Professional Development Day - Berkshire Community College
May 19th, 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
1. When Kids Seem Different: Learn the Signs
In the first few years, a child's brain is rapidly developing new connections that enable the skills called developmental milestones. “Mastery of each new milestone -- be it emotional, physical, or cognitive -- leads to the next one. If a particular skill doesn't develop properly, that makes the next one more difficult to master.” Dr. Gardner. This training will help you identify the developmental milestones and potential areas of concern for the children in your care in order to help preempt the negative outcomes that could result. Learn about the importance of screening young children and what to expect from the Early Intervention and Special Education systems. All areas of development will be discussed, including social emotional, cognitive, physical skills, and speech and language.
Presenter: Cindy Hutcheson Audience: FCC & GCC Core Competency: 1. Understanding Growth and Development of Children and Youth Category of Study: 1. Child Growth and Development, Birth – Eight Years & 6. Children with Special Needs, Birth – 16 Years2. Integrating Language and Literacy Across Learning Domains
Early language and literacy development are the foundation for communicating, reading, and learning across each developmental domain. A rich vocabulary has been determined to be a predictor of later reading ability. These skills emerge within the context of the children’s experience both at home and within the early education setting. Join us as we develop strategies to integrate language and literacy learning experiences within multiple domains and content areas.
Presenter: Donna Jasak Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings3. Brain Building Moments Through Songs, Movement and Literature with Infants and Toddlers*
With the aid of music, puppets, children’s literature, and imagination, educators will be introduced to and encouraged to create movement-based experiences that will enhance all areas of development for infants and toddlers. This training focuses on fun and appropriate movements for building the body and the brain.
Presenter: Marcela Simpson Audience: FCC, GCC who work with Infants and Toddlers Core Competency: 1. Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth, & 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 1. Child Growth and Development, Birth – Eight Years & 7. Infant and Toddler Development, Care, and Program Planning4. A New Look at Circle Time
A New Look at Circle Time is designed to give participants an opportunity to reflect on the time they spend as a group, typically called “circle time”. Participants will look at the reasons behind circle time, why do they have it? They will investigate closely what the children are getting out of this part of the routine, what skills are being enhanced. Participants will look at how the components of circle time meet the developmental needs of the children in their care.
Presenter: Keira Durrett 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 Planning Location: Berkshire Community College 1350 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201