Working together in groups as a ‘community of learners’ is a highly effective way to develop thinking and professional learning. The ‘community’ becomes a forum for developing ideas, sharing good practice and raising the quality of learning and teaching.
Initiatives and Projects are led and mentored by Di Chilvers, who will co-ordinate, support, document, deliver training and act as a critical friend to support changes to practice over a period of time.
Following the national conference 2018 Di Chilvers will be joining us to develop a community of learners leading to collaborative action research projects
Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for over 39 years as a Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Senior Lecturer, Adviser and National Strategies Regional Adviser. Di works collaboratively with partners, settings, schools and LAs across the country to support the development of good practice in the early years. Her work includes children’s creative and critical thinking and following children’s interests, ideas and fascinations through observing children, understanding their development and HOW they learn, listening to their conversational talk and trying to understand their thinking. Visits to Reggio Emilia, Denmark, New Zealand, Oman, Ghana and India have all influenced Di’s thinking and philosophy.
She has written several books, many articles and has created an assessment tool called the Development Map – an holistic, child centred way of mapping children’s development and progress.