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January 16, 2013
2014 Director's Seminar
Cultivating the Outdoor Classroom: Why, What & How?
The Director’s Seminar is designed each year to provide directors and administrators throughout the SECA region an opportunity to network and gain knowledge and information about a topic of interest to program administrators.
We are fortunate to be able to provide our participants in the 2014 Director’s Seminar with an expert who can share the why, how and when of developing these spaces, recognizing this is something that does not occur overnight, requires buy-in from staff and parents and will be developed as resources allow. Eric will share strategies for those who are just getting started and those who would like some new ideas.
Eric Nelson, M.A, is the Director of Consulting and Education Services for the Child Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community and the Director of the Outdoor Classroom Project (OCP) which has delivered training in outdoor programs and environments since 2003. He currently directs the Outdoor Classroom Project and the Preschool Food and Healthy Habits Initiative in Santa Barbara County, California. He is the author of Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms, published in 2012 by Redleaf Press.
2014 Trainer Institute
Hands-on, Heads-on, Hearts-on Learning
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Join us for the 2014 Trainer’s Institute for 6 hours of “hands-on, heads-on, hearts-on” adult learning, centered around the conference theme Children’s Play: Past, Present and Future. Chris will introduce brain-based learning and how adults need certain things to happen in training in order to grab attention, build interest and encourage retention.
For the “hearts-on” learning, you’ll explore toys and games from the past (jacks, pick-up sticks, Red Rover) to demonstrate techniques to engage learners. She’ll tie the concept of “heads-on” learning to present practice in ECE and use a case study as an engaging, effective, problem-solving technique. For the “hands-on” learning, you’ll explore the future with technology (polling, chats, etc.)
About Chris: Working with young children, their families and teachers for over 30 years, she has served in a variety of roles: classroom teacher to center director to agency executive to public school administrator to teacher trainer. In her current position at Children, Inc., Chris mentors teachers in partnering with families, trains mental health and early childhood professionals in the Devereux Early Childhood Program, teaches CDA scholars and works with programs to align curriculum with Early Childhood Standards. Chris is a TIPP Master Trainer, providing Beyond Fundamentals of Effective Training modules to credentialed trainers. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College, which she thanks for providing a rich perspective about adult learners.
CLASS Sessions - 2014
Note: We’ve Changed Trainers! Sessions Presented by Teachstone Training, LLC
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*This session requires an additional registration fee, $45 for either Session 1 or 2 or $75 for both.
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) is an observational tool that provides a common lens and language focused on what matters—the classroom interactions that boost student learning.
Discover the Comprehensive CLASS System: Learning About, Measuring and Improving Interactions
Sedra began her career as a Pre-K teacher in Chapel Hill, NC and has been in the education field for over 20 years. Prior to joining Teachstone, Sedra worked on the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) professional development study both as a CLASS instructor and a CLASS coach.
CLASS Instructional Support: An Introduction to Improvement Strategies
Mary-Margaret earned her BS in Home Economics with a specialization in Child Development and Family Relationships from UNC-G in 1978. She has been an active member of the early care and education field since that time, serving as a teacher, director, area director, trainer, QRIS trainer, mentor, and coach and parent educator. Mary-Margaret is a part time Staff Trainer at Teachstone and part time Observer Support Specialist, focusing on improving outcomes for children by supporting our customers through training and professional development
January 17, 2013
Dr. Elena Bodrova
The Importance of Being Playful: The Science of Play and the Practice of Playful Learning
The presentation will focus on the role of make-believe play in the development of children's critical cognitive and social-emotional competencies. New research findings will be discussed as well as the applications of these findings to classroom instruction. Participants will learn about the characteristics that distinguish mature make-believe play and how to support this kind of play in Early Childhood classrooms.
Elena Bodrova, Ph.D.
is currently the Director for Research and Development at Tools of the Mind and a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research. Dr. Bodrova, jointly with Dr. Deborah Leong of MSUD, she developed Tools of the Mind curriculum and related professional development program for early childhood educators. Her work on applying Lev Vygotsky's theory to education started in Russia where she worked in the institute for Preschool Education. Dr. Bodrova is the author of multiple articles and book chapters on early literacy, assessment, play, and self-regulation. She is a co-author of Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education, Basics of Assessment: A Primer for Early Childhood Educators, and For The Love of Words: Vocabulary Instruction that Works. Dr. Bodrova holds Ph.D. in Child Development and Educational psychology from Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences and M.A. in Child Development and Educational psychology from Moscow State University, Russia.
2014 SECA Friend of Children
Mind in the Making: What’s New?
Ellen Galinsky has been selected by the SECA Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2014 SECA Friend of Children Award. For almost a decade, Galinsky has worked with top researchers from across the country, filming their experiments and studying their results of how we learn best. In her recently released highly acclaimed book, Mind in the Making (Harper Collins, 2010), she identifies seven life skills that are essential to success-- in school, the workforce and in life.
In her presentation, Ellen will use an interactive approach that is based on research-based principles of adult learning. Participants will be engaged in direct experiences that help them think about their own learning in relation to the seven essential skills. They will see videos of researchers "in action" sharing studies on the same topic, and they will be able to apply what they have learned to their own lives.
William T. Gormley, Jr.
2014 Public Policy Luncheon
Early Childhood Education Policy: The Implications of the President’s Proposal
Over the past several months, President Obama has proposed an ambitious new early childhood education program, funded jointly by the federal government and the states. What exactly would this proposal do? How does it differ from the status quo? What are the arguments for and against the proposal? What does the scientific evidence say about the effectiveness of early childhood education programs generally and the types of programs recommended by President Obama in particular? Finally, what are the prospects for legislative enactment?
William T.Gormley, Jr.
is University Professor at Georgetown University. He is also a Professor of Public Policy and Government and co-director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS). Dr. Gormley is the author or co-author of several books, including Everybody’s Children: Child Care as a Public Problem (Brookings 1995), Organizational Report Cards (Harvard University Press, 1999), and Bureaucracy and Democracy (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2003, 2007, 2011). His latest book, Voices for Children: Rhetoric and Public Policy, was published by the Brookings Institution Press in 2012. Dr. Gormley is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.
January 18, 2013
Dr. Anthony Debenedet
The Art of Roughhousing
“Roughhousing is play, which means that it is done for its own sake, it is joyful and it flows with spontaneity, with improvisation, and without any worries about how we look or how much time is passing by…roughhousing is physical, which means that it integrates our bodies with our brains, and promotes physical fitness, release of tension and well-being.” From The Art of Roughhousing.
Dr. Anthony Debenedet
will join us to present an impassioned defense of good old-fashioned horseplay, something that brings children and parents close
r together, improves children’s cognitive and emotional intelligence and promotes physical health, strength and flexibility.
Dr. Debenedet is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and an active and adventurous father as well as an avid athlete. He lives with his wife and three young daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
If you’d like to see Dr. Debenedet in action, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXHbyJzxgQA