special event: tECHNOLOGY IN THE EARLY YEARS
Thursday, Oct. 29
7 – 8 p.m. (CDT)
Designed for parents and guardians, early childhood professionals, and everyone interested in appropriately and effectively integrating technology into the lives of young children, this free one-hour online event will offer support to families, educators, and community members as they navigate the “new normal.”
From remote schooling to video calls with grandparents, young children are engaging with digital technology like never before. While this shift presents incredible opportunities for children’s learning and development, it also raises concerns about appropriate uses of technology in early childhood. Educators, parents, and digital media experts will explore how intentional and appropriate use of technology can:
- Support healthy child development
- Promote early learning and early literacy
- Encourage social-emotional development
- Create quality, continuity, and equity in children's learning
Following a brief presentation by Chip Donohue, founding director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center (TEC) at Erikson Institute and senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Digital Media, Amy Mart, director of professional learning at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, will moderate a panel discussion with Donohue; Anne Karabon, assistant professor of early childhood and STEM education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Gwen Gideon, director of the Omaha Early Learning Center at Skinner; and Keeley Bibins, parent and educational facilitator at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute.
Early childhood professionals who participate in this live webinar are eligible to receive a certificate for one hour of continuing education approved by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Register to attend the "Technology in the Early Years" webinar
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL SERIES
Two live webinar events, in addition to the “Technology in the Early Years” special event, are available to teachers, providers, and early childhood professionals working in Douglas and Sarpy Counties as part of the Fall 2020 Professional Development for All series.
The Professional Development for All series is a critical piece of the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan, developed by the Buffett Institute and funded by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Nebraska teachers, providers, and early childhood professionals who participate in these live webinars are eligible to receive a certificate of continuing education approved by the Nebraska Department of Education (one hour for each webinar attended).
Start learning now by accessing "Technology Integration in the Early and Elementary Years." This one-hour video orients educators to key concepts that effective support use of digital technology as a tool to enhance children’s learning and development.
Saturday, Nov. 7
10 – 11 a.m. (CST)
This live webinar, including presentation and a panel discussion, will focus on tools children can use for digital storytelling. Educators and digital media experts will examine the many tools children can use to “show what they know,” explore how these tools can support teaching, family engagement and documenting student learning, and address the role of digital storytelling as a tool to promote educational equity for diverse learners, including English language learners.
Register to attend the "Digital Storytelling" webinar
Educators are also encouraged to view the pre-recorded session, “Digital Storytelling: Technology Tools That Support Children’s Documenting, Demonstrating, Sharing, Saving, Reflecting, and Revisiting,” for additional information on effectively implementing digital storytelling.
Planning for Virtual and Blended Learning Experiences
Wednesday, Nov. 18
7 – 8 p.m. (CST)
This live webinar will explore effective practices and offer technical information to support early childhood professionals’ successful use of online learning formats. Presentation and a panel discussion with educators and digital media experts will focus on understanding the elements of effective digital teaching and learning, with a focus on tools for engagement, the concept of “high tech with high touch”, and the importance of promoting quality, continuity and equity for all learners.
Register to attend the “Planning for Digital and Blended Learning Experiences” webinar
Presentations, videos, and resources from the first five years of Professional Development for All institutes are available for download.
2020 SUMMER WEBINAR SERIES
Aug. 21, "Helping Young Children Cope With Strong Emotions"
July 27, "Fostering Supportive Relationships for Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood"
July 6, "Community Voices: Supporting Children and Families During Challenging Times"
Jan. 15, 2020, "Executive Function and Self-Regulation"
Nov. 6, 2019, "Executive Function and Self-Regulation"
June 8, 2019, "Children as Expressive Artists"/ "Los niños como artistas expresivos"
April 6, 2019, "Children as Expressive Artists"
Jan. 24, 2019, "The Art of Communication in Classrooms: Helping Children Find, Develop, and Use Their Voices for Learning"
- Keynote, Perpetuating Equity: One Minute at a Time, Sharon Ritchie
Presentation slides | Video
- Infants and Toddlers, BabySnap: Examining the Minute-by-Minute Experiences and Opportunities for Infants and Toddlers to Develop Their Capacity for Language and Communication, Sharon Ritchie
- Kindergarten-Grade 3, Cultural Responsiveness and English Learners: Supporting English Language Learners in Developing Their Voices for Learning in the K-3 Classroom, Leslie Barden Smith
- Preschool and Kindergarten, Building on Common Ground: Supporting Children Through the Transition From PreK to Kindergarten, Juliana Harris
- Grades 1-3, Increasing