What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?
Thanks to funding made available in the FY17-18 biennial budget by Governor McAuliffe and supported by leaders in the legislature, pending official approval in the next few weeks, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will fund local pilots to field-test potential solutions to barriers that have prevented all eligible children from participating in Virginia’s preschool initiative. Legislation creating the Mixed Delivery Preschool Fund and Grant Program (House Bill 47, Patron: Greason) outlines specific priorities for the program. By promoting flexibility and “out of the box” thinking, these pilots represent the opportunity to promote more public-private partnerships and increased collaboration between business, education, and community leaders. Click to read the Funding Announcement and latest information on deadlines and details.
Project Pathfinders: Scholarship Opportunity for the Early Childhood Workforce
Project Pathfinders is a scholarship opportunity, administered by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Virginia Community College System, designed to increase the skills of early childhood professionals in preschool and child care settings in Virginia by accessing community college coursework and credentials. When scholarship recipients apply for funds, they will set a specific credentialing goal (for example: an Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate) and be eligible for funding to pursue achievement of that goal, as well as to access resources, as needed, such as career advising and additional funds to defray the costs of books and fees. The scholarship will be open to early childhood professionals seeking to complete a credential in early childhood education or child development through the Virginia Community College System. Eligible individuals will be currently employed in a Virginia preschool or child care setting working directly with young children (infants-prekindergarten).
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire- 3rd edition (ASQ-3) and the Ages and Stages Social Emotional- 2nd edition (ASQ:SE-2) are accurate, family-friendly ways to screen children for developmental delays. Because social-emotional and developmental delays in children can be subtle and can occur in children who appear to be developing typically, most children who would benefit from intervention are not identified until after they start school (agesandstages.com). It’s particularly important to use valid and reliable screening tools, like the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2. Come learn to use these screening tools in your setting. Additional information and links to registration are available at www.ecmhva.org.
- Piedmont Region (Roanoke, VA): Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 – 1:00 PM
- Eastern Region (Virginia Beach): Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 – 1:00 PM
- Northern Region (Location and Date TBD)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has just published their newest Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative document, Build It Better: Indicators of Progress to Support Integrated Early Childhood Professional Development Systems. “This resource . . . provides a set of indicators to benchmark the quality and effectiveness of state early childhood professional development systems, stimulate strategic planning, and help policy makers, administrators, educators, and advocates work together to build a better professional development system for early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8.” Virginia served as one of the state pilot teams for the projects. Under the leadership of Kathy Gillikin and Zelda Boyd, VCPD Governance members provided input into the development of the new document.
Celebrating Babies and Tots 2016
The Infant and Toddler Specialist Network is offering Institutes for early care providers who serve infants and toddlers. The Institutes will focus on child care professionals building strong partnerships with families to create a better environment for infants and toddlers to learn and grow. Keynote speakers with early childhood education expertise will focus on the importance of partnering with families and the steps to take to ensure that each family has a positive experience. Workshop session I, Families Are Welcome Here, will explore the reasons why families should be engaged in child care programs as well as issues and situations that may hinder engagement. Workshop session II, Communication, It’s More Than Just Talking, will help providers understand why it is vital to build relationships with families and keep them informed about the growth and development of their children. To register, go to http://www.va-itsnetwork.org/
- April 23 Arlington: Westin Crystal City
- May 14 Charlottesville: Omni Charlottesville
- May 21 Lynchburg: Liberty Mountain Conference Center
The 2016 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is planned for Thursday May 12, 2016 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton. Sheila Smith, Ph.D., Director of Early Childhood at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, is the keynoter. Sheila’s research has focused on interventions and policies that promote young children’s early learning and social-emotional growth. Workshop sessions are arranged into three separate tracks for infant, early childhood, and early elementary mental health providers. Registration is now open.
Archived Webinar: Preschool Inclusion: What’s the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like?
Through the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, the materials from the recent webinar focusing on preschool inclusion are now available. Presented by Linda Smith (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development for the ACF at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Phil Strain (Director, PELE Center; Faculty, ECTA Center; Professor, Education Psychology & Early Childhood Special Education, University of Colorado Denver), the webinar focuses on: an overview of the 40 years of research supporting early childhood inclusion; a review of myths surrounding the children, adults and systems that support inclusion; and, a review of common features across the inclusion models that have produced the most powerful outcomes.
This webinar was presented as part of a series of webinars on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs supported by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services. Access the archived webinar, Powerpoint presentation and supporting documents at http://ectacenter.org/~calls/2016/nationalinclusion.asp
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has launched a new Special Interest Group (SIG) focused on professional development. The Professional Development SIG is dedicated to engaging members while providing a forum for dialogue related to early childhood, early childhood special education, and early intervention preservice and in-service professional development. This is the place where faculty and professional development providers may collaborate to share ideas and resources. New members are welcomed. Contact the co-leaders of the Professional Development SIG, Cori Hill (email@example.com) or Harriet Able (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved.
The Virginia Association for Curriculum and Development is offering a full day workshop, Age-Appropriate Classrooms for Young Learners on April 22, 2016 at the Salem Civic Center. The program features an outstanding lineup of presenters and workshop leaders on topics including the role of play in learning, early literacy and numeracy instructional strategies, connecting with families, reducing problem behaviors, and social-emotional learning. Registration is $139 and includes lunch as well as access to follow-up webinars in August and September. Click here for the conference flyer.
Mark your calendar for the Home Visiting Consortium Conference to be held on Monday November 7, 2016 from 8:30 to 4:30 in Richmond at the Short Pump Hilton.
