2020-21 Free Webinars

  • 2020-21 Professional Development Offerings

    Note: These webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. These webinars are offered at no cost thanks to funding from New York State. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, you must be registered on My Learning Plan and sign in during the webinar. If you have questions concerning registration, contact Janet Sluka at 516-396-2263 or email prek@nasboces.org

      

    JUST ANNOUNCED! Introduction to the NYS Revised Early Learning Guidelines for Leaders and Administrators

    The Guidelines are an excellent tool for planning curriculum and programs for Pre-K through grade three. Participants will learn how to use the revised Guidelines to support educators in anticipating developmental changes and to respond with specific instructional, environmental and family engagement strategies. This webinar is most appropriate for Assistant Superintendents and School Building Leaders. Please join the training using a computer rather than a phone or tablet. We will be using the online version of the Early Learning Guidelines https://www.nyecpdi.org/pdi/elg.php 

    Presenters: Helen Frazier, Ivonne Monje and Tatiana Bacigalupe, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. The event is co-sponsored by The Long Island Pre-K Initiative/Long Island Regional Technical Assistance Center for Pre-K and Early Childhood Education (RTAC) and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.

    Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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    Making Language Stick: Teaching the Next Generation Learning Standards to Pre-K Students

    We as teachers may feel dread thinking about “grammar,” and remembering rote, disconnected workbook exercises. What we’ve failed to understand is that the key to delivering solid, practical grammar instruction has always been right under our noses. Using Jeff Anderson’s Everyday Editingas a guide, we will discuss a philosophy crafted to help students both understand and enjoy grammar.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Full-day Virtual Pre-K and Finding the Silver Linings

    This practical workshop is presented by an early educator who is succeeding in teaching Pre-K remotely this year. She will review the management of Pre-K in a virtual setting and the process of teaching young learners at a distance. Topics will include creating schedules, parent communication, incorporating technology and keeping students engaged. And she’ll share “what works” when it comes to social-emotional support activities, providing authentic lessons and assessment strategies. Presenter: Patricia Pearsall is a Pre-K teacher for the Mineola Public Schools, who has been an early childhood educator for her entire career. She is committed to providing experiential and meaningful instruction.

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2020
    Time: 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee for this webinar but pre-registration is required.

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    Expert Trainers in Anti-Bias for Pre-K Students, Educators and Families—a four-part series
    Part One: Selecting and Discussing Texts With Young Children 

    Given our current climate, how do we engage in discussions, support courageous conversations or facilitate exploration with young children? In this presentation, participants will engage in an interactive 90-minute session on how to use high-quality texts and podcasts to support enriching and developmentally appropriate discussion with young children. Participants will walk away with resources, tools and practices in selecting texts that can be adapted to your school, center or learning environment. Presenters: Jacob Dixon, CEO, Choice for All, and adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education; Aliyah Hayes-Shepherd, Co-founder of Co-Plan It, a nonprofit collaborative that works with leaders in education. NOTE: Enrollment is limited to promote dialogue.

    Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but registration is required

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    Professional Learning Circle: Cultural Competence

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from a subject matter expert, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the fifth in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Expert Trainers in Anti-Bias for Pre-K Students, Educators and Families—a four-part series
    Part Two: Engaging Families and The Community: A Discipline and Management Lens

    In this presentation, participants will engage in a rich, 90-minute session and will learn key strategies to engage the school or child care community and the greater community through an anti-bias lens. You will also learn approaches to ensure that classroom management and school or center-wide guidance is also affirming. Finally, participants will gain practical tools and resources focused on discipline and management through an anti-bias lens. Presenters: Jacob Dixon, CEO, Choice for All and adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education; Errol Olton, Co-founder of Co-Plan It, a nonprofit collaborative that works with leaders in education. NOTE: Enrollment is limited to promote dialogue.

    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but registration is required

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    Writing Workshops for Our Youngest Writers: Examining an Illustration Study

    When our students don’t yet know their letters, sounds or the basics of written language, how do they communicate meaning? Starting the year with an illustration study is a perfect way to build a foundation for strong writing. In this webinar, participants will learn about the Next Generation Learning Standards. The power of choosing the right mentor texts will be demonstrated and ways students can show meaning will be discussed.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Expert Trainers in Anti-Bias for Pre-K Students, Educators and Families—a four-part series
    Part Three: Training for Educators; Support for Families

    In this 90-minute session, participants will engage in discussion of anti-bias, culturally responsive texts and practical resources to support your staff so they can be the best partners to your families. The webinar will also cover building support for families so they know how to advocate for the needs of their children, in partnership with your staff. Participants will leave with key takeaways to build into your professional development or training for your school, center or learning community. Presenters: Jacob Dixon, CEO, Choice for All and adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education; Shannon Ortiz-Wong, Co-founder of Co-Plan It, a nonprofit collaborative that works with leaders in education. NOTE: Enrollment is limited to promote dialogue.

