Dr. Iris Berger has been involved in the field of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, researcher, community organizer, policy consultant, and university lecturer since the mid 1990s. Her passion for early childhood education as a distinct and ever-engaging realm of/for research-pedagogy began when she worked with two, three and four-year-olds in the model classrooms at the UBC Child Study Centre under the auspices of the Faculty of Education. At the centre of her professional and academic inquiry lies the abiding notion that matters pertaining to education and childhood are entangled with question of ethics and politics. To this end, Dr. Berger has developed a special interest in rethinking leadership in early childhood education and in making the complexity of the pedagogical relations in the early years visible through practices such as pedagogical documentation.
Dr Mari Pighini. Mari has been a sessional instructor and lecturer with the UBC faculty of Education since 1997 teaching courses in early childhood education, early intervention and special needs. Currently, Mari coordinates the online ECE cohorts for the Masters in Education (MED) program. Mari’s professional background combines a trajectory of over 25 years as a resource teacher and infant development consultant. Her research interests focus on the experiences of parents with children at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities receiving early intervention/child development support services in urban and rural settings in BC