PD: Head Start Staff Training & Resources July 20, 2020 Release

Professional Development Staff Training and Resources –July 20, 2020


Intended Audience: ALL HEAD START STAFF
Title: TED TV:
The Happy Secret to Better Work

Speaker, Dr. Shawn Achor, PsyD, CEO of Good Think Inc.

Date/Time: Anytime


Content: We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.


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Audience: Education
Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science and Exploring New Findings.

Presenters: Lisa Guernsey

Time/Date: Anytime

Content: It is no secret among seasoned early childhood teachers that children who thrive are those who are able to articulate their needs, have the ability to regulate their emotions, and can focus their attention on a task. Now, findings from new research studies are not only backing up that intuition, but they are providing teachers and child care staff with the new approaches and techniques to employ in their classrooms. Methods from Montessori, High Scope, and Tools of the Mind are among the approaches described in Lisa’s article in the October issue of Scientific American, How to Prime Preschoolers for Success, which describes the new science.
This webinar will review those highlights, helping teachers to gain more understanding of:
  • What contributes to children’s growth in executive functioning skills
  • What contributes to children’s growth in oral language development
  • How teachers are learning to promote these skills in early childhood classroom

Intended Audience: Home School Educators
Home Visitors Handbook: Reflective-Practice
Time/Date: Anytime

Home visiting is relationship-based work. There are few right answers in home visiting, and relationships can ebb and flow. Reflection, "stepping back from the immediate experience to sort through thoughts and feelings about what one is observing and doing with children and families’ is a crucial practice for home visitors. It helps you understand what you see, how you plan with families, and how you take care of yourself and the important relationships you build in your work during the course of home visits.


Intended Audience: Health, Nutrition and Parent, Family & Community Engagement
Title: Collaborating Actively in Meaningful Planning (CAMP) Series: Session 4

Date/Time: July 22, 2020 | 1:00 pm–2:00 pm ET

Content: Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) for this fourth event in a six-week series to address questions and concerns about offering Head Start and Early Head Start services during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Programs have done amazing and innovative work delivering services under the fluctuating conditions of COVID-19. Moving forward will require continued innovation and agility. Hear from OHS leadership about how programs can meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards to continue to operate successfully.
Parents and Caregivers

Intended Audience: Administrative
Title: How to Challenge Your Comfort Zone and Stretch Your Skills Webinar for Administrative Professional

Date/Time: Anytime

Content:  Participants will learn, why the comfort zone isn’t always a “bad” thing. (Hint: You’ll learn how to know when to push and when to rest!) How to break through the internal and external barriers that prevent you from taking on challenges—and the benefits you’ll experience personally and professionally when you do. How to create comfort zone stretching opportunities for growth. Seizing opportunities when you are forced out of your comfort zone. Simple strategies that will help you avoid going too far outside your comfort zone, and how to learn from it when you do.

Intended Audience: Data, Planning, Quality Assurance and PFCE

Title: Tracking Progress in Early Care and Education: Program, Staff, and Family Measurement Tools

Date/Time: Anytime

Content:  This link provides access the interactive webpage that provides a guide that is a compilation of 15 high-quality tools programs you can use to track a family's progress toward their goals. It can also be used to monitor the efforts of early care and education staff in helping families advance toward those goals.

Intended Audience: Leadership
Title: Rebuild Your ECE Program for the New Normal: Part 2
Presenter: Business Practices, by Lauren Small, M.B.A

Date/Time: Anytime

Content: As a program leader, you must plan for resilience. The COVID-19 crises has created a new reality in which you have an opportunity rebuild for a stronger future. Now is the time for you to reinvent your organization with a refreshed vision. This practical webinar will inspire you to revamp your personnel, marketing, and back-office practices. The second webinar of the 2-part series, Rebuild Your ECE Program for the New Normal, presented by early childhood business expert, Lauren Small M.B.A, will continue to inspire and support you with practical advice about rebuilding your business to thrive in the era of COVID-19.
Join us to learn:
  • Human resource management practices to recruit great teachers and retain them with state-of-the-art onboarding practices.
  • Marketing tools, practices, and strategies to engage your currently enrolled families and attract prospective families.
  • Streamlined and automated back office practices that allow you to spend quality coaching time with your staff.

Link for access: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3745286655756918286

Intended Audience: Leadership
Title: Preparing for Re-Opening: The Administrator’s Role in Taking Control When Things Seem Out of Control

Presenter: Jennifer Fiechtner, M.A. and Kay M. Albrecht, Ph.D.
Date/Time: Anytime

Content: This webinar focuses on concrete strategies that can be implemented with little to no cost for administrators and have applicability for programs who are currently shuttered as well as those who are operating under new and changing guidelines. A wide variety of vetted resources will also be shared with participants.
Link for access: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/preparing-for-re-opening-the-administrators-role-in-taking-control-when-things-seem-out-of-control-by-jennifer-fiechtner-m-a-and-kay-m-albrecht-ph-d/

Intended Audience: Coaches
Title: The Head Start Coaching Companion

Date/Time: Anytime

Content: The Head Start Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback application for early care and education staff and providers. It helps coaches and coachees and peer-coaching teams work together, even between coach visits or from a distance. Share video files, ask questions, and exchange feedback. Also, develop individualized coaching plans that support quality teaching and positive outcomes for young children.

Link for access: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/professional-development/article/head-start-coaching-companion
Intended Audience: Coaches
Title: Coaching in Early Childhood

Presenters: Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden

Date/Time: Anytime

This webinar
 will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a variety of backgrounds.

Join us to learn:
  • The rationale for using a coaching interaction style with parents, teachers, and other care providers.
  • The research supporting coaching in early childhood contexts families, teachers, and other care providers of children 0-5 years of age.
  • The characteristics of coaching practices in early childhood.

Link for access: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/coaching-in-early-childhood-by-dathan-rush-and-mlisa-shelden/