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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 fundsLearn more and register here.





Early Childhood Special Education and Pre-K Boot Camp

5-Day Session beginning October 13, 2022 |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Sessions)
Do you need a refresher or are you new to Pre-K or Early Childhood Special Education? Join us for this multi-day Boot Camp as we immerse new and veteran teachers alike in developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood. Topics covered will include: an overview of best practices, exploration of the TX PK Guidelines, structuring the classroom environment for all learners, embedding IEP through thematic and play-based instruction, effective data collection systems, behavior and social skill support, and supporting communication for all learners. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants. Learn more and register here.





Music, Movement and Learning; Bringing JOY to Education!

November 12, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)
Join us for music, movement, singing, and signing! Learn ways to make our brains active by using effective cognitive strategies that strengthen learning, improve memory and retrieval, enhance learner motivation and morale, and make learning fun and exciting while meeting the needs of ALL students. This multi-sensory experience also promotes social and emotional development and builds strong connections in young children's developing brains while promoting language and literacy development and science knowledge and understanding. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants
Learn more and register here.





Purposeful, Playful and Planful; Embedding IEP Goals and PK Guidelines into Play-based Thematic Units

November 29, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)
Preschoolers aren't just playing. They are learning through developmentally appropriate practices. Join us as we explore planful, purposeful, and playful ways to embed IEP goals and PK Guidelines into a variety of play-based themes. Appropriate resources will be provided to support the training. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. Learn more and register here.





Circle Pre-K Foundations Training

December 6–7, 2022   |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Sessions)
The CIRCLE Pre-K Foundations Training provides a comprehensive look at prekindergarten instruction to support kindergarten readiness. This 7-module training was developed to target key areas of prekindergarten learning and instruction. Across the 7 modules, teachers will experience multiple demonstration lessons and will have numerous opportunities to practice lessons and activities which can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Modules include; Best Practices, Mathematics, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, Language Development, Book Reading, and Written Expression. Learn more and register here.





Creating Independent Work Areas that Work in Your ECSE Self-Contained Classroom

February 7, 2023  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)
During this session, teachers will learn how to collect and use student data in simple, effective, and systematic ways. We will discuss how to analyze the data to create independent work areas based on student needs. Participants will have the opportunity to make the visual supports needed for the independent work areas. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants.  Learn more and register here.





Making Learning Visible in Early Childhood

February 8, 2023  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Making Learning Visible is a learning approach that promotes learning in groups providing the perfect environment to develop some of the 21st-century skills coveted in education, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, inquiry, and problem-solving. This approach allows teachers to use documentation and analysis practices to guide instruction and facilitate learning opportunities for all learners in the early childhood classroom.


In this session, participants will learn about the seven propositions of learning groups, how to support the individual and group learning, and get documentation tools for immediate implementation. Learn more and register here.





Learning Centers in the Prekindergarten Classrooms
Meeting the Needs of Young Learners through Play-based Activities

February 16, 2023  |  8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (In-Person Session)

Join us for a full day of learning and planning to integrate and assess content areas in the prekindergarten learning centers.

During the session, educators will learn how to set up the physical environment for centers, use a center management system, and choose from different formative assessment tools. Participants will collaborate with peers to understand developmentally appropriate activities according to research on the implementation of those practices in the classroom. Learn more and register here.



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