Professional Development Calendar

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EPS Region 6 Event Calendar
Apr
23
Tue
Boston Healthy Child Care Initiative Learning Collaborative
Apr 23 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Region 6 EPS Coaches’ PLC
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Did you know that your coaches are constantly developing their skills too?

This PLC is for Coaches who are a part of the Region 6 EPS Coaches Cadre

This four session PLC cohort will be structured around your coaching needs. The group will explore how to create a coaching vision, build trust, listen, ask powerful questions and develop comprehensive coaching plans. Together we will explore common coaching challenges and develop new coaching practices to overcome our challenges. Participants will practice using new coaching tools, rubrics, and questions to enhance their coaching skills.

Instructor: Susan MacDonald

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Apr
24
Wed
The Challenge of Hiring & Retaining Great Early Educators PLC
Apr 24 @ 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

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Men in Early Education PLC
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Men in Early Childhood PLC is designed to support gender diversity in the field of Early Childhood
Education. We will accomplish this by allowing men currently within the field an opportunity to
discuss issues they face within the profession as well as explore pathways to more inclusion. We will address community and societal perceptions of the Early Education and Care profession in general. We hope to develop a continuing support system for all men in our field. We will advocate for political and professional agendas that support the ability to choose a career pathway that includes professionalism, value recognition and economic viability.

Dates: Wednesdays March 27 and April 24

Register here

Apr
27
Sat
Small Business Innovation Course at UMass Boston, 2019
Apr 27 @ 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*

Apoyo Para Avanzar tu Nivel de QRIS para Educadores de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar – En Español
Apr 27 @ 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

May
4
Sat
Small Business Innovation Course at UMass Boston, 2019
May 4 @ 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*

Innovative Professional Development Project
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Do you want to transform program quality through an innovative professional development project?  Are you thinking about the next step in your career? Do you have a professional development project or idea you’ve always wanted to implement in your program or community?

This course will guide participants in the creation of a professional development project that will impact the quality of early childhood programs. This project could be a workshop, CEU course, conference proposal or presentation. Participants will be asked to come prepared with a focus area for their project and willingness to commit some time outside of the course hours to work on their project. Participants will earn 5 EEC training hours.

Project topics that people have done in the past include: writing a CEU, creating a new staff orientation, developing a training on a particular topic, writing an article for an education journal

LocationThis workshop will take place in the Museum of Science’s Educator Resource Center. This is accessible by the T and parking will be validated (free) in the Museum of Science’s parking garage.

Instructor:  Susan MacDonald is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, a consultancy focused on empowering educational leaders to create programs that deeply respect and nurture the possibilities that lie within each child, parent and teacher.  Susan has been developing and delivering inspirational courses and workshops for over 25 years. Her background includes director of a Reggio inspired preschool program, adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Wheelock College and Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensing supervisor. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, professional coach certifications through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and the Minds at Work, Immunity to Change program Susan is the current president of Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network and past vice president of the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children. Susan is the author of Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, published by Gryphon House in 2016.
For more information, please visit: www.inspiringnewperspectives.com

Apply here before April 19th

May
7
Tue
QRIS Information Session Webinar
May 7 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Have questions about the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)? Our featured speaker for the webinar is EEC Program Quality Specialist, Joy Cohen. Joy provides support to programs working on their QRIS Level and is the person who will perform your Level 3 and 4 visits in Region 6! Join us to learn about QRIS, why it is important to participate, tips to move up a level, and supports that are available to you.

Sign up for the webinar here

Submit questions you would like Joy or EPS Region 6 to address during the webinar here.

May
8
Wed
Raise Your Voice, Share Your Story: An Evening Retreat for Educators
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm