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SFL Announces Spring 2020 Professional Learning Schedule

K12 Educators Earn PD Credits Online

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program launches its Spring 2020 education technology professional development (edtech PD) workshop series, OK2Ask®, on Tuesday, March 31st. Learn about trending topics while honing your technology skills. This spring’s schedule features nine (9) live, highly participatory, and virtual professional learning webinars. Participate alongside SFL’s edtech coaches as you earn PD credit online.

Other SFL professional learning opportunities also available include:

For More Information:

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OK2Ask


Free, Live Professional Learning Webinars for Early Childhood Educators

Spring 2020 Schedule Announced

The Source for Learning (SFL) recently announced its Spring 2020 Professional Learning Webinar Series for early childhood educators.

The four-session series starts on Tuesday, March 17th and concludes on Thursday, June 4th. A detailed synopsis and objectives of each webinar are available online. Archives of past sessions are also available.

“Our complimentary, live and on-demand, webinars deliver high-quality, trending content to busy ECE professionals, directly on their devices,” said Kamna Seth, Senior Director, Early Childhood Education Initiatives, at SFL. “Attendees earn Certificates of Attendance for attending live sessions, giving ECE educators the opportunity to pursue their own personal professional learning goals while saving time and money.”

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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SFL’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Team Traverses State to Support Virginia’s Early Childhood Education Community

Connect with Us at VAAEYC Conference in Richmond

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Division will welcome more than 1,000 Early Childhood Educators from throughout Virginia at the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children’s (VAAEYC) Annual Conference, March 5-7, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. SFL is a proud sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at this year’s three-day conference.

Other upcoming Virginia professional development events being sponsored by SFL’s Early Childhood Education Division include:

  • Leap into Quality conference at the Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia (February 29)
  • Smart Beginnings for Tomorrow’s Workforce breakfast event at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. (March 23)
  • Virginia Cross Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) Northern Region Summit at George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus in Manassas, Virginia (April 30)

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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Connect with Us at Upcoming Edtech Conferences

SFL’s K12 Team Kicks Off 2020 Schedule

The Source for Learning’s K12 team will be presenting at numerous education technology conferences throughout winter 2020 to include:

  • Future of Education Technology (FETC) – January 14-17, 2020 in Miami, Florida
  • Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) – February 3-7, 2020 in Austin, Texas
  • Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) – February 23-26, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TCEA and PETE&C are two state affiliate organizations of the International Society for Technology in Education.

For More Information:

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TeachersFirst

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SFL Announces Winter 2020 Professional Learning Schedule

Edtech PD, Twitter Chats, Book Study, Blog, and More!

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program kicks off its Winter 2020 education technology professional development (edtech PD) workshop series, OK2Ask®, on Tuesday, January 21st. Learn about trending topics while honing your technology skills. The three-month schedule features six (6) live, highly participatory, virtual professional learning webinars. Participate alongside SFL’s edtech coaches as you earn PD credit online.

“I like that I was given time to practice with resources and activities provided. If I had not experimented with them, I may not have gone back to use them. But now I am interested and have an activity that I can share with the teachers I support.”
– Fall 2019 Attendee

Other SFL professional learning opportunities currently underway include:

For More Information:

The Source for Learning

OK2Ask


SFL’s Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential

Spring 2020 Semester Begins January 13, 2020

Enrollment is currently underway for The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential’s (VA-ECAP) spring 2020 semester.

Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), VA-ECAP is a joint offering with the Northern Virginia Community College’s NOVA Workforce. It is also the state’s first and only administrator credentialing program for early childhood professionals.

Enrolling in VA-ECAP enables students to:

  • Meet NAEYC Accreditation Operational Administrator Qualifications Requirement
  • Comply with the state of Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals
  • Satisfy Virginia Child Care Center Licensing Management Training Requirement

Students who complete the program earn:

Registration is open through January 6, 2020; learn more here.

For More Information:

VA-ECAP Overview

Important Dates & Deadlines

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SFL Exhibits at Annual Technology in Education Conference

VSTE Members Convene in Roanoke, Virginia

The Source for Learning (SFL) is exhibiting at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education’s (VSTE) 2019 annual conference, December 8-10, 2019, at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. SFL, a member of VSTE’s Corporate Council, will be exhibiting and presenting at the three-day education technology conference.

In partnership with VSTE, SFL’s K12 Division will also facilitate a no/low-cost makerspace in-a-box session that doubles as an equity solution for teachers facing implementation challenges back in their classrooms. Using everyday items, teachers will actively participate and learn how to create engaging – and successful – makerspace activities. “Given that SFL’s mission is to serve un/underserved educators, students, and schools, it’s a great opportunity for us to reach – and serve - local communities throughout our home state of Virginia,” said Dr. Ruth Okoye, K-12 Director.

For More Information:

TeachersFirst

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SFL Set to Exhibit at Annual Early Childhood Education Conference

Thousands of Educators from Across the Globe Converge on Nashville

The Source for Learning (SFL) is exhibiting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) 2019 Annual NAEYC Conference being held at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, on November 20-23, 2019. 

