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Early Learning Professional Development

In collaboration with Solano County school districts, First 5 Solano, Solano Family & Children’s Services and other partners, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) offers specialized training for early learning professionals. Workshops offered by SCOE are open to Transitional Kindergarten and state-funded preschool teachers, as well as family child care and center-based preschool and child care staff. Trainings focus on a wide range of programs that support teaching and learning for our youngest learners, including infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.

Early Learning workshops cover a broad variety of topics, including preschool and Transitional Kindergarten modules of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, special needs and inclusion practices, trauma-informed care, social-emotional development, language and literacy, STEAM-inspired sessions, etc. Specialized training is also provided by the Region 4 California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), and the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC).

Please send your contact information to Lisa Eckhoff, leckhoff@solanocoe.net to be added to the SCOE Early Learning Professional Development distribution list.




SCOE Early Learning Professional Development Opportunities for 2019-2020


Date/Time/Location Presenter(s) Title/Topic
Saturday, 9/14/19

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SCOE

5.0 PD Hours

CPINVisual & Performing Arts: Drama

Participants will utilize and understand the structure and features of the Preschool Learning Foundations (PLF) and Preschool Curriculum Framework (PCF), Volume 2, Drama strand. In this workshop, you will explore how drama can be used to increase vocabulary with dual language learners and learn strategies for children with special needs.

https://tinyurl.com/SCOECPIN19-20

Saturday, 9/21/19

8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Solano Community College

7.0 PD Hours

Early Childhood Education (ECE) ConferenceThis year's keynote is presented by Barb O'Neill, founder of Transform Challenging Behavior. As a former professor, Barb has researched many of the methods she teaches and has published in early childhood journals including, NAEYC's Young Children & Teaching Young Children. See more information about our keynote and breakout sessions for this year's conference posted on our registration link.

https://tinyurl.com/2019ECEConf
Saturday, 10/5/19

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SCOE

6.5 PD Hours

TeachstoneTeachstone CLASS Primer Workshop

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS) Primer for Teachers is a 1-day training that provides a basic understanding of the CLASS methodology to teachers who will be observed during the school year. It provides knowledge to teachers who will receive CLASS-based professional development and prepares them to learn more about the use of CLASS in their work.

https://tinyurl.com/ELCLASS2019

Saturday, 10/19/19

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Napa COE

6.0 PD Hours

Napa County and Solano County Quality CountsAnti-Bias Education in ECE (Part 1)

This training provides an opportunity for participants to explore how children develop an understanding of race, class, gender and family structure.

To register, please contact Judy Nielsen at jnielsen@crcnapa.org or 707-253-0376 ext. 128

Saturday, 11/2/19

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

Stephanie Gomez

Reducing & Eliminating Preschool Suspensions & Expulsions

In this workshop, we will dive deeply into the research to better understand the epidemic of Preschool Suspensions & Expulsions. We will look at the racial disparities that exist and how the crisis contributes to the alarming Preschool to Prison Pipeline of incarcerated boys and men of color. The presentation will include state efforts to shift this trend and national recommendations provided jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Health & Human Services.

https://tinyurl.com/2019SCOEELPD

Saturday, 1/25/20

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SCOE

5.0 PD Hours

CPINLanguage & Literacy: Alphabetic Recognition

In this workshop, participants will discuss the connections between the foundations in the English-Language Development domain and the foundations in the Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition strand. Participants will read and use strategies from the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1 to plan learning experiences to support the Alphabetic Word/Print Recognition strand.

https://tinyurl.com/SCOECPIN19-20

Saturday, 2/8/20

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

SCOE

6.0 PD Hours

WestEd - Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations

This 6-hour session will focus on infant and toddler learning and development. The foundations describe competencies children typically attain during the birth-to-36-month period. Participants will explore CDE’s Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations, DVDs, and related materials.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/californias-infanttoddler-learning-development-foundation-workshop-tickets-72546182585

Saturday, 2/22/20

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

Stephanie GomezStrengthening the Prefrontal Cortex: Executive Function & The Growth Mindset

Neuroscience research has identified the links between Executive Function skills in young children and later academic success. Participants will learn strategies and tools to help develop Executive Function skills through social-emotional tools, visual cues, and play-based interventions.

https://tinyurl.com/2019SCOEELPD

Saturday, 2/22/20

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Napa COE

6.0 PD Hours

Napa County & Solano County Quality Counts Anti-Bias Education in ECE (Part 2)

This training provides an opportunity for participants to explore how children develop an understanding of race, class, gender and family structure.

