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Online Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children

January 26, 2021
Join us as we explore evidence-based practices for promoting the social emotional competence and school readiness of young children. This Pyramid Model training series is based on the preschool modules developed by The Center for Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning. Topics include; promoting children's success by building relationships and creating supportive environments, social-emotional teaching strategies, individualized intensive interventions, determining the meaning of challenging behavior, developing a behavior support plan. Learn more and register here.



Supporting Teachers of Preschool Children Who are Deafblind
Teachers of preschool children who are deafblind (DB) have very unique teaching responsibilities. Join L. Kathleen. Sheriff, Ed.D. and J. Lindsey Kennon, Ed.D. as we explore ways to support early communication and hands-on learning for these students. Presenters will share the etiologies of DB, standards for teaching, and instructional strategies relevant to this population (e.g. sensory exploration, tactile sign language, etc.). Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. Learn more and register here.




Writing, Writing Everywhere!
Emergent Writing PreK and Kindergarten

February 6, 2021

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.



CIRCLE: Preschool Early Language and Literacy Including Mathematics

February 13, 2021
Participate in the Early Language and Literacy training developed by the Children's Learning Institute, University of Texas Medical School in Houston. This training is based on recent scientific research, is interactive and provides hands-on activities which prekindergarten teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms. Training includes the following topics: Best Practices, Social Emotional Development, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Language Development, Book Reading, Letter Knowledge, and Mathematics. Learn more and register here.



Addressing Social Communication Skills in the School Setting
This course will present innovative strategies to teach social communication skills to school age students. The participants will discover how the natural union between social communication therapy and social skills training makes an interdisciplinary approach exceptionally effective. Videos of students utilizing these strategies will be shared. Learn more and register here.

Phonological Awareness FUN! Grades PreK-1
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. Learn more and register here.

Dance the Texas Two-Step: Partnering Math and Literacy in Prekindergarten
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. Learn more and register here.

Online Standards-Based IEP Process in Early Childhood Special Education
Attend this session to learn more about the standards-based IEP process for young children with special needs. The primary focus of the training is on the Full Individual Evaluation (FIE), Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) development, writing goals and objectives, and progress monitoring. Learn more and register here.




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