The NAEYC Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, drawing thousands of teachers, program administrators, students, and researchers.

Visit SFL’s Early Childhood Education team at Booth #1317.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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SFL’s Early Childhood Education Division Participates in TXAEYC Conference


The Source for Learning’s Early Childhood Education Division will present and exhibit at the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children’s (TXAEYC) Annual Conference on September 26-28, 2019 at the Frisco Convention Center and Embassy Suites-Dallas/Frisco in Frisco, Texas.  

The conference draws more than a thousand early childhood education teachers, program directors/owners, higher education faculty, students, trainers, and advocates from across the state.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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Free, Live Professional Learning Webinars for Early Childhood Educators

Fall 2019 Schedule Announced

The Source for Learning (SFL) is proud to announce its Fall 2019 Professional Learning Webinar Series for early childhood educators. 

The four-session series kicks off on Thursday, September 19th and concludes on Tuesday, December 10th. A detailed synopsis and objectives of each webinar are available online. Archives of past sessions are also available.

Recent participants’ experiences include: 

“Thank you so much for this webinar; I was very impressed with the speakers.
I learned so much information that I will use in my program.”
—Teacher from Kansas
“Loved the resources. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!”
—Trainer/Consultant from Texas

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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SFL Launches Fall K-12 Professional Learning Opportunities

Free Edtech PD Workshops & Twitter Chats

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program announced its complimentary Fall 2019 professional learning workshop series, OK2Ask. The nine-session lineup commences on Tuesday, September 24th with Digital Storytelling 101.  Learn about trending topics while enhancing your edtech expertise. This three-month schedule features highly participatory, virtual professional learning workshops. Participate alongside SFL’s edtech coaches as you earn PD credit online. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings through November 26, 2019 on a first-come, first-served basis.

SFL’s TeachersFirst division also hosts bi-monthly Twitter Chats @SFLOK2Ask using #OK2Ask. These “pajama-compatible” professional learning events provide an opportunity to meet fellow educators with similar interests while honing your edtech skills.  Log on today to view the fall lineup

 

For More Information:

Learn More About OK2Ask

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SFL Announces New Addition to its ECE Team

Former Head Start Director Joins SFL’s Early Childhood Education Division

The Source for Learning is pleased to announce and welcome Shereen Ali as Education Specialist for SFL’s Early Childhood Education Initiatives division (ECEI). In this role, Shereen is responsible for a variety of activities to include ECEI’s professional learning webinar service offerings and portal development.

“Shereen comes to SFL with more than 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She has expertise in mentoring and training early childhood educators as well working with children and families, particularly in low-income and un/underserved communities. We are excited to have her join our team,” said Kamna Seth, Senior Director of ECEI.  

Shereen holds a Master’s Degree in Infant Toddlers Special Education from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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The Source for Learning Supports Virginia’s Early Childhood Professionals

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP)

Registration Now Open for Fall 2019 Session

The Source for Learning (SFL), in a joint offering with the Northern Virginia Community College’s NOVA Workforce, continues to offer the state’s first and only administrator credentialing program for early childhood professionals - the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP).

This online credentialing program helps an administrator meet Virginia’s child care licensing management training requirements; the credential is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“The Financial Management and Budgeting topic in the Management course helped me look at things differently to know where we spend our money.” --CH 

“The Leadership course helped me understand how supervision and staff evaluations were closely linked in my program.” --UN 

Registration is open through August 26th; the fall semester begins on September 3, 2019.

 

For More Information:

VA-ECAP Overview

Scholarship Resources

Apply

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SFL Staff Presented President’s Volunteer Service Award

ISTE 2019 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program staff, Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., K12 Director, Melissa Henning, M.Ed., Educational Content Manager, and Karen Streeter, SFL Contributor, were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference held on June 23-26, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the President's Volunteer Service Award celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world.

The SFL staff members were recognized as a result of their dedication and volunteer efforts over the past year to include their active participation as edtech coaches within ISTE’s professional learning network.

For More Information:

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SFL Announces Summer Professional Learning Schedule

Book Study, Edtech PD, Twitter Chats and More!

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program released its 2019 Summer Edtech professional development offering featuring OK2Ask, a series of free, live, online workshops in support of enhancing technology integration and student engagement in the classroom. This virtual summer series, delivered by experienced educators and edtech coaches, provides quality hands-on discovery and practice. All OK2Ask sessions are correlated with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Standards for Educators. Certificates of completion are available. The first session is July 10, 2019; sign up today.

SFL’s K-12 staff also hosts a Book Study and bi-weekly Twitter Chats as part of its summer edtech professional learning offerings.

For More Information:

2019 Summer Edtech

OK2Ask

TeachersFirst

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SFL Presents at Leading Edtech Conference

ISTE 2019 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

The Source for Learning’s K12 program will present nine (9) sessions at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2019 Conference & Expo, being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 23-26, 2019.

