Professional Development Day - Berkshire Community College
March 12th, 2018.
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield
Sue Hamlett (SHamlett@valleyopp.com)
Choose one session for the entire day
THIS TRAINING IS FULL 1. Children on the Autism Spectrum
With 1 in 68 children in the US being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Centers for Disease Control, 2014) it is increasingly important for child care providers to learn more about supporting children with autism. This session will provide participants with detailed information including typical behaviors and interaction styles of a child with ASD and the challenges and stressors to the family with a child with ASD. Participants will examine examples of adaptations to communication, environment, and interactions to support the inclusion of a child with ASD and will receive a collection of resources for use in your early childhood program.
Presented by: Donna Jasak Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC, FCC, OST & Public School Preschool Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 1. Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth Category of Study: 6. Children with Special Needs, Birth – 16 Years THIS TRAINING IS FULL 2. Educating the Heart: A Look Into Social Emotional Development
“To educate the mind, without educating the heart is no education at all,” according to Aristotle. And, future success in academics and in life is social-emotional competency. The critical time for its development is childhood, however it continues throughout adolescence. This series examines the facets of interpersonal and interpersonal intelligences. It is filled with cutting edge insights and approaches that ensure that development of self-awareness, self-discipline, social cognition and social skills.
Presented by: Jeanine Fitzgerald Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC and FCC QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings THIS TRAINING IS FULL 3. Engaging Diverse Families
Meaningful engagement with families in an early childhood program supports children's early learning and later academic success. (NAEYC, 2017). Because of the unique position in the lives of families and children, early childhood educators need to examine and improve strategies for partnering with families, especially diverse families. Examine how culture affects your own beliefs around family and parent engagement, and explore ideas about how educators can create a climate of trust by honoring diversity, and communicating in a collaborative way to support the care and education of their children.
Presented by: Linda Schumacher Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC and FCC Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Family and Community Engagement Core Competency: 3. Partnering with Families and Communities Category of Study: 9. Families and Communities THIS TRAINING IS FULL 4. Fostering High Quality Teacher-Child Interactions: Inspired by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Principles
“Small differences and improvements in daily teacher child interactions result in real differences in child outcomes. Studies show that the effectiveness of early teacher-child interactions positively impacts children’s cognitive development, with the effects lasting through the 3rd grade. The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) dimensions are based on developmental theory and research suggesting that interactions between children and educators are the primary mechanism of student development and learning. Effective teacher–child interactions are an active and crucial ingredient for children’s social, behavioral, cognitive and academic development and outcomes." - Robert C Pianta. This training will inform participants of the structure and the motivations of the CLASS tool. This training will guide participants through key elements of mindfully creating high quality instructional formats and intentional curriculum development. Participants will focus on the quality of their interactions with children, practice constructing mindful and in depth scientific inquiry and explore how to engage in high quality feedback and advanced language modeling.
Presented by: Liz Charland-Tait Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings THIS TRAINING IS FULL 5. Improving Communication Skills and Reducing Conflict in Your Life and Program Setting
Effective communication skills can be helpful in the workplace, at home, and any other aspect of your life! This training will examine some of the common communication problems we may experience on a daily basis, and looks at how we can develop our skills in order to increase our assertiveness, and become better listeners and speakers. We will explore effective ways to reduce and resolve conflict, and apply these techniques using some typical early-childhood scenarios. Participants will discover how specific strategies may improve relationships with the families with which we work and with co-workers.
Presented by: Elise Anton Prerequisites: None Audience: FCC, GCC, & OST Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 3. Partnering with Families and Communities & 8. Professionalism and Leadership Category of Study: 4. Child and Classroom Management & 13. Child Care Administration 6. Introductory Course (PART 1) on the MA Standards for Pre-K and K Social & Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play & Learning
You MUST attend part 2 on April 28, 2018 to earn the CEU certificate
This is PART 1 of a ten-hour introductory course designed to familiarize participants with the new MA Pre-K and K SEL and APL Standards. This interactive course provides an overview of the Standards and will include small and large group activities, videos and vignettes. In addition to attendance of this ten-hour introductory course, participants will be required to complete a homework assignment, an assessment of learning and an evaluation form. CEU and PDP certificates will be provided after all course requirements are completed.
