Professional Development Day - Greenfield Community College
April 17th, 2017.
8:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield
Sue Hamlett (SHamlett@valleyopp.com)
Choose One Session for the Entire Day
THIS TRAINING IS FULL 1. 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 Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences 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 Children2. Using Children’s Writing for Curriculum Development*
Children’s writing, drawing and storytelling opens a window into their minds. Educators can use this window to build valuable skills and develop curriculum ideas that build on children’s ideas. This training will explore how to develop a curriculum that addresses all developmental areas using children’s ideas as the core. We will review the development of writing and drawing, see a full curriculum example from a classroom and design strategies to replicate these in your classroom. Using literacy development and concepts as the base, we will explore how to guide children through a storytelling process that enhances all areas of learning while still meeting curriculum guidelines.
Presenter: Keira Durrett Audience: FCC, GCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood Settings3. To the Moon and Back: Creating Math and Science Curriculum Based on Children’s Picture Books
Participants will learn how to use Math, Science, and English Language Arts (ELA) standards to inform their work with children. They will explore the concept of using picture books to develop math and science curriculum that meets the MA Math, Science, and ELA standards while promoting language skills and higher order thinking. Find diverse ways to use picture books for all kinds of learning while increasing literacy.
Presenter: Liz Charland-Tait Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum Category of Study: 3. Curriculum for Early Childhood SettingsTHIS TRAINING IS FULL 4. Start Seeing Diversity!
How does bias appear among children? How can educators address bias in their early childhood programs? While books, puzzles, dolls, and other materials from around the world are some tools to trigger and stimulate the ongoing process of embracing diversity in early childhood programs, we should also incorporate a proactive approach which recognizes the need to actively address stereotypes and prejudices that children and adults experience and incorporate into their thinking and behavior. During this training we will deepen our understanding of our own cultural lenses, how they differ from or are similar to the lenses of others, and what the implications of the differences are for effective communication and facilitation of learning.
Presenter: Marcela Simpson Audience: GCC, FCC & Public School Preschool Core Competency: 2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth Category of Study: 9. Families and Community Location: Greenfield Community College 1 College Drive Greenfield, MA 01301