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Professional Development for the Month of December & January

The Heart of Inclusive and Meaningful Assessment Practices with Young Children

by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D. Jennifer Grisham, Ed.D. and Lynn Sullivan, M.Ed. – December 7, 2022

Authentic assessment, practiced well, can be one of the most beneficial tools for teaching all children in inclusive early childhood settings. The process of implementing authentic assessment, regardless of the tool, can help teachers connect deeply with children and families, as well as learn how to best support them as individuals. Of course, assessment results will inform practice for each child, as well as for the group with whom you are working.

Join this important webinar to:

  • Understand the impact of authentic assessment on decisions related to determining eligibility, planning instruction, monitoring child progress monitoring, and evaluating early childhood programs.
  • Compare authentic and conventional assessment practices.
  • Understand the importance of partnering with families and other professionals to ensure inclusive educational experiences for all children.
  • Become more aware of and able to respond to systemic inequities and assessment practices that are harmful to children, who are Black, Indigenous, of Color, and/or who have disability labels.

All sessions are 1.5 hours long and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of Community Programs -December 13, 2022 

CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity.

The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Gender, Expectations, and Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood Programs,

by Julie Nicholson, Ph.D., Nathanael Flynn, MA, and Mitali Purkayastha, AA -December 15, 2022

What does it mean to be a boy or a girl–or something else? How do we support children to love their gender, and to talk about what can feel restricting or harmful about it? As early educators how do our own experience of and education about gender impact our ability to support gender diversity and healthy social-emotional development in our classrooms?

In this eye-opening webinar, participants will learn about the importance of creating gender inclusive early learning environments and the concrete actions they can take to create environments that support all children’s healthy gender development. The presenters will guide you to reflect on you own gender identity, expression, and embodiment and how your perception of gender impacts your expectations of children. You will learn about the impact of strict gender roles and stereotypes on young children and adults. The constellation theory of gender development will be introduced as a more inclusive understanding of gender that is big enough for us all.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define the gender binary and identify its limitations.
  • Recognize how gender diversity impacts social-emotional development during the early childhood years.
  • Identify at least three strategies you can use to create gender-inclusive early learning settings for children and families.

All sessions are 1.5 hours long and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

Join one or more of the workshops:

  • NOVEMBER 15, 2022: SPS Literacy Overview /Foundational
    Literacy Skills Assessment (FLSA)
  • JANUARY 24, 2023: Oral Languages
  • FEBRUARY 28, 2023: Phonemic Awareness
  • MARCH 21, 2023: Phonics

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Note: the sessions are designed for an in person experience due to hands-on activity practice. Although we will have a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person, please be aware some of the activities may not translate as well virtually.

 

 

Supporting Trauma – Informed Play to Facilitate Healing in Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Investigations, a webinar series produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC. Healing in Early Childhood Programs, by Dr. Barbara Sorrels, January 11th, 2:00 p.m.

Play and play based learning are important for healthy growth and development of all children and is psychologically and physically restorative for children with a history of trauma. This session, presented by child development and trauma specialist, Dr. Barbara Sorrels, will focus on the benefits of play to healthy brains and bodies and will include practical strategies for creating effective play-based classrooms to help children flourish and heal.

Join this webinar to learn to:

  • Identify the key components of a safe and effective learning/caring environment: predictable, home-like, safe communication and attention to the child’s internal state.
  • Understand the importance of routine and how to effectively establish classroom procedures that support children’s autonomy.

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Words Matter Discussion

NTTAC Event: Words Matter Discussion Series, January 12, 2023  from 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

The adage of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not really true – words can hurt, but they can also heal. Please join us for the Words Matter series where we engage in open and authentic discussions about the impact of common terminology used in child-serving systems with those that are directly affected. Our goal is to illuminate how the terms we use can influence perception, approach, and practice, as well as explore alternative language as a means of intentionally shifting how we view and interact with youth, families, and each other.

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New Year, New Start: Make Change Happen! by Susan MacDonald

Early Childhood Investigations, a webinar series produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC. This webinar is sponsored by Inspiring New Perspectives. Thursday, January 12th 2023, 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

Embrace the energy of the new year and develop a plan for implementing positive professional transformation as an early childhood leader. In this inspiring and motivating webinar, author and professional coach, Susan MacDonald, will help you clarify a specific change you would like to make to enhance your work. Using the Appreciative Inquiry methodology, she will guide you through a process of creating an action plan to bring your positive change to life. All participants will receive a comprehensive workbook with reflective activities and a current listing of resources to fuel their continued learning.

This energizing webinar will ignite your passion and boost your confidence to:

  • Identify a professional transformation you would like to make.
  • Clarify an actionable goal to focus your transformational journey.
  • Design a realistic plan to make small changes, move past your challenges, and embrace new possibilities!

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