Sheryl Smith-Gilman

Academic title(s): 

Faculty Lecturer | Faculty of Education Associate Dean, Academic Programs

Sheryl Smith-Gilman
Contact Information
Email address: 
sheryl.smithgilman [at]
Areas of expertise: 
  • Early childhood pedagogy
  • First Nations early education (teaching & learning)
  • Teacher education/training and professional development
  • Arts-integrated pre-school and elementary education
  • Curriculum and  assessment in elementary schools
Faculty Lecturers
Selected publications: 

Peer –reviewed articles

Smith-Gilman, S. (2018).  The arts, loose parts and conversations. Journal for the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies. 16(1),1-14.

Smith-GIlman, S. (2018).  Developing a pedagogy of listening: Experiences in an Indigenous preschool. Studies in Social Justice,12(2). 345-355.

Smith-Gilman, S. (2016). Culture matters: The arts, the classroom environment and a pedagogy of Entewate’nikonri:sake. A study in a First Nations pre-school. Canadian Review of Art Education,42(2), 1-16.

Strong-Wilson, T., Smith-Gilman, S., & Bonneville-Albrant, P.(2013). Re-forming networks through “looping”: An ‘ecology of teacher agency’ approach to the incorporation of new technologies in early childhood. LEARNingLandscapes. Spring 2013.

Smith-Gilman, S. (2009).  Social stories: Pathways to inclusion.  English Quarterly, 39(20), 33-45.

Smith-Gilman, S. (2007).  Including the child with special needs: Learning from Reggio Emilia.  Theory into Practice: Reggio Emilia, (4)1, 1-4.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Carter, M. & Smith-GIlman, S. (2017). Beyond the buzz: Investigating a professional collaboration in higher education teaching. In M.J. Harkins, Z. Barchuk & R.Colliste r(Eds).International conversations of teacher educators: Collaboration in education. Mount St. Vincent University.Electrontic:

Smith-Gilman, S., Strong-Wilson, T., & Ellis, J.  (2010). Envisioning the environment as third teacher: Moving theory into practice. In Greg S. Goodman (Ed.) Educational psychology reader: The art and science of how people learn. NY: Peter Lang. (Invited)

Selected talks and presentations: 

Academic and professional presentations

May 2019  Positioning Design Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom.  CSSE annual Conference, UBC, Vancouver, BC

October 2018  Constructing a Pedagogy of Listening: Lived experiences that brought children to the forefront (KEYNOTE).  Early Childhood Resource Network of Ontario Conference: Toronto, ON

May 2017 (with Caroline Riches)  Preparing Second Language Teachers in Quebec: Responding to Local and Global Realities in the Greek Community. CSSE Annual Conference.Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

July 2012 The Provocation of the Reggio Emilia Approach:  Embracing Culture in a First Nations Mohawk Community. International Innovations in the ECE Forum: University of Victoria: Victoria, BC

March 2012 Cultural Identity in Young Children: Blending Theory and Practice. McGill University Education Graduate Society annual conference: (e)Merging Classroom, Community& Culture: Montreal, QC                   

May 2011 Extending the Reggio Emilia Conversation: Cultural Learning in a First Nation Community. Congress of the Social Sciences and HumanitiesFredericton, NB

Professional Seminars & Invited Presenter

McGill University:  Distinguished Educators Seminar Series:  Office of Leadership in Community and International Initiative: Montreal, QC

Apr. 2013     Re-inventing Meaningful Play for Numeracy & Literacy Development: Planning for transitions in early childhood. (Pre K -Cycle 1)

Feb. 2012     Inquiry Learning in Early Childhood: Promoting progression of learning and building of knowledge.

Nov. 2010     MEQ-Understating the 6 Competencies for PRE-K& K

Apr. 2010      The Project Approach

Oct. 2009      Identifying children at risk in the early years

Apr. 2009      Understanding & Implementing a Balanced Literacy Approach

Nov. 2007      Literacy, Numeracy & Classroom Management

Nov. 2006      Expanding Art Experiences in Early Childhood

Nov. 2004      Authentic Assessment: Using Portfolios

Oct. 2003       Connecting multicultural worlds of young children through the arts

Concordia University: Educators Seminar Series: Bridging the Gap Between Teaching and Learning: Montreal, QC           

Oct.2013         Awakening the Arts: Creative Drama in the Elementary Classroom.

Oct. 2012        “Oh the games children play!” Effective games for early years of learning.

Nov. 2011        Reading Matters: Developing Professional skills in Literacy and Storytelling

Oct. 2009         Project Based Learning

Oct. 2007         Children at Risk: Early Identification

Nov. 2005        Visual Arts in the Early Childhood Classroom

Nov. 2004        Creativity in the Workplace

OMEP Canada (World Organization for the Education of Young Children)

Nov. 2014       Invited Plenary Speaker for Annual Conference of the AEPQ. “Making Learning Visible: Research and Practice"

Quebec Ministry of Education Kindergarten Provincial Committee

(MELS Spring Session English & French sectors):

May 2014        Making Learning Visible: Research and Findings and the Impact of a study in a First Nations Community”

April 2011      (English sector):“Recent research in a First Nations community and its implication to the Quebec Preschool Program.”

Reggio Inspired Care and Education Conference: University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB

May 2009        The Project Approach

Manitoba Early Childhood Association Annual Conference :Winnipeg, MB

May 2012        Art as Provocation Reading Matters: Storytelling for Young Children

May 2011       Authentic Assessment in the Early Childhood Classroom.

                    Developing the Creative Self

May 2010       Project Based Learning in the Early Years: Strategies, Implementation and Assessment

                    The environment as Third Teacher

Bronfman Jewish Education Council of Montreal

Nov. 2011     Keynote speaker:  The Art of Teaching:  Creativity in the Workplace

Nov. 2010     Inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach: Inquiry in Early Childhood

Nov.2009     The Art of Storytelling                                                   

Nov.2004     Plenary speaker: Differentiated Instruction: Why do we need to change?

Toronto Jewish Education Council: Toronto, ON

Nov. 2005       Art Museums for Young Children                                                                                              

Professional activities: 


NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Association)

OMEP(Organisation Mondial Education Prescolaire)
CSSE/CATE (Canadian Association of Teacher Education)
CAREC (Canadian Association of Research in Early Childhood Education)
ASCD (Association for Curriculum Development)

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