Professional Development Day - Berkshire Community College
March 13th, 2017.
8:45 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. 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.
Presenter: Liz Charland-Tait Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood SettingsTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 2. Preschool Learning Guidelines
Research on brain development supports the value of high quality early childhood education programs for young children. This training will guide you in planning mindful, intentional curriculum for preschool age children using the Department of Early Education and Care Preschool Early Learning Guidelines and how to incorporate those standards into daily practice. You will need to bring a copy of the Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences (the “green book”) to the training. We will be referencing this document throughout the training.
Presenter: Elise Anton Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 2. Planning Programs and Environments for Young ChildrenTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 3. Embracing Diversity in Your Early Childhood Program
This training will explore many aspects of looking at the classroom and program with a multi-cultural lens to include all children, families, and the community by embracing diversity. Gain an understanding of the Environmental Rating Scale requirements for diversity, as well as related NAEYC criteria.
Presenter: Cindy Hutcheson Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 9. Families and CommunityTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 4. Strengthening Families
You Must Register for This Training Session Online at CDEDU.US Funded by CDE $15
The Strengthening Families approach was developed by The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) after conducting research on early care and education programs across the country. Starting in 2001, the CSSP began documenting the role early education and care programs can have in the reduction of child abuse and neglect. As a result of this study, a new framework and approach to the prevention of abuse and neglect emerged. The researchers found a positive link between good early childhood education and care programs and the reduction of abuse and neglect. This training will include a history of the Strengthening Families Approach, risk and protective factors, strategies to support families, and the early childhood educator self-assessment.
Presenter: Rosemary Hernandez Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 9. Families and Community THIS TRAINING IS FULL 5. Emergent Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers
Participants who attend this training will travel the pathway of development of infants and toddlers to learn how a child-centered curriculum naturally emerges. Through interactive discussions and small group hands on activities, we will review the philosophy behind how children's experiences and interests can be used to create a developmentally appropriate child centered curriculum for infants and toddlers. An opportunity to practice this will be included. This training provides an excellent foundation of emergent curriculum knowledge that will be beneficial for the infant/toddler educators.
Presenter: Charlene Cross Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings & 7. Infant and Toddler Development, Care, and Program PlanningTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 6. 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.
Presenter: Linda Schumacher Audience: GCC, FCC, OST & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 1. Understanding Growth and Development of Children and Youth Category of Study: 6. Children with Special Needs, Birth – 16 YearsTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 7. Building Structures with Young Children
This training will address the developmental benefits of building structures with young children. Participants will explore materials and accessories, which may be used to engage children in discovery and meaningful play with the processes of building structures. Educators will explore their role in engaging children in both open-ended and focused play. These activities cross over into other curriculum domains such as math, literacy, science, technology and engineering. Explore ways to engage girls into block play and also set up your block area to address diversity. This course will link concepts and activities related to building structures to the new Massachusetts Science, Technology and Engineering Guidelines for Pre-K & MA Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. This training is very interactive with hands-on-activities.
Presented by: Diana Comer Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings8.Play, Positive Youth Development, and Great Relationships - Making the Difference in the Lives of Youth in OST Programs
Quality relationships between youth and supportive adults are fundamental to promoting positive youth development and the attainment of life skills such as self-management, goal setting, resilience and interpersonal skills. In this training participants will engage in activities that promote the development of life skills, identify the components of the PYD instructional model: activity-based, mastery-driven environment, empowering youth and continuous learning, and develop a plan to utilize the PYD instructional model in their programs. The overall training will be a combination of activity-based learning and lecture to increase their comprehension of the theory behind this PYD approach.
Presenter: Al Petitpas and Ted France Audience: OST Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 4. Child and Classroom Management
Location: Berkshire Community College 1350 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201