To register, please contact Judy Nielsen at jnielsen@crcnapa.org or 707-253-0376 ext. 128


Saturday, 3/7/20

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Solano Family & Children's Services

4.0 PD Hours

WestEd - Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Infants & Toddlers

This 4-hour workshop is designed to support continuous improvement efforts of infant/toddler programs. This workshop will help participants to: identify the various influences, on an infant or toddler’s social-emotional development. Identify the social-emotional skills and knowledge typically acquired by infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years. Recognize specific program practices that support the healthy social-emotional development of infants and toddlers in group care settings.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-the-social-emotional-development-of-infants-toddlers-tickets-72595135003

Saturday, 4/25/20
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Virtual via online

6.0 PD Hours



Teachstone Intro to CLASS Pre- K Virtual Workshop

Participants will learn the basics of the CLASS instrument, domains, and dimension. This presentation is designed to help participants learn about effective teacher-child interactions, as defined by the CLASS tool, and the ways these interaction help children learn. Participants will see how teacher-child interactions impact children's learning, understand how the CLASS tool organizes these interactions, practice identifying effective teaching practices in videos from real classrooms, and review uses of the CLASS tool.
Click HERE to Register

Friday, 5/15/20
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

SCOE

6.5 PD Hours
Kaplan Early Learning CompanyUnderstanding Math Learning Trajectories and Make-N-Take Workshop: Aligning Preschool through 3rd Grade Mathematics
CANCELLED

Kaplan Early Learning Company presents Douglas H. Clements, PhD, a distinguished early math researcher who has published extensively in the areas of learning and teaching. He will share research findings on math learning trajectories and the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to learning and development. Dr. Clements will present classroom strategies that provide early childhood educators with an instructional approach that is both playful and developmentally appropriate across all early learning settings, preschool through 3rd grade.


Saturday, 5/16/20

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

CPINThe Powerful Role of Play in Education
CANCELLED

In this interactive session, participants will discuss the purpose of publication, The Powerful Role of Play in Education, through reading and discussion, explore the research-based connections between play and learning through group activities and reading, experience the benefits and debunk common myths about play and learning, and consider planning opportunities for individualization and scaffolding within the reflective planning cycle.



Thursday, 5/21/20

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual via online

SCOE

Coping During COVID:
Managing Prolonged Stress

During these unusual times, the level of stress that everyone is experiencing has significantly increased. Our routines have been disturbed and we are required to restrict our activities outside our home. These changes and the concern around the virus can disorganize the families we serve, our colleagues, as well as ourselves. This online training will focus on understanding the effects of prolonged stress: how prolonged stress can change our behavior; and how to enhance resilience. Cherise Northcutt, PhD, of A Better Way, will offer the training via Zoom.

Click HERE to register.

Saturday, 5/30/20
9:30 - 11:30 AM

SCOE

Virtual via online

2.0 PD Hours
CPINDialogic Reading Strategies

With this 2 hour CPIN training module, participants will become familiar with the research supporting Dialogic Reading, understand what skills and abilities preschool and TK children should know based on the CA Preschool Learning Foundations LLD domain and Reading strand with a focus on Dialogic Reading, and learn the Language and Literacy instructional strategies outlined in the CA Preschool Curriculum Framework that support the Foundations with a focus on Dialogic Reading.

Click HERE to register.

Saturday, 6/6/20

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

Stephanie GomezThe Brain Architecture Game: How Early Experience Matters
CANCELLED

The Brain Architecture game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development–what promotes it, what derails it, and with what consequences for society. The presenter will frame the presentation around the power of resiliency and The Five Protective Factors as a tool for highlighting the powerful role of Early Childhood Educators as Brain Builders.