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Live Virtual Class Schedule

The trainings listed below are live virtual sessons 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.

Inspiring Creativity Through Loose Parts Play!

July 24, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: Did you know this type of play can focus on all 5 developmental domains? In this training, we will discuss exactly how to implement loose parts play with a purpose and goal in mind. We will also discuss all of the different combinations of materials you can include in a tinker tray. Many of them are already in your classroom! Finally, we will discuss where, when, and how to fit this into your already busy day!

Directors Survival Chat

July 31, 2021 08:30 AM – 10:30 AM

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Description: Living through a pandemic has impacted the Early Childhood field in unimaginable ways. Many programs have struggled to survive the enrollment crisis, staffing challenges, and insurmountable financial adjustments. It is crucial that center leadership teams have strategies to bounce back and take necessary steps to maintain these essential programs while also managing self-care. What is the secret of survival? It begins as we share best practices and create intentional strategies that promote success and empower each other. Sign up to join the conversation!

Cool Critters and Creepy Crawlies!

July 31, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: Welcome to the wonderful world of vertebrates and invertebrates in this interactive training! Experiments and activities explore living versus nonliving, animal characteristics, habitats, and defenses. Animal scavenger hunts and predator-prey games help children understand the characteristics of living things and how they live in the wild. Pop-top ring snakes, sleeping bag metamorphosis, animal cracker classification, pitfall traps, and bug bait painting add to the fun and nurture children’s love for animals!

Move It On Out! Outdoor Play While Learning!

August 7, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: How high can I swing? Is grass soft or hard? How does mud feel? How do I make my tricycle go faster? The questions go on and on —— and playing outside is the best way to answer them! Through outdoor play, children have the opportunity to develop large/small motor skills, experience risk-taking, practice problem solving, and learn a variety of academic skills. This fun-filled workshop will help teachers understand the importance of outdoor play and provide ideas that can be immediately implemented in their classroom to enhance the outdoor experience!!

Creating an Inclusive and Positive Learning Environment in Early Childhood Classroom

August 14, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: The Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines were created to help Texans understand what very young children should know and be able to do at different points in their development. This training is designed to assist caregivers in understanding early childhood development and in making the most of each day during the early years of growth. In this interactive workshop, we will spend time reflecting on what it means to be a responsive caregiver and the importance of special needs adaptations and cultural respect are to children’s school success.

Help! This Child is Driving Me Wild!

August 21, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: All teachers, at one time or another, encounter some type of challenging behavior in their classrooms that causes them to feel they are losing their minds. In this session you can achieve skills to become proactive in empowering children to make smart choices in controlling their own behavior. This hands-on interactive workshop will allow you to explore the many reasons why children may present a challenging behavior and what you can do.

Adults Need Play, Too! How Playfulness Benefits People and Programs

August 28, 2021 08:30 AM – 10:30 AM

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Description: Play is the optimal means for supporting adults’ work, just as it is for supporting children’s development. This session addresses how adults and their workplace benefit when adults play and are playful. Directors will learn about the different play personalities and participate in fun, team-building activities for each one. They will learn how to foster playfulness in their staff and themselves and have fun doing it!