Integrating STEAM from Concept to Practice:
Participants in this workshop will center themselves on the components of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. They will learn why STEAM is important and relevant to young children and adults. Furthermore, participants will discover daily STEAM learning opportunities in their classrooms! Using recycled material, cardboard and other basic classroom items, we will combine imaginative exploration with hands-on problem solving. Small groups will collaborate in the creation of simple machines, design cause & effect experiments, and build one-of-a-kind constructions; taking concept to practice and furthering the learning experience. Prepare for transformations as engagements ignite STEAM learning through exploration!
Engaged Employees are……?
Cultivating and Motivating Employees to Meet the Demands of Your Early Education Facility/School!
Your staffing team is one of the most important assets of your school or organization so how do you ensure they are ENGAGED, responsive and always prepared to function at an optimal level? This session will focus on various techniques and strategies to ensure engagement via the cultivation and motivation of your staff – both individually and as a team. The session will be delivered in multiple formats including small group discussions, problem solving, hands-on activities and facilitator led instruction. Come prepared to leave with a plan that will move your team from good to EXCEPTIONAL using the CHANGE paradigm and MOTIVATIONAL practices.
Family Engagement: Emphasizing the Home School Connections:
How many times have you heard someone say – That’s not my job?, Where are the parents?, or What is this teacher doing? This session will center on the importance of inclusion and connections as gaps are bridged between the home and school environments. The ultimate goal of creating and fostering partnerships will be center to the workshop. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and discussions that will empower them to view families as essential elements of their classroom environment; thereby transforming mindsets to engage both schools and communities. Additionally, participants will explore how family structure, culture, and special needs can be incorporated into child care policies, family interaction, and curriculum development. Participants will create a family engagement plan for their programs using NAEYC standards.
The Essentials of Intentional Coaching:
With the goals of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity in schools; this session will focus on one-on-one and small group support for teachers, coaches, and school leaders centered on evidence-based instructional strategies and the intentional coaching process. Participants will engage in the exploration of intentional coaching, the various coaching methods, and the process of holding their team and themselves accountable. This session is highly interactive and encompasses reflective practices.
Intentional Teaching: Making Your Moments Count:
How do children learn and grow? What are the items needed by teachers for successful implementation of instructional strategies or the chosen curriculum? Intentional teaching does not happen by chance or through those infrequent teachable moments. This interactive workshop will explore the intentionality of teaching, emphasizing critical elements and components of early education that ensures optimal implementation and quality instruction. Strategies will be embedded to demonstrate core elements and the practicality of the intentional teaching concept.
Unlayering Developmentally Appropriate Practices for 3-5 year olds.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices is a framework designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development. It is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education. This session will emphasize the core tenets of preschool developmentally appropriate practices and provide hands on experiences to ensure these techniques are transferred to classroom practices. Core components of the session will focus on implementation within the literacy and numeracy domains, small group
instruction and read alouds.