Early Childhood Education Webinars October 2015

Penn Foster is pleased to offer FREE Early Childhood Webinars to our students and guests! For each live presentation attended, you will receive a certificate to share in your portfolio or to hang in your early childhood classroom/office. Please note that certificates will be given only to those of you that have logged in by clicking on the link sent in the confirmation email. Furthermore, to earn a certificate, you must be logged in for the entire session.

Here is the schedule of Early Childhood Webinars for October 2015.  Follow the links to register for one or all of our free webinars.  All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday, October 6 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic – Say What? Online Etiquette for Communicating in a Digital World

Instructor – Shawna Ebbeson, Early Childhood Consultant

Synopsis – What you say is not nearly as important as how you say it. In this one-hour webinar, we will highlight the importance of business etiquette in digital communication. We will focus on three common communication follies and provide an easy framework to improve business communication behaviors, employability, and professional advancements.

Thursday, October 15 @ 1:00PM EST

Topic - Competency Goal IV and V: To Establish Positive and Productive Relationships with Families and To Ensure a Well-Run, Purposeful Program Responsive to Participant Needs

Instructor – Nancy Moretti, Department Chair of ECE at Penn Foster

Synopsis – Please join Department Chair and Professional Development Specialist, Nancy Moretti to learn more about creating your CDA Competency Standard V. During this session we will discuss tips for creating your family resource guide and we will also discuss locating and determining which record keeping forms you should add to your collection.

Monday, October 19 @ 10:00AM EST

Topic – The Upward Spiral: Igniting Passion, Intentionality and Engagement!

Instructor – Susan MacDonald, Guest Speaker

Synopsis – Drawing from the current research on positivity, school transformation, strength-based leadership and mindfulness this workshop will provide insight into the multitude of benefits of creating a vibrant, engaging and strength based learning environment. Through this workshop you will learn to see new possibilities, develop strategies for overcoming set-backs and build a resource kit to guide you on the rewarding path of inspirational leadership. Each participant will be actively engaged in reflective learning activities that will build their understanding of the techniques that they can use to create flourishing learning community.

Monday, October 19 @ 12:00PM EST

Topic – Why Talk Matters: Caregiver Language as a Component of Quality Care

Instructor – Dr. Peggy Sissel, Guest Speaker

Synopsis – The importance of caregiver interaction and use of language with babies 0 - 3 has become a hot topic in the media and among researchers. Many childcare providers and parents are not, however, aware of the developmental importance of providing young children with rich verbal interaction. This session presents the research and rationale for why talking is a vital part of the care every child must have, introduces participants to the groundbreaking technology produced by the LENA Research Foundation, and addresses how this technology can be used to provide staff development and assessment, promote quality, increase parent engagement, and improve the center's or program's public relations and visibility in the community.

Monday, October 19 @ 2:00PM EST

Topic – So You Want to Move Out of the Classroom: Teachers as Leaders and Beyond

Instructor – Ayesha Simpson, Director of Staff Development at Metropolitan Montessori Schools, Inc.

Synopsis – Are you interested in moving out of the classroom and into a leadership position? In this workshop, classroom teachers will learn how to increase their value in the early childhood marketplace and identify educational scholarship opportunities.

Monday, October 19 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic – What Would Magda Do? Supporting Infant and Toddler Development Using the Educarer Approach

Instructor – Camille Lachar-Lofaro, Vice President at QS2 Training and Consulting

Synopsis – During this workshop, we will look at the philosophy of Magda Gerber, early childhood educator and advocate for infants, toddlers, and parents. We will also discuss how to implement the Educarer Approach in your classroom and how to ʺsee babies with new eyesʺ.

Monday, October 19 @ 6:00PM EST

Topic – Tips and Tricks for FREE, Almost FREE and Inexpensive Ways to Obtain Books, Resources, and more for our ECE Classroom!

Instructor – Betsy Reichart, Penn Foster Librarian and Information Literacy Instructor

Synopsis – There is a wealth of FREE, almost FREE and inexpensive ways to provide resources, books and programs for your ECE classroom. Knowing where to look and who to ask is important. This presentation will present varied resources at your disposal to enhance your classroom without breaking your wallet! The resources are out there, find out the best ways to access them.

