Professional Development Calendar

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EPS Region 6 Event Calendar
Mar
30
Sat
Small Business Innovation Course at UMass Boston, 2019
Mar 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to learn business practices to grow your Childcare Program? Are you looking for solutions to business challenges that Childcare Programs face? Would you like to connect with other early educators and share resources?

The Early Care and Education Small Business Innovation Center (SBIC) at UMass Boston works to strengthen the financial viability of local ECE business and generate solutions to the challenges faced by these businesses. This course is targeted to Family Child Care Providers and Directors/Administrators of small Centers (fewer than 25 children).

  • Created especially for early educators!
  • Over 30 hours of hands-on instruction in technology, marketing, and financial management
  • All experience levels welcome; support provided to those with no prior technology knowledge
  • Receive a new laptop upon completion of the course
  • One-on-one small business mentoring
  • Help creating a business plan, using the Business Administration Scale (BAS) or Program Administration Scale (PAS)
  • The opportunity to connect with other early education and care providers in your area
  • Earn up to 3.0 CEUs (30 training hours)

Dates: Saturdays, February 23, March 16 & 30, April 6 & 27, May 4 & 18, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: UMass Boston, 150 Mount Vernon St, Dorchester, MA
*Free parking available and accessible by the T*


*Applications are closed*

Apr
2
Tue
Emerging Leaders Professional Learning Community
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

This four session 1.0 CEU series will support the development of a learning community of emerging leaders passionate about improving all aspects of their leadership skills. The core focus of this series will be on the development of skills and organizational strategies to support the professional growth of teachers, including observation, feedback, developing Individualized Professional Development Plans (IPDP’S), support change and running effective team and staff meetings. This series is open to all professionals in the early education field who supervise and support teachers, family child care providers or out of school time educators.

Instructor: Susan MacDonald

Dates: Tuesdays, February 5, March 5, April 2, and April 30, 2019 *Please note, the 4/30 meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 14*

You must attend all 4 sessions to receive the 1.0 CEU or you can receive PD hours if you are not able to attend all sessions.

Applications have closed

EPS Collaborative Meeting & EEC Panel Part 2
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our last EEC Panel Discussion was so popular, we decided to bring it back for the April EPS Collaborative Meeting!

Join us for an opportunity to gain insight, ask questions, and share your thoughts with a guest speaker from the EEC Professional Qualifications Unit. The EEC Professional Qualifications Unit handles your certifications (Teacher, Lead Teacher, Director I, and Director II).
Special guest, Alicia Wells

A light breakfast will be served

RSVP and submit your questions for the Professional Qualifications Unit here

Apr
6
Sat
Small Business Innovation Course at UMass Boston, 2019
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to learn business practices to grow your Childcare Program? Are you looking for solutions to business challenges that Childcare Programs face? Would you like to connect with other early educators and share resources?

The Early Care and Education Small Business Innovation Center (SBIC) at UMass Boston works to strengthen the financial viability of local ECE business and generate solutions to the challenges faced by these businesses. This course is targeted to Family Child Care Providers and Directors/Administrators of small Centers (fewer than 25 children).

  • Created especially for early educators!
  • Over 30 hours of hands-on instruction in technology, marketing, and financial management
  • All experience levels welcome; support provided to those with no prior technology knowledge
  • Receive a new laptop upon completion of the course
  • One-on-one small business mentoring
  • Help creating a business plan, using the Business Administration Scale (BAS) or Program Administration Scale (PAS)
  • The opportunity to connect with other early education and care providers in your area
  • Earn up to 3.0 CEUs (30 training hours)

Dates: Saturdays, February 23, March 16 & 30, April 6 & 27, May 4 & 18, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: UMass Boston, 150 Mount Vernon St, Dorchester, MA
*Free parking available and accessible by the T*


*Applications are closed*

Cambridge Professional Development Day
Apr 6 @ 8:15 am – 3:15 pm

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*

Apoyo Para Avanzar tu Nivel de QRIS para Educadores de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar – En Español
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Una de las razones principales por las que los estados crean un sistema de mejoramiento y calificación de la calidad (QRIS) es ayudar a los padres a comprender, elegir y evaluar los programas de cuidado y educación temprana y en edad escolar. Las secciones tratarán cómo incluir la recopilación y evaluación de datos en la planificación inicial de un sistema de calificación y mejora de la calidad (QRIS). Además, ayudará a los educadores de cuidado infantil en el hogar a adquirir conocimientos y habilidades que transformarán la forma en que los educadores sirven a los niños y las familias en su programa.