Presented by: Nancy Toso Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Credits: 1 CEU, 10 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 1. Understanding Growth and Development of Children and Youth & 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 1. Child Growth and Development, Birth – Eight Years & 4. Child and Classroom Management THIS TRAINING IS FULL 7. Leadership for the Early Childhood Educator
Many of us come to a leadership role without having any formal training. Come join us to explore how we can use our skills to be great leaders. Whether you are supervising interns or assistant teachers, leading a group of children or have goals to become a Lead Teacher, Director or an early childhood advocate statewide, we will discover what leadership means. We'll talk about how to communicate with peers who you now need to supervise and relationships with parents in your new leadership role. We will use self-reflection as a tool to investigate what skills we need, what we already have and how to fine tune these into leadership skills.
Presented by: Keira Durrett Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC and FCC Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Leadership, Management and Administration Core Competency: 8. Professionalism and Leadership Category of Study: 11. Supervision or Staff Development in Early Childhood Education THIS TRAINING IS FULL 8. STEM is Child’s Play: Incorporating STEM Concepts in Your Program
Children are natural scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Together we will do activities that explore the concepts behind making things fizz, building bridges that won't fall down, and making exciting designs in art. Your questions about the scientific method, chemistry, physics, geometry, and the engineering design process will be answered. You will practice guiding learning through play by asking science questions, infusing STEM vocabulary into conversations with the children, into making dances, telling stories, and making art.
Presented by: Jane Burke Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC and FCC Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings THIS TRAINING IS FULL 9. Supporting Communication, Language and Literacy in Young Children
This training will incorporate the stages of language development, strategies for supporting language and communication development, and the importance of language and communication as a foundation for literacy. Using the guidance and knowledge in Talk to Me Baby! by Betty Bardidge participants will learn the key concepts of print and literacy and how to incorporate this knowledge into their daily work in order to put children on a path to school and life success.
Presented By: Cindy Hutcheson Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC, FCC, & Public School Preschool Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings THIS TRAINING IS FULL 10. Understanding and Supporting Young Children Impacted by Trauma
Learn about risk and resilience in young children and their families, including approaches and strategies. Content includes: impact of trauma on young children, child development and on attachment relationships; strategies and guiding principles for supporting young children who have experienced trauma; sources of support and appropriate referrals; and self-care. The training also includes a parent speaker (or video tape) who shares her own trauma history and how it affected her experience as a parent.
Presented by: Joni Beck Brewer Prerequisites: None Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Family and Community Engagement Core Competency: 1. Understanding the Growth and Development of Youth Category of Study: 1. Child Growth and Development, Birth-Eight Years THIS TRAINING IS FULL 11. It’s a Kids World After All: HANDS ON FUN!
Have you always wanted to learn American Sign Language (ASL)? Participants will use signs, body language, facial expressions & gestures throughout training activities, learn how to use this with the infants through Pre-K children in your program and have lots of fun doing it! Since spoken language will be forbidden after “SIGN CLASS”, participants will be exhibiting all a fore-mentioned methods to communicate as you “travel” around “Tranquil Town” doing activities of daily living.
Presented By: Jan Caswell Prerequisites: None Audience: All Credits: .5 CEU, 5 EEC training hours QRIS Alignment: Curriculum and Learning Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 1. Child Growth and Development, Birth – Eight Years Location: Berkshire Community College 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Park in North and Central Lots Time: 8:45 A.M. Registration 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Training 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Lunch Break (Lunch is Not Provided) 12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Training Cost: $25.00 Credits: .5 CEUs = 5 EEC training hours
Please be sure to register early for this Professional Development Day. We are expecting over 250 educators to attend training this day. If you have ANY questions regarding openings in trainings, or your registration status please do not hesitate to contact Emily Fitzgerald or Sue Hamlett. Once the trainings are full we are not able to add additional sessions as the college has limited space available.