- Assistant Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
- Faculty Lecturer
- 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
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:http://www.msvu.ca/site/media/msvu/International%20Conversations%20of%20...
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)
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 Humanities: Fredericton, 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
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)