Instructora: Jackeline Fernandez – Coach, Region 6 EPS

Fechas: Sabados, Abril 6 y 27, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Assisting parents in understanding, choosing, and evaluating early and school-age care and education programs is one of the primary reasons States create a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The sections will address how to include data collection and evaluation in the initial planning for a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Also, will help family child care educators gain knowledge and skills that will transform the way educators serve children and families in their program.

Dates: Saturday, April 6, 2019 & Saturday, April 27, 2019

Time 9:00am to 3:00pm (both Saturdays)

Location:

Project Hope

550 Dudley Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

Instructor: Jackeline Fernandez – Coach, Region 6 EPS

Apr
10
Wed
The Challenge of Hiring & Retaining Great Early Educators PLC
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Many early education programs are struggling to find qualified educators to fill open teaching positions. Join a group of your peers to explore strategies, current research, and creative solutions. Participants will complete a self-assessment and create action plans for their programs.

Cost: $25 for 3 sessions

Session One: Preparing to Hire What are the challenges? Am I ready to hire? What are my next steps? Making the pitch: Why should you come to work here? We will also explore creating job descriptions, pay, and benefits.

Session Two: Staff Recruitment What are the challenges? Would I want to work here? How do I effectively post a position? Should I be using social media or a hiring bonus? We will also discuss tips and tools for the interview process.

Session Three: New Staff Orientation and Retention What are the challenges? Would I want to stay here? What does the research say? We will also share staff orientation resources and staff engagement strategies.

Who Should Participate? Educators, Directors, and Administrators, and other staff involved in hiring staff in Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Family Child Care and Afterschool/Out of School Time (OST) programs

Instructor: Wendy Valentine

Apply here

PSY103 Child Development at Quincy College
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

PSY 103 Child Development
This course is designed to provide the student with an integrated understanding of child development as it relates to early childhood education. A broad theoretical background is combined with principles of application. Emphasis is on the social context of early development, group processes, influence of the family, role of play, and the development of cognitive capabilities.
This course meets category 1, Child Growth and Development requirements for EEC Certifications. If you have questions or are looking for support to develop an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) please contact us at epsregion6@bostonabcd.org.

Location: Quincy College, 1250 Hancock St, Quincy, MA; Classroom #418

Start Date: April 10, 2019

Time:  Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Instructor: Ashley Clark

Instruction Language: English

Cost: $50

This is a 3 credit, 10 week course that meets once a week on Wednesdays, 6pm-10pm, April 10 – June 12, 2019

The course is full – Put your name on the waitlist here

Family Child Care Support and Learning PLC
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker series with guest speaker coaches on early childhood education and family child care topics – different at every meeting!
Join other Family Child Care Providers and Assistants to learn from one another and discuss relevant topics.

Dates: Wednesday, 11/14/18, 1/09/19, 2/13/19, 3/13/19, 4/10/19, 5/08/19

Speakers/Topics:
January 9 – Amanda Kasica from Bay Cove Early Intervention
February 13 – Linda Schumacher, Identifying Developmental Milestones
March 13 – Carol Godfrey, QRIS: CQIPs, Using QRIS Checklists
April 10 – Nancy Toso, Infant/Toddler Development and Curriculum
May 8 – TBD

Apr
13
Sat
Using the Early Environment Rating Scale (ECERS/ITERS) and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale for Program Assessment and Improvement
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Using the Early Environment Rating Scale (ECERS/ITERS) and the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale for Program Assessment and Improvement

In this training, participants will learn about the content and use of the ECERS/ITERS, practice scoring, review results, and describe strategies for program improvement. The ECERS/ITERS is a valid and reliable tool for program evaluation. Programs can use this scale for self-assessment and to determine areas for improvement.

The Arnett caregiver Interaction Scale is designed to measure the emotional tone, disciplinary style, and the responsiveness of the educator. During this training, participants will review the organization and content of the Interaction Scale, practice using the tool as a self-assessment measure, and utilize the results to identify areas for improvement. Use of these tools in this manner serves to help educators plan programs that improve the environment and increase positive interactions with children.

Register here

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