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Professional Development Opportunities for Early Learning Teachers

The following are upcoming professional development opportunities:

January 2021 – December 2021 

Online Course: LMU-CEEL’s Teaching Academic Spanish in Grades Pre-K through 12 Certificate Program

Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (LMU-CEEL) has opened the registration for a one-year program is delivered completely in Spanish and was developed for Spanish speakers who are teachers in bilingual/dual language programs. CEEL has been responsive to the current needs of educators and students in our nation, and has incorporated adaptations in their courses to support teachers during distance/hybrid teaching.

Learn more about our upcoming Teaching Academic Spanish in Grades Pre K-12 Certificate Program Cohort.

Register


January 2021 – March 2021 

Online Course: LMU-CEEL’s Fostering Family/Community Engagement for Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Programs

Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (LMU-CEEL) has opened the registration for the second course in its Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. The objective of this course is for teachers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meaningfully observe and document Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) students’ learning and development throughout the academic year. Teachers will learn strategies to collect assessment data and use this information to scaffold and continue to support new learning for individualized and small group instruction. This course emphasizes the importance of assessing both content and language development to accurately measure students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for TK/ECE students.

Learn more about the three-course online Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Certificate Program information and course dates.

Register


Monday, December 14, 2020
12:30 PM PT

Webinar: Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About

Families show a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, as they navigate through their ever-changing experiences (e.g., routines, new skills, discipline, feeding) with their child. The negative emotions that families sometimes show can be challenging for providers to manage. Reframing these emotions as coming from a family’s passion for their child can strengthen partnerships with families. This webinar will explore ways that providers can value families’ passion. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Valuing Passion that you can immediately apply to your work.

This webinar is part of Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s five-part webinar series on Strengths-Based Family Engagement. Each webinar is 90 minutes, includes a certificate of attendance, and offers live Spanish translation. Register for each webinar individually, or sign up for the entire series and save $25.

Register


Monday, December 7, 2020
12:30 PM PT

Webinar: Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior

Connecting with families of young children can be challenging. They are busy, the children are busy, and providers are busy. When providers share with families specific details of what they notice about their child—such as their interests or temperament—they open the door to connecting. In this webinar, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Connecting with Families through the Child’s Behavior that you can immediately apply to your work.

This webinar is part of Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s five-part webinar series on Strengths-Based Family Engagement. Each webinar is 90 minutes, includes a certificate of attendance, and offers live Spanish translation. Register for each webinar individually, or sign up for the entire series and save $25.

Register


Monday, November 30, 2020
1:30 PM PT

Webinar: Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s I Hear You: Active Listening to Engage Families

Learning from families what is happening in their lives is crucial to being able to support them. However, sometimes families don’t come out and tell us what is going on. This is where active listening can help. When we listen to understand what is most important to the family in that moment, we can join with parents in their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child. This webinar will explore some specific listening techniques that can help providers deepen their connections with parents. You will learn about family engagement strategies for listening actively that you can immediately apply to your work.

This webinar is part of Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s five-part webinar series on Strengths-Based Family Engagement. Each webinar is 90 minutes, includes a certificate of attendance, and offers live Spanish translation. Register for each webinar individually, or sign up for the entire series and save $25.

Register


Tuesday November 17, 2020
12:00 – 3:00pm PST

Trauma-Informed Practice: Perspectives for Early Intervention

Led by Anita Osborn, M.A., P.P.S., L.E.P.

Over the past years much has been learned through neuroscience about the brain and the developmental impact on its growth and function in the presence of adversity. This workshop will expose participants to the Four R’s of trauma-informed care: Realize the widespread impact of trauma; Recognize the signs of being trauma-triggered; Respond with policies and procedures that support optimal functioning; and Resist Re-traumatization in order to break the cycle and foster resilience.

Participants will:

  • Understand the differences between positive stress, tolerable stress, and toxic stress.
  • Become familiar with the risks associated with adverse childhood experiences.
  • Grasp the effect of excessive stress on the nervous system.
  • Be able to identify the Four R’s of Trauma Informed Care.
  • Understand the positive impact of supportive adult relationships.

