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GELC Professional Development Day

Break-out Choice 1:

Taking Play Seriously: The Power of Play on Social Emotional Development and Learning
Joy Herrera, Bringing out the Best
Attendees will gain knowledge on research based methods pertaining to play in the classroom, the stages and importance of play, why making time for play can be difficult and the developmental benefits of implementing play and social emotional strategies in the classroom setting. Attendees will also be introduced to the concept of loose parts along with the chance to experience their use and will be able to take a sampling of loose parts to use in their classrooms.

Making Outdoors Fun for Infants and Toddlers (and You!)
Sandy Johnson, April Crocker & Nikki McNair; Friendly Avenue Christian Preschool
This session will help you unpack your feelings and beliefs about infant and toddler outdoor time. Come explore the many benefits to children spending time in nature. We will be using NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development as a tool to connect outdoor activities with your lesson plans for Infants and Toddlers. Participants will gain new ideas on Zero Cost to Low Cost ways to challenge Infants and Toddlers outdoors. Come share, learn and create something to take back to your classroom’s outdoor environment as well discuss next steps to you outdoor adventures!

Leading by Example: Are we choosing growth or gossip?
Ashley Allen, EQuIPD
Center directors report gossip as a common issue in the workplace, creating a toxic environment and contributing to low morale and lower trust. Influenced by Holly Elissa Bruno’s research, we will look at why gossip happens and specific factors in the environment that contribute to gossip. What is our role in the issue, and where is our responsibility? As administrators, we will consider our own power to create, implement, and enforce policies and procedures that support the emotional well-being of adults in the work environment in order to choose growth over gossip.

Preschool teacher as software developer: How to program the sixth sense
Robin Lewis, Wishview Children's Center
In this session we will explore the proprioceptive "sixth" sense--what it is, its role, and how we can help children develop it to its fullest protentional. Participants will gain knowledge and techniques to take back to their classrooms and an appreciation for rough-and-tumble outdoor play.

Break-out Choice 2:

Taking Play Seriously: The Power of Play on Social Emotional Development and Learning
Joy Herrera, Bringing out the Best
Attendees will gain knowledge on research based methods pertaining to play in the classroom, the stages and importance of play, why making time for play can be difficult and the developmental benefits of implementing play and social emotional strategies in the classroom setting. Attendees will also be introduced to the concept of loose parts along with the chance to experience their use and will be able to take a sampling of loose parts to use in their classrooms.

What Every Baby Needs
Cassia Simms, Education Support Infant Toddler Specialist
Everything in a baby’s world happens in steps and stages. It is important to appreciate each stage as it occurs and provide the support and guidance needed to allow a successful journey through each one. This training will offer suggestions of what types of materials support learning at the different stages. You will gain insight on the benefits of providing babies with ample time and space to master a skill before moving on to start practicing a new one and will explore some of the drawbacks of intervening unnecessarily. With each mastered skill, babies are discovering more about their bodies, the world around them and how the two work together.

Farm to Table in Early Childcare Centers
Shironda Brown, Training Coordinator, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CFES)
Attendees will dive deeper into how you can start community gardens and gardens within your early childcare settings. This will include the development of a garden and how to secure volunteers help to maintain your gardens. We will also discuss how to incorporate having a garden into daily educational activities that will teach children that eating healthy can be fun, nutritious, & tasty. We will also discuss how to involve everyone in your educational setting & how to secure community partners to ensure the implantation of Farm to table is successful within your setting.

The Power of Everyday Interactions, Activities & Routines: Supporting Healthy Social & Emotional Development in the Family Child Care Setting
Rhodus Riggins, Jr & Tamara Holtzmann; EQuIPD
Multiage settings have been linked to the development of forming a sense of empathy, nurturing attachment & continuity, building stronger family relationships, & providing opportunities for peer teaching (Anderson, 2018). From good morning to goodbye, multiage settings provide a rich reservoir of opportunities to create safe & responsive environments & support healthy social and emotional development in young children also. This interactive session will embed social and emotional teaching strategies into everyday occurring routines & activities in the family child care setting.

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Contact Ayana O'Neil (336-369-5037) if you have any questions or would like to be added to the Wait List.