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Why its Kool! Tables and Chairs
(yes they CAN be cool, honest!)

Presenter: Bogdan Pospielovsky

When: September 23rd - 4:00pm EST, 2:00pm MST, 1:00pm PST
Where: Virtual
Duration: 20 mins

Easy to take for granted, but if the environment is so critical to early learning, then tables and chairs might be one of your most significant teaching tools. We’ll look at some innovative Community Playthings designs: from furnishings for young toddlers transitioning from high-chairs to back saving work stations and chairs for the adults in the classroom. We’ll review tips for selecting seating and surface heights and how to create flexible, responsive, collaborative spaces with these workhorses of the classroom.

And as usual, we’ll be drawing for some great prizes, plus a certificate of attendance. All in just 20 minutes.

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Teacher and toddlers sitting around table

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Guest Speakers

Amanda Benton

Early Years Support Specialist (RECE) @London District Catholic
School Board

An RECE from London, Ontario, with over 25 years of experience, Amanda currently is the Early Years Support Specialist at the London District Catholic School Board supporting fellow RECE’s in Kindergarten programs. Amanda also teaches in the Child Development Practitioner program at Fanshawe College.

In collaboration with Strive (London/Middlesex/Elgin’s professional learning organization), Amanda has facilitated various professional learning opportunities on topics including: Loose Parts, Deconstructing Provocations, Early Years Math, Outdoor Learning Community of Practice and Continuous Professional Learning. In 2017, Amanda was invited to the FRP Canada National Conference: The Power of Play to team facilitate a ‘Walk Shop’ that provided interactive learning about playgroups in the forest and exploring the outdoors with families. Amanda has a passion for sharing and developing engaging learning environments for young children that provoke and inspire inquiry.

Lesley Pike

Teacher Librarian

Lesley is a Toronto based educator who has taught Kindergarten to Grade 6 and worked centrally as a Math Coach for 5 years. She is currently beginning a new chapter in her career this fall by working outside of the classroom in a support role as a Teacher Librarian. Her main areas of interest are math and coding, she also loves looking for new and exciting picture books to use in her classroom.

Melissa Seco


Melissa has been both a teacher and Instructional Leader in Mathematics/Numeracy (K-8) and Early Years (K-2). Melissa’s main areas of interest include: early years, visual arts, mathematics, STEM, and inquiry-based learning. Currently she is a Grade 1/2 teacher and Digital Lead Learner (DLL), and she occasionally teaches AQ courses at OISE.

Usha Shanmugathasan


Passionate about the early years with a focus on mathematics, S.T.E.A.M and coding Usha was part of the original Faculty that opened Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, the all-kindergarten school. There she was the Lead Math Teacher and created innovative programs such as Math Studio and Expressive Arts. Formerly a K-12 Learning Coach for the Toronto District School Board, today she teaches JK-1, delivers and facilitates professional development for educators across Ontario, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education at OISE/UT in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Diane Kashin


Diane is a registered early childhood educator in the province of Ontario and retired ECE professor. Diane taught at both the degree and the diploma level for over 30 years. Diane’s doctoral thesis on emergent curriculum was published in 2008 and she has co-written three ECE textbooks, Empowering Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education (2016), Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education (2019) and Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education (2019).

Hélène Pouliot-Cleare

Passionate about education, Hélène Pouliot-Cleare has worked in education for over 40 years in Central-Southwestern Ontario, in addition to leading workshops and training at the provincial, national and international, in French and in English. Her lectures cover a wide variety of topics related to early childhood, language learning in a minority setting, leadership and personal motivation.