IDA members: $35 Non IDA members: $50
CEs: IDA -Nursing/PT/Speech; 3 hours $30
CDI – LCSW, LMFT, LEP, LPCC 3 hours (you will be invoiced)

Register


Monday, November 16, 2020
12:30 PM PT

Webinar: Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Choosing Your Attitude: Using Strength-Based Family Assumptions

Providers’ assumptions and emotions can sometimes get in the way of effective engagement with families. For example, when a family doesn’t follow through on a recommendation, the provider can become frustrated. Choosing to adopt strength-based family assumptions supports providers in discovering the strengths of the families with whom they work, which leads to improved relationships. In this webinar, you will learn how to use strengths-based assumptions in our interactions with families. You will learn about family engagement strategies for using the Strengths-Based Family Assumptions that you can immediately apply to your work.

This webinar is part of Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s five-part webinar series on Strengths-Based Family Engagement. Each webinar is 90 minutes, includes a certificate of attendance, and offers live Spanish translation. Register for each webinar individually, or sign up for the entire series and save $25.

Register


Monday, November 9, 2020
12:30 pm (PST)

Webinar: Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s A View from All Sides: Perspective-Taking to Support Family Engagement

When interacting with families, finding common ground is critical. Taking multiple perspectives on a situation can help family-facing providers identify a common place where we can join with families. This requires reflecting on all points of view: one’s own, the child’s, and that of their family members. In this webinar from Brazelton Touchpoints Center, you will learn how to use perspective-taking to connect with families in their child’s care and development. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Perspective Taking that you can immediately apply to your work.

This webinar is part of Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s five-part webinar series on Strengths-Based Family Engagement. Each webinar is 90 minutes, includes a certificate of attendance, and offers live Spanish translation. Register for each webinar individually, or sign up for the entire series and save $25.

Register


Various Sessions

Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) On-Line Professional Development Opportunities

QSLA compiled a list of FREE, on-line, professional development trainings that early learning educators and administrators can access to support with their required 21 hours of PD for QSLA. All trainings are either recorded directly in the CA ECE Workforce Registry or provide certificates that can be submitted to the Registry to count towards PD hours.

View Professional Development Opportunities List (English)

Oportunidades de desarrollo profesional en línea


Webinar Series

Support Dual Language Learners Throughout the Pandemic — Promising Practices

Thanks to a new CDE Dual Language Learner Professional Development grant, SEAL is launching a new virtual PD series to Support Dual Language Learners throughout the pandemic! This Professional Learning Series for preschool educators is designed to increase system capacity and to improve educator effectiveness. The four topic-based learning summit sessions will discuss partnering with families, addressing complex oral language development, providing children with interesting complex text, and making language “visible”.

View Webinar Series Details


On Demand Webinar

Elevating the Role of Cultural Responsiveness in Effective Teaching Practices 

Join the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning to explore research related to the role of culturally responsive materials and practices in high quality instructional interactions. They will discuss the value of making authentic connections between concepts that children are learning and their home language and culture. They will also share examples of how to elevate instructional interactions with culturally authentic and relevant connections to support early learning in all domains.
Training is available On Demand (1hour and 15 minutes)

Register


Various Sessions

The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) at Loyola Marymount University Professional Learning Programs

For over 10 years, CEEL has offered certificate programs of study for teachers and leaders working with English Learners and Dual Language Learners. They provide innovative distance learning courses designed for educators working in grades PreK-12.

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities


Ongoing

San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) 

The San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) offers professional development opportunities for preschool, infant, toddler, and transitional kindergarten teachers including administrators, and family childcare providers. QPI offers workshops centered around assessment and screening, curriculum and instruction, family engagement, and leadership.

View Professional Development Opportunities


The CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tools on child development that can be customized with local contact information for early care and education programs. The CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” website offers free resources for early educators on monitoring children’s developmental milestones.

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California Department of Education Streaming Video Collection

The ELCD is excited to announce the launch of the California Department of Education Streaming Video Collection, an online streaming video subscription service. Users may now access the companion videos for California’s educational resources on one simple platform.

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Ongoing

Zero to Three Learning Center

The ZERO TO THREE Learning Center offers a wide range of competency-based, research-driven professional development options for the early childhood workforce.

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The California Preschool Development Grant (PDG)

The PDG is piloting self-paced training modules designed specifically for early learning providers and hosted entirely online in a mobile-friendly format. These asynchronous modules provide early childhood professionals with maximum flexibility in enhancing their skills through high-impact, job-embedded activities.

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