Fred Rogers once asked, "Do you ever wonder if you've made a difference in the life of a child?" We'll explore this question through treasured videos from Fred Rogers’ lifework and stories from early childhood professionals around the country. We'll focus on our role as communicators strengthening relationships with children and families in today's world.
Attendees will explore how to recognize math learning that occurs naturally in a classroom setting along with strategies for designing classroom environments to facilitate naturally occurring engagement in math concepts for children."
Participants will explore the critical role of listening as the foundation of relationships and reflect upon its impact on their teaching practices.
Participants will gain an understanding of using the trauma lens to understand their beliefs about children and families they serve. They will learn the different types of trauma and will understand the prevention tiers and how they can help professionals support children in the early learning environment.
We’ll explore the role of social-emotional engagement in laying the foundation for early literacy, and we’ll discuss strategies that help children from birth to five WANT to become readers and writers.
Early childhood professionals are functioning in classrooms and care environments that are more reflective of the rich diversity of our culture than ever before. This richness is rewarding and exhilarating, but also brings with it challenges and considerations to ensure that we are being respectful and inviting of such diversity. This workshop will explore those rewards and challenges by defining, engaging with, and building on Culturally Responsive Practice, grounded in a model of Cultural Proficiency, in order to maximize the potential for creating rich relationships and growth across and through cultural frameworks.
Participants will explore the potential of empowering teachers as researchers, leading to meaningful professional development. The experiences of a center staff will be shared and participants will engage in the beginning stages of their own self-study.
Participants will explore their own creativity as a way to enrich the experiences of the children they work with, and gain strategies for incorporating music in authentic ways throughout the classroom.
Intermediate Level; This workshop will provide educators, administrators, and parents a new way of understanding children's wants and needs - especially at school. Educators and administrators alike can benefit from incorporating a rights-based platform when understanding developmentally appropriate practices, environmental rating scales, teacher interactions with children, and high-quality care and education in early childhood centers.
Using basic materials, such as blocks, participants will learn how to adjust classroom activities to promote appropriate engineering thinking skills for preschool children. The workshop will draw connections to the new Head Start Outcomes framework.