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In Person Trainings

Saturday, April 27, 2024

  • Creativity in Your Classroom

    In this 2 hour session, participants learn about the difference between open ended art and crafts. There’s place in the Early Childhood classroom for both. Come learn how and when to provide opportunities for both. Learn ways to provide craft activities that are meaningful to children’ and create real learning opportunities such as independence and making choices. Learn about open ended art experiences that help children express their own developing creativity and expression of emotions. How does creativity help children to problem solve, make choices, and explore their own abilities.

    Audience
    Toddler, PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Personal Care Routines

    This training is especially designed for infant teachers. We will explore how we can be more engaging and interactive with our infants during routine personal care times such as diapering, feeding, and providing personal hygiene for our little ones.

    Audience
    Infant
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Balls and Ramps: Math in Early Childhood Education

    Help children learn about math and physics in the Block center by playing with balls and ramps. Use open ended questions to encourage children’s persistence and problem solving. Learn these concepts for yourself by playing with a variety of blocks, balls and ramps to develop activities and experiences for children in your block center. Learn how to equip a block center that maximizes children’s experiences.

    Audience
    PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Making a Plan for the Infant Day

    Infants sometimes spend a large portion of their morning, afternoon, and early evening in a child care setting. In this training we will discuss ideas and make plans for keeping our infants and ourselves engaged and involved with different activities throughout the day.

    Audience
    Infant
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Health & Safety: Safer Cleaning in the Child Care Setting

    Many cleaning and sanitizing chemicals can pose health risks, particularly to children. In this session, we will delve into safer cleaning practices within childcare settings. Participants will gain insights into cleaning products, best practices for chemical handling, and ways to enhance cleaning procedures in childcare environments.

    Audience
    Infant, Toddler, PreK, Leaders
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    9:00am -12:00pm
    JPS School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Diving Back into Frog Street Toddler

    For toddler teachers who have tried to start using Frog Street but are overwhelmed or have reviewed the toddler curriculum but are not sure where to start. Let’s dive in for a refresh of the main aspects of Frog Street for Toddlers and have a community meeting of toddler teachers to discuss solutions to your most pressing curriculum issues.  Participants should bring their Theme 2 Activity Guide.

    Audience
    Toddlers, Leaders
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    JPS School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Providing Engaged Instructional Support for Learning – Focus on Language and Early Literacy

    Sharing books with toddlers offers a prime opportunity for increasing children’s higher order thinking and language learning. Unlike for older preschool children, the primary focus of early literacy for toddlers is on language development and the construction of meaning. This 2 hour-interactive training module is designed to improve the quality of teachers’ interactions with children as measured by the Engaged Support for Learning domain of the Toddler CLASS® that focuses on Facilitation of Development and Learning, Quality of Feedback, and Language Modeling.

    Audience
    Toddler Teachers
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    JPS School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058

Saturday, May 11, 2024

  • Using Centers to Promote Learning

    In this 2 hour session, learn how center management increases cooperation, interactions and engagement in your children. What do you do when everyone wants to be in the Dramatic Play center and there’s not enough room. How can center management increase engagement with each other and promote meaningful play. What are appropriate rules for centers?

    Audience
    Toddler, PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Sensory Play

    Do you have a big tub in your classroom for sensory play? Do you know how to use the materials? Do you know why we provide sensory play? In this very hands-on training we will explore the answers to those questions as we use our hands and senses to explore multiple sensory items.

    Audience
    Toddler, PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • A Class Act! Set the Stage!

    This 2-hour module creates an awareness of the important role that the physical environment in the early childhood classroom plays in regards to student behavior and the process of teaching and learning. The environment comprises the setting itself (including materials and equipment), the people within the setting, and any learning experiences, routines, and schedules established within the setting. Using the standards as a basis for planning learning objectives and how those objectives can be carried out in interest areas is emphasized. Intentional planning and teaching can aid teachers in organizing developmentally appropriate activities that will allow children to learn and grow at their own pace. On-going assessment will guide further instruction.A carefully planned physical environment can help a program achieve its goals. Intentional teaching is, not only, important for the aspects of instruction and assessment, but is also equally important to the planning of the environment.

    Audience
    Infant, Toddler, PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May, 11, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Conversations with Children

    This training focuses on engaging children in conversations. In this session, you’ll learn how to get started in conversations with children and how important these conversations can be to young children’s development and learning.

    Audience
    Toddlers, PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Literacy: What You Do Gets Children Ready to Read

    This 2 hour interactive session will focus on strategies that help develop a love of learning and reading in children. Learn age appropriate ways to teach letter recognition, rhyming, alliteration that encourage young children’s love of language and meaning in the written word. How do children learn to write. What should you teach at what age to maximize children’s outcome in literacy. How do you observe and document children’s skills and behaviors in literacy objectives.

  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Engaging Three & Four-year-olds with Feedback

    In this training we will discuss and practice how to engage older preschoolers with “why” and “how” questions and “tell me more” statements that lead to deeper levels of thinking. Providing feedback loops will also be a part of this training as we practice them ourselves.

    Audience
    PreK
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Teamwork

    This 2-hour, interactive session is about building and leading an effective team, including developing an environment that supports staff and the instructional needs of teachers. The workshop focuses on the importance of the trainees reflecting on the concepts of building and leading a team, and the environment in which that occurs, by brainstorming and giving their thoughts first. Then some answers to the question are given by the instructor so that comparisons may be made and a full definition of each concept emerges. At the end, we look at the differences between empowerment and delegation, teacher development, and characteristics of adult learners.

    Audience
    Leaders
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Talk to Me Baby! Early Language Supports for Infants

    This 2-hour interactive training module will provide participants with high-level early language support in infant classrooms, through a deeper understanding of the Infant CLASS®tool and high-quality teacher-child interactions. Training participants will practice realistic strategies for implementing self-talk, imitating and initiating sounds or words; modeling turn-taking, and effectively using toys for expansion and extension of language. This training will also show how early language support strategies connect other Infant CLASS®dimensions, to support overall infant learning and care in both younger and older infants.

    Audience
    Infant
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 11, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058

Saturday, May 18, 2024

  • Infant Care

    Details coming soon.

    Audience
    Infant
  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 18, 2024
    8:30am – 10:30am
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058
  • Culture, Diversity and Inclusion in Families

    Details coming soon.

  • Date & Time
    Saturday, May 18, 2024
    10:45am – 12:45pm
    Jefferson Parish School Board
    501 Manhattan Boulevard
    Harvey 70058