Summer Institute 2021

  • Weekly webinars for early educators


    Keynote: Beyond Butterflies and Books: Supporting Young Children’s Science Inquiry and STEM Thinking

    Although the phrase “children are natural born scientists” is widely used in early childhood, we too often underestimate children’s capacity to do and learn science as well as our own capacity to teach it. This session will introduce participants to organizing frameworks and strategies for planning and facilitating engaging and cognitively challenging science experiences and conversations that build on children’s current ideas and thinking. The focus will be on physical science—the study of the non-living world, including properties of matter, forces and motion—and the topics of structures and ramps. Using authentic videos and work samples from early childhood settings, we will explore questions such as “What is the primary focus of science teaching and learning in the early years?” “What kinds of teacher prompts best promote inquiry and elicit children’s science thinking?” and “When should teachers explain and when should they refrain—and why?” 

    Presenter: Cindy Hoisington designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers from the Education Development Center in Waltham, MA.
     
    Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration fee: There is no fee but pre-registration is required.

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    Simple STEAM Experiments for Pre-K
     
    An experienced teacher will provide an introduction to several hands-on STEAM experiments that you can carry out with your Pre-K learners. Participants will receive a list of materials as well as procedures for each experiment—and photos of the activities will provide a helpful visual reference.

    Presenter: Patty Pearsall is a Pre-K teacher in the Mineola School District and has been an early childhood educator for more than 30 years.
     
    Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee but pre-registration is required.

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    Developmentally Appropriate Use of Technology in Pre-K
     
    In this presentation you will learn about technology tools to integrate into your classroom. This year more than ever, instruction has shifted to online learning platforms. Learn how to teach your lessons using a variety of tools to enhance students’ learning experiences and increase engagement—in a developmentally appropriate way.

    Presenter: Ryan Dorfman is a teacher with a love of technology integration in the classroom.

    Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.

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    Engaging Emergent Multilingual Learners in Literacy and Language Learning
     
    In this webinar, you will learn strategies that can be used as part of your daily routine to support language development of Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLs). You’ll see photos of language supports that you can customize and use right away in your classroom—and you’ll learn how to engage EMLs in read-alouds and small group or center-based activities. You’ll even take part in a practice read-aloud with props, body movements and repetitive texts.

    Presenter: Mayra Baldi has been an early childhood educator for 20 years, including as a teacher, director and instructional coach.
     
    Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.

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    Creating a PLC (Professional Learning Circle) in Your School/Center: Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion While Looking Through An Early Childhood Lens

    Teaching can be an isolated profession. We are in our rooms/programs all day with children, separated most of the time from other professional adults. In this workshop, we’ll explore one way to deal with that lack of connection—by building a professional learning community, also known as a PLC. Presenter Emily Torres will share her PLC journey with educators in our region and you’ll hear about the evolutionary process. We’ll discuss the three major elements of a PLC: learning, collaboration and results. Additionally, Torres will share many professional resources, teaching strategies and books for young children that were discovered as part of the PLC.

    Presenter: Emily Torres has been an early childhood educator for over 20 years. Currently, she’s the Bilingual Infant Toddler Specialist for the Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc., where she provides coaching, technical assistance and training.

    Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: Registration is free, but pre-registration is required.

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    Let’s Share: Getting Ready for a New School Year in Pre-K & K

    School starts in one month. During our PLC (Professional Learing Circle), participants will share and learn from one another about what they are doing to prepare their students, their families and themselves for the start of a new and exciting school year. For many of our preschool and Kindergarten children, this year will be the first in-school experience. Let’s get off to a great start and learn from one another.

    Facilitators: Sheryl Haimovich and Adrienne Robb-Fund, The Long Island Pre-K Initiative.

    Date: August 4, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: Registration is free, but pre-registration is required.

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    Introduction to the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines
     
    The Early Learning Guidelines are a child development resource for educators of children ages birth through 8. This session provides an overview of the three major shifts in the new revisions of the Guidelines, and will discuss the differences between the Guidelines and the New York State Early Learning Standards. Participants will learn how to use the guidelines to anticipate or support developmental changes and identify instructional, environmental and family engagement strategies. This is the first of a three-webinar series; each session stands alone and registrants may choose to attend one or all of them. In preparation for this training, please download the online version of the Early Learning Guidelines so you may begin familiarizing yourself with the document. You can find a free copy here: http://www.earlychildhoodny.org/pdi/elg.php

    Presenters: Tatiana Bacigalupe and Ivonne Monje from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.
     
    Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee for this webinar, but pre-registration is required.

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    Using the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines to Support Social and Emotional Development
     
    The Early Learning Guidelines are a child development resource for educators of children ages birth through 8. This session provides an overview of how to use the Early Learning Guidelines to understand and support young children’s social and emotional development. Participants will review sub-domains covered in the Guidelines, such as trusting relationships with adults, empathy, sense of self and cooperation and negotiation. They’ll also explore the suggested supports and draw connections to the practices included in The Pyramid Model. This is the second of a three-webinar series; each session stands alone and registrants may choose to attend one or all of them. In preparation for this training, please download the online version of the Early Learning Guidelines so you may begin familiarizing yourself with the document. You can find a free copy here: http://www.earlychildhoodny.org/pdi/elg.php

    Presenters: Tatiana Bacigalupe and Ivonne Monje from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.
     
    Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee for this webinar, but pre-registration is required.

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    Using the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines to Support Culturally Responsive Practice
     
    The Early Learning Guidelines are a child development resource for educators of children ages birth through 8. This webinar provides an overview of how to use the Early Learning Guidelines to reflect on how culture shapes development and informs teaching practice. Participates will explore the document to understand the connection between culture, equity and child development, and will review how the Guidelines incorporate the goals of anti-bias education. In preparation for this training, please download the online version of the Early Learning Guidelines so you may begin familiarizing yourself with the document. You can find a free copy here: http://www.earlychildhoodny.org/pdi/elg.php

    Presenters: Tatiana Bacigalupe and Ivonne Monje from the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.
     
    Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Registration: There is no fee for this webinar, but pre-registration is required.

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