Cambridge Professional Development Day, in Collaboration with Cambridge Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership
(Educators from all towns in Region 6 are welcome to join us)
We are offering six 0.5 CEUs, prize drawings, and lunch!
The six 0.5 CEUs are:
Professional and Supportive Communication with Families (recommended for FCC)
Helping families get involved as partners in their children’s learning starts with listening and responding. (Nemeth, 2015). Establishing and maintaining trusting relationships and communication can be challenging and rewarding, especially considering the rapidly changing expectations of programs, families and modes of communication. Explore and share a variety communication strategies, both written and verbal, and ways to develop trusting and supportive relationships while maintaining a professional relationship.
Instructor: Katey Grossman
Assessment, Observation, and Documentation of Young Children
This training will discuss the assessment process of young children including observing and documenting the behavior of children.
An emphasis on child development, using a variety of observational tools and recording techniques will also be presented. We will discuss the importance of assessment, why we observe and record children’s behavior, what methods to use, how to observe and record children’s behavior, how to use this information to develop children’s goals and plan curriculum. The ethical issues and confidentiality considerations in observing and recording behavior will also be addressed.
Instructor: Rita Rzezuski
Responsive Interactions with Children Birth to 5 and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction
Brain development research indicates that the degree of responsive caregiving that children receive as infants and toddlers positively affects the architecture of the brain itself, thereby promoting healthy development. All children need to be cared for by individuals that are genuinely care for them and are responsive to their needs. Responsive interactions are provided by parents and caregivers who are nurturing within the context of protective and stable relationships. In this training, participants will review the developmental needs of children birth to age 5 and the elements of supportive interactions. Within the context of the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale, participants will consider individual needs and how to encourage, nurture, and guide each child. The components of the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale and elements of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) will be used to frame the session. Participants will discuss use of the Arnett as a self-assessment tool to identify strengths and areas for growth.
Instructor: Jody Figuerido
Managing Children with Food Allergies and Intolerance in the Child Care Setting
This training will introduce participants to the importance of the appropriate dietary management of children with food allergies, intolerance, and special dietary needs in a child care setting. Participants will understand that securing a sound nutritional diet for a food sensitive child, justifies the work that the child care program put into ensuring the safety of the child. It is also the intent of this training to identify ways of designing an inclusive curriculum that will help children feel they are in a secure environment.
Instructor: Sonia Carter MS, LDN
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. Participants will receive a collection of resources for use in your early childhood program.
Instructor: Dotti McDevitt
Emergent Curriculum: Making Learning Visible
In this workshop, participants will discover the benefits of child-centered, emergent curriculum to enhance learning. The course will provide an overview of how a child’s interest, strengths and needs drive learning. Through effective observation strategies and questions children ask, participants can discover the unique characteristics each child brings. The critical role of the environment is discussed. Participants will learn how to design and devise flexible activities, and over-all curriculum through small and large group collaboration, discussion, and activities using a child-centered planning web. Documentation and how it serves to make learning visible, spark discussion, and extend ideas and further learning will also be presented.
Instructor: Laurie Carpenter
*This training is accessible by the T and free parking is available in an attached parking garage*