As an annual partner of ISTE’s Edtech Coaches Professional Learning Network (PLN), SFL’s K12 team is hosting this year’s Edtech Coaches Playground, a highly participatory and collaborative demonstration experience for conference attendees.

For More Information:

The Source for Learning


SFL’s Director of K12 Initiatives Named to ISTE Board of Directors

International Society for Technology in Education Seats New Board

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K12 Director, Dr. Ruth Okoye, has been elected to the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Board of Directors; she will serve a 3-year term as a member-at-large.

Dr. Okoye has over 20 years of experience using technology in the classroom and served as the Technology Resource Teacher for Elementary Language Arts in Portsmouth, Virginia. She holds several teaching endorsements, including Computer Science, Reading Specialist, and PreK-12 Administration and Supervision. Dr. Okoye is a member of the leadership team for the ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN, and she promotes classroom technology integration as a presenter at local, state, and national conferences.

ISTE is a nonprofit organization comprised of a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve tough problems in education.

For More Information:

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SFL Supports Early Childhood Education Professional Development Opportunities

Connect with Us at These Upcoming Events

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Initiatives division (ECEI) is participating in two upcoming early childhood education conferences.

SFL is sponsoring the 2019 Virginia Cross Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) Regional Summit on May 15, 2019, being held at George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus in Manassas, Virginia.

In June, SFL’s ECEI division will exhibit at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute (NAEYC PLI) in Long Beach, California, June 2-4, 2019.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

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SFL Announces K-12 Professional Learning Opportunities

Spring 2019 Lineup

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program launches its Spring 2019 professional learning workshop series, OK2Ask®, on Tuesday, April 2nd. Enhance your edtech expertise while learning about trending topics.

This three-month schedule features nine (9) live, highly participatory, virtual professional learning webinars; the offering is further complemented by bi-monthly Twitter Chats, #OK2Ask, and SFL’s TeachersFirst Blog, Infusing Technology.

OK2Ask sessions are held Tuesday evenings through June 4th on a first-come, first-served basis. Participate in OK2Ask alongside SFL’s edtech coaches as you earn PD credit online.

For More Information:

OK2Ask

TeachersFirst

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SFL’s Early Childhood Education Division Kicks Off Spring 2019 Conference Season


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education division will be attending and presenting at several of the country’s leading early childhood education events this spring:

  • Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 28 – March 2, 2019.
  • Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC) Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia, March 14-15, 2019.
  • Join us at Booth #12 for an info session about our Administrator Professional Credential, and meet our instructor. A joint offering between The Source for Learning and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP) is a one-of-a-kind credential, NAEYC recognized, and the first to be offered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • George Mason University Child Development Center’s 2019 Professional Development Day will be held at the George Mason University Campus in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

Administrator Credential [A joint offering with Northern Virginia Community College]

Professional Learning Webinars

The Source for Learning


Connect with Us at Upcoming EdTech Conferences

SFL’s K12 Team Kicks Off 2019 Schedule

The Source for Learning’s K12 team will be presenting, exhibiting and sponsoring at various upcoming education technology conferences to include the Future of Education Technology (FETC) in Orlando, Florida, January 27-30, 2019 and the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey, Pennsylvania, February 10-13, 2019.

Swing by and see us at FETC, Booth #2437.

For More Information:

The Source for Learning

TeachersFirst

OK2Ask

MySciLife


SFL Announces New K-12 Professional Learning Opportunities

Winter 2019 OK2Ask® Lineup

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program kicks off its Winter 2019 professional learning workshop series, OK2Ask, on Tuesday, January 15th. Learn about trending topics while enhancing your edtech expertise. The three-month schedule features six (6) live, highly participatory, virtual professional learning webinars. Participate alongside SFL’s edtech coaches as you earn PD credit online. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings through March 12th on a first-come, first-served basis.

For More Information:

Learn More About OK2Ask

Learn More about SFL


Virginia Educators Surf the Digital Wave in Virginia Beach

SFL Participates in Annual Technology in Education Conference

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 Division will present and exhibit at the Virginia Society of Technology in Education (VSTE) annual conference, December 2-4, 2018 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This year’s conference features three days of presentations, hands-on sessions, hundreds of exhibitors and countless networking opportunities for 1,000+ attendees. SFL is also a VSTE Corporate Partner.

For More Information:

TeachersFirst

OK2Ask

MySciLife

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Virginia Science Educators Explore Innovative Social Learning Platform Designed to Generate Student Interest in Science

SFL’s K12 Team Exhibits at VAST Conference in Williamsburg

The Source for Learning (SFL) will present MySciLife® while exhibiting at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers PDI (VAST), in Williamsburg, Virginia, November 15-17, 2018. The conference is expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees from across the Commonwealth.

MySciLife is a safe, social learning platform where students LIVE science through the creation of identities and LEARN science through research, collaboration, and technology use. Through teacher guided exchanges and prompts, students personify science concepts maintaining their identities through meaningful interactions with fellow students. Additional attributes include:

  • Safe (COPPA Compliant) social learning platform
  • Resource library is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Reinforces any curriculum

As featured in the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) Science Scope magazine, this unique resource was created for teachers, by teachers.

