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Reading/Language Arts Preschool and Prekindergarten

Professional development, products, and services are available in the following areas:


- access to the general education curriculum

- coteaching in the early childhood classroom

- early literacy developmentearly literacy development

- inclusion

- informal assessment

- oral language development

- phonological awareness in English and Spanish

- using technology in the classroom, and

- writing


prek-workshops-image-2019-2020UPCOMING PREKINDERGARTEN WORKSHOPS
Going Beyond the Home Center in Dramatic Play

Maximizing Dramatic Play

February 21, 2020

There are so many benefits associated to dramatic play in the early grades besides social-emotional development. 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 learn how to plan dramatic play to reinforce content and language objectives. Attendees will receive resources for the dramatic center to utilize in different units of study throughout the year. Session materials and fees are covered by grant funds. REGISTER


Phonological Awareness FUN! Pk-1

February 27, 2020
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. REGISTER



We Collected the Data, Now What?!
Using Authentic Assessment in the Prekindergarten Classroom to Guide Instruction

March 5, 2020

Differentiating instruction in the prekindergarten classroom seems almost impossible to accomplish due to the different levels of mastery and the individual differences in learning styles. In this training participants will use the prekindergarten guidelines to develop observational tools that guide instructional decisions for meeting the individual needs of students. Come for a day of collaboration! During the session, we will discuss the different theories about assessment in early childhood and develop assessments tools to implement right away. REGISTER



How to Make Friends and Influence PK

March 17, 2020
Join Adam Hollan for this deep dive into two key theories that drive classroom management: behaviorism and self-determination theory. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss these theories to support building classroom community, teaching behavior, and designing experiences for children that promote success rather than failure. Learn how they can benefit or challenge children with special needs. REGISTER


Making Independent Work Jobs Meaningful for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities: Preschool
Early Childhood Special Education

March 18, 2020
Attend this training to learn the importance of teaching independent skills for preschoolers with significant intellectual disabilities. Strategies will include, the use of visual supports to increase independence, how to design and set up the tasks, considerations for materials to use, data collection methods, and addressing both functional and the academic core content areas. Session and materials costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. REGISTER



Developing Early Literacy Skills in Prekindergarten
Supporting Young Readers and Writers in Prekindergarten

March 25, 2020

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. Enrollment fees and materials for this session have been covered with RECESS Grant Initiative 1 funds. REGISTER


Emergent Reading Small Group Activities Make and Take

March 26, 2020
In this session participants will explore various small group activities for developing emergent reading skills. We will discuss the components of effective small group instruction and identify ways to differentiate lessons based on student need. The small group lessons cover skills such as phonological awareness, language development, and letter knowledge. Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classrooms. REGISTER



Promoting Oral Language in Prekindergarten
April 8, 2020

Oral language development is the cornerstone to academic success. It allows children to express themselves, facilitates social emotional development, and is essential to emergent reading and writing development. Providing ways to help students increase their vocabulary in the classroom is paramount to fostering self esteem and providing the necessary foundation for success in learning to read and write. This session will equip teachers with strategies to develop vocabulary in their classroom, so come and join the fun in promoting oral language in your classroom!  REGISTER




Learning Environments in Prekindergarten: Preparing Students for Success!
Creating a Nurturing, Supportive and Conducive Learning Environment in Prekindergarten

April 15, 2020

Safe, responsive, and nurturing environments are important components of learning and development of prekindergarten students. Such environments also help to prevent or alleviate challenging behaviors and to implement effective interventions for young children, supporting and developing independence and social-emotional growth. Join us for a day of learning about cultivating a responsive, warm, and caring environment in an inclusive prekindergarten classroom. Enrollment fees and materials are covered with RECESS grant initiative 1 funds. REGISTER



CIRCLE: Two-Day Preschool Early Language and Literacy Including Mathematics

April 22, 2020
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. Each participant receives a manual containing resources that will help promote early language and early literacy development as well as mathematic skill development in young children. Training includes the following topics: Best Practices, Social Emotional Development, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Language Development, Book Reading, Letter Knowledge, and Mathematics. REGISTER



Learning Content through Dramatic Play in Prekindergarten
Developing Academic and Social-Emotional Skills through Dramatic Play

April 28, 2020

In addition to social-emotional development, there are many academic benefits associated with dramatic play. 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 learn how to plan dramatic play that reinforces content and language objectives. Session materials and fees are covered by grant funds. REGISTER



Moving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

June 3, 2020
Learn effective methods for teaching letter sound correspondence that lead towards more complex word structure for readers.  Remember the more connections students make the faster they learn to read. REGISTER


Visit the professional development homepage for a complete listing of offerings.



For more information, contact:


JaneAnn Brown
PreK - Grade 2 Specialist


Johanna Guerrero
PreK and Kindergarten Specialist


Carolyn Holliday

RECESS 2 Specialist



Alejandra Sanchez de Tagle
RECESS 1 Specialist

Brenda Vernon



Jacqueline Williams








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