Monday, October 19 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – Practicing What We Preach: Creating Safe and Appropriate Landscapes for Learning for Infants and Toddlers

Instructor – Debra Pierce, Author of The CDA Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual for the Child Development Associate Credential

Synopsis – We will take a look at how to create appropriate environments for infants and toddlers, focusing on their basic needs and providing sensitive caregiving. We will also explore toxins that are often found in toys, baby equipment, and other items commonly used with very young children. By identifying these risks, we can learn to avoid them and provide safer environments for babies and toddlers. Finally, we will discover new play ideas using recycled and repurposed materials.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 10:00AM EST

Topic – How Children Learn Best

Instructor – Pot Kozyra, Author of Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers

Synopsis – This presentation spotlights some very important ways children learn best and why these methods or experiences are so advantageous in a child's education. Included will be information on learning styles, multiple intelligences, music, sleep, play, and good health. 

Tuesday, October 20 @ 12:00PM EST

Topic – Play Based Curriculum: Assessment and Observation

Instructor – Paula Landis, Director of Curriculum at YWCA of Minneapolis

Synopsis – This workshop will support your ability to implement and describe the value and importance of play based learning in your program. Participants will be able to describe the biological imperative for play, use a self-reflective practice to support children's play and incorporate assessments and observations into daily classroom life to save time and deliver more authentic reports.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 2:00PM EST

Topic – Learning Nutrition and Health through Physical Activities

Instructor – Dr. Joanne Margaret Hynes-Hunter

Synopsis – Participants will learn how to increase pre-school student’s health and nutrition knowledge by learning about innovative developmentally appropriate movement games, activities AND assessments that focus on appropriate practices, simple concepts for infusing health and nutrition content, and improving fitness.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic – Twenty Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Families

Instructor – Nancy Moretti, Department Chair of ECE at Penn Foster and Owner of Just For Kids ECLC

Synopsis – Please join Nancy Moretti to learn twenty tips that will improve the relationship that you have with the families of the children that you serve!

If you have only spent a few moments in a childcare center, you know that Early Childhood Educators are BUSY people!  We are juggling caring for children with teaching them. In our busy days, it is easy to forget about families, in this session you will learn 20 simple steps to developing positive relationships!

Tuesday, October 20 @ 6:00PM EST

Topic – Voice Development in Early Childhood

Instructor – Martin Pecar, Educator at Vox Familiaris

Synopsis – Voice is the first instrument that we all use. The easiest way to express ourselves is through our voice. However, this 'instrument' must be handled with care. Children have to learn how to control their voice. In addition, their bodies are small and delicate - and need different approach than adults.

Selection of proper songs for kids will be one of the topics. In addition, there are many activities, which help with correct body posture, hearing and sound production.

Tuesday, October 20 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – One Step at a Time: Providing CDA Training that is Meaningful, Reflective, and will Translate to Improved Practices with Young Children

Instructor – Debra Pierce, Author of The CDA Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual for the Child Development Associate Credential

Synopsis – CDA training needs to be well designed, aligned with the CDA Competency Standards, and personally meaningful to the student. If so, the outcome will be a smooth completion of the CDA requirements and the strong potential for improved practices. Participants will learn how to embed key activities into their training that will provide a seamless bridge to completing the CDA process. Ideas, activities, and strategies will be shared that participants can put into immediate use with students.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 10:00AM EST

Topic – Kidini Bully Prevention Child Safety Starts at Age 2

Instructor – Michael Ray Graves, Founder of Kidini Bully Prevention Child Safety

Synopsis – In this session you will learn safety and bully prevention when working with early age children, age-appropriate fear management techniques to stay safe, and character formation by increased confidence and self-esteem.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 12:00PM EST

Topic – Enhancing Storytime

Instructor – Rachel Tajan, Penn Foster

Synopsis – In this webinar, we will learn the importance of having story time in the classroom, how to make the most of your read aloud and how to extend story time into the classroom.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 2:00PM EST

Topic – From Student to Professional: Tips to Help You Successfully Navigate Your Career Path

Instructor – Susie Billingsley, Bright Horizons

Synopsis – This session is aimed at students or recent graduates, but is relevant to anyone considering change or seeking to gain more insight into interviewing, resumes building or presenting yourself as a professional.