Hear a first-hand classroom account about MySciLife

MySciLife is brought to you by The Source for Learning – a nonprofit organization that has been providing educational resources for almost 40 years.

For More Information:

MySciLife

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Thousands of ECE Professionals Converge on Washington, DC

SFL’s Early Childhood Education Division Exhibits at NAEYC Annual Conference

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education team will be exhibiting at the
National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) 2018 Annual NAEYC
Conference
being held in Washington, DC, November 14-17, 2018.

The NAEYC Annual Conference is one of the largest early childhood education conferences in
the world, bringing together thousands of teachers, program administrators, students, and
researchers to attend – and experience - 600+ innovative sessions and hundreds of exhibits.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Division

Administrator Credential [A joint offering with Northern Virginia Community College]

Professional Learning Webinars

The Source for Learning


SFL’s Thought Leaders Are on the Speaker Circuit This Fall

Presenting at National Early Childhood & K-12 Education Conferences

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education (ECE) and K-12 programs are presenting at various education conferences throughout this fall.

ECE is presenting at the Association for the Education of Young Children’s (TX AEYC), the Texas affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) annual conference, being held in Galveston, Texas, October 11-13, 2018 and at Raising the Bar, a conference being hosted by the Southeastern Chapter of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education’s (VaAEYC) & Children’s Harbor, in Norfolk, Virginia, October 20, 2018.

SFL’s ECE team will also be exhibiting at NAEYC’s 2018 Annual Conference being held in Washington, D.C., November 14-17, 2018.

SFL’s K-12 program is presenting at the Virginia Society of Technology in Education’s (VSTE) LeadingED Forum 2018 in Culpepper, Virginia, October 8-9, 2018. SFL will also present and exhibit at VSTE’s annual conference, December 2-4, 2018, in Virginia Beach.

For More Information:

The Source for Learning

SFL Early Childhood Education Initiatives

TeachersFirst

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SFL Announces Virtual Learning Opportunities

K-12 OK2Ask® Professional Learning Series

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program kicks off its Fall 2018 professional learning
workshop series, OK2Ask, on Tuesday, September 18 th . The three-month schedule features
nine (9) free hands-on webinars, including four (4) new trending topics. Participate with SFL’s
edtech coaches as you earn professional development hours and extend your edtech
expertise. Weekly sessions are held on Tuesday evenings through November 20, 2018 on a first-
come, first-served basis.

For more information:

Learn More About OK2Ask

Learn More about SFL


SFL K12 Staff Honored with The President's Volunteer Service Award


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program staff, Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., K12 Director and Melissa Henning, M.Ed., Educational Content Manager, were presented with The President’s Volunteer Service Award at the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) recent annual meeting, held in Chicago.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. Through a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the President's Volunteer Service Award celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world.

Both Dr. Okoye and Ms. Henning were recognized at ISTE, the award’s certifying organization, as a result of their dedication and volunteer efforts over the past year to include their active participation as Edtech Coaches within ISTE’s professional learning network.

For More Information:

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The Source for Learning Continues to Support Early Childhood Professionals in its Home State of Virginia

Registration Now Open for Fall 2018 Session - Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP)

The Source for Learning (SFL), in a joint offering with the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), continues to offer the state’s first and only administrator credentialing program for early childhood professionals - the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP).

The online credentialing program complies with Virginia’s child care licensing management training requirements and is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Registration is open through August 25th; classes begin the week of September 4, 2018.

For More Information:

VA-ECAP Overview

Scholarship Resources

Apply

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SFL Announces Summer EdTech Schedule, Featuring OK2Ask® Workshops


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program recently announced its 2018 Sweet Summer EdTech offerings featuring OK2Ask, a series of free, live, online professional learning workshops in support of enhancing technology integration and student engagement in the classroom. This virtual summer series, delivered by experienced educators and EdTech coaches, provides quality hands-on discovery and practice. All OK2Ask sessions are correlated with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Standards for Educators.

SFL’s K-12 staff is also integrating a Book Study and bi-weekly Twitter Chats as part of its Sweet Summer EdTech offerings.

For More Information:
2018 Sweet Summer EdTech
OK2Ask
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SFL’s Thought Leaders Are on the Speaker Circuit This Summer

Presenting at National Early Childhood & K-12 Education Conferences

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education and K-12 programs are presenting at various education conferences this summer.

SFL’s ECE program is presenting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s
(NAEYC) 2018 Professional Learning Institute
in Austin, Texas, June 10-13, 2018. SFL is also a proud
silver sponsor of the conference.

SFL’s K12 program is presenting at the Virginia Society of Technology in Education’s (VSTE),
LearnerPalooza 2018
, a regional VSTE conference, in Middletown, Virginia, June 19, 2018. SFL is a VSTE Corporate Council member.

