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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.

How to Hire Smart and Keep Good Staff

May 1, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: Recruiting and retaining good staff is critical to operating a high quality child care program. Participants in this session will discuss steps to hiring the right staff and identify strategies to keep good staff engaged and motivated. They will also explore national and state labor laws to ensure their center’s human resource policies are current and in compliance.

Ayúdame a Darle Sentido a mi Mundo: Entornos para Bebés y Niños Pequeños

May 1, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: ¡Es un mundo pequeño después de todo! El medio ambiente está instruyendo incluso cuando el especialista en desarrollo de cuidado de niños no lo es. ¿Cuáles son los componentes ambientales más importantes que deben incluirse en un aula de bebés y niños pequeños? Esta sesión práctica proporcionará una conciencia y una respuesta apropiada a esos componentes.

Growth Mindset for Teachers: How to Prevent Fears and Low Expectations from Limiting YOUR Potential

May 15, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: Mistakes make your brain grow! Join us to learn how the latest brain research can inform your work with children and inspire your own professional development. We’ll watch short videos from Stanford researchers Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler who explain how the brain’s amazing elasticity and the power of hard work can improve achievement. Interactive activities and role-plays will help you reframe your thinking, classroom interactions, and language to adopt a growth mindset for your children and your teacher-self.

Take Your Classroom Outside! Activities for Infants and Toddlers to Explore Outdoors

June 19, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: This training will discuss the benefits of outdoor play for infants and toddlers and how to use activities and materials you already have outdoors. Then we will discuss and learn some new play activities you can do outside with both age groups.

Tried and True Positive Guidance Strategies that Work

June 26, 2021 08:30 AM – 10:30 AM

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Description: Learn the 15 “Guides to Speech and Action’ that have been used successfully for decades and are still relevant today. Spend time practicing these techniques, and come away with a high level of mastery in proven strategies that will promote positive child behaviors and reduce challenging ones.

Observation and Assessment During Play

July 10, 2021 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Description: During this training, participants will learn how to plan, conduct, interpret, and implement high quality instruction. There are many different tools that we may use to collect information on our children, however, we need to know how to modify our lessons and approach for our class. Participants will learn how to use the information they acquire during their observations and assessments to change their methods to best suit the needs of their children and classrooms.

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!

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.