    Thursday, February 4, 2021
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but registration is required

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    Expert Trainers in Anti-Bias for Pre-K Students, Educators and Families—a four-part series
    Part Four: Developmentally Appropriate Protocols and Resources for Pre-K Students

    In this interactive 90-minute webinar, participants will practice pedagogical tactics that can be used directly with young children to advance their dignity and their belief in the dignity of children of color. Participants will leave with developmentally appropriate protocols that support anti-bias classrooms or learning spaces with resources that can be adapted to the Pre-K environment. Presenters: Jacob Dixon, CEO, Choice for All and adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education; Dr. Jen Gowers, Co-founder, Co-Plan It, a nonprofit collaborative that works with leaders in education. NOTE: Enrollment is limited to promote dialogue.

    Thursday, February 11, 2021
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but registration is required

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    Professional Learning Circle: Sharing How We Use Technology

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from an experienced moderatorf, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the sixth in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Engaging Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs) in Literacy and Language Learning

    In this webinar, you will learn strategies that may be used as part of your daily routine to engage Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs) and support literacy and language development. The presenter will share authentic examples—and will show you environmental supports that teachers can develop right away. Approaches may include using photos or props to support vocabulary understanding, body language, gestures, and songs and chants. You will also learn ways to strengthen the school-family partnership and engage families in their children’s learning. Finally, there will be time for participants to reflect and set goals related to the strategies presented.  Presenter: Mayra Baldi has served in multiple roles in public early childhood education including teacher, early childhood director and instructional coach. She is also currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College.

    Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Registration fee: There is no fee for this workshop, but registration is required.

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    Teaching Children Empathy, Kindness, Respect and Compassion from the Start

    Participants will learn about the “Kids for Kids” approach to teaching children kindness, respect, inclusion and global citizenship, including skyping with friends across the world in Nairobi. Exchanging stories, languages and songs promotes an understanding that we are alike as well as different. Another layer is added by using the anti-bias guide from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Participants will get an in-depth understanding of its four goals, and will understand what they look like through an early childhood education lens. Discussion will cover how to build a rich, inclusive community through input from a child’s family life and celebrating the differences families bring to your program. There will be ample opportunity for dialogue about these important topics. Presenter: AnneMarie Robley is Curriculum Coordinator at Imagine Early Learning Centers on Long Island and began her career in early education in 1998.

    Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Registration fee: There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.

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    Bringing Nursery Rhymes to Life: Strategies to Spark Language Development for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs)

    Children who are dual language learners/English language learners need multiple, meaningful and purposeful opportunities to build new vocabulary and develop comprehension and narrative skills. Participants will learn various ways to “bring nursery rhymes to life,” using developmentally appropriate activities incorporating art and music. In addition, they will be able to search for books and music in the children’s home languages that relate to the theme or topic being introduced through nursery rhymes. Finally, they will explore the benefits of developing interactives to support virtual learning and/or to provide families with the resources to support their children’s language development at home. Presenter: Jamie Nolan is the former Pre-Kindergarten Supervisor and Staff Developer for the Port Washington School District. She is currently a District Mentor in Florida.

    Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Registration fee: There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.

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    A Year With COVID: Looking Back at Lessons Learned While Looking Forward 

    This workshop will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the Pre-K setting. It will focus on the lessons we learned and on how programs and their staff adapted to meet the needs of students and their families during the pandemic. What’s more, this webinar will offer ideas on how to wrap up the school year, while exploring the needs of students for the summer—and the next school year. Participants will shared their experiences and leave with insights on how to improve their own wellness and implement new skills in the coming year. Presenter: David Hymowitz is a social worker with 30 years of experience. He has worked with numerous school districts as they develop programs on social-emotional learning.

    Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Registration: There is no fee but pre-registration is required.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Sharing Engaging Math and Science Lessons in a Virtual or Hybrid Setting

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. The PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is part of a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Exploring ECERS-R

    The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale—Revised (ECERS-R) is an observation tool designed to assess the quality of preschool classrooms. In this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of the ECERS-R and its purpose, and will learn about the tool’s subscales and how to score them. Through watching short videos and using the tool to score what you see, you will have an opportunity to practice your skills. In addition, you will learn new strategies to improve your ECERS-R skills. For this webinar, you will need a copy of the ECERS-R edition , which can be purchased new or used online. Presenter: Stephanie Dockweiler is the President of QS2 Training and Consulting and is a past president of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC).

    Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: What will September be like in our Classrooms?

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. The PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the last in a series of monthly Zoom meetings this school year for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators.

    Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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