SFL’s K12 program is also presenting eight sessions at the International Society for Technology in
Education (ISTE) 2018 Conference & Expo
in Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27, 2018.

As an annual partner of ISTE’s EdTech Coaches Professional Learning Network (PLN), SFL’s K12 team is hosting this year’s EdTech Coaches Playground, a highly participatory and collaborative demonstration experience for conference attendees.

For More Information:

The Source for Learning

SFL Early Childhood Education Program

TeachersFirst

OK2Ask


SFL’s Early Childhood Education Program Presents at National Education Leaders Conference


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Initiatives program (ECEI) is presenting at the Association for Early Learning Leaders’ (AELL) 34th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 26, 2018.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Program

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SFL Announces Spring 2018 K-12 Professional Learning OK2Ask® Workshops


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K-12 program recently announced its spring professional learning workshop schedule - OK2Ask - a series of live, online workshops for teacher professional learning. Topics include augmented reality, digital storytelling, and strategies for implementing free tech tools to engage and inspire students. Weekly sessions are led by professional educators, researchers, and thought leaders in the field on Tuesday evenings through June 5th on a first-come, first-served basis.

For More Information:

Learn More About OK2Ask

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SFL Supports Virginia’s Early Childhood Education Community

Sponsors & Presents at Northern Virginia Education Conferences

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Initiatives program (ECEI) will participate at two Northern Virginia Pre-K education conferences this spring.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, ECEI will present two sessions at the George Mason University Child Development Center’s Discover Innovations in Early Childhood Education Professional Development Day.

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, SFL will support Virginia Commonwealth early childhood professionals as a sponsor of the Northern Region Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team’s (VCPD) Annual Summit.

For More Information:

SFL Early Childhood Education Program

The Source for Learning


SFL’s K12 Leadership Team Presents at VSTE’s Brainstorm Conference 2018

Engage, Create & Inspire

Hundreds of Virginia K12 educators will convene at James Madison University (JMU) on Friday, April 13, 2018 for the Seventh Annual Brainstorm Conference co-organized and presented by JMU’s Educational Technology Master of Education Degree Program, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium (SVTC), and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE).

As a proud VSTE Corporate Partner, The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL) will present and host a corporate partner display at the one-day professional learning conference being held at JMU’s Memorial Hall in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 8:30AM-3:00PM.

SFL’s Dr. Ruth Okoye, Director of K12 Initiatives, will present Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR & TeachersFirst at 1:10-2:00PM.

TeachersFirst is a product of The Source for Learning, a nonprofit organization providing high-quality education resources for more than 35 years.

For more information about SFL’s K12 Services visit:

TeachersFirst

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MySciLife


Science Educators Explore Innovative Social Learning Platform Designed to Generate Student Engagement

SFL’s K12 Team Exhibits at NSTA National Conference in Atlanta

The Source for Learning (SFL) will demonstrate MySciLife, a free, COPPA certified, social learning environment for middle-level science teachers and their students while exhibiting at the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) National Conference, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-18, 2018.  NSTA brings together more than 10,000 K-12 science educators, annually, to experience, first-hand, innovative technologies and cutting-edge education solutions. Attendees can engage with a MySciLife super-user/teacher to learn about social learning strategies and best practices as well as take a tour of the platform.

MySciLife, profiled in the January 2018 issue of NSTA’s Science Scope magazine, fosters critical thinking, collaborative work, effective communication, and creative expression among student participants. Each student takes on a “science identity” to live and learn science. Student participants interact with one another through social learning posts while their teachers post online prompts to stimulate and guide the exchanges. MySciLife adapts to any curriculum and includes a resource library aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read and hear what teachers are saying.

MySciLife is a product of The Source for Learning, a nonprofit organization providing high-quality education resources for more than 35 years.

For more information, please visit:

MySciLife

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SFL's Director of K12 Initiatives Invited to Attend Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) in Singapore

More Than 8,000 Innovative Educators to be Recognized at Three-Day Event

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Director of K-12 Initiatives, Dr. A. Ruth Okoye, will be one of five Microsoft Education Leaders joining the U.S. delegation (also comprised of 13 Microsoft Innovative Educators) in attending the Microsoft Education Exchange (E2), March 13-15, 2018, in Singapore. E2 is designed to both recognize and celebrate the achievements of educators from around the world who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success in the 21st Century.

SFL has been a Microsoft in Education Global Partner since 2016; Singapore was selected as the host country for this year’s E2 event as it is oftentimes ranked first in Math and Science and has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

Dr. Okoye is an experienced educator, technology integrator, and researcher who has taught and led professional learning efforts in both K-12 and university environments. Her areas of expertise include technology integration and mentoring edtech coaches in K-12 settings. She holds an Ed.D. of educational leadership from Regent University.