In many fields, the transition from student to professional can be daunting. In the early childhood field, this is further complicated by the perception that early childhood is not a professional career. While this perception is changing as national and state initiatives focus on professionalizing the field and increasing quality, there is much more work to be done. Changing this perception begins with early childhood teachers themselves. Being prepared to present yourself professionally, meeting the professional expectations of typical ECE careers, and having a long-term plan for your career path are essential strategies to turning a childcare teacher job into an early childhood professional career.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic –Ideas and Techniques to Rock That Job Interview

Instructor – Diane Placidi, Penn Foster

Synopsis – During this session, Diane will reviewing how to prepare, dress and present yourself, answer difficult questions, phone interviews, and more. At the end of the session, the forum will be open up the forum for questions and answers.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 6:00PM EST

Topic – Explore, Experiment, and Excite with Science in Early Childhood Education

Instructor – Sarah Owens, Penn Foster

Synopsis – Young children instinctively learn through exploring and experimenting with their environments and the objects within it. Science is an extension of this natural exploration that we often times struggle with implementing into our early childhood classrooms. It is our job to encourage and support children’s natural exploration and experimentation by providing them with engaging and exciting opportunities for science in the classroom. Join Sarah Owens in looking at the vast array of science opportunities available to implement into your early childhood classroom!

Wednesday, October 21 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – Supporting Early Language and Literacy

Instructor – Debra Pierce, Author of The CDA Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual for the Child Development Associate Credential

Synopsis – We will discuss the importance of engaging young children early on, with simple and effective strategies for literacy and language development. What are the best types of books and is there a right or wrong way to read to them? Other topics include music and movement and supporting language and literacy for ESL children.

Thursday, October 22 @ 10:00AM EST

Topic – A Positive Approach to Discipline

Instructor – Cindy Terebush, Certified Youth, Parent, Family Coach and NJ Certified Teacher

Synopsis – Behavioral challenges are both a teaching and learning opportunity. Participants will discover how to avoid power struggles, set realistic expectations for young children and communicate this information to parents. When expectations are age appropriate, teachers can learn how to be instructive rather than punitive. Discover what young children realistically can and cannot do, the benefits of “time in” rather than “time out”, the physiology of tantrums and more as we work to add to our understanding of behavior. Discipline can be a positive part of teaching young children.

Thursday, October 22 @ 12:00PM EST

Topic – Youth in Harmony Project: Diversity Education for Birth to Elementary

Instructor – Tameka T. Phillips, Certified Child Care Trainer at Della’s Apron

Synopsis – The Youth in Harmony Project is an initiative designed to expose young children to the rich diversity of the human experience. Through positive experiences - both in and out of the classroom setting - we foster an awareness and appreciation for self and others. Through this collaborative approach, YiH seeks to promote equity, inclusion and social justice, making our global community a better place for everyone to live, work and play.

Thursday, October 22 @ 2:00PM EST

Topic – Sensational Beginnings, Sensory and Motor Activities for Infants and Toddlers

Instructor – Marilyn Bitsis, Owner/Presenter at KidBuilders and Margaret Schafer, Presenter/Trainer at KidBuilders

Synopsis – The trainers will introduce themselves and the subject matter. Through the PowerPoint presentation the learners will see an overview of the brain development in infants and toddlers. Key points will be discussed, emphasizing that everything the caregiver does with the baby in daily routines affects how her sensory experiences impacts her development. They will explain that the foundation for later motor development is laid in very early sensory motor experiences that include visual, auditory, olfactory (and taste), tactile and muscle and movement. The remainder of the training will explore each modality across the following age groups: birth to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months.

Thursday, October 22 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic – Who’s There to Protect the Child: Supporting Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse

Instructor – Alan Guttman, Program Manager for the Center for Technology in Education (CTE) at Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Synopsis – Early development and learning occur when children are healthy and safe. This session will focus on the importance of implementing reporting policies, procedures and strategies that protect children when abuse is suspected. In this engaging session, we will learn why staff sometimes don't report suspected child abuse. Then we will discuss what you can do to support staff in their role as mandated reporters.

