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What Do I Do Now? Cohort 3

Presented by Brett Engisch via Zoom

If you have taken this training in the past you will not be able to take this training again and receive in-service or CEU credit.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Virtual Training via Zoom

Registration Closes: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 12:00pm

Zoom Invite Emailed: Monday, January 24, 2022 by 5:00pm


Target Audience – Preschool Teachers, VPK teachers

***************************************************************************Florida Standards and Key Competencies for Early Childhood Educators – Area 2 – Child Development and Learning, Area 5 - Developmentally, Culturally, and Linguistically Appropriate Teaching Strategies,

Florida Standards and Key Competencies for Directors and Administrators of Early Childhood and Afterschool Programs - Area 6 - Professional Development and Leadership


Class 1 – Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Training Description

Connection is a biological imperative in all humans. Relationships are our power and in relationships we learn the basic skills that allow us to be socially successful and academically bright. The structure and function of the brain and its connection to the nervous system is important to understand. Safety is the primary need. Many strategies and materials will be shared to ensure each child will feel safe and included. Noticing and positive feedback that acknowledge positive actions and the use of an assertive voice will be practiced.

Learning outcomes

1. Participants will explore how the Connection is a biological imperative and without relationships we cannot learn.

2. Participants will practice the power of noticing and positive feedback.

3. Participants will create activities to build relationships.


Class 2 – Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Training Description

Routines, predictable visual schedules, rituals, specific directions that tell me what to do all keep a child feeling safe and regulated. The environment needs to engage and soothe to support each child’s needs. Expectations will let the child know exactly what to do and PDF will reinforce when he does it well. Visual cues will be posted and rules designed to meet the expectations. Jobs to support the classroom family will be implemented and an assertive voice will be promoted for each child.

Learning outcomes

1. The participant will create an environment in their classroom that will soothe, engage and regulate each child.

2. The participant will use PDF throughout the day to reinforce the expectations and promote community.

3. The participant will practice using an assertive voice with the students in the class.


Class 3 – Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Training Description

Trauma informed and responsive care will be presented. The ACES study, the dramatic effect of trauma on the body and mind of a child and adult will be discussed. The effects of toxic stress on the structure and growth of the brain will be outlined. Strategies for teaching and supporting children from difficult places will be discussed and practiced. Sensory dysregulation is prevalent in today’s child and there are many positive experiences that can be offered in the classroom to alleviate the anxiety and stress felt by both adults and children alike. Mindfulness practices and yoga are two of them.

Learning outcomes

1. The participant will identify the destructive impact of trauma on a young child’s brain and body.

2. The participant will create and describe practices that will support, regulate and reintegrate a child or adult.

3. The participant will create a safe place in their classroom and appropriate daily sensory experiences.


Class 4 – Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Training Description

Emotional Literacy is Key to a fully developing child or adult. There are many skills involved in emotional literacy and we will practice and discuss many of them because they are critical to future success in the classroom or life. Teachers will be reminded that all behavior is communication and it is important to consider the message before responding to the behavior. Positive intent and reframing will be rehearsed. Co-regulation is essential at this age and we will practice steps to that as the foundation to problem solving. Empathy and perspective taking are critical to problem solving; we will look at activities and language to build them.

Learning outcomes

1. The participant will respond to multiple opportunities to describe skills intertwined in emotional literacy.

2. The participant will practice responses and design materials to build emotional literacy and support self-regulation.

3. The participant will promote mindfulness activities in their classroom and report back at the class.


Class 5 – Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Training Description

Conscious discipline requires we be present in the moment of conflict and respond in a way to teach and regulate the person in front of us. We will practice several ways to accomplish these responses. Problem solving follows once we can soothe and lead a child to seek a resolution and not just react and blame. Problem solving must be taught and supported. We will look at the critical thinking skills necessary to accomplish fair and equitable resolutions.

Learning outcomes

1. The participant will create an emotionally literate community with language and activities and jobs.

2. The participant will reframe their responses to conflict to calm themselves and answer in a way to foster problem solving.

3. The participant will create materials to promote problem solving in the classroom.


Assessment Strategies

A variety of assessment strategies will be conducted throughout and after completion of the training to ensure the knowledge and skills are obtained. Some assessment strategies include:

• Pre-post assessment

• Training poll

• Reaction responses

• Small group discussion/presentation

• Call and response

• Chat response

• Question/answer posts

• Completed Implementation Plan with successful documents submitted


Use of Technology

The following are technology requirements for this training. You may need some or all items listed

• Internet connection

• Computer PC, Laptop, tablet with built in camera and sound capabilities or a web camera

• Zoom App downloaded to devices (smartphone, tablet, mac)


Training Expectations

1. Conduct yourself in a professional way:

• Dress appropriately

• Refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking or vaping

• Consider background distractions

2. Be present:

• Attend whole training start to finish

• Video camera should be on

• Sign in using the chat box

3. Participate throughout the trainings:

• Communicate using the chat box

• Speak during large group discussions

• Interact during breakout sessions

• Respond to verbal call outs

4. Complete all required documents:

• Implementation plan - if applicable

• Pre/post training evaluation - if applicable

• Post assessment - assessment will be emailed after verification of attendance and participation

If a survey is not submitted and completed in its entirety this will affect applicable stipends, receipt of a certificate of completion (in-service hours) or CEU certificate.


Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. policies

• The training will not be accessible 10 minutes after the training start time

• Complete participation is required during the training. If you are driving it is not possible for you to participate safely and you will be removed from the training.

• If a participant leaves the Zoom training session prior to the end of the training, certificate of completion or CEU credit will not be awarded

• All Zoom trainings will be recorded.

• Stipend or materials offered will only be available for School Readiness/VPK contracted sites.

• Stipends (if applicable) can take up to eight(8) weeks after the completion of training before payment is made to participants.


In-Service Training Hours – 10 hours if all five (5) scheduled training dates have been attended

Certificate of completion (in-service hours) will only be awarded if the following items are completed by the participant:

• Attendance for any of the five (5) scheduled training dates

• Meeting all Training Expectations for any of the five (5) scheduled training dates (see above)

• Submission of the post assessment sent after the training

• Achieving an 60% or higher on the survey

If these items are not met, participants may be offered a certificate of attendance with no in-service hours.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – 1.0 Unit is equivalent to 10 continuing education hours

ELC is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this training.

Participants can ONLY request CEU's during on-line registration.

Registrants requesting CEU's will be required to submit by email a government or employer issued ID at registration. A personal photo will not be accepted.

CEU certificates will only be awarded if the following items are completed by the participant:

• Attendance of all five (5) scheduled training dates

• Meeting all training expectations

• Submission of the post assessment sent after the training

• Achieving an 80% or higher on the survey

If these items are not met, participants may be offered a certificate of completion (in-service hours) or certificate of attendance (no in-service hours).

CEU’s or formal education (college courses) are required to renew a Florida Staff Credential. This includes credentials earned through the Apprenticeship Program at Pinellas Technical College. Please note that the Apprenticeship program offers a Florida Staff Credential and not a CDA.


Questions about registration?

Contact Sharon Dennany, or 727-400-4431.

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