In-Person Community Workshops will Return in 2023!
To ensure the safety, health and well-being of our community, we will be postponing our in-person community workshops until February 2023!
Don’t worry, you won’t miss out as we are still offering our ONLINE Community Webinars.
Click here to register for our upcoming community webinars
Welcome to our Community Workshops and Webinars Platform for the Individual Early Childhood Educator!
Inspired Minds ECC understands that not every person learns the same. We all have our own preferences and schedules that contribute to our choice of how we want to attend professional development sessions. This is why we provide both in-person and online options for professional learning opportunities!
In-Person Community Workshops
Our in-person community workshops are open to all centers, programs, day homes, early childhood professionals, parents and family members and individuals who have a desire to increase their knowledge on the latest trends and strategies in the early childhood field. Community Workshops are scheduled during weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Our Saturday community workshops provide 3 workshops for our Professional Learning Days (PLDs)! Workshops topics vary each time!
Evening community workshops start at 6:30pm and are usually 2 hours, unless otherwise noted.
Online Community Webinars
Our online community webinars allow those who prefer to learn from the comfort of their own home (or coffee shop!) an opportunity to engage in inspirational professional learning sessions while still network with other passionate educators on a virtual platform. Have a team that would like to join? No problem! You can register individually or register your team! Everyone is welcome to our community sessions. Webinar topics vary each week so keep in touch to see what’s on our schedule.
Our online community webinars are scheduled on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-8:30PM. We use Zoom as our virtual platform for webinars.
Online Community Webinars Include…
- LIVE Interactive online sessions
- 2 hours, includes Q&A time
- Evenings only; start time is 6:30PM (MST)
- Registration required
- Certificate of Participation
- Reflection Handouts
- 30 days access to the recording of our LIVE session
- Discount for our VIP Protector of Play Members
Online Community Webinars Reminders:
Once you register online for one of our community webinars, an email will be sent to you to confirm your registration. Your registration is not complete until payment has been processed. E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a receipt after payment is processed. A ‘ticket’ email will be sent to you once payment is processed with the zoom link to the webinar. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your junk or spam folder.
A reminder email will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of our LIVE online webinar. This email will contain your reflections handout and the zoom link for the session.
Within 48 hours AFTER the LIVE session, you will receive a ‘Thank You’ email from me that contains the link for your certificate of participation and the private link to the webinar recording. Sharing of this link is not permitted. All registered participants will have 30 days access to the webinar recording.
Be sure to add me to your ‘safe sender’ list to ensure our emails go to your inbox! email@example.com
Where are Community Workshops & PLDs?
Community Workshops focus on ‘community’ which means they are held in your community! We currently have community workshops in St. Albert, Sherwood Park, West Edmonton, South Edmonton, Millwoods and North Edmonton. Childcare programs around the city host these workshops, which means you get to check out and be inspired by other childcare programs in your community and meet other childcare professionals in your community. Talk about a great networking opportunity!
NEW! What are Community Professional Learning Days?
Community Professional Learning Days (PLDs) are in-person and open to anyone in the community who want to join us for a day of connection, learning and fun….on a Saturday! We will be offering 3 workshops for each PLD. Workshop topics will vary each PLD. Participants will be able to join us for a full day of inspirational learning and networking! Our full day pass option includes all 3 workshops, a delicious lunch, an energizing afternoon snack, and a SWAG bag!!! Networking opportunities, reflective practices discussions and opportunities to play are provided throughout the day. Coffee and tea will be provided for all participants.
Stay tuned for more information on our PLDs!
How do I Register for a Community Workshop or PLD?
Pre-registration is required for all our community workshops. Registration for any of our community workshops is easy – Just click on the link to register! Registration closes 36 hours in advance.
How much do Community Workshops, Webinars & PLDs costs?
Online Webinars: $28.55 +GST per person
Community Workshops (In-Person): $45.00+GST per person for our 2 hour workshops
NEW! PLDS: $145.00+GST per person
Community workshops and webinars require payment at the time of booking. Receipts will be issued at the time of payment. On-site registration and payment is not available.
Group registration is available.
All payments are non-refundable. GST not included.
What about PD Funding?
Yes! Inspired Minds ECC Community Workshops are approved for professional development funding to eligible participants. Our Leadership sessions are approved for Level 3 educators. For approval for level 1s & 2’s, for our leadership sessions, please speak with the team at PD Funding to see if you are eligible for PD Funding.
Level 1 , Level 2 and Level 3 should complete supplementary Form B and submit it to Human Services, Child Development branch, http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/family-community/child-care-providers-accreditation-funding.html .
How can I Host a Community Workshop or PLD?
Host centers are critical for community workshops! Host centers are child care programs, or other community facilities, that volunteer their space for a community workshop. Host programs need to have enough space, table and chairs for up to 30 adults. A pre-site visit is conducted for all new host centers to ensure that there is enough space for our workshops as well as to go over any questions the host center may have. That’s all! Inspired Minds ECC does the rest!
Set up time for community workshops is 60 minutes for most workshops and 90 minutes for Play Station workshops. Play Station workshops require additional space or an additional room for station set up.
As a thank you for hosting, we invite 2 of your team members to attend the community workshops you host for FREE! We encourage more team members to attend so everyone gets some ideas to ‘Bring-Back-to-the-Class’. All team members wishing to attend need to pre-register.
Requests to Host submissions are due by October15.
Contact Tina and we will set up a time to discuss what you would like and when!
Benefits of Hosting a Community Workshop or PLD with Inspired Minds ECC
- Your team doesn’t need to go anywhere to be inspired and connect with other passionate early childhood educators!
- Showcase your program to other early childhood educators.
- You choose the topic, and select from the dates we have available
- Host centers are eligible to book up to 4 community workshops per year
- Build on family connections by inviting families!
- 2 FREE staff from your program receive guaranteed spots at the workshops you host – but be sure to encourage your whole team to attend!
- Community hosts are rotated between programs to allow all programs the chance to host!