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Guilford Early Learning Collaborative Spring Professional Development Day

March 17, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:45 pm


Large Group Sessions include a screening of the film, “Resilience” and an Active Learning Experience about children’s movement and physical activity.

Small Group Sessions led by expert teachers and other professionals in the Early Care and Education field

Break-out Choice 1:

Watch, Listen and Learn; Video Vignettes for Positive and Developmentally Appropriate Classroom Management 
Janet Howard, Brining out the Best and Nancy Close, Pre-K Teacher at Hunter Elementary School
In this session, participants will watch a video that demonstrates best practices in a pre-k classroom. The video is mostly centered around transition and circle time, but has plenty of great examples of successful classroom management tools.

“Resilience” film debrief 

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Critical Conversations from the film “Resilience:” Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all socioeconomic levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” After viewing this highly acclaimed film with us, learn what ACEs are, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for a healthy, thriving and economically strong North Carolina.

Making Connections Using 21st Century Technology in the Classroom, Maggie Roberston and Kameka Patterson, NC Pre-K Teachers 
Do you love using technology or are you somewhat intimidated by all those devices? Either way, this session by classroom teachers demonstrates easy, practical, and often inexpensive ways to use technology to strengthen relationships and deepen learning connections with the children and families you serve. The goal is to seamlessly use everyday technology in an authentic, meaningful way to support and enhance the classroom.

Social and Emotional Milestones-Birth to 36 Months: Building Blocks for Future Learning, Jennifer Anderson, Infant Toddler Specialist 
First everything is “mine”, then children learn to take turns, and eventually they learn to share. For infants and toddlers this learning happens through relationships and includes developing a sense of self, a sense of self with others, and learning about feelings. All children need an emotionally secure environment that supports healthy development in this learning domain. This workshop examines social/emotional competence as a vital component of later school readiness. Participants will learn how a responsive caregiver can help the youngest of our children form secure attachments, learn to navigate feelings and emotions, and begin to develop self- regulation and social skills, the building blocks for future learning.

Break-out Choice 2:

Engaging Dual Language Learners and their Families: Various panelist members 

This panel comprised of a diverse group of individuals will share their thoughts and strategies for strengthening relationships and enhancing communication with dual-language learners and their families.

Family Engagement and Cultural Competency: Meeting Families Where They Are 
Rhodus Riggins, Jr., Tarsha Banister, Harriette Bailey, EQuIPD team members

The Myth of the Super-Director: BUSTED! Ashley Allen, EQuIPD
Ask an early childhood director or administrator what they do, and most describe “being everything, for everyone, all the time.” This session will check our assumptions about what we “should be doing” as administrators and identify what we must be doing to nurture our own social emotional well-being. Join us as we look at how self-awareness and self-care create a healthier and sustainable path and as leaders of early childhood programs, how we model and support these skills in our staff along the way.

Teaching Social-Emotional Skills to Young Children, Ilene Fisher, Bringing out the Best

In this workshop, we will briefly review social emotional milestone development and learn to help children recognize and manage their emotions in healthy ways. We will also explore techniques that will help you teach friendship skills such as problem solving and empathy for others. This workshop is best suited for educators of 3-5 year-olds.

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March 17, 2018
8:30 am - 3:45 pm


Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
2907 E. Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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500 W. Friendly Ave. Suite 100 · Greensboro, NC · 27401

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