Early Childhood Webinars: Well-being

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Yoga for the Youngest! Mindfulness and Movement for Shifting Culture and Practice, by Jenna Augustine and Lori Ryan (04/01/17)

Movement activities are mainstays of early childhood practice, but teaching children to be “in the moment” may be a new twist for you and everyone in your program. This innovative webinar will help you explore the concept of mindfulness and the practice of yoga.

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“Mean” Behavior and Aggression in Early Childhood: The Origins of Bullying, by Kristen Darling-Churchill (26/10/16)

The existing body of research on bullying in older children suggests that the roots begin early. Early educators need to be able to identify and address the antecedents of bullying before these behaviors become organized. This session will provide background information about how to identify the precursors of bullying, and help you consider your role in mitigating these behaviors. In this session, you will learn:

The developmental trajectory to bullying behavior;
Theories about social and environmental contributors to bullying;
Promising strategies and models designed to prevent bullying;
Suggestions for policies and classroom strategies to address “mean” behavior and aggression in early childhood; and
Resources for further research and implementation.

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Helping Children Birth Through 5 Rebound from Traumatic Experiences: Create Classrooms That Support Recovery, by Cate Heroman and Jenna Bilmes (25/10/16)

While this session will be helpful to educators all over the world who work with children after countless horrific experiences, it is especially dedicated to victims of the recent disastrous flooding in Louisiana.

Objectives: As a result of this webinar, participants will learn:

How young children might behave after a traumatic event.
How to create a physical environment and classroom structure that supports children as they recover from the traumatic experience.
How to meet the emotional needs of children exhibiting difficulties in coping.

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The Importance of Teaching Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Education, by Barbara Kaiser (18/10/16)

Research shows that social and emotional skills are as important to school performance as academic readiness skills. Teachers can support all children, especially children with challenging behavior as they work to develop their internal controls—and at the same time direct them onto a more positive emotional and educational trajectory by teaching social and emotional skills—the behaviors, attitudes, and words that allow us to initiate and maintain positive social relationships.

There is no doubt children learn social and emotional skills simply by being in a group, but they learn much more when you teach these skills proactively. Giving them formal status in the program makes your teaching intentional and explicit rather than hidden, highlights their value, and amplifies the classroom’s pro-social ambience.

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The Power of Optimism: Helping Early Childhood Educators See the Best in Themselves, Their Students and Their World, by Steve Gross (08/06/2016).

Optimism is powerful. When children grow to see the good in themselves, the good in others and the good in their world – their social, emotional, and cognitive superpowers emerge. However, for the seeds of optimism to take root, they must be nurtured. Sadly, in toxically stressful environments that can result from poverty, violence and illness, the seeds of optimism can die.

Steve’s inspiring and high energy presentation teaches us how to access our own superpowers so that we can build joyful, loving, empowering and engaging environments for children to heal, grow and thrive. By presenting research and first hand lessons from the field, Steve will share how optimistic leaders and care providers bring out the best in people and organizations – especially in challenging, change-filled times.

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Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: Successful Strategies from Experienced Early Childhood Educators, by Linda Brekken, Amanda Schwartz, Beth Fairchild, Lisa Parker and Andrea Knowlton (25/05/2016).

Inclusive programs serving young children with disabilities provide many benefits for children with and without disabilities. Studies show increased cognitive, language and social-emotional skills for children with disabilities. Children without disabilities are more likely to accept and respond positively to diversity...

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Anti-Bias Approach to Early Childhood Leadership: Beyond Books and Pictures, by Lindsey Allard Agnamba and Je’Kendria Trahan (23/03/2016).

As the staff, children and families in our early learning programs grow more diverse, it’s essential to move beyond just having materials in the programs that reflect the various backgrounds as a way create high quality learning programs. It’s important to begin working in deeper ways...

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Using Books for Social-Emotional Development: Literature that helps children explore feelings, by Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard (16/03/2016).

There are lots of big feelings and relationships with highs, and lows, twists and turns. Early educators need all of the tools and strategies they can get to help children manage the ride! Books are the perfect tools to engage.....

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Nurturing secure attachments for infants and toddlers: The key to optimal emotional development, by Dr. Alice Sterling Honig (09/03/2016).

Developing an early secure attachment to the special persons who care for a child from birth during the early years is critical. Secure attachment between the little one and the special adult(s) lays the foundation for developing a person who can...

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Social-Emotional Learning & ECE Program Culture: How to facilitate resilience and inclusive culture, By Dr. Maurice Elias (16/12/2015).

This presentation will focus on how early childhood education programs can systematically build social-emotional learning/emotional intelligence skills in young children and enhance program culture and climate. While many nations, and states in the U.S., include social-emotional skills among their standards, there has been less emphasis on...

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Managing Mild Autism in Early Childhood Classrooms: Top Teaching Strategies Children with Mild, by Mike A. Assel and Libby Hall (09/12/2015).

Your program is proud to be an inclusive environment. Children of all abilities are welcome, and your teachers work hard to facilitate learning that meets every child’s needs, but they are frequently challenged when it comes to engaging children who...

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