ABOUT US

Tracy Pickard and Cheryl Emrich are a Full Day Kindergarten Early Learning Team. They work at Howard Robertson Public School in Kitchener, Ontario for the Waterloo Region District School Board. Tracy and Cheryl have been working in partnership together for 5 years. They have taught in both the Extended Day and the Core Day program.

Together, they offer a program that focuses on emergent, inquiry based learning. They draw inspiration from many different approaches to teaching such as the Reggio Emilia philosophy and Project Based Learning. 

Tracy and Cheryl enjoy collaborating and connecting with others through social media, book clubs, conferences and workshops. They draw inspiration from co-constructing knowledge and learning alongside other educators. Tracy and Cheryl have presented to many different groups of educators across Ontario sharing their passion and belief that children are competent, capable, and curious learners. 

Tracy and Cheryl approach workshops with practical, real classroom examples and stories while relating to current research or philosophies. They believe in honestly sharing how their teaching practice has transformed throughout their experiences in Full Day Kindergarten. 

Presentations, Workshops, and Conferences:
2012     Developing Positive Relationships in FDK, Waterloo Region District School Board
2012     The Environment as the Third Teacher, Presentation to Nipissing AQ Course, Waterloo, ON
2013     Math Problem Solving in Kindergarten, Waterloo Region District School Board
2013     Calling All 3 Year Olds, Presentation for Parents and Children new to K, WRDSB
2013     What is Curriculum: Emergent Ideas Meet Standardized Curriculum, Co-Constructing         
             Contexts for Meaningful Engagement Conference (Charles Sturt University, Burlington, ON)
2013     Emergent Curriculum in FDK, Presentation for Hundred Languages Group (Elora, ON)
2013     Connecting Projects and Play to Curriculum, Halton Catholic District School Board 
             (Burlington, ON)     
2013     From Covering to Uncovering the Curriculum in FDK, Workshop for D.E.C.E WRDSB 
             Conference, Conestoga College (Kitchener, ON)
2013     Covering to Uncovering the Curriculum, ETFO Presenters on the Road (Kitchener, ON)
2014     Play Based Learning in FDK, ETFO Presenters on the Road (Burlington, ON)
2014     Literacy Through Play and Projects in Full Day Kindergarten, Conestoga College Early 
             Literacy Conference (Kitchener, ON)
2014     Provocations, Partnerships and Pedagogical Documentation, ETFO Summer Academy 
             Workshop (Ottawa, ON)
2014     Project Based Learning in FDK, York University Kindergarten AQ Course (Kemptville, ON)
2014     Emergent Curriculum and Building Partnerships, ETFO Presenters on the Road (Kanata,    
             ON)
2015     Inquiring Minds in FDK, ETFO Presenters on the Road (Sault St Marie, ON)
2015     Math in Play, ETFO Summer Academy (Toronto, ON)

Featured Videos:
The Atkinson Centre produced a series of videos in collaboration with FDK classrooms. We were so fortunate to have them visit our school and connect with our administration, parents, and children.

Schools at the Centre: The Educator Team
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilVoVtHIDWI

Schools at the Centre: Parents

Schools at the Centre: Lessons Learned by Administrators

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