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Live Virtual Class Schedule

The trainings listed below are live virtual sessions that offer interaction with the instructor and other participants.

Upcoming Trainings

We offer Zoom training as an interactive learning experience. In order to receive credit for any Zoom course, you must attend sessions with your computer camera and microphone on.

In Sync: Children, Families, Educators, and Communities Achieving Together

October 23, 2021 08:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: Overview of the Ecological Model of Child Development and recent data relating to Child-Care in Texas. Reflect on blockers that affect positive communication and forward movement and learn specific strategies to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each unique family. Learn to advocate for your community by creating a resource library in your center and connecting to local professional agencies and organizations.

Planificación para Infantes y de Dos Años

October 30, 2021 08:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: Esta capacitación ayuda a los participantes a desarrollar un sencillo plan de lecciones temáticas para bebés y niños pequeños siguiendo prácticas apropiadas para el desarrollo de la primera infancia.
Los participantes recibirán ejemplos de planes de lecciones individuales para bebés y niños pequeños, listos para poner en practica.

We are the World; Social Studies in ECE

October 30, 2021 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Description: It is so important to teach literacy and math, however, social studies need to be intentionally integrated every day. We learn to develop informed and reasonable decisions to be socially responsible citizens. Multicultural education is the key to our world understanding of our immediate surroundings, as well as our society’s issues. Participants will learn how to enhance their daily routines and activities to make the most of everyday opportunities. Building a community of learners within every classroom will kick start a life-long responsibility of prosocial behavior.

Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent Child Maltreatment in your Community

November 6, 2021 08:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: Begin with prevention by identifying Protective Factors of child-maltreatment including the characteristics of high-quality childcare programs. Review Risk Factors, symptoms and signs of child abuse and neglect and know how to make a report in Texas. Discuss ways to provide needs-based support to families.

Infant Development: What, When, and Why?

November 6, 2021 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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Description: Participants will look at the progression of infant development across all developmental domains; social/emotional; language/communication; cognitive/brain development; physical/motor; and self-help/adaptive. We will discuss teacher behaviors, child behaviors, and activities to promote development across all domains. We will also analyze some sample activities, as well as plan an activity. Finally, we will learn about the different types of assessments to implement to ensure children are meeting milestones and complete a sample assessment.

Early Identification

November 13, 2021 09:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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Description: Teachers do not diagnose, however, we have the ability to know how to reach all of our children’s potential. Early identification means we develop a plan within our classroom to help the child and their family. We begin by being the parents’ partner and developing a great reciprocal relationship. Participants will receive tools to help them observe, collect data and communicate effectively with their children’s parents. It is our role, as caregivers, to modify for each child and find resources to meet their individual needs. If we reach each child early, we can make all the difference in their lives!

Creative Geniuses: Infant and Toddler Creative Learning

December 4, 2021 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: In this session, we will brainstorm on the “infants and toddlers abilities” for creativity using the cognitive theory of Jean Piaget. The training includes opportunities to practice sample interactive activities and create make and take projects.

Legal and Ethical Issues – Have you Heard the Latest?

December 4, 2021 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: Participants in this session will discuss the latest labor laws and licensing requirements for ECE programs in Texas, learn about laws regarding exempt and non-exempt employees including record keeping requirements, and talk about what to include in the parent and employee handbooks in their programs.

Different Doesn’t not Equal Bad

December 11, 2021 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: All of us have that one (or more) student whose behavior has challenged and frustrated us!! Every child is unique, as is the way he/she expresses their needs, hurts, and fears. While some disruptive behaviors are intentional, many are not! This workshop will explore ways of changing our classroom environment and adapting our teaching techniques to better meet the needs of all our students. Additionally, we will discuss common behavior disorders seen in the early childhood classroom and brainstorm activities to accommodate them. This workshop will be fast-paced, fun, and informative!

Behavior Basics: Is it Behavior or Sensory?

December 11, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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Description: This workshop will help participants learn how to introduce sensory input as a technique to help counter challenging behaviors and sensory concerns in children within various environments. These behavioral tips and sensory strategies can help improve children’s attention to tasks and self-regulation skills for improved performance in daily activities. Participants will leave the session with a general understanding of the sensory system and the mind/body, and how to apply it in different situations to facilitate the desired behavior with the children served.

Groovy Geology

December 18, 2021 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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Description: Volcanoes, fossils digs, earth core sampling, digging for rock treasures! What more could an amateur geologist or paleontologist ask for? Experiments like making edible metamorphic rocks, fossil imprinting, causing an earth egg earthquake, and creating a chemical reaction (similar to a volcanic eruption) all bring looks of wonder to children, so teachers will love these ideas. Teachers will learn how to erupt a volcano, and of course dinosaur experiments and activities!