one post, Early Childhood Education: Making Sense of Our Life’s Course but didn’t know what to write … Continue reading


Continuous Professional Learning for Early Childhood Educators: Process Art

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE As I sit in isolation on my couch, trying to make sense of our current circumstances, I wanted to reach out to early childhood educators, to provide some free professional learning. I feel like it is the least I can do for other early childhood educators. I am a proud to … Continue reading


Early Childhood Education: Making Sense of our Life’s Course

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE  Exactly two years ago, I was in Reggio Emilia, Italy attending a study tour, enjoying the deep thinking, dialogue, food, drink and ambience with cherished friends. Exactly one year ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. With my last treatment coinciding with the end of 2019, I was very hopeful … Continue reading


Blocks for Days: Block Play and Learning

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE and Cindy Green, BSc, RECE.  Block play is centuries old. Blocks were part of a historical movement that focused on building a child-centred culture that began in the late 1700s (Dietze & Kashin, 2019). There was John Locke (1632-1704), the English philosopher who recommended the use of alphabet blocks for … Continue reading


Now What? Critical Reflection for Early Childhood Educators

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. In my last blog post, I wrote about the pedagogical approaches described in How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014). I believe, that of all the approaches, reflective practice and collaborative inquiry, has the most capacity to impact the others. This post will provide some … Continue reading


The Image of the Early Childhood Educator: Learner, Researcher and Innovator

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE. When I was a teenager, my career goal was to be a high school history teacher. At a time of declining enrolment, the goal could not be achieved and instead I chose a different path after university. I found office jobs which I hated and wasn’t that good at, … Continue reading


Sunrise, Sunset: A Year of Hope for Early Childhood Education

By: Diane Kashin, Ed. D, RECE.  I feel like I lived a year in a month. In my last blog post, I revealed that I spent last year battling breast cancer and have stepped into 2020 as a survivor. I left for a holiday with my husband 10 days after my last radiation treatment. We … Continue reading

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