Thursday, October 22 @ 6:00PM EST

Topic – Storytelling Techniques in the Classroom

Instructor – Krystal Marsh and Sarah Owens, Penn Foster

Synopsis – Do you struggle with finding stories for your classroom that meet your teaching goals? Are you interested in exploring new techniques that will allow your students creativity to shine? Come join Early Childhood Education Instructor Sarah Owens and English Instructor Krystal Marsh to learn more about why stories are important and how to implement fun and beneficial storytelling activities into your classroom!

Thursday, October 22 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – Caring For Children: Choosing to Make It a Professional Career

Instructor – Dareen Artisty, Guest Speaker

Synopsis – Child care providers will learn how and why they should become professionals in the field of early education. Engaging in a home childcare business includes more than caring for children; this workshop will show you how to grow from babysitter to professional child care educator.

Friday, October 23 @ 10:00AM EST

Topic – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Instructor – Dr. Sherry Pietrzykoski, Penn Foster

Synopsis – The presentation will take the viewer through a variety of the intellectual and developmental disabilities and offer commentary on the current state of assessment, intervention methods and community and support groups available.

Friday, October 23 @ 12:00PM EST

Topic – Are You Interested in Owning a Child Care Center? Tips to Meet Your Goals.

Instructor – Nancy Moretti, Penn Foster

Synopsis – There are different options for getting started as a child care owner. One is through acquisition and the other is starting from scratch. Regardless of which option you choose, many steps that will be shared in this presentation will be the same. Please join Nancy Moretti, owner/director of Just for Kids in Smithfield RI and department chair of Early Childhood Education here at Penn Foster to learn tips to meet your goals.

Friday, October 23 @ 2:00PM EST

Topic – Child Engagement as an Indicator of Program Quality

Instructor – Alan Guttman, Program Manager for the Center for Technology in Education (CTE) at Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Synopsis – Monitoring protocols and quality rating systems focus primarily on a program's physical environment and structure; adult-child interactions; staff qualifications; care and education practices; and child outcomes. This workshop will consider the importance of child engagement in learning as an indicator of program quality. In this interactive session participants will learn how to define and identify the types and quality of a child's engagement with adults, peers, play activities and instructional tasks. Typical classroom activities will be analyzed and discussed to broaden and deepen participant understanding of how best to support and promote high quality child engagement in learning.

Friday, October 23 @ 4:00PM EST

Topic – Setting Limits: Are You Inadvertently Reinforcing Challenging Behavior?

Instructor – Shawna Ebbseon, Early Childhood Consultant

Synopsis – This online webinar addresses 3 common practices that inadvertently reinforce negative behavior. Educators will learn how children learn and identify the two ways in which adults communicate boundaries with children. We will then explore ways in which strategies can be applied to effectively and successfully set limits while building trust and nurturing the relationship with the child(ren).

Friday, October 23 @ 6:00PM EST

Topic – Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

Instructor – Mai Merit, Director and Founder of 123 Kids Yoga

Synopsis – During this session, Mai will share how mindfulness and yoga work hand in hand, how to implement a mindfulness and yoga program into a day and the benefits of yoga for young children.

Friday, October 23 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – Easing Parent and Caregiver Anxiety as Children Begin Early Childhood Programs: What Educators Need to Know

Instructor – Becky Dotzel, Penn Foster

Synopsis – Based on my experience as an educator and parent of three, this presentation will serve to provide those in the Early Childhood Field (especially those who are not yet parents) with an understanding of the anxiety parents and caregivers often face when beginning an early childhood program. It will provide educators with an understanding that will increase their ability to establish early on a warm and trusting relationship with families. Strategies and research-based methods for reaching traditional, blended, and ethnically diverse populations will be discussed.

Monday, October 26 @ 8:00PM EST

Topic – Promote and Build Successful Parent Partnerships in Your ECE Program

Instructor – Marcy McRae, Director of Business Development at Colorfile

Synopsis – In this session, Marcy will share a review of changes in early education, new information and best practices in early childhood education programs will be discussed, with a focus of building parent partnership. In this session, you will have a closer look at best practice and ways to promote, nurture and sustain parent-partnership and finally methods and avenues of support for sustaining partnership in your program.