November 11, 2019

Breaking Bold: Igniting a Love for Learning

Join Weston Kieschnick, Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, on November 20 for his webinar, “Breaking Bold: Igniting a Love for Learning.”


More than pedagogical understanding, instructional strategies, or even content knowledge, the number one factor in predicting a child’s academic success is the absence, or presence, of positive teacher-student interactions. Leaders and teachers need a simple framework and process for cultivating a culture centered around high expectations, resilience, and creativity. Attendees will:

    • explore the 12 research-based characteristics for cultivating masterful relationships,
    • gain practical strategies for implementing these in everyday practice, and
    • reflect on current practices and identify simple ways to build positive interactions with more students every day.

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders. Time for questions will be provided.


To learn more and register, visit the edWeb website.


August 14, 2019

Working With Diverse Families: Supporting Dual Language Learners (Online)

In this online course, participants will engage in an interactive professional development session to build and strengthen knowledge in working with diverse children ages birth to five and families. To support early childhood practitioners serving this population, this session will focus on current research strategies when teaching dual language learners, and techniques to engage families.

Three PQAS and Act 48 hours will be awarded.

Course Timeline

This course will be available online from September 16 through October 4, 2019.

More Information

For more information, contact Jasmine Davis at 412.567.3933 or


To participate in this course, complete the registration process below.




July 16, 2019

Parent-Child Interaction

Are you looking to engage in an educational experience with your young child? Join other caregivers and their young children for creative STEM-based activities. Together, parent and child will interact with each other and socialize with other families to grow, learn, and play!

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To learn more, contact Neil Walker at 412.728.2892 or

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June 4, 2019

Empowering and Strengthening Relationships Across Early Childhood Settings

Join the Harvard Graduate School of Education on June 27 and 28 for “Empowering and Strengthening Relationships Across Early Childhood Settings,” a new program intended for early education leaders, principals, program directors, administrators, and teacher leaders.


“Empowering and Strengthening Relationships Across Early Childhood Settings” is offered as part of the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy, featuring the tools and resources of “Simple Interactions,” a collaboration between the Fred Rogers Center on Early Learning and Children’s Media and the Zaentz Initiative.

Led by Faculty Co-Chairs Junlei Li, Nonie Lesaux, and Stephanie Jones, this two-day on-campus institute offers participants a combination of practice-based learning experiences, research and theoretical insights from both within and beyond the early childhood field, and community-supported problem-solving.

Program Objectives

Participants will:

    • Define what is a developmental human interaction and how such interactions contribute to the full range of child development goals from language to social and emotional learning;
    • Envision and plan how to support the development of young children’s helpers and empower adult-child human interactions; and
    • Engage in practice-based conversations for professional learning settings and re-examine early childhood systems with a relationship-focused lens.

Program Costs

The program will be hosted on campus and will require a $199 tuition payment per person. Special rates are available for Program, Community, District, and Network Teams. Participants will receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Tuition includes all instructional materials, however, participants will have to pay for associated travel expenses and hotel accommodations. For more information, visit their Payment page.


Registrations must be submitted by June 20, 2019, via the event website.

More Information

For more information, visit the event webpage or email

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