Leadership Series: Be Inspired!

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Designing Strategic Personalized Professional Learning Plans

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Recorded on Thursday, December 6, 2018; 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

Professional learning plans should not be created with a one‐size‐fits‐all approach. Each early childhood educator has different goals and learning needs. Join us to learn tips to develop strategic and systematic personalized professional learning plans for early childhood educators!

Objectives:

  • Learn Strategies to establish short and long term learning goals for early childhood educators.
  • Discover ways to design personalized professional learning plans that includes trainings, coaching, and mentoring, to help refine the teaching skills.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears, Christy John, Ph.D.

Solve 5 Common Relationship Barriers Through Effective Communication Approaches

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Recorded on Thursday, November 8, 2018; 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

Building positive relationships is an important aspect of a leader’s work. Interactions with all stakeholders – families, community members, board members, and staff – occur daily in early childhood programs. Learn easy to implement, effective communication approaches to nurture and build trusting relationships.

Objectives:

  • Understand common reasons for the existence of relationship barriers.
  • Learn effective communication approaches to nurture and build positive relationships with your stakeholders.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears, Lauren Small

Look Beyond Recruitment: Successful Retention Strategies to Reduce Staff Turnover!

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Recorded on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

Early learning programs experience high turnover, therefore, tracking and managing staff retention rate should be a best practice for early learning program leaders. Understanding turnover and being informed of the value to track retention rate, and to apply successful retention strategies to manage staff turnover benefits early learning programs. Program leaders see positive results that save time, money, and ensures stability.

 

Objectives:

  • Discover the difference between staff turnover and staff retention.
  • Establish the true cost of turnover.
  • Explore multiple successful staff retention strategies.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears, Donna Patton, MaryEllen Lyles

Early Childhood Education Workforce: Exploring the Trends and the Power to Change

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Recorded on Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

Keeping up with the efforts to advance early childhood education as a professional field of practice, during this webinar we will explore current trends in the early childhood education workforce. Participants will be apprised of a national initiative - Power to the Profession - and how the initiative is gaining momentum to change societal perception of early childhood educators.  

 

Objectives:  

  • Update on the Power to the Profession Initiative.
  • Explore trends impacting the early childhood education workforce.
  • Discover ways to advocate for Early Childhood Educators.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears, Navine Fortune

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Physical Development and Movement Experiences Series

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Creating Engaging Play and Natural Environments for the Early Years - Birth through 5

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Recorded on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis: 

Children benefit greatly from outdoor classrooms that are full of natural experiences. Come outside with us as we share practical ideas for developing engaging outdoor learning environments. And, discover ways to facilitate natural experiences year-round by bringing the outdoors into your classroom.

 

Objectives: 

  • Understand the importance of outside play for developing the whole child.
  • Discover the difference between outside play and natural environments.
  • Explore strategies to add natural aspects into the outside and inside play areas.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears

Movement & Children with Special Needs

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Recorded on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis: 

Physical movement is crucial for all children, but it can be especially beneficial for children with special needs. Does your early childhood program proactively encourage participation by children of all abilities? Learn specific adaptations to provide a supportive environment for children of all abilities to participate in physical movement. Take away strategies include a five-step plan for inclusion to promote physical activity for children with special needs.

 

Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of providing movement experiences that are inclusive for all children.
  • Learn specific adaptations and strategies to include children with special needs in movement activities.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears, Gauri Shirali-Deo

Inside, Outside, Upside-Down: Connecting Movement to Teaching & Learning

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Recorded on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

Let's Move! is a trending topic in education. One of the outcomes of this initiative is to educate early childhood educators on the essentials of planning movement experiences for children. The focus of this webinar is to examine the connection between 21st Century Learning Skills to movement activities during lesson planning. 

Objectives: 

  • Explore strategies to increase the connection of physical activity to 21st Century Skills.
  • Understand ways to continuously support the development of children through planning.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears

Facilitating Movement to Promote Motor Development

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Recorded on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

When children are asked to move (i.e., walk, run, sidestep, slide, jump, roll, hop, etc.) we challenge them to develop motor skills, help facilitate movement, and teach new vocabulary. During this webinar we will take a closer look at basic movement and the motion of body parts as we explore early learning activities that support physical development.  

Objectives: 

  • Understand the three different patterns of physical development during the first five years of a child’s life.
  • Discover strategies to facilitate movement and enhance vocabulary as you move with children.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears

Early Brain and Motor Development through Movement

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Recorded on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis:

You may be aware that movement is significant for each child’s physical health, but have you ever considered the connection between motor development and healthy brain development? During this webinar we will explore the critical benefits of movement activities, analyze recommended guidelines, and provide examples of how to implement physical health policies in early childhood programs.  

