Training Schedule

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Things to know before training:

  • Pre-registration for training classes is required.
  • Admittance will not be allowed after the first 10 minutes of class.
  • Kindness and respect for one another and the presenter are expected.

Applying Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory

February 9, 2021

How does the home, school, and community impact children? What do teachers need to consider when working with children? What role does the parent’s workplace play in a child’s school performance? Join us to connect the dots between Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory and everyday life in the classroom.

Instructor: Natasha Spellman, Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College

1.5 in-service training hours

Invisible Sentence: Recognizing, Supporting, and Advocating for Children of Incarcerated and Returning

February 16, 2021

21,000  Come learn more about the significance of this number. Melissa Radcliff, program director at Our Children's Place of Coastal Horizons Center, will share what the program has learned about children of incarcerated and returning parents and work to create a community where they are acknowledged, supported, and encouraged to share their stories. Our Children's Place is a statewide program committed to the children of incarcerated and returning parents. They strive to be the leading North Carolina advocate and educational resource focused on these children and the need for a statewide response to ensure their well-being.

 Professionalism in Early Education

February 23, 2021

This workshop invites childcare providers of all age-groups to explore what it means to be a professional in early childhood education. Participants will engage in discussions and a variety of activities centered around ethical practices, confidentiality, and professional growth.

Instructor: Crystal Harvey, Early Childhood Education Outreach Advisor

Building Relationships with Families to Support Early Childhood Classrooms

March 2, 2021

Do you wish that parents were more supportive of your efforts? Do you want parents to show an interest in the daily activities of their children? It all starts with building relationships. This training will focus on simple ways to begin building relationships with families that will lead to a higher level of family engagement in the classroom.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Natasha Spellman, Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College

Strategies to Support Children’s Social Emotional Behavior

March 9, 2021

How can teachers support children’s social emotional behavior?   Teachers can support children’s social and emotional health by establishing trusting relationships respectful relationship.  This training will address how teachers can intentionally teach and enhance social emotional skills using strategies to teach and reinforce positive behaviors.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructors: Amy Queen and Olivia Summers, Teaching and Learning Specialists

Preventing Challenging Behaviors: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

March 16, 2021

The environment a teacher creates, paired with her knowledge of the children in her care, can prevent many challenging behaviors in young children. Teachers who create positive social environments find that children more easily develop the social-emotional skills they need to succeed. This session focuses on modifications teachers can make in six key areas of the environment that will prevent and reduce conflict that leads to challenging behaviors.

2.0 in-service training hours

Instructors: Cherie White (Training & Technical Assistance Specialist at CCRC) & Renae Lingafelt-Beeker will facilitate for her

Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities in Early Childhood Classrooms

March 23, 2021

Every child has unique needs in an early childhood classroom. How can teachers effectively meet the needs of all children including those with exceptionalities? This training looks at the general needs of all children as well as the needs of children with various exceptionalities. Ways to include all children in classroom activities will be discussed.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructors: Natasha Spellman, Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College

What is Active Supervision?

March 30, 2021

In this work shop you will learn What is Active Supervision in the classroom, how do you make sure that you are meeting state regulations in the early childhood environment related to Active supervision. In this training you will learn strategies that will support you in everyday supervision of your children in the classroom.

1.0 in-service training hours

Instructors: Betty Trujillo, Teaching and Learning Specialist

What a Wonderful World:  Growing Empathy for Early Learners

April 6, 2021

This workshop will provide descriptions of three types of empathy, techniques on how to practice self-empathy, define compassion fatigue, and ways to avoid becoming compassion fatigued. There will be challenging discussions on the idea of empathy and its role in your personal life and how impactful sowing seeds of empathy/compassion in the lives of children can be. 1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Patricia Minter, Teaching and Learning Specialist

How to Survive a Financial Crisis During COVID-19

A series on financial survival: April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4, 2021

This training is a series, and its purpose is to provide participants with information and strategies on how to gain and maintain control of their finances during and post COVID-19.  Participants will develop the following skills: 1)How to create financial goals and a plan 2)How to create and follow a realistic budget 3)How to develop a plan for saving money; plan for unexpected emergencies / changes in finances. 1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Dr. A Johnson

Baby Picasso: Art with Infants and Toddlers

May 11, 2021

Art with infants and toddlers can be key to improving a child’s fine motor skills and enhance their creative problem-solving abilities.  This workshop will enhance teachers’ skills in helping   young children develop the ability to gain better coordination and dexterity as well as improve visual-spatial skills. Teachers will also enhance their ability to help infants and toddlers gain the ability to speak beyond words and facilitate bonding by implementing the techniques learned.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Patricia Minter, Teaching and Learning Specialist

Leading the Way Implementing High Quality Infant Toddler Care!

May 18, 2021

No matter what our role is in child care, we share a common goal:  to provide quality group care for infants and toddlers. But what does that look like? In this training, we will discuss evidence-based practices and policies that support the high-quality infant toddler care we strive to provide. As we discuss quality infant-toddler care practices and how different programs approach implementing these practices, we’ll reveal the benefits for children and their caregivers. We will look at six essential program policies that support relationship-based strategies in child care and examine your beliefs and philosophy as they relate to evidence-based quality group care.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Sandy Weaver, Infant and Toddler Specialist

How Does Culture Influence Play in Early Childhood?

May 25, 2021

Every child is unique in interacting with other children and adults, and what they invoke and receive from others and the environment also shapes how they think and behave.  Children receive specific inputs from their environment that results in their growing up in different cultures. It is extremely important for early educators to be knowledgeable and well equipped to teach and help the development of children with a vast array of cultural differences in their beliefs and behavior.

Instructor: TBD

1.5 in-service training hours

Behavioral Intervention Strategies: You want me to try what?

June 2, 2021

Teachers who care for children with behavioral difficulties, often find themselves reacting in ways that reinforce the behavior and make it worse. Behavioral intervention strategies are planned responses to behaviors that help teachers prepare for situations in which past responses have not been successful. This session focuses on helping participants develop new responses to challenging behaviors using six key intervention strategies.

2 in-service training hours

Instructor: Renae Lingafelt-Beeker (Behavior Specialist from CCRC) & Cherie White

Supporting Anxious Children in the Preschool Classroom

June 15, 2021

What is anxiety? What does it look like in a young child?  What strategies do you use to help children cope with anxiety?  This workshop will provide you with additional strategies if you were able to answer the previous questions. Participants will engage in exploring, role playing, and activities to provide and enhance effective strategies and techniques for ways to help teach and encourage coping skills to preschool children.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Patricia Minter

Teaching Beyond Bars

June 30, 2021

This interactive workshop supports early educators in addressing sensitive and uncomfortable topics for children who may have an absent parent due to incarceration, with confidence.  Teachers will be provided information regarding different factors surrounding incarceration and how the child is affected. It will also help teachers define their role in helping the child and family cope and how to communicate with empathy.

1.5 in-service training hours

Instructor: Patricia Minter

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