Best Practices for Teaching Pre-K & K

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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included) Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury

    Teachers, Teacher Assistants, School Administrators, Child Care Center Directors and other early education practitioners: Join us for a full-day of workshops just for you.

    We are bringing national speakers to Long Island along with exhibitors of products and services for early education.

    Keynote: Junelei Li, Co-director, Fred Rogers Center
    Featured speaker: Kathryn Roberts, Wayne State University
    (Scroll down for more about our speakers)

    Registration: $125 per person. No on-site registration. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for staff from community-based organizations. For information, e-mail prek@nasboces.org

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    More about our speakers:

    Sponsored Closing Presentation, Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc. Keeping the Child in Early Childhood Literacy: Essential Practices Without a doubt, the academic expectations for early childhood education have become increasingly rigorous. But how do we meet children where they are and help them meet those expectations in ways that are research-based, but also based in the kinds of exploration and joyful experiences that we want for all children in early childhood classrooms? It’s possible. In this closing session, we will look at specific practices with research-proven track records for improving literacy outcomes for young children, as well as examples of what it looks like to use these practices in a variety of classroom and developmentally appropriate, engaging ways.

    Presenter: Kathryn L. Roberts, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of reading, language and literacy at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches classes on emergent and early literacy. Roberts’ research focuses on emergent and family literacy, particularly in the area of comprehension. She also speaks and consults on a wide range of literacy topics.

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

    Breakout #1 Using Simple Interactions to Seed and Grow a Community of Practice in Early Childhood Education How can we support the learning and growth of a professional community in early childhood education? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments. In this workshop session, we practice an approach to communities of practice that rely on capturing and learning from everyday “simple interactions” in early childhood settings. We explore how this approach may complement and support the larger work of professional development and system change.

    Presenter: Junlei Li is Co-Director and resident faculty member at the Fred Rogers Center, where he is responsible for integrating the mission of the Center, the College, and child-serving partners in the larger community. His research lab, Incubator 143, partners with educators, trainers, advocates and researchers. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Notre Dame. He currently is on the faculty of St. Vincent’s College in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Breakout #2 Raising Readers: Partnering with Parents for Literacy Success Great teachers can, without a doubt, make a difference in the lives and learning of their students. However, what happens in schools and classrooms is only one piece of the puzzle. Families—all families—are children’s first teachers and have the power to positively influence young learners. In this session, we will explore several strategies for engaging families in their children’s literacy learning in ways that leverage families’ existing, everyday activities and interactions, making literacy a part of everyday life instead of one more thing to squeeze in. We will also discuss ways to invite families to participate in their children’s journey toward literacy in ways that empower without overwhelming. This breakout session is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

    Presenter: Kathryn L. Roberts, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of reading, language and literacy at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches classes on emergent and early literacy. Roberts’ research focuses on emergent and family literacy, particularly in the area of comprehension. She also speaks and consults on a wide range of literacy topics.

    Breakout #3 & #4 (this workshop will be given twice, courtesy of Kaplan Early Learning Comapny) Immersing Children in Math and Science—It’s a Daily Thing! Opportunities for math and science lessons are numerous and quite readily available to perform throughout a day. Math and science can be readily integrated into literature, art, centers/interest areas, outdoor explorations and activities, mealtime, transitions, normal rituals and routines, conversations, and other miscellaneous, everyday events. Because math and science often “look different” in a preschool setting versus time in later years, teachers, caregivers, and parents can expect to apply and direct activities in a fun yet informative manner. Concepts such as number, patterns, similarities and differences, cause and effect, grouping, counting, seriation, representations, hypotheses, outcomes/results, research, inquiry, and analysis tend to combine both math and science ideas. Participants will learn how to incorporate those concepts into any curriculum while at the same time using materials that tend to be readily and/or already available in most classrooms. This workshop is sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company.

    Presenter: Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company, has been in the field of education for more than 35 years. Keith began his career by working in childcare with infants and toddlers, taught elementary students as well as Kindergarten, and then taught PreKindergarten. Following his experiences in the classroom, Keith moved on to teach at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, and he also was an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, before beginning his career as a consultant.

    More breakout sessions will be announced soon and will include topics in literacy, music and STEM.