Objectives: 

  • Examine the connection between brain development and movement activities for young children.
  • Consider young children’s perception about movement.
  • Explore developmentally appropriate guidelines for movement activities.
  • Understand the progression of movement activities.

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Presenter(s): Toni Cacace-Beshears

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Family Engagement Series

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Super Moms and Super Dads! Recognizing the Extraordinary Needs of Single Parents and Engaging Them in Early Childhood Programs

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Recorded on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Parenting in today’s families’ looks different than it did a generation ago. Today, there are nearly 13.6 million single parents raising over 21 million children in the United States. In fact, many Early Childhood Programs serve more children from single parent households than that of traditional households. Join us to discover ways to offer support and to engage single moms and single dads in Early Childhood Programs.

 

Objectives: 

  • Identify the four most common reasons that people become single parents.
  • Learn some strategies to support single parents. 

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs

Creating a Supportive Environment for Children with Incarcerated Parents and their Families

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Recorded on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Throughout the United States children are growing up without the support of their incarcerated parent(s). When these children attend early childhood programs, educators need to consider and support their emotional needs. In addition programs need to obtain and provide resources to guide their families.  During this Webinar we will discuss how incarceration affects child development and discover ways to support children, their guardians, and in some cases their incarcerated parents.  

 

Objectives:

  • Examine statistical information and research relating to the effects of incarcerated parents on childhood.
  • Understand the effects of incarceration on school preformance.
  • Discover tools and strategies for supporting the social and emotional needs of children with an incarcerated parent.

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs

Supporting and Engaging Teen Parents in Early Childhood Settings

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Recorded on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Many Early Childhood Programs in the United States serve children of teenage parents.  In order to meet the needs of these children, early childhood programs must consciously provide support to their young parents.  During this Webinar we will look at the challenges facing teen parents and discover strategies to guide effective teen parenting.  

 

Objectives:

  • Learn ways to engage teen parents in daily communication and goal setting. 
  • Consider ways to support teen parents in your early childhood program.
  • Discover strategies to guide teen parenting. 

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Pat Carter

Serving the Unique Needs of Diverse Families in Early Childhood Programs

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Recorded on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Early childhood programs serve children that come from a variety of family structures including: families made up of grandparents with guardianship, foster parents, military members, and LGBT families.  Understanding the dynamics of different family structures and their unique needs can help early childhood educators create an environment that is welcoming, fosters learning, and supports all children and their families. During this webinar, we will examine strategies to embrace the different family structures served by early childhood programs. 

 

 

Objectives:

  • Understand the unique circumstances of families and implement strategies to engage diverse families. 
  • Learn strategies to support the distinctive needs of the diverse populations in your early childhood program. 

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Kamna Seth, Suad Hooper, Sue Jurjevic

How Do I Connect With My Families?: Remembering and Celebrating Diversity

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Recorded on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2-3 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Are you prepared to engage families from diverse communities? Do you know how to create an inviting environment for all children and their families in your program so everyone will benefit? Join us to learn strategies to make all your families feel welcome and respected.

 

Objectives

  • Discuss suggestions for engaging diverse families
  • Learn strategies to embrace opportunities to share diverse customs
  • Discover ways to celebrate diversity in your center as an integral part of your early childhood program

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Nelly Martinez

Learning Extensions: Collaborating with Community Partners and Families to Enhance Your After-School Program

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Recorded on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

Although school-aged programs in many Early Childhood Centers have the highest enrollment and generate the most revenue, many educators feel overwhelmed when planning, observing, assessing, and reporting on the needs of the children in their school-aged classroom. Learn how early childhood educators can work with community partners to create school-aged programs that are extensions of the school day and provide enrichment opportunities on non-school days.

Objectives 

  • Discuss ideas for after-school program teachers to collaborate with community partners to develop engaging enrichment opportunities
  • Learn strategies that support the use of the teaching cycle in the school-aged classroom
  • Discover free and low-cost enrichment ideas for after-school classrooms

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs

Hand-in-Hand: Collaborating with Families of Children with Special Needs

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Recorded on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

Many early childhood educators feel unprepared to work with families of children with special needs. Discover the tools you need to support these families as they navigate the early intervention system. Learn to develop a partnership with families to enhance the development of their child.   

