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Vibrant Vocabulary for Sensational Students PK-1

June 7, 2022  |  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Virtual Session)
Having a rich vocabulary helps with language development, reading comprehension, and written expression. Early childhood students and second language students need some extra help from teachers to learn crucial vocabulary needed to be successful with both social and academic language. In this session, educators will learn routines for teaching vocabulary words in effective ways for easy retrieval and correct use for oral expression in PK-1 classrooms.  Learn more and register here.





Phonological Awareness FUN! PK-1 Early Literacy

June 9, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Virtual Zoom Session)
Join us to learn about the Phonological Awareness continuum and its importance in early literacy development. Each step of the continuum will be explored with research and fun activities to support student learning in a high quality classroom. Participants will leave with ready-to-use activities and knowledge on how to move students from playing with sounds to connecting them to letters for beginning reading and writing. Learn more and register here.





Maximizing the Power of Read Alouds in Early Childhood

June 17, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Reading aloud in the classroom allows practitioners to scaffold children's understanding of the story, model good reading practices, and implement strategies to support expressive and receptive language skills while increasing students' vocabulary.

During the session, we will practice planning using  different literacy titles. Participants will deliberately select learning objectives, formulate relevant questions, and identify the resources required to enrich the learning experience for all learners. Learn more and register here.





Actividades para el desarrollo y evaluación de habilidades de alfabetización en el salón de preescolar

June 21, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

La alfabetización temprana comprende el aprendizaje de un conjunto de habilidades, conocimientos y actitudes que contribuyen al desarrollo progresivo de habilidades de lectura y escritura.

Acompáñenos a esta sesión en donde compartiremos estrategias y actividades para el desarrollo y la evaluación de habilidades de alfabetización temprana en el salón de preescolar bilingüe.  Obtenga más información y regístrese aquí.





Writing, Writing Everywhere! (Early Childhood)

June 21, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Virtual Zoom Session)
Emergent writing skills are an important part of the Early Childhood Classroom. Research suggests that adult modeling  and guidance on how and when to apply writing skills is critical for future academic success. Participants will discuss the stages of writing development, learn how to embed writing in literacy centers, and incorporate writing in the classroom every day. Modeled Writing, Shared Writing, and bookmaking strategies and techniques will be presented. Bookmaking is a wonderful way to show students the reciprocity of reading and writing and an excellent tool to encourage students to write. Learn more and register here.





I Am an Author! Bookmaking for PK-1

June 21, 2022  |  12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Zoom Session)

Bookmaking is an excellent way to inspire budding authors to practice reading and writing skills. We use mentor texts to teach oral language, vocabulary, and listening skills. Why not use these same books to teach students how to read and write... How to be authors! In this session, participants will review elements of emergent reading and writing appropriate for grades PK-1st. Ideas will be shared to help teachers and students publish their own books. Learn more and register here.





Dance the Texas Two-Step: Partnering Math and Literacy in Prekindergarten
Early Literacy. Emergent Math, Prekindergarten

June 22, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Virtual Zoom Session)

Spark curiosity and wonder in your classroom by using books, songs, and finger plays to bring literacy and math skills to life. By connecting these skills to student imagination, as well as, real life scenarios in dramatic play, blocks, and literacy centers, students can make sense of the mathematical skills of numeracy and problem solving while developing oral language and early literacy skills. Participants will leave this session with strategies to partner math with literacy to effectively teach all students using the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.  Learn more and register here.





Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Classrooms

June 28, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Virtual Zoom Session)

Developmentally appropriate practice means providing a joyful, engaging, play based environment for the Early Childhood Classrooms in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. It is essential that students feel safe in order to use their natural curiosity to explore the world around them, take risks learning oral language, and enjoy learning through hands on experiences. Providing opportunities for families to participate in the classroom is also important. This session will review the latest research on developmentally appropriate practices and student learning.  Learn more and register here.





Desarrollando habilidades de conciencia fonológica en el salón de prekindergarten bilingüe

July 7, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

El desarrollo de la conciencia fonológica ha sido relacionado en muchos estudios como un factor influyente en el desarrollo de habilidades de lectoescritura. En este taller repasaremos el continuo de adquisición de habilidades de conciencia fonológica y compartiremos actividades correspondientes a cada etapa para la enseñanza y evaluación de estas habilidades. Obtenga más información y regístrese aquí.





STEAM and Stories in Preschool

July 13, 2022  |  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Face-to-Face Session at Region 4)
Imagine if the Three Billy Goats built a tall bridge or if the Three Little Pigs reinforced their houses to protect themselves from the Big Bad Wolf. Explore how STEAM can be used to ignite creativity and inspire imagination in young children. Participants will explore a variety of ways to integrate STEAM into the literature preschool students know and love. Learn more and register here.





Learning Centers in the Prekindergarten Classroom
Play-based Activities- Make and Take

July 12, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Join us for a full day of learning and planning on how to integrate and assess content areas in the prekindergarten learning centers. During the session we will discuss strategies to intentionally plan for content, the benefits of using a theme-based approach and how to systematically implement formative assessment strategies to adjust instruction. Learn more and register here.





Going Beyond the Home Center in Dramatic Play
Integrating and Assessing Content Objectives in Dramatic Play

July 15, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Besides social-emotional development, there are so many benefits associated with dramatic play in the early grades. Dramatization supports all areas of child development and provides opportunities to develop background knowledge, laying the foundation of literacy development and reading readiness. Join us for a day of discovery and planning to maximize the use of the dramatic center in your classroom. In this training participants will develop plans to integrate content and language objectives in the dramatic center. Learn more and register here.





Oral Language and Emergent Literacy Development in the ECSE and Prekindergarten Classrooms.

October 11, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Developing oral language and communication skills for young children create a foundation for later success in reading and writing. In this session, we will discuss oral language development stages, alignment to prekindergarten guidelines, inclusive practices, and how to intentionally plan and assess oral language development in early childhood classrooms.

Session fee and materials partially funded with state or federal grant funds. Learn more and register here.



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