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Online professional development and community-building opportunities

  7 - 11 December 2020

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  We will start with an inspirational Launch session, reinforcing our sense of community, followed by the Council Meeting

The rest of the week includes interactive thematic sessions seeking to stimulate learning and sharing, together with celebration moments and special time slots for getting to know each other - even if online. With the wish to continue building up our strengths as a network and to offer meaningful services to Members, we are offering the ISSA Connects Week free of charge to all ISSA Members and those who work with them. The sessions are also open and free of charge to all members of Regional Networks. This means that:

  • there is no limit to the number of participants from Member Organizations (staff, trainers, Board members, key partners, etc.)  
  • you can come to some sessions or you can come to all 
  • very simple access to the online sessions: the same link for all sessions 

In order to arrange the sessions in the most interactive way, register and indicate which sessions you plan to attend by November 30th.


ISSA Connects Program

Monday December 7th

10:00 – 11:00 (CET) - Launch of ISSA Connects

Find the keys to connect at a distance in a Virtual Escape Room

11:00 – 12:00 (CET) - Council Meeting 

Host: ISSA Secretariat

13:00 - 15:00 (CET) - Roots and Horizons – A Magic Journey 

A special celebration with ISSA members and friends, honouring Step by Step and OSF’s Early Childhood Program 

Host: ISSA Secretariat

15.30 - 17.30 (CET) - Learning Session: Why Children’s Risky Play is Worth the Risk

Hosts: Helena Sienaert (Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Belgium) and Veerle De Vliegher (Opgroeien)


Tuesday December 8th

10:00 - 11:30 (CET) - Learning Session: Appreciating the otherness – ISSA’s programs on Embracing Diversity 

Hosts: Zorica Trikic (ISSA), Sanja Brajković (Open Academy Step by Step, Croatia), Jelena Vranješević (Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade University, Serbia)

13:00 - 15:00 (CET) - Building Blocks for the Early Years Field: The Contribution and Legacy of ECP

A joint celebration with ECD Networks, their members and partners


15:30 - 17:30 (CET) - Learning Session: Learn the Secrets of Great Digital Storytelling

Host: =mc center

Speakers: Liz Ngonzi (The International Social Impact Institute, City University of New York., USA) and Bernard Ross (=mc, UK)


Wednesday December 9th

10:00 - 11:30 (CET) - Discussion Forum: How is COVID-19 affecting the early childhood field?

Host: ISSA Secretariat


13:00 - 15:00 (CET) - Learning Session: Learn the Secrets of Great Fundraising

Host: =mc centre

Speakers: Bernard Ross (=mc, UK), Didi Devapriya (Neohumanist Foundation, Romania), Carmen Lica and Sorin Dragomir (Step by Step Center for Education and Professional Development Romania)


Thursday December 10th

10:00 - 11:30 (CET) - Learning Session: ‘I like it here, it feels like a second home’: The role of ECEC spaces in joining education and care

Hosts: EDUCAS Project partners


15:00 - 17:00 (CET) - Master Class: Leveraging Advances in Science to Strengthen the Early Foundations of Both Learning and Health

Host: Harvard Center for the Developing Child, USA


Friday December 11th

10:00 - 11:30 (CET) - Learning Session: Navigating the pandemic in low resource settings: Early childhood care in times of COVID-19
Host: Zarlasht Halaimzai and Gabriella Brent (Refugee Trauma Initiative, Greece)


13:00 - 14:30 (CET) - Treasure Hunters in Networkland

Host: ISSA Secretariat