For more information, please visit:

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Hundreds of Virginia Early Childhood Educators Expected at Three Day Event

SFL's Early Childhood Education Team Presents at VAAEYC Annual Conference

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Team will present at the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC) Annual Conference on March 8-10, 2018 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

SFL’s ECE leadership team will present the following sessions at the conference:

High Quality for All Children: NAEYC Accreditation Info Session
Co-Presenter: Kamna Seth, Director, Early Childhood Education Initiatives, SFL
Co-Presenter: Reece Wilson, Professional Development Circle Lead, VAAEYC and Assistant Professor, James Madison University (JMU)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Scope, Signs, and Strategies to Scaffold Participation
Presenter: Gauri Shirali-Deo, Senior Manager, Early Childhood Education Initiatives, SFL

Visit us at Booth #21 to learn more about our free ECE monthly, one-hour professional learning webinars; the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP); and PreschoolFirst.

SFL is a proud to sponsor VAAEYC’s Friday Reception & Banquet featuring James McCubbin aka the Mer-Man who will deliver his YAM Show (You Are Magic!).

SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP)

PreschoolFirst
 


SFL’s K12 Leadership Team Presents at Pennsylvania EdTech Conference


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K12 Initiatives team will present at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) February 11-14, 2018 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  PETE&C is the Pennsylvania affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

SFL’s K12 TeachersFirst team will make numerous presentations throughout the four-day conference:

Fighting Fake News: Teaching Media Literacy in a World of Misinformation
Sunday, February 11, 2018; 1:00PM-4:00PM / Hershey Lodge, Cocoa 3
Co-Presenter: Dr. Ruth Okoye, Director, K12 Initiatives, SFL
Co-Presenter: Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, SFL
Co-Presenter: Jessi Hollis McCarthy, Outreach Educator, NewseumED

Pump It Up! Infuse Writing in Science
Monday, February 12; 2:00PM-4:00PM / Hershey Lodge, Confection Hall Lobby, Poster Table 4
Presenter: Louise Maine, TeachersFirst Contributor, SFL

This Is How We Do It - Makerspace!
Monday, February 12; 2:45PM-3:45PM / Hotel Hershey, Starlight West
Presenter: Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, SFL

Nifty Fifty: We've Got DATs!
Tuesday, February 13; 10:45AM-11:45AM / Hershey Lodge, Trinidad
Presenter: Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, SFL  

Let’s Get Digital: Problem Solving That Is!
Tuesday, February 13; 10:45AM-11:45AM / Hershey Lodge, Empire B
Presenter: Louise Maine, TeachersFirst Contributor, SFL

Differentiation for Special Needs Students
Tuesday, February 13; 3:45PM-4:45PM / Hotel Hershey, Starlight East
Presenter: Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, SFL

Lifeguarding the Shallow End of Technology
Wednesday, February 14; 8:00AM-9:00AM / Hershey Lodge, Magnolia C/D
Presenter: Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, SFL

You Want Me to Do What? Trends and Standards
Wednesday, February 14; 9:15PM-10:15AM / Hershey Lodge Room, Crystal A
Presenter: Louise Maine, TeachersFirst Contributor, SFL

For more information about SFL’s K12 Services visit:

TeachersFirst

OK2Ask

MySciLife


The Source for Learning and NewseumED Partner to Deliver Professional Learning Opportunities to Pennsylvania Educators


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K12 team, in partnership with NewseumED, is co-presenting “Fighting Fake News: Teaching Media Literacy in a World of Misinformation,” a professional learning webinar, for a number of educator groups in Pennsylvania.

SFL’s Dr. Ruth Okoye, Director, K12 Initiatives, and Melissa Henning, Manager, K12 Educational Content, together with NewseumED’s Outreach Educator, Jessi Hollis McCarthy, will present a three-hour session at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), being held February 11-14, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  PETE&C is the Pennsylvania affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The team will also deliver a half-day, highly participatory, workshop to the Carlisle Area School District (CASD) staff on Thursday, February 15.

For more information, please visit:

The Source for Learning

NewseumED


SFL's Early Childhood Education Team Will Present at Upcoming Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association Conference


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Team will participate at the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association (WCCAA) annual conference, being held February 7-9, 2018 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Attend SFL’s interactive session, Working with Parents: Key to Achievement, will be presented by Bev Schumacher, ECE Consultant, on Thursday, February 8th at 10:15-11:30AM CT during which time participants will learn the value of developing strong family relationships and how to embrace a variety of approaches to combating obstacles that challenge family partnerships.

Visit SFL’s display in the Vendor Hall on Thursday, February 8th to learn more about our free ECE monthly, one-hour professional learning webinars; the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP); and PreschoolFirst.

The three–day conference attracts administrators, directors, owners, and champions of Wisconsin’s child care community, giving SFL staff the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, and stay abreast of industry trends. 

For more information about SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services visit:
 

SFL Early Childhood Programs

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP)

PreschoolFirst
 


SFL Announces Winter 2018 OK2Ask® Series – Sign-Up Today!

Free, Live, and Interactive Professional Learning Opportunities for K12 Educators

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) K12 Team is offering weekly, free, virtual, professional learning workshops for K12 educators and bi-monthly Twitter chats to connect educators and exchange ideas. 

