Professional Development

 

 

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Free Staff Development Tools Delivered to Your Inbox Each Month - Collage, a monthly e-mail newsletter, provides valuable articles on timely subjects for busy early childhood educators. Each issue includes 3 or 4 hand-picked articles on a single topic. "Collage will soon become a valued in-house staff development tool for your program--because we’ll include the theory behind each aspect of play, practical applications and lots of links to resources you won’t want to miss."

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: More Favorite "Anytime" Activities and Resources - Welcome to Early Childhood Newsletter's "Summer Session." During June and July, I will share some of my favorite "anytime activities" from newsletters published in prior years as well as some of the best online Web resources I've found for early childhood educators. I hope you'll find here some fun ideas and useful resources for engaging your students.

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Ten Favorite Activities & Resources for Summer - Welcome to Early Childhood Newsletter's "Summer Session." During June and July, I will share some of my favorite "anytime activities" from newsletters published in prior years as well as some of the best online Web resources I've found for early childhood educators. I hope you'll find here some fun ideas and useful resources for engaging your students.
 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Winter Arts - It's a brand new year -- a time when many of us entertain thoughts of new goals, new ideas, or new experiences. Bring some "newness" into your classroom by incorporating the arts into your activities and lessons.

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Our 5 Senses and the Holidays! - Holidays are coming, what do we hear? Songs and bells ringing -- they sound loud and clear.
 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Making Gifts - As the holidays approach, most children like to recite their wish lists for Santa. This year, invite students to help create another list -- one that reflects ways your children can give to others.

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Leaves - Whether they’re piled up to your knees or lightly sprinkled on lawns and fields, leaves are a subject of fascination for young children. Use them in a science or math lesson; have fun with them in a classroom art project. We’ve gathered a “pile” of activities for you to try.

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Halloween - Halloween is one of the most popular holidays with kids and grown-ups alike. How will you recognize this special day in your classroom while keeping the excitement at an acceptable level? Young children will surely love hearing a good Halloween story, and who doesn’t love trying a special Halloween treat? We’ve put together a “handful of Halloween” for you to use in your classroom, so have fun and happy pumpkin day to all!

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Fire Safety - Surely, teaching fire safety to young children in a non-threatening way is one of the most important things we, as educators, can do. By teaching our students concepts such as Stop, Drop, and Roll, and other fire safety tips, we give children a sense of empowerment and safety in a sometimes-unpredictable world.

 

Alphabet/Pre-writing Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter: Cool Cooking - Don’t let the heat outdoors stop you from cooking with your children. Cooking strengthens children’s skills across the curriculum. When children cook, they learn about good nutrition for their bodies. They develop skills in math, reading, and language arts. Cooking gives children an opportunity to create, cooperate, and to feel a sense of accomplishment. So go ahead and cook -- just make sure you keep it cool!

 

Adventures in ECE - Provides workshops on bookmaking with children, literacy resources, art ideas and materials, and more.

 

Early Childhood Education Newsletter- This Week's Theme: Enjoy The Outdoors! - Come on outside, the weather is fine! What better time than springtime to take some of your lessons outdoors? Whether your children are measuring water or playing shadow tag, they are using nature’s bounty to help them learn.

 

stack of booksEarly Childhood Education Newsletter: This Week's Theme - Libraries - Shelves and shelves of books! The library is an “exploratorium”-- a place to explore facts, feelings, and fun found on the pages of books! Whether your students regularly visit a public library, a school library, or a classroom library, they are beginning to understand the value and enjoyment of books.

 

small red heartEarly Childhood Education Newsletter: February's Theme - Hearts - Includes activities and websites which all contain ideas related to this month's theme: hearts! Also, includes information on how to subscribe to the Education World Early Childhood Education newsletter.

 

Free Online Course: What is Children's Special Health Care Services?"
This course covers the basics of Michigan's Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program. The course is designed to assure that all "relevant" professionals have sufficient knowledge to respond appropriately to potentially eligible families. It also may help families understand who may be eligible for the CSHCS program and get other information. Professionals and families who are in touch with persons with disabilities/special needs will gain straight-forward, useful information. The aim of offering this course is to boost understanding so that all who may be eligible will be referred to CSHCS. Course features: ten sections that cover a wide range of topics; links to resources for families; readily accessible and easy to use; take in one sitting or many; average completion time is 45 minutes or less. Visit http://healthcare.mivu.org, select the "Children's Special Health Care Services" course, create a FREE account and begin! It's that easy.

 

Great Start for Kids - Governor Jennifer Granholm launched Project Great Start in her first State of the State address. The governor described this new initiative as a movement that challenges us all to recognize that education begins at birth, not when a child enters school.  Whether you are a parent, a professional, or anyone involved in the life of a child, the governor invites you to participate in Great Start. This website provides information and opportunities to become involved.
 

Early On Training & Technical Assistance (EOT&TA) will provide training and technical assistance to interagency providers of early intervention services and local interagency coordinating councils. Our focus is to develop leadership skills, strengthening qualifications, encourage and support expertise that will enhance families' abilities to support the growth and development of their infants and toddlers with special needs.  Click here for professional development opportunities from EOT&TA.

 

Visit the National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)