Good Things for Young Children: 2019 Summer Institute for PreK & K Teachers

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

10 Genevieve Circle

5th Floor, Ferguson Center for Allied Health & Workforce Development

Asheville, NC 28801

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Presenters/Facilitators: Early Learning Consultants and Specialists: Lee Messer, Dr. Eva C. Phillips, Dr. Amy Scrinzi, and Marylee Sease

Purpose: To foster a strong network of early learning educators that can support each other in providing child-centered, play-based, engaging and rigorous experiences for young children.

Description: A 2-day summer learning experience sponsored by NCAEYC for Public, Charter, and Private School Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.S

pend two full days learning, sharing and thinking critically about your practices to support children as thinkers. A focus will be on how to balance what you know about how young children learn best and the expectations of the world of education today, including state and local requirements. You will work on building relationships and collaborating with other Pre-K and K teachers in your region to foster a strong network of early learning educa­tors who can support each other in providing child-centered, play-based, engaging and rigorous experiences for young children. You will spend time together learning, discussing, laughing, playing, pondering, reflecting, sharing and engaging in a variety of interactive experiences to help solidify your understanding of child development and current brain research. You will reflect on how these understandings impact your instructional practices and the learning environment you provide for young children. Be prepared to walk away with new strategies for supporting the development of learning standards through a variety of contexts, including play-based and appropriately challenging learning center experiences and how to articulate what is best for Pre-K and Kindergarten learners. You can expect to have serious fun and leave with a renewed commitment and energy for providing and advocat­ing for the best possible learning environments for young children.

Sessions: All sessions are aligned with the NC Early Learning and Development Standards, NC Standard Course of Study and the NC Professional Teaching Standards.

Keynote Sessions

  • Revisiting the Foundation of Learning: Participants will develop their understanding of child development and how this impacts their daily decisions and interactions with young children.
  • Making the Most of Circle Time: Participants will participate in a developmentally appropriate Circle Time and unpack its components to identify strategies they can use in the classroom.

Breakout Sessions (participants will select two of the three sessions each day)

Day One (90 minutes)

  • We Are All Working on Something: Building Classroom Community Without Behavior Charts
  • Cultivating Math Thinkers and Problem Solvers
  • Making Smart Book Choices: Using Powerful Literature with Children

Day Two (120 minutes)

  • The Happy Talent of Dramatic Play
  • Building and Engineering with Blocks
  • Bringing Creativity Back to the Classroom

Presenter/Facilitator Bios: Eva C. Phillips, Ed.D., Amy Scrinzi, Ed.D., Marylee Sease, M.A. Ed and Lee Messer, M.A. Ed have each dedicated a career to the teaching of and advocating for young children and early childhood educators. They have collaborated on projects supporting developmentally effective practices for over 10 years including NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, The NC Guide for the Early Years, and the Power of K state position paper on high quality kindergarten programs. Eva and Amy were co-creators and co-facilitators of The Power of K Teacher Leader Initiative. They also co-authored NAEYC Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners. Eva previously worked as an Education Consultant in the Office of Early Learning at the NC Department of Public Instruction, as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Birth through Kindergarten Education Program at Winston-Salem State University and most recently as Program Manager for Ready Schools for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem. Amy's participation in the field of education has included experiences as a state early childhood education consultant, state elementary math consultant, and state lead for the NC Kindergarten Entry Assessment and subsequent K-3 Formative Assessment Process. She is currently a Clinical Supervisor at Meredith College in the Child Development Program. Marylee was a NC Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom teacher and has served on the Steering Committee for the NC Demonstration Classroom Program. She was clinical faculty and instructor at Western Carolina University in the BK Education Program, served on the Think Tank for The Power of K Teacher Leader Initiative and was a Power of K Teacher Leader. Lee was also a Power of K Teacher Leader and a NC Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom Teacher. She served on the NC K-3 Formative Assessment Advisory Panel and the NC Kindergarten Entry Assessment Regional Team. All four are currently independent educational consultants.

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