SFL’s Winter 2018 OK2Ask schedule includes hands-on sessions on digital storytelling, free tech tools from Google and Microsoft, and strategies and numerous tools to engage and inspire students.    

Register today for SFL’s Winter 2018 OK2Ask Sessions: https://bit.ly/OK2ASK_Catalog
 

Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership
Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EST

My Students Need That! Chrome Features & Extensions for Accessibility
Tuesday, January 16, 2018; 7-8:30 PM EST

Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom
Tuesday, January 30, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EST

Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 7:00-9:00 PM EST

Digital Differentiation with Symbaloo Learning Paths
Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EST

So Simple. So Slick. So Sway!
Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 7:00-9:00 PM EST

Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EST

Formative Assessment with Infographics
Tuesday, March 13, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

3 Cool Tools for Persuasive Writing
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

 

Click here for the #OK2Ask Twitter chat schedule: 

SFL’s OK2Ask virtual workshops, appropriate for teachers of varying technology comfort levels, are held Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM ET. Qualifying participants may earn professional learning certificates. Launched in 2009, OK2Ask has administered more than 265 interactive online workshops; select archives are available at the link below. Registration is now open for SFL’s Winter 2018 OK2Ask Sessions; “seats” are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information:


SFL Launches New Physical Development & Movement Experiences Series

Free, Live Professional Development Webinars for Early Childhood Educators

The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education team recently released its upcoming new series - Physical Development & Movement Experiences - for early childhood education professionals. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role movement plays in early childhood development in these free, live professional development webinars. Certificates of participation are available. Attend this series to:

  • Explore the connection between brain development and movement
  • Learn how to create environments that promote physical development and movement
  • Learn strategies to incorporate movement in other curriculum domains
  • Discover ways to include children with special needs during movement activities and more!

 

Registration Now Open; Sign Up Today

  • Early Brain and Motor Development through Movement

         Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM ET

  • Facilitating Movement to Promote Motor Development

         Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:30-2:30PM ET

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

         Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:30-2:30PM ET
 

Additional webinars will be added to the series schedule soon.
 

For more information about SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services visit:

SFL Early Childhood Initiatives

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Program

PreschoolFirst


TeachersFirst® Offers Free EdTech Consults to Conference Attendees


 
 
Challenged with successfully integrating ed-tech into your classroom?

In the market for professional learning in support of furthering
or developing a particular skill or expertise?

 

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), a national, independent education technology conference, will hold its annual conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, January 23-26, 2018.

Stop by Booth#2141 to have your own personal consult with one of TeachersFirst’s EdTech Coaches. Bring your frustrations, questions, and ideas.  As seasoned educators themselves, they have seen – and experienced – it all. And while you are there, learn about OK2Ask® free professional development and MYSciLife® social learning platform for middle-level science. Plus, be sure to pick up your FETC2018 conference mug, compliments of TeachersFirst, a proud FETC sponsor.

TeachersFirst, OK2Ask, and MySciLife are brought to you by The Source for Learning, Inc., a nonprofit educational services organization.


The Source for Learning Presents at VSTE 2017 Annual Technology in Education Conference


The Source for Learning (SFL) will present and exhibit at the Virginia Society of Technology in Education (VSTE) annual conference, December 3-5, 2017 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. VSTE’s annual technology in education meeting features three days of presentations, hands-on sessions, hundreds of exhibitors, and countless networking opportunities for 800+ attendees. SFL is also a VSTE Corporate Partner.

As an exhibitor at the conference, SFL, Booth #212, will feature the following free teacher resources:

TeachersFirst  – A collection of teacher-reviewed, web-based resources for classroom use.

MySciLife – Teacher-moderated, social learning environment for middle school science teachers and their students.

OK2Ask – Live, participatory, virtual workshops for teacher professional learning.

SFL’s K12 Team will also present three sessions throughout the conference:

  • Oh the Places You’ll Go! Social Learning in the Classroom
    Monday, December 4, 1:30PM2:30PM / Shenandoah A
    Presenter: Kathryn (Katy) Garvey, Social Learning Manager, K12 Initiatives

     
  • Free Microsoft Tools Every Teacher Can Use to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive
    Monday, December 4, 2:45PM3:45PM / Shenandoah A
    CoPresenter: Karen Streeter, TeachersFirst Contributor
    CoPresenter: Ruth Okoye, Ed.D, Director, K12 Initiatives

     
  • Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR and TeachersFirst
    Tuesday, December 5, 8:45AM9:45AM / Shenandoah A
    CoPresenter: Stephanie Bass, TeachersFirst Contributor
    CoPresenter: Ruth Okoye, Ed.D, Director, K12 Initiatives

     

For more information about SFL’s K12 Services visit:

TeachersFirst

OK2Ask

MySciLife

 


SFL’s Early Childhood Education Leaders Present at NAEYC’s 2017 Annual Conference


The Source for Learning’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education team, led by Kamna Seth, Director, ECE Initiatives, and Gauri Shirali-Deo, Senior Manager, ECE Initiatives, will be co-presenting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, November 15-18, 2017. SFL is a proud bronze sponsor of the national conclave.

