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Professional Development for All

PD for All is a groundbreaking series of free professional development workshops open to all early childhood professionals who serve young children, birth through Grade 3, in the Omaha metro area. 

Professional Development for All introduces leading-edge research and innovative practices that can make a difference in the lives of young children and families. The series also gives early childhood professionals the opportunity to come together and learn from one another. Watch our highlight video to learn why school leaders, teachers, child care providers, home visitors, family engagement specialists, and others are participating.  

PD for all offers professional learning, networking opportunities

Professional Development for All is a critical piece of the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan, one of the nation's most innovative, comprehensive approaches to reducing achievement gaps. Topics focus on research-based strategies to support and improve early childhood teaching, learning, and family-school-community connections in ways that truly make a difference for young children. Featured presenters include local experts and nationally known researchers and practitioners from across the country. 

PD for All was developed by the Buffett Institute and is funded by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. All early childhood professionals in the Omaha metro area are invited to register for upcoming institutes. Events typically draw approximately 200 participants.   


UPCOMING EVENTS

"Young Children as Active Learners and Thinkers: Integrated Learning Matters"
Thursday, March 2, and Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street, Omaha, NE 68107

High levels of thinking and learning require integrated learning experiences, like projects and play, through which children explore their own curiosities about the world. Participants will examine how intentionally planned, integrated learning experiences rigorously promote each child's intellectual, social, creative, and academic abilities while nurturing their capacity for lifelong learning. Selected portions of this institute will be presented in Spanish as well as English.

This session is the third institute in the 2016-17 "Professional Development for All" series.

The featured speaker is Judy Harris Helm, a national expert on integrated learning and the project approach. Dr. Helm began her career as an elementary and preschool teacher, and then directed and designed early childhood programs and taught in teacher preparation programs. The author of numerous books, she assists early childhood and elementary schools in applying research and new methods through her consulting and professional development company, Best Practices, Inc.

Participants can choose from several breakout sessions hosted by local and national experts, including: Amy Blessing, Kindergarten demonstration teacher, Malpass Corner Elementary, Pender County Schools (North Carolina); Susan Choplin, Kindergarten demonstration classroom teacher, Walkertown Elementary (North Carolina); Donna Dobson, director of elementary education, Omaha Public Schools; Andi Green, instructional coach, Martin Millennium Academy (North Carolina); Janette Merkel, program specialist, Buffett Early Childhood Institute; and Debora Wisneski, John T. Langan professor of early childhood education, College of Education, University of Nebraska Omaha.

 

ARCHIVE

Presentations, videos, and resources from the first two years of Professional Development for All institutes are available for download.

2016-17 SERIES

Jan. 19 and 21, 2017, "It's More Than Words: Young Children's Language, Thinking, and Learning"

  • Oral Language Birth to Age 8: Implications of the Multiple Contexts of Development: Home, Community, and School, Dr. Luisiana Melendez
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  • Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 0 – 5, Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers
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  • Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 5 – 8, Nancy Powers, M.S., and Jenna O'Farrell, M.Ed.
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  • Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 0 – 8 (Espanol), Dr. Luisiana Melendez and Janette Merkel, Ed.S.
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Dec. 1 and 2, 2016, "Engaging and Nurturing Young Children as Active Thinkers"

  • Teaching Active Learners: The Real Rocket Science, Dr. Jerlean Daniel
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  • Parenting Matters: Unlocking the Possibilities for Authentic Partnerships With Families, Portia Kennel
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  • Engaging Children as Active Learners, K – 3, Bonnie Reyes and Stephanie Reid
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2015-16 SERIES

May 13, 2016, "Family Partnerships for Whole Child Development and Learning"

  • Indispensable Allies: Understanding Family Members' Unique Contributions to Children's Early Literacy and What We Can Do to Support Them, Dr. Jane Fleming
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  • Strategies for Family Partnerships, Ages 3 – 5, Staff and Parent Participants From the Learning Community Center of South Omaha
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March 2, 2016, "Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness for Whole Child Development and Learning"

  • Why Culture Matters: Culturally Responsive Education That Nurtures the Whole Child, Dr. Tonia Durden
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  • Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 0 – 3, Nicky Clark and Beth Sechrest
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  • Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 3 – 5, Dr. Tonia Durden 
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  • Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 5 – 8, Melissa Wolken and Janette Merkel
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  • Mirrors Matter: Using Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Literature to Support Language and Literacy Development, Dr. Jane Fleming
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    Book list

Dec. 4, 2015, "Social and Emotional Foundations for Whole Child Development and Learning"

  • Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Ages 0 – 3, Traci Penrod-McCormick
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  • Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Ages 3 – 5, Dr. Michelle Rupiper
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  • Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Ages 5 – 8, Dr. Marisha Humphries
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  • Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Leadership, Dr. Sharon Ritchie
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 For more information about Professional Development for All, please contact Machaela Cavanaugh at mcavanaugh@nebraska.edu.