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September 16, 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 jasmine@tryingtogether.org.

Registration

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

 



 

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August 20, 2019

Involve Parents for Greater English Learner Success

Encouraging parents to become involved is the first step toward bringing parents and educators closer together on behalf of their English Learners. From organizing workshops for parents to developing classroom language learning assignments that include families, the process to boost involvement takes commitment—and an action plan.

About

In this edWebinar, presenters will discuss:

    • the six categories of parental involvement;
    • how educators can incorporate those categories into an effective action plan;
    • best practices and real-world examples from districts around the country;
    • common roadblocks and strategies to overcome the challenges they present
    • a break down of the action plan to help participants begin to incorporate action steps; and
    • strategies of what to do if the action plan falls off track.

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Register

To register for this webinar, visit the EdWeb event page.

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August 19, 2019

From Scribbles to Writing | Online Webinar

Art is the “first language” of the beginning reader and writer. Children usually draw or paint before they write. They use what might seem like just scribbles, lines and blobs to represent things. But isn’t that what writing is all about?

About

Both art and writing are a process of symbol making and can be a means of communication. Children’s pictures are words to them and represent an essential step on the road to literacy. In this edWebinar, participants will:

    • Look at the ages and stages of writing from infants to kindergarten and explore the many ways to support children’s beginning writing and art skills;
    • Explore the essential social and emotional aspects of art and writing expression while building an emotional vocabulary;
    • Develop new ideas for process-based art activities for self-expression and storytelling;
    • Use poetry and the work of modern artists to inspire children’s art and writing;
    • Build positive and supportive strategies for talking to children about their art; and
    • Define the current brain research that supports the importance of art as a tool for self-expression, language, and writing.

This edWebinar will be of interest to pre-k and kindergarten teachers.

Register

To register for this webinar, visit the EdWeb event page.

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July 24, 2019

Little Listeners Play Group

Families with children under the age of three with hearing loss are invited to join the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for their weekly Little Listeners Play Group sessions!

About

This new playgroup will focus on developing listening and spoken language through play and social interaction. Designed for children under the age of three with hearing loss, participating families will enjoy a variety of developmentally appropriate play-based activities, an onsite pediatric audiologist who can guide and answer questions, and time for parents to relax and unwind. Siblings are welcome.

Registration

To register, contact Michelle Parfitt at mparfitt@depaulhearingandspeech.org.

For questions, call 412.924.1012.

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July 17, 2019

Little Listeners Play Group

Families with children under the age of three with hearing loss are invited to join the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for their weekly Little Listeners Play Group sessions!

About

This new playgroup will focus on developing listening and spoken language through play and social interaction. Designed for children under the age of three with hearing loss, participating families will enjoy a variety of developmentally appropriate play-based activities, an onsite pediatric audiologist who can guide and answer questions, and time for parents to relax and unwind. Siblings are welcome.

Registration

To register, contact Michelle Parfitt at mparfitt@depaulhearingandspeech.org.

For questions, call 412.924.1012.

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July 10, 2019

Little Listeners Play Group

Families with children under the age of three with hearing loss are invited to join the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for their weekly Little Listeners Play Group sessions!

About

This new playgroup will focus on developing listening and spoken language through play and social interaction. Designed for children under the age of three with hearing loss, participating families will enjoy a variety of developmentally appropriate play-based activities, an onsite pediatric audiologist who can guide and answer questions, and time for parents to relax and unwind. Siblings are welcome.

Registration

To register, contact Michelle Parfitt at mparfitt@depaulhearingandspeech.org.

For questions, call 412.924.1012.

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July 3, 2019

Little Listeners Play Group

Families with children under the age of three with hearing loss are invited to join the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for their weekly Little Listeners Play Group sessions!

About

This new playgroup will focus on developing listening and spoken language through play and social interaction. Designed for children under the age of three with hearing loss, participating families will enjoy a variety of developmentally appropriate play-based activities, an onsite pediatric audiologist who can guide and answer questions, and time for parents to relax and unwind. Siblings are welcome.

Registration

To register, contact Michelle Parfitt at mparfitt@depaulhearingandspeech.org.

For questions, call 412.924.1012.

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May 28, 2019

Development Through the Eyes of an ELL Child

Join Professor Lois Wachtel in this edWebinar as she discusses early childhood developmental milestones through the eyes of a child, particularly an English language learner (ELL) child. Those who work with three- and four-year-old children will have the opportunity to take a closer look at their growth.

About

While we know all young children are amazing individuals, can you recall the vast amount of growth that is taking place in their world on a regular basis? At what age can we expect young children to be able to answer a simple question, name familiar colors, throw a ball, or demonstrate simple problem-solving skills?

During this webinar, Wachtel will discuss all this and more, providing a well-rounded perspective of how young children are building language, physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and motor development skills. Specific examples will be provided with ELLs in mind.

Time for questions will be provided. Continuing Education Credits available.

Registration

For more information and to register, visit the event website.

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May 16, 2019

Pittsburgh Apraxia Specialists Panel

Join Apraxia Kids on May 16 for their Pittsburgh Apraxia Specialists Panel. Attendees will join local speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for a one-of-a-kind panel and Q&A session, visit the Apraxia Kids headquarters, and network with local families, caregivers, and therapists.

About

Apraxia Kids is the leading nonprofit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research.

This event coincides with Apraxia Awareness Month, an important time for informing the local community of the struggles that children with apraxia face each day. Apraxia Kids hopes to bring the Pittsburgh community together to raise awareness, support each other, and build a bridge between parents and professionals!

Speakers

  •  Megan Overby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Duquesne University
  • Kathy Helfrich-Miller, Ph.D., CCC-SLP- Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Jen Rakers, MSLP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd. – UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Carrie Van Soest, MS, CCC-SLP – UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Eileen Cirelli, MS, CCC/L-SLP – Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Gretchen Myers, MSLP-CCC; Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Center4Speech
  • Katie Micco, MS, CCC-SLP; Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech – Duquesne University

Registration

Registration for this event is free and may be accessed via the event’s webpage.

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April 13, 2019

Español + Arte = Fun | Workshop

Young children are quick learners and avid to explore. This workshop focuses on developing visual art strategies to engage children in a fun and playful way when introduced to a second language. Through exploration of Spanish and bilingual stories, collaboration with peers, and making connections to real-life experiences, educators will be able to develop their own visual-arts strategies and activities to teach a second language to young children.

This event is intended for early childhood educators. Act 48 and PQAS credit hours available.

Registration

To register, visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website.

Accessibility

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