Merrily
Taking conversations about the Early Years upstream and down!
Stephen Hurley, voicEd Radio, and Michelle Schurter, Millennial Strategist, are hoping to change the way we talk about Early Years education. By taking an upstream—downstream approach, Merrily puts early years educators in conversation with thought leaders in the field (upstream), and encourages those outside the early years to think about how the learning in these earliest stages of life is critical for all citizens today and tomorrow (downstream). Join Stephen and Michelle as they paddle merrily upstream and down with delightful guests diving deep into early years conversations.

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Merrily Series Introduction

Meet your hosts, Stephen Hurley and Michelle Schurter!

In this first episode, join us to find out who we are, and this series is all about

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Up Close with Dr. Jean Clinton

A ‘frickin’ legend among ECE’s in child care centres across towns, urban hubs and faraway places, Dr.Clinton has shared her passion for children, attachment, early brain development, and the impact of just one smiling face on the development of an…

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Upstream on Loose Parts with Miriam Beloglovsky and Heather Graham

On this episode, we’re diving into a topic that will be familiar to many from the early years community: Loose Parts. And to help bring this idea to life, we are joined Miriam Beloglovsky, author and speaker on Loose Parts, and Heather Graham, RECE….

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Downstream on Loose Parts with Ariella Lukach

What on earth does an Innovation Park have to do with Early Learning environments? Back up a minute! What is an Innovation Park? And how does the concept and practice of “Loose Parts” connect both innovation parks and early learning environments?…

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The ? behind How Does Learning Happen? with Dani Williams-Long and Jim Grieve

What do you get when you connect a leader responsible for introducing major shifts in thinking about early childhood education to the province of Ontario, with an insightful, high-energy RECE who works everyday to bring those shifts to life in an…

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HDLH? as a Teacher Tool with Vicki Davis and Jessica Holder

In this episode, we are joined by Jessica Holder, RECE, and Vicki Davis, RECE, to take us further into How Does Learning Happen?, and its use as a powerful tool for early childhood educators.

Not only do the HDLH? foundations (well-being, expression,…

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Chasing superhero capes with Justin Langlois and Shaun Moore

In this episode, we head upstream with Justin Langlois, RECE, and Shaun Moore, RECE, two male early childhood educators (part of the 1-5% of male ECEs in Canada).

Observe, wait and listen (OWL) as Justin and Shaun chat about a career centered on…

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Tinkering, trades and the early years with Tim Carson and Shaun Moore

How often do you get a chance to hear two people from the trades talk about the importance of the early years. Have a listen as Tim Carson and Shaun Moore celebrate the importance of ‘loose parts’ play spaces in the early years as a way of unleashing…

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Unicorn Crossing with Justin Smith and Justin Langlois

in this episode we explore early years from the perspective of two dads who both happened to share the same first name.

Justin Langlois is a dad, stepdad, a bilingual Registered Early Childhood Educator, and a certified Self Reg Champion through The…

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Focus on the 90% with Darci Lang

As Early Learning professionals, we ‘live out loud’ the 4 foundations found in How Does Learning Happen?: Belonging, Well-being, Expression and Engagement.

Who better to help us lean in to the notion of Well-Being for ‘ourselves’, than Darci Lang,…

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Host

Michelle Schurter

Michelle Schurter is a strategic management consultant who helps clients unpack complex challenges and co-create innovative solutions around workforce challenges. Michelle has a unique blend of experience in front-line child and family practice, along with leadership and economic development roles. Michelle is known as a 'connector extraordinaire', and often called a breath of fresh air with her dynamic approach. If not working with 5 or 6 clients on a community collaboration, you will find Michelle delivering an 'aha' keynote as Millennial Strategist, bringing to life the multigenerational workforce!

Stephen Hurley

Chief Catalyst voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer. As the founder and chief catalyst at voicEd Radio, Hurley is passionate about nurturing stronger relationships between education research, practice and policy.