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November 12, 2019

SEL: The Importance of Strategy and Practice

Join Remake Learning, educators, researchers, and leaders across the Pittsburgh region in discussing the research, application, and benefits behind SEL in the classroom, out of school, and at home.

About

The event will feature keynote speakers Felicia Savage Friedman of YogaRoots on Location and Kevin McNair and his team from 1 Nation Mentoring (PGH). Attendees will choose two breakout sessions (one morning and one afternoon) to attend during registration. Each session has a maximum of 30 attendees. If the session you choose is full, you may be placed in another.

Breakfast and lunch provided.

Session Topics

Registration

To register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Accessibility

The bottom and top floors of the Education Partnership are not ADA approved. Please email allie@remakelearning.org if you have any questions, requests, or concerns regarding building access, general accessibility, or assistive devices and resources.

More Information

For more information, contact Remake Learning at allie@remakelearning.org.

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October 28, 2019

A Tapestry by Design (Online)

In this online professional development course, participants will discuss early education content and pedagogy, based upon an understanding of how young children grow and learn. Topics such as interculturalism, family engagement, inclusion, and the importance of play will be highlighted.

Three PQAS and Act 48 hours will be awarded.

Course Timeline

This course will be available online from October 28 through November 15, 2019.

More Information

For more information, contact Jasmine Davis at 412.567.3933 or jasmine@tryingtogether.org.

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October 12, 2019

Learning Through Play; the Multiple Intelligence Way

Join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on October 12 for their workshop, “Learning Through Play; the Multiple Intelligence Way.” This workshop is suitable for early childhood educators. Act 48 and PQAS hours available.

Registration

To register, visit the event webpage.

More Information

For more information, contact the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at 412.471.6070.

For assistance selecting accessible seating or for more information about accessibility for a person with a disability, contact 412.456.6666.

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October 8, 2019

Lunch & Learn: ABC CREATE & Pre-Service Education

Educators and innovators are invited to join Remake Learning on October 8 for “Lunch & Learn: ABC CREATE & Pre-Service Education.”

About

In this session, participants will explore things higher education institutions are doing to immerse pre-service teachers in different ways of thinking and teaching that parallel the work happening in K-12 institutions. Through this, Remake Learning hopes to build connections and understanding to propel the region’s pre-service teachers forward.

Lunch will be provided with a vegetarian option.

Register

To register, visit the Eventbrite page.

More Information

For any questions or concerns, email ani@remakelearning.org.

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October 7, 2019

Supporting Children’s Early Learning with Music

Join Music Together on October 7 for their upcoming webinar, “Harness the Power of Music to Support Children’s Early Learning.”

About

In this webinar, participants will gain tools and experience songs they can use to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, regardless of their own music “talent” or experience. Attendees will come to see how easy it is to use music to engage children and enhance the classroom to the benefit of both children and adults. The presenter will also explore some ideas for engaging parents and caregivers at home, supporting their use of music with their children, and strengthening the home-school connection.

This webinar is suitable for educators who work with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Time for questions will be provided.

Register

To register and learn more, visit the edWeb website.

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September 27, 2019

EdTech for Students with Autism: Curriculum, IEPs, and Data

Join Lauren Stafford and Jessie Brown on September 27 for their webinar exploring education technology for students on the autism spectrum.

About

This webinar will feature information on how to meet both curriculum needs and IEP goals and objectives for students with autism. Information will include accommodations that support personalized learning and maximizing large group, small group, 1:1, and independent work to ensure all students experience learning growth.

Participants will also learn how to automatically collect data to advance student learning quickly and easily while sharing progress across the entire IEP team. This webinar will be of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of all grade levels. Time will be provided for questions.

Registration

To sign-up, register via the event webpage.

More Information

To learn more, visit the edWeb website.

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Kindergarten Transition Strategies Highlighted in New Briefs

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New America reported that in the 2019-20 school year, “approximately four million children will start kindergarten.” This period of early learning is critical, as research shows that access to high-quality early education increases children’s likelihood of going to college, saving for retirement, and living in wealthier neighborhoods.

Recognizing the need for better support, New America released two briefs highlighting opportunities for states, local education agencies (LEAs), and elementary schools to strengthen pre-k to kindergarten transitions and fund transition activities.

Moving into Kindergarten

Their first brief, Moving into Kindergarten: How Schools and Districts are Connecting the Steps for Children and Families, highlights actions that schools and districts can take to help ensure a smooth and stress-free transition into kindergarten for children and their caregivers. The highlighted approaches are currently taking place in districts across the country, with a range of models included to ensure an appropriate method based on a district’s current state of development.

