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    Live and recorded events to help educators grow professionally

  • Featured Event

    June 24th, 2021

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    What will it take to build an innovative and equitable early childhood system? Join us for a series of conversations, Let's Talk, to learn how some early childhood programs are approaching this complex issue.

     

    At Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), teachers explore learning as it occurs at the intersection of museum education and early learning best practices on a daily basis. Children are introduced to new ideas through personal conversations with scientists, artists, and cultural historians who share their passion for learning in concrete, engaging ways.

     

    In this event, we connected with SEEC and explored:

    • SEEC's community-based approach to early learning
    • The many benefits of combining the classroom with the local community
    • Real examples of lessons using cultural objects
    • What considerations to think about when exploring cultural and/or historical objects with young children
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    May 27th, 2021

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    The Primary School, located in East Palo Alto, CA, is creating a new school model that fundamentally reimagines how to support the life trajectory of children most impacted by systemic poverty and racism. Their unique model brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.

     

    The Primary School’s Bridge to Preschool program increases the preschool readiness of children with identified needs. During the months leading up to preschool, the team leads small group sessions with toddlers and their parents that focus on improving communication and social-emotional learning skills. In this conversation we'll explore:

    • Establishing meaningful community partnerships
    • A unique approach to family engagement
    • The impacts of early intervention

    March 11th, 2020

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    Did you miss your opportunity to join us to learn strategies for supporting children who are learning multiple languages? We know it's important to create spaces and environments that promote home language development in addition to English, but how can we do that? In this workshop, we focused on:

    • The importance of promoting a child’s home language
    • Building authentic partnerships with families of dual language learners
    • Strategies for creating an inclusive, language-focused environment that supports dual language learning
    • Scaffolding tips English language learning

    January 28th, 2021

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    Did you miss your opportunity to join us to learn about interactive read-alouds? Read-alouds are a staple of the early childhood classroom, but effective read-alouds are so much more than simply reading the text in a story. In this workshop we focused on the following topics:

    • Easy tips to prepare for a read aloud
    • Strategies for building comprehension
    • Promoting active engagement during read aloud time
    • Incorporating multiple readings of the same story
    • Helping families build at-home read-aloud habits
  • More Past Events

    Workshop: Strategies to Support Families With At-Home Learning

    December 10th, 2020

    Did you miss your opportunity to learn new strategies to support families with at-home learning? As children spend more time at home, educators are looking for simple ways to empower families to engage with children and promote development. In this workshop, we focused on the following topics:

    • Helping families create structure and routines
    • Integrating learning and different types of play into everyday activities
    • Learning activities that can be sent home to families
    • Tailoring activities to align them to children's interests

    Workshop for Administrators: Using Assessment Data to Support Teachers

    November 19th, 2020

    Did you miss your opportunity to join us to learn strategies for using child assessment data to set goals with teachers? Making sense of assessment data and using it to reflect on teaching practices can help teachers grow and improve. Using the COR Advantage assessment as a guide, in this workshop we focused on the following topics:

    • Helping teachers draw key insights from their child learning data
    • Setting teaching practice goals with teachers
    • Building data reflection routines with teachers

    Workshop for Teachers: Demystifying Assessment Data to Individualize Instruction

    November 12th, 2020

    Did you miss your opportunity to join us to learn about using child assessment data to inform instruction? For early childhood teachers, understanding each child's unique development is essential to helping children learn. But often times the data we've collected feels hard to use. Using the COR Advantage assessment as a guide, in this workshop we focused on the following topics:

    • understanding individual strengths and areas for growth 
    • using data to inform lesson planning
    • using data to set and track goals

    Workshop: Hosting Successful Family Conferences During COVID-19

    October 29th, 2020

    Did you miss your opportunity to join us to learn strategies and tips for hosting successful family conferences during COVID-19? Whether your conferences will be virtual, over the phone, or from 6-feet apart, family conferences are an important relationship-building milestone. In this workshop we focused on the following topics:

    • preparing for conferences
    • sharing control of conferences with families
    • tips for active listening virtually
    • setting goals with families
    • follow-up strategies for after conferences

    Round Table Discussion: Reflecting on The Start of the Year

    September 22nd, 2020

    Did you miss your opportunity to learn and reflect about the start of the school year? Check out the recorded session of a discussion around the following topics:building relationships with families, understanding learning at home, and establishing safe learning environments.

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