Objectives

  • Discuss strategies to help families adjust to a diagnosis
  • Learn ideas to support families during early intervention services
  • Discover techniques for handling difficult conversations with families related to their child's development and progress

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Presenter(s): Gauri Shirali-Deo, Kamna Seth

Fatherhood 201: Collaborating with Your Community to Support Fatherhood Engagement Activities

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Recorded on Tuesday, January 24, 2017-2-3 ET

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Synopsis

By popular demand, the Source For Learning offers more on the topic of Fatherhood Engagement. If you enjoyed our previous Webinar on Engaging and Empowering Fathers, you won’t want to miss this!

The success of Fatherhood Programs in early childhood settings depends on the support of the local community. Learn how your early childhood program can impact the success of Fatherhood Programs by engaging other programs, businesses, and political leaders in the process.

 

Objectives

  • Discuss guidelines for engaging community partners and local businesses to support fatherhood programs
  • Learn Strategies for approaching local representatives to seek their support for fatherhood engagement opportunities
  • Share ideas that encourage community support and collaboration of fatherhood engagement activities

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Daryl Carter

Engaging Families of School Age Children

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Recorded on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

By providing families with a window into their child's classroom and encouraging active participation in their child's education, teachers can improve outcomes for children and the quality of their school community.

Our sessions offers strategies to engage families of children from Kindergarten through thrid grade.  

Objectives

  • Explore ways to encourage family enagement
  • Learn to use tech tools to facilitate communication with families
  • Discuss ways to streamline processes for keeping families informed

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Presenter(s): A. Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., Gauri Shirali-Deo

Engaging and Empowering Fathers 101

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Recorded on June 15, 2016

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Synopsis

While there is a consensus that fathers should be engaged in early childhood education, early childhood programs typically run into challenges when trying to engage dads.

Objectives

• Strategies to engage fathers, model parental skills, and offer tips on sharing information on child development 
• Ideas to increase attendance by fathers at trainings, support groups, and family engagement activities. 
• What the data tell us about the importance of engaging fathers.

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Daryl Carter

Building the Foundation for Engaging Families-Relationships with Infant and Toddler Families

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Recorded on March 26, 2016

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Synopsis

Building a foundation of trust and communication is key while working with families who have infants and toddlers. This session will offer strategies for building strong family relationships right from the start and approaches for sharing resources to educate infant/toddler families on typical child development. 

Objectives

• The importance of educating families; offering support with child development and social-emotional information. 
• Strategies to communicate with families of infants and toddlers, including providing them parental resources

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Presenter(s): Bev Schumacher, Carrie Scruggs, Kamna Seth

Reaching the Engagement Level-Working with Families of Young Children

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Recorded on October 28, 2015

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Synopsis

Engaging families in meaningful ways is an important component of any early childhood program. Listening to families –and investing time in them to provide guidance and opportunities to lead –can create conditions that facilitate engagement. This makes it imperative that programs review and improve their family engagement strategies.

Objectives

• Discuss the importance of on-going communication to serve and engage families effectively

• Learn strategies to implement formal and informal methods to communicate with families

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Presenter(s): Bev Schumacher, Kamna Seth

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Leadership Series – Be Inspired!

Recorded on Fall 2018

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  • Effective leadership practices.
  • Strategies for the complex nature of leading an early learning program. 
  • New approaches to support other ECE peers!

Available NOW-24/7!  Discover strategies and acquire new information by accessing our archived webinars.  

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Meeting the English Language Needs of Early Childhood Educators and Families

Recorded on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7-8:30 PM EST

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Synopsis:

Throughout the United States an increasing number of nonnative early childhood educators care for young children. Cultural and linguistic diversity form a substantial part of the American heritage and should be embraced in early childhood programs for the benefit of children. This presentation will help you consider the necessary language skills and strategies needed to enable nonnative speakers of English to be successful. We will look at where to start and how to build English language skills through continuous and sustained instruction.

Objectives:

  • Identify practical skills needed by nonnative speaking early childhood educators and families to listen, speak, read, and write in English on the topics of early childhood care, education, and child development.
  • Explore various strategies to promote English language proficiency among nonnative speaking early childhood educators and families.
  • Discover established curriculum and materials specifically designed for increasing the English language proficiency among nonnative speaking early childhood educators.

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Presenter(s): Julaine Rosner, Marsha Chan

Power IS in the Numbers - Using Child Assessment Data to Drive Decisions Regarding Enhancing Program Quality and Ensuring Positive Early Learning Outcomes

Recorded on March 18, 2016

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Synopsis

More and more programs are now required to shift to a more “data-driven” decision making culture. In other words, programs are expected to use data in even more meaningful ways to plan and make decisions. 

Objectives

  • Discuss recent trends on data driven decision-making 
  • Discover the importance of data
  • Explore strategies for collecting data on children you serve

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Presenter(s): A. Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., Kamna Seth