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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, 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, 3/7/20

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCOE

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, 5/16/20

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

CPINHistory & Social-Science: Becoming a Preschool Community Member

Participants will observe, read, and discuss the developmental continuum for civics and develop strategies that will guide instruction and learning in the preschool classroom. In this workshop, you will gain understanding of key concepts from the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, Volume 3–History-Social Science Domain, Becoming a Preschool Community Member (Civics) strand.

https://tinyurl.com/SCOECPIN19-20

Saturday, 5/30/20

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCOE

4.0 PD Hours

Stephanie GomezThe Brain Architecture Game: How Early Experience Matters

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.

https://tinyurl.com/2019SCOEELPD

CA Transitional Kindergarten Stipend Program (CTKS) Program Reimbursements

Professional Development reimbursements or stipends are offered to teachers in California State Preschool Programs and Transitional Kindergarten programs working to advance their education. This funding is provided by the California Department of Education through the Child Care Planning Council. For more information and application forms, contact: