Who are we?

The Pedagogist Network of Ontario is led by a group of education, early childhood education, and early childhood studies scholars and researchers from across (what is currently known as) Canada.

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is a professor of early childhood education at Western University’s Faculty of Education in Ontario, Canada. Her writing and research contribute to the Common Worlds Research Collective (tracing children’s relations with places, materials, and other species), and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory  (experimenting with the contours, conditions, and complexities of 21st century pedagogies).   

Cristina Delgado-Vintimilla

Cristina Delgado-Vintimilla is an assistant professor of early childhood in the Faculty of Education at York University and a pedagogista within the Italian tradition. Her research interests are steeped in pedagogy (as a social science), and the ethical question of living well with others in pedagogical gatherings. She is particularly interested in the intersection between pedagogy and the arts as an enabling space to rethink education as a cultural project.  

Nicole Land

Nicole Land is an assistant professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Thinking with early childhood educators and children, her work is curious about the inherited and inventive relations we might create with fats, muscles, and movement. Nicole and collaborators share questions and provocations from their work at Moving Pedagogies Blog.

Kathleen Kummen

Kathleen Kummen is a co-director of the ECPN and the chair of the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University, located on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, shíshálh, Lil’Wat, and Musqueam Nations. As a researcher, educator and instructor, Kathleen endeavors to reimagine and revitalize early childhood leadership as an ongoing practice of disruption to make space for alternative narratives of early childhood education

Fikile Nxumalo

Fikile Nxumalo is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  Her work is centered on environmental and place-attuned early childhood education that is situated within and responsive to children’s inheritances of settler colonialism, anti-Blackness and environmental precarity. Her book, Decolonizing Place in Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2019) examines the entanglements of place, environmental education, childhood, race, and settler colonialism in early learning contexts on unceded Coast Salish territories.

Randa Khattar

Randa Khattar is an instructor in Western University’s Faculty of Education, and Knowledge Mobilization Director for the BC Early Childhood Pedagogy Network. She is also the president of the Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC). Randa’s current research collaborations include the Common Worlds Research Collective, Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory, and Climate Action Network.