English Language Development (ELD) Block
PK-2nd Grade Bilingual Classroom
In this session, participants will learn the structure of the English language development (ELD) block in the bilingual classroom. Participants will be able to understand what is ELD, the purpose of ELD, and how to use the TEKS and ELPS to plan a week of instruction.
Developing Early Literacy Skills in PrekindergartenJanuary 27, 2024 | Virtual Zoom Session
Fostering and encouraging early writing and reading skills, and understanding the developmental stages of each student, is a challenge many early childhood professionals face.
During this session, we will focus on the stages of literacy development and will learn some strategies to incorporate developmentally appropriate activities to foster students' natural curiosity. Register here.
From Circle Time to Small Group Instruction. Connecting Learning in Early Childhood
January 30, 2024 | Virtual Session
There is so much to learn and practice in early childhood classrooms. It is challenging to address all the learning objectives during circle time without extending the recommended time for whole-group instruction. Using the whole group environment to introduce the learning objectives and model activities allows teachers to plan for targeted, connected, and scaffolded small-group instruction.
In this session, we will review recommended and developmentally appropriate practices to introduce, and review content in circle time and how to transfer those learning objectives into meaningful small group lessons. Register here.
February 6–7, 2024 | In-Person Session
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.
Emergent Literacy: Small Group Activities Make and Take for the ECSE and Pre-K Classrooms
February 8, 2024 | In-Person Session
In this session, participants will explore a variety of small group activities that target emergent literacy skills. The small group lessons cover skills such as phonological awareness and letter knowledge, and book reading. Participants will explore the foundational skills necessary to support all learners.
Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classrooms. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants. Register here.
The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines 2015 have been revised by educators across Texas and the Texas Education Agency. Together, they looked at scientific research for child development to update information and align the revised Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines 2023 to the Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge (TEKS) for K-12.
The guidelines define ten domains of early childhood development and provide behaviors and skills in each domain that children should exhibit by the end of prekindergarten. In this session, we will explore the revised guidelines and examine the skills for both PK3s and PK4s. Participants will discuss the learning domains and the expected rigor of skills, as well as receive instructional strategies to support student success. Learn more and register here.
Actividades para el desarrollo y evaluación de habilidades de alfabetización en el salón de preescolarFebruary 10, 2024 | Virtual Zoom 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 virtual en donde compartiremos estrategias y actividades para el desarrollo y la evaluacion de habilidades de alfabetización temprana en el salón de preescolar bilingue. Register here.
Using Literacy Connections to Develop Mathematical Concepts in Early ChildhoodFebruary 24, 2024 | Virtual Zoom Session
Spark curiosity and wonder in your classroom by using books, songs, and fingerplays 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 developing oral language and early literacy skills.
Participants will leave this session equipped with ready-to-implement strategies and activities to partner math with literacy aligned to the 2022 Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. Register here.
Language Development Small Group Make and Take for the ECSE and Pre-K Classrooms
March 7, 2024 | In-Person Session
In this session, participants will explore a variety of small group activities. Topics include vocabulary, listening comprehension, story retelling, and language development activities.
Participants will also explore the foundational skills to support all students. Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classroom. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants. Register here.
Math Small Group Activity Make and Take for the ECSE and Pre-K Classrooms
March 20, 2024 | In-Person Session
In this session, participants will explore a variety of small group math activities in each of the preschool math strands. These include number and operations, geometry and spatial sense, and measurement skills. Participants will also explore the foundational skills to support all students.
Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classroom. Session and session materials partially funded with state or federal grants. Register here.
Books, Songs, and Fingerplays-It's Circle Time Every Day!
April 4, 2024 | In-Person Session
Join us as we bring Circle Time to life through the use of developmentally appropriate practices in the ECSE and Pre-K classrooms. Circle time can be fun and engaging! Teachers will learn how to create cognitively challenging mini-lessons that include classroom management, language development, social-emotional learning, math, and literacy. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. Register here.