What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017: Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference
VCPD’s Creating Connections to Shining Stars (CCSS) Conference is planned for July 19-21, 2017 at Hotel Roanoke. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for all children, birth to age five. For details about the conference including links to registration and hotel reservations, click on the black CCSS Conference tab above.
Choosing an Early Childhood Professional Development Provider
The VCPD Quality Assurance Workgroup has completed two new documents, Guide to Choose a PD Provider (3) and Checklist to Choose a PD Provider (2) Both are designed to assist with selection of an early childhood professional development provider who has experience and expertise in Virginia’s Competencies for Professional Development Providers. Leaders who are interviewing prospective trainers may use these documents to guide their assessment of the individual’s level of knowledge and skill.
FREE Infant/Pediatric CPR and First Aid Training
Child Care Aware of Virginia is offering Infant/Pediatric First Aid & CPR classes that you may be able to attend for FREE if you are/work for a child care program that serves infants & toddlers AND accepts DSS subsidy payments! For additional information and to locate trainings in your area, call your local Child Care Aware office or click HERE.
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for Project Pathfinders early educator scholarships for the 2017 summer session. Project Pathfinders is focused on increasing the skills of early childhood professionals in preschool and child care settings by accessing community college coursework and credentials. Scholarships can cover up to two courses per semester, as well as books and fees. Interested applicants can apply online from March 15 – April 20.
CSEFEL Pyramid Model Modules 1 & 2 Infant and Toddler Provider Trainings
Pyramid Model (CSEFEL) trainings promote the social emotional competence of infants and toddlers, and are interactive, practical two-day training events designed for teachers, caregivers and directors who work with children birth to 36 months. Participants must attend both days (9:00-4:00) of training to receive materials and a Certificate of Completion. Additional information and registration is available for the Western Regional training on Saturdays May 20 and June 10, 2017 at the Wytheville Meeting Center. The registration fee: is $25.00 per person.
Celebrating Babies, Tots, and You
The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network has announced dates for Celebrating Babies, Tots, and You: Institues for Early Care Providers who Serve Infants and Toddlers. These exciting professional development institutes will focus on celebrating child care professionals and renewing their passion to make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers. Workshop sessions will provide information and strategies on how to manage stress and practical ways to promote self care. Detailed information and registration is available at www.va-itsnetwork.org.
April 22, 2017 in Wytheville
May 6, 2017 in Herndon
Sprout Session Webinars
Project SEED Virginia offers free Sprout Session webinars every other month from 12:00 – 12:30 PM. These webinars are designed to discuss topics of interest that infant and toddler child care providers often encounter in their daily work with children ages 0-3. Webinar sessions are recorded for people to view at a later time. Certificates of Participation are provided.
May 3, 2017: Learn tools and resources to help manage separation and coping concerns of infants and toddlers in child care settings. Registration is open.
Creating Accepting Classroom Communities: How Are Positive Attitudes Formed
The Division for Earlly Childhood is offering a webinar on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. As classes become more diverse, negative attitudes towards those who are different persist, and bullying behaviors are on the rise. Self-reflection activities that teachers can use to understand how attitudes are formed will be shared, along with research-based strategies from the Making Friends Program. Together, these foster a sense of belonging for all children.
Designing Inclusive Environments that Promote Physical Activity
A second DEC webinar is planned for Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST. Childhood obesity is a national concern. While recent reports show that rates have begun to decline for preschool age children, special educators need to be particularly attentive to this issue. Data indicates much higher rates of overweight and obesity for children with disabilities, especially those with autism. Early childhood and early childhood special education practitioners report difficulty meeting national recommendations for physical activity and for including children with and at risk for disabilities. Participants in the Learning Deck will: (1) Learn to use utilize universal design for learning (UDL) principles to design high-quality environments that promote physical activity for all young learners, (2) Use an established rubric to reflect on instructional and physical aspects of the learning environment, and (3) Identify strategies to set the stage for physical activity and to lead structured activities. Register here.
National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
For over 15 years, the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has been the premier event for people from all early childhood sectors to come together to learn, share, and problem-solve about inclusion for young children. Last year, the 3-day conference sold out more quickly than ever before—months in advance. Registration is now open for this year’s Institute: http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/ The May 9-11, 2017 Institute will include dozens of groundbreaking sessions and workshops on many hot topics. Janice Fialka—parent, poet, storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for people with disabilities—delivers the keynote address. The popular federal plenary panel returns, and the award-winning filmmaker Jenna Kanell and her brother Vance lead this year’s special family plenary session.
Age-Appropriate Classrooms for Young Learners
VASCD’s Second Annual PreK-Kindergarten conference is themed “Problem Solving vs Punishment” and is planned for June 19, 2017 at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Sessions will address the ways in which classroom environments, instructional design, approaches to solving problems, and other factors influence children’s abilities to manage their behaviors and their learning. Registration is $145, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.
Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2017: Effectively Serving Students Who Are D/HH
Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential (ODUP) is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (TODHH) and other educators working directly with students who are d/hh. The 11th annual ODUP will focus on effective strategies, assessments and more to positively impact outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and have additional concerns (i.e., D/HH Plus). This includes an exciting “short course” on behavior strategies for students with complex needs. The conference is planned for June 29-30, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Contact Ann W Hughes at email@example.com or go to https://odup2017.shutterfly.com/ for more information.
33rd Annual International DEC Conference
On October 4-6, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, the Division for Early Childhood will bring together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with special needs and their families. This year’s conference theme, Mountains of Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium, features foremost authorities in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Additional information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAEYC Annual Conference
NAEYC’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of thought leaders, classroom teachers and faculty, administrators, researchers, and other critically important practitioners and contributors in early childhood education. The Conference is a great opportunity to help advance shared work on behalf of children during their most critical period of development and learning! The Novmber 15-18, 2017 conference is planned for Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/.
Early Childhood Investigations
Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders. All of the webinars are recorded and may be viewed live or via recording. Click HERE to register. Upcoming topics include:
04/19/2017: Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma
04/25/2017: Working with Consultants: Tips for Maximizing Your Program’s Use of External Experts, by Fran Simon
04/26/2017: How Natural Outdoor Classrooms Can Help Address Behavioral Challenges and Support Children’s Well-Being
05/03/2017: Continuing the Conversation: Professionalizing Early Childhood Education – Your Role in the Next Era
05/24/2017: Become an Ally for Children Facing Adversity by Bridging the Relationship Gap
06/07/2017: Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning: How Smart Steps Can Make Big Strides
06/21/2017: Using Storytime to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success
08/02/2017: Top-Down SEL: Administrative Practices that Support Children’s Emotional Development
08/09/2017: Teaching Young Gifted Children: The Whats, Whys, and How-Tos for Supporting Their Needs
08/23/2017: Documentation: A Tool for Family Engagement and Curriculum Development, by Diane Kashin
10/04/2017: Social Skills and Autism: Using Books in Creative Ways to Reach and Teach in Early Education