The SREB Early Childhood Commission convened leaders from 16 states to recommend policies to give more young children a solid start when they enter school. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear chaired the SREB Commission of legislators, heads of state school agencies and other advocates for early childhood education, which met in 2014 and 2015. Virginia was represented by Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Janet McClellan. The report, Building a Strong Foundation: State Policy for Early Childhood Education, notes that the research literature “is consistent in showing the importance of specialized training in the knowledge of child development, effective interactions and application of evidence-based curricula. Paired with high-quality on-site or video coaching and focused, ongoing administrative support, specialized training can help teachers be effective in the kinds of experiences that close learning gaps among groups of young students.” The full report is available by clicking the link above. A summary with recommendations is available here.
The VCU-ACE How To Series demonstrates evidence-based practices for students with ASD. These short videos are approximately five minutes in length and provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice with preschoolers with ASD. Topics include routines, transitioning, environmental considerations/schedules, visual supports, and teaching requesting. https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/how_to/
HighScope Trainer Course: Presenting and Facilitating Workshops
Designed for trainers, this online course shares presentation techniques, facilitation strategies, and ideas for dealing with difficult behavior from workshop participants. This course helps new trainers develop their skills and serves as a refresher for experienced trainers! Workshop includes one welcome week and three weeks of instruction (five training hours) for $225. Dates are May 2 – 31, 2016.
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:
05/11/2016: The Science of Dual Language Learning for Children Birth through Age Five: Effective Practices that Improve Outcomes
5/18/2016: A Conversation about Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: Successful Strategies from Experienced Special Educators
05/18/2016: A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How Movement Prepares the Brain to Think (and a whole lot more)
06/08/2016: The Power of Optimism: Helping Early Child Educators see the Best in Themselves, Their Students and Their World
08/24/2016: Word Wizardry: Vocabulary Enhancement in Early Childhood, Prek through Grade 1
09/21/2016: Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language
10/12/2016: Managing Phases of Teacher Growth in the Midst of Instructional Change: Learn, Practice, Share and Model
10/19/2016: “Assessment Literacy” for Early Educators: Unpacking Intentional Child Assessment
10/26/2016: “Mean” Behavior and Aggression in Early Childhood: The Origins of Bullying
11/09/2016: professional Learning Communities for Directors: A catalyst for Program Improvement
VCPD regional consortia have regional events planned. For information on an event in your area, click the link.
Central: April 29, 2016 in the Richmond area
Northern: May 19, 2016 in Manassas
Western: May 20, 2016 in Wytheville
Piedmont: June 15 in Lynchburg
2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
May 10-12, 2016 are the dates for the 2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The program includes emerging information on federal early childhood policies and initiatives; challenging behavior; bias, expulsion, and suspension; friendships; dual-language learners; individualizing and challenging all children; learning in outdoor environments; supporting children with autism in inclusive environments, and more. The Institute is hosted by the FPG Child Development Institute Professional Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Register at http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/
The 2016 HighScope International Conference is scheduled for May 9-12, 2016 in Detroit, MI. The conference brings together educators, trainers, administrators – leaders in the early childhood education field – from around the world. Filled with absorbing presentations, talks, discussions, and opportunities to make connections with colleagues, the HighScope International Conference is an event you don’t want to miss. This year’s theme “Striving for Excellence and Equity in Early Learning” is especially important considering the growing national and local emphasis on early learning and its importance as a tool for positive social change. Visit highscope.org/2016conference for details.
Infant Mental Health Institute
Save May 12, 2106 for the Virginia Infant Mental Health Institute. For additional information, go to www.ecmhva.org.
NHSA’s Annual Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. This year, the conference is planned for May 16-20, 2016 in Nashville, TN. https://www.nhsa.org/event/2016-national-head-start-conference
This years summer institute will be held on June 28-29, 2016 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Regional CoLA participants and identified autism specialists and leaders in Virginia school divisions are invited to attend. Two representatives per division will be invited initially and a waiting list for additional attendees will be established. Individuals will be contacted if space becomes available. For information, click https://vcuautismcenter.org/ta/cola/summerinstitute.cfm
ODUP is Virginia’s Go-To event 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 10th annual ODUP will focus on practical assessments, interventions and resources to positively impact outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. The conference is scheduled for June 30-July 1, 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Richmond. A Call for ODUP2016 Presentations will be sent in early January. Registration information will be available this Spring. Contact Ann Hughes at email@example.com for additional information.
NAEYC’S 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Join the instructors from Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, authors of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, for a four day geared towards teachers of preschool and kindergarten, as well as coaches, administrators, and other teacher educators. This hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways teachers can improve early math instruction. The Summer Institute will help make early math learning meaningful for young children and their teachers. The Institute is July 12-15, 2016 in Chicago, IL. http://earlymath.erikson.edu/summerinstitute/meme-2016/
The Division for Early Childhood’s 32st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families will be held in Louisville, KY on October 18-20, 2016.
NAEYC’s Annual Conference is scheduled for November 2–5, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. NAEYC’s annual conference bring together early childhood educators – teachers, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators – to explore the latest research and learn from one another. The 2016 call for proposals is now open. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, January 15th! Learn more at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/
The Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) is an organization comprised of early childhood educators, parents, policy makers and other child advocates who are concerned and actively involved in serving on behalf of the needs and rights of young children. The 2017 VAECE conference is planned for March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The theme for the conference is “Every Child, Everywhere. ” Additional information is available at http://www.vaece.org/future-events.html.
The Call for Proposals is now available for the 68th Annual Southern Early Childhood Conference: Strategies for the New South. The conference is planned for March 9-11, 2017 in Biloxi, Mississippi.