Highlighted methods include:

    • increased data sharing between child care, pre-k programs, and kindergarten
    • professional development and planning across grades (more specifically, formal activities that bring adults together across childcare, pre-k, and kindergarten)
    • a focus on family engagement that emphasizes the importance of involvement in education, extends beyond a one-time activity and takes place prior to the start of kindergarten
    • activities for incoming kindergarten students that go beyond one-time events (such as a classroom visit) and prioritize students without access to pre-k

To read the full brief, visit the New America website.

Using Local, State, and Federal Dollars to Improve Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions

New America’s second brief, Using Local, State, and Federal Dollars to Improve Pre-K to K Transitions, highlights the importance of a seamless transition between early learning programs and grade levels as well as effective policies and practices. With this, New American mentions that “there are a number of federal and state programs and other funding opportunities that can help support state and local efforts to improve pre-k to kindergarten transitions and alignment.”

Serving as a resource for state and local leaders, the brief examines:

    • Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
    • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
    • Head Start Act
    • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV)
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • Preschool Development Grant, Birth through Five (PDG B-5)
    • Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC)
    • Other Sources

Following this, the brief provides action recommendations for states, local education agencies, and elementary schools. Visit the New America website to learn more.

Local Initiatives

Are you interested in learning about the local pre-k and kindergarten landscape? Check out these initiatives:

    • Hi5 ensures that young children are school ready and promotes the importance of on-time kindergarten registration. Over the past seven years, this program has helped Allegheny County schools reach an impressive on-time kindergarten registration rate of 96 percent. To learn more, visit the Hi5 webpage.

Learn More

For more information, contact New America at 202.986.2700 or nyc@newamerica.org.

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September 25, 2019

Engaging Indoor Classrooms: Natural Materials & Loose Parts

Join Cindy Gennarelli, M.Ed., Director of Early Childhood Education Innovation at William Patterson University, for her upcoming webinar exploring opportunities to engage indoor classrooms using natural materials and loose parts.

About

This free webinar was designed to support the use of nature-based materials and loose parts in indoor classrooms. Common questions and concerns include:

    • How will these materials change the indoor environment?
    • Where do they go and how do I introduce the materials to the children?
    • How will these materials support children’s learning?
    • How do we integrate these materials without compromising the integrity of our curriculum and/or physical classroom space?

These questions and others will be discussed and answered. Photos of classroom environments, children’s engagement in inquiry-based, hands-on, STEAM-related explorations and discoveries will be used as examples. Examples will highlight the use of combining indoor classroom tools, materials, and equipment with outdoor materials to create richer learning experiences.

Learning outcomes will be relevant and aligned with approved developmentally appropriate curricula, pedagogy, children’s learning styles, and 21st-century skills. This webinar will be of particular benefit to pre-k teachers. Time for questions will be provided.

Registration

To sign-up, register via the event webpage.

More Information

To learn more, visit the edWeb website.

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September 23, 2019

celebratED!

As a new school year begins, join celebratED! for an evening of joyfulness honoring the wonderful educators of the Pittsburgh region! Plan to arrive early to walk the red carpet for photo ops and other fun when doors open at 6 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Register

To register for this free event, visit the Eventbrite page!

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September 18, 2019

NAEYC Releases New Equity Position Statement

As stated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), “all children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society.” That’s why, in support of equitable access and opportunities, NAEYC released their new position statement: “Advancing Equity in Early Education.”

About

Early childhood educators and professionals are in a unique position to advance equity in education. Early childhood education settings—including centers, family child care homes, and schools—are often among children’s first communities beyond their families. With the support of the early education system as a whole, they can create early learning environments that equitably distribute learning opportunities by helping all children experience responsive interactions that:

    • nurture their full range of social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and linguistic abilities;
    • reflect and model fundamental principles of fairness and justice;
    • and help them accomplish the goals of anti-bias education.

To learn more, read NAEYC’s full position statement.

Recommendations

Listed below are a few of NAEYC’s recommendations. For the full list, visit NAEYC’s website.

Everyone
    • Build awareness and understanding of your culture, personal beliefs, values, and biases.
    • Recognize the power and benefits of diversity and inclusivity.
    • Take responsibility for biased actions, even if unintended, and actively work to repair them.
    • Acknowledge and seek to understand structural inequities and their impact over time.
Administrators of Schools, Centers, Child Care, and Education Settings
    • Take proactive steps with measurable goals to recruit and retain educators and leaders who reflect the diversity of children and families served and who meet professional expectations.
    • Employ staff who speak the languages of the children and families served.
    • Recognize the value of serving a diverse group of children and strive to increase the range of diversity among those served.
    • Create meaningful, ongoing opportunities for multiple voices with diverse perspectives to engage in leadership and decision making.

More Information

For questions, contact NAEYC at 202.232.8777 or help@naeyc.org.

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