Professional Development Day – Cambridge

May 12, 2018 @ 8:15 am – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
Region 6 EPS

The Professional Development Day will be held at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with FREE garage parking. Lunch will be provided. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions in your register. You can only register for one course and must attend the whole day to receive a CEU certificate.

All courses are 0.5 CEUs

Working With Children With Special Diets, Allergies, and Specialized Feeding Issues
Food allergies affect 1 in 13 children in the United States; with young children being affected the most. Food allergies, food sensitivities and other feeding issues are an increasing concern for early education and care programs. Participants will be introduced to the health and safety needs of children with special dietary needs and ways to support these children and collaborate with families and health professionals. Participants will begin to develop their own individual health care plan for children with special diets, allergies, and specialized feeding issues in their program.
Instructor: Sonia Carter
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Transforming Program Quality
This workshop will guide leaders in facilitating impactful changes in the quality of their programs. Drawing from current research on positivity, school transformation, strength-based leadership, and mindfulness, Transforming Program Quality provides a fresh new perspective for enhancing all aspects of quality in early childhood programs. The following two sessions are designed to inspire and guide early childhood leaders in creating vibrant and highly engaged learning communities where ongoing professional growth guides program wide quality transformations:
Session One: Engage in Continuous Quality Improvement (2.5 hours)
Effectively impacting positive change requires leaders to assess the strengths and areas of growth for all aspects of their program and then consistently take the steps necessary to facilitate the changes. A well-developed Program Improvement Plan is the starting point for creating a culture of continuous quality improvement in early childhood programs.  Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will form the foundation of a Program Improvement Plan for their program.
Session Two:  Creating Professional Development Plans (2.5 hours)
Learn how Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP’s) are an essential component for improving the quality of programs. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance of each teacher and administrator having a relevant and engaging plan to inspire his or her own professional growth. Participate in activities that clarify the action steps necessary for developing and supporting meaningful professional development plans.
Instructor: Susan MacDonald, Inspiring New Perspectives
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Using the Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers
The first three years of life are a time of rapid brain development and learning. Knowledge of how to support learning and put this into practice is critically important for infants and toddlers to reach their optimal potential. Join us as we look at the foundational elements of infant and toddler care by exploring The Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. Activities will include an exploration of brain development, relationships, and learning activities designed to support learning for infants and toddlers by using the ELG.
Instructor: Gail Epstein, IEPD
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Using the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences
The Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences reflect the Department of Early Education and Care’s commitment to quality. Research on brain development supports the value of high quality early childhood education programs for young children. The guidelines are aligned with the 2013 revised Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Pre-K through Grade 12. The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) promotes the use of the MA Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences to inform curriculum. In this 5-hour training, participants will review the principles and structure of the guidelines. Participants will conduct observations and review scenarios to explore the guidelines and plan curriculum that builds on children’s interests, skills, and experiences.
Instructor: Jody Figuerido, IEPD
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Planning and Implementing Activities in a Mixed-Age Program
Children grow and learn naturally in mixed-age groups. Younger children watch and learn from the “experts,” including important cognitive and social skills.  Older children can explore the same materials more deeply and gain self-confidence by teaching and interacting with younger children. However it can be challenging to balance safety, active learning, and the individual needs of each child.  Participants will explore what the research shows about multi-age groups in early childhood, and, through discussion and interactive activities, plan to meet the needs of a multi-age group of children.  This course includes topics on “diverse learners.”
Instructor: Linda Schumacher
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