The NAEYC Annual Conference is one of the largest early childhood education conferences in the world, bringing together tens of thousands of teachers, program administrators, students, and researchers to attend – and experience - 600+ innovative sessions and visit hundreds of exhibits. 

SFL’s session, Engaging Culturally Diverse Families to Enhance Educational Outcomes for Children with Special Needs” will be held on Friday, November 17th from 1:00PM – 2:30PM in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B311.

Understanding that cultural background can impact a family’s expectations and approach to special education can inform how programs provide support for children with special needs and their families. Session outcomes include:

  • Gain a better understanding of how to apply the concept of cultural competence back in your early childhood program
  • Learn how to develop effective relationships with families
  • Embrace new strategies for working with children from diverse backgrounds who present with a different pace or path of development.
     

Attendees will also have the opportunity to reflect on and share personal experiences and challenges as well as solicit possible solutions from their peers.

For more information about SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services visit:

http://www.SourceForLearning.org/ecei/

http://www.SourceForLearning.org/VAECAP

http://www.PreschoolFirst.com


SFL Announces New Director of Marketing


The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL) is pleased to announce and welcome Jamie Okonak as Director of Marketing. Jamie will be developing and implementing an overall organizational marketing strategy, directly engaging and managing the marketing team, and translating the SFL mission into program strategies that grow SFL’s brands.

“Jamie comes to us with a broad portfolio of marketing know-how along with experience in both the education and nonprofit space. We are eager to put his business savvy and progressive marketing approaches to work in support of SFL's mission,” said Lynn Rejniak, Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining SFL, Jamie led marketing initiatives and managed marketing teams for small start-ups, medium size, and large global organizations including Blackboard, Social Solutions, AARP, and Tandberg/Cisco. Jamie has developed a passion for aligning people, processes, and products to streamline efficiencies and accelerate innovation using a player/coach approach. Jamie grew up in Pennsylvania, and he holds a BA in Marketing from Penn State University. 


SFL Presents at 44th Annual Middle Level Educators Conference


The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL) will exhibit and present at the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education (AMLE), November 6-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. AMLE is the largest conference in the world dedicated exclusively to middle-grade educators of 10-15 year-old students.

SFL's Booth #123 will feature the following free web-based resources for middle level educators:

TeachersFirst:  A collection of 15,000+ teacher-reviewed web-based tools, resources, lesson plans, and more.

MySciLife:  A safe, teacher-moderated, social learning environment where students design and personify science concepts to increase depth of knowledge.

OK2Ask: A series of live, virtual workshops for teacher professional learning with a focus on integrating technology in the classroom (teachersfirst.com/ok2ask). 

SFL’s Kathryn Garvey, Social Learning Manager for K12 programs, will present three 20-minute speed learning sessions on “This is How We Do It: Engaging Students with Social Constructivism” on Monday, November 6th, from 12:30-1:30PM in Room 108-AB, SL12-Table J.

We are social by nature, and learning is a social endeavor for students. This culture is a primary factor in constructing knowledge. Explore how you can foster interactions among students while enhancing learning with collaborative activities adaptable to a variety of technology environments to engage and empower learners.

 


SFL’s Early Childhood Education Team Presents at TX-AEYC Conference


The Source for Learning, Inc.’s (SFL) Early Childhood Education Services team will present “So Now I’m a Director, What Do I Do?” at the Texas affiliate of the Association for the Education of Young Children (TX AEYC) annual conference being held in San Antonio, October 19-21, 2017.

ECE team member Pat Carter will present the 1-1/2 hour session on Saturday, October 21st, 1:45PM-3:15PM at the Hyatt Regency, Directors Room. Participants will explore all aspects of managing an early childhood program to include staff management, communication, financial management, and educational programming.

Takeaways for participants attending this interactive session include:

  • Discovery of their own individual leadership and self-management styles
  • An improved understanding of program assessment data to support continuous program improvement
  • Skills to identify best practices to enhance program quality

SFL’s ECE team will raffle off a bilingual English-Spanish learning game, donated by Learning Props.

 

For more information about SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services visit:
 

SFL Early Childhood Programs 

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Credential 

PreschoolFirst

 

 


SFL’s Early Childhood Education Team Presents at Raising the Bar Early Care and Education Conference


SFL’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) leadership team will present “Creating Partnerships that Support Families at Your Early Childhood Program” at this year’s annual Raising the Bar Early Care and Education Conference (RTB-SEAYC) on October 21, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This interactive session will be led by SFL’s Carrie Scruggs, who will facilitate participants’ exploration of how partnerships with other organizations can best benefit their early childhood program and the families they serve.  Session participants will develop a “mock partnership plan” based on their own center’s goals and desired outcomes to use as an implementation tool in their own programs.

For more information about SFL’s Early Childhood Education Services visit: