Webinars

February 16, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Meeker Watson, Anne

Sing & Sign: Supporting Emerging Language through Music, Sign Language, and Play, by Anne Meeker Watson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Sponsored by Brookes Publishing.   Teaching hearing children to sign is an extension of the types of nonverbal communication they already use to get your attention, including facial expression, gesturing, making noise, crawling, toddling toward an object of desire, and more. Focusing on communication has never been more important given lost opportunities during the pandemic […]Full Description

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February 22, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Gadzikowski, Ann

Magic Moments: Active Problem Solving with Young Children, by Ann Gadzikowski

Sponsored by Redleaf Press. Every problem, large or small, is an opportunity for young children to learn and grow. From spilled glue to a conflict in the block corner, problems are an unlimited natural resource generated inside our own classrooms. This insight-building webinar, presented by author and inspirational speaker, Ann Gadzikowski, will explore how early […]Full Description

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February 23, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Larimore, Rachel

Managing the Shift to a Nature-Based Approach in Your Program, by Dr. Rachel A. Larimore

Sponsored by Samara Early Learning. It’s finally happening: Early education program leaders around the world are becoming more enthusiastic and enlightened about the benefits of nature-based programs. Many programs are beginning to jump in wholeheartedly but find shifting the culture of their organizations as well as the practice of individual teachers is incredibly challenging. After […]Full Description

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March 1, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Hichens, Molly

Fresh Ideas for Making Your Program Stand Out and Grow, by Molly Hichens

Sponsored by Procare. Hey, there, program leaders, are you looking to make your organization stand out while, saving time and simplifying systems? Need fresh ideas that will differential your program that you can implement by Monday? There’s no need to lose sleep or stress out as you grow your early childhood program! Here’s the to […]Full Description

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March 9, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Wieder, Stefanie

Jackson, Paula

The Power of Stories: Selecting the Best Books and Related Activities for Preschoolers, by Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed. and Dr. Paula L. Jackson

Sponsored by Barefoot Books. A preschooler’s experiences with books can shape their future! Throughout the early years, literacy development is intertwined with language, cognitive, social-emotional and motor growth. Join literacy experts Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed., and Dr. Paula L. Jackson to discover the building blocks for scaffolding preschoolers’ literacy skills and come away with practical […]Full Description

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March 15, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Florez, Ida Rose

The Myth of School Readiness, by Ida Rose Florez, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Early Childhood Investigations Consultants Directory. Early education is all about preparing young children for school, right? Or is it? Join me for a provocative discussion about school readiness. Is it really the end all and be all of early learning? Ready for what? Can we accurately assess readiness? Does school readiness even exist? […]Full Description

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March 16, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Gibson, Melony

Hansinger, Kelly

Leading Multiple Programs With Purpose: Building Culture and Systems Mindset, by Melony Gibson, Ed.D. and Kelly Hansinger

Sponsored by Storypark. Managing multiple early childhood programs is always a balancing act that involves pedagogical, supervisory, and people-centric skills. In this session, Melony Gibson, Ed.D. and Kelly Hansinger from Bright Horizons Family Solutions will discuss your unique needs as a multi-site child care administrator with an illuminating focus on building professional culture. Together with […]Full Description

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March 22, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Reyner, Anna

Art in the Trauma Informed ECE Classroom: Process over Product, by Anna Reyner, MA, ATR, LMFT

Sponsored by ChildCare Education Institute. Open ended art is a creative process of self-discovery that literally grows the brain. Why then, do many teachers deliver cookie cutter crafts as art? Join this powerful webinar presented by Anna Reyner, MA, LMFT, to learn how to use art for self-expression and building community. Process art offers children […]Full Description

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March 23, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Gross, Steve

The Healing Power of Play and Optimism, by Steve Gross, MSW

Sponsored by Life is Good Playmaker Project. Optimism is powerful. When human beings strengthen their ability to see and focus on the goodness and value in themselves, others, and the world around them, their social, emotional and cognitive superpowers emerge. Optimism, however, is fragile. Chronic stress, fear and overwhelming adversity can weaken and destroy our […]Full Description

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March 30, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Iruka, Iheoma

Curenton, Stephanie

Benefits and Consequences of Racial Segregation in Early Childhood? by Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. and Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D.

Produced in partnership with Equity Research Action Coalition at UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Racial segregation permeates all facets of life including early care and education. (One example of structural racism in the U.S. is racial segregation in housing.) In this fascinating webinar presented by Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. and Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D. […]Full Description

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April 19, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Small, Lauren

Marsh, Virginia

Learn the Secrets Recruiters Use to Find Staff Online! by Lauren M. Small and Virginia Marsh

Sponsored by Brightwheel. Nothing Is more challenging in early childhood care and education right now than finding staff. If you are posting expensive ads and producing almost no qualified leads, have you considered that the mega staffing platforms are actually thwarting your efforts? And do you consider recruiting for staff with a marketing mindset? All […]Full Description

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April 20, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Keeler, Rusty

Natural Playscape Makeover! Practical Design Tips for Supporting Child-Directed Play In Natural Spaces on Any Budget, by Rusty Keeler

Sponsored by Rusty Keeler. We all want to create beautiful outdoor natural play and learning environments for our children but isn’t it expensive? Difficult? Out of reach for the average caregiver and center? “No way!” says natural playscape designer and author Rusty Keeler, “You can do it!” Join Rusty as he shares 30 years of […]Full Description

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April 26, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Reinking, Anni

Thigpen, Laycee

Coaching Early Educators for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging, by Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D. and Laycee Thigpen MS.Ed.

Sponsored by Brookes Publishing. Are you an early education program leader who is ready to start transforming your program to be more equitable? Or are you already actively pursuing programmatic changes to ensure inclusion and justice? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, this energizing webinar will help you strategize and act […]Full Description

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May 25, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

Lerner, Claire

Mean Girls (and Boys!): Why Kids Act In Unkind Ways and How To Help, Claire Lerner, LICSW

When children boss other kids around, say hurtful things, exclude peers, and act in other unkind ways, they are not acting mean on purpose. By and large, these kids are struggling with difficult feelings of insecurity/self-doubt and anxiety. These complex emotions are uncomfortable and hard to make sense of and cope with, even for adults, […]Full Description

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June 15, 2023

2:00 PM Eastern Time

Presenter(s) :

King, Donna

Oken-Wright, Pam

Pursuing Bad Guys: A Transformative Journey for Children and Teachers, by Donna King and Pam Oken-Wright, M.Ed.

Sponsored by Exchange Press. In this fascinating webinar, Donna King, a preschool teacher, and author of Pursuing Bad Guys: Joining Children’s Quest for Clarity Courage and Community, and Pam, a pedagogical consultant, will tell the story of their work together on a long-term investigation of “Bad Guys.” Pam will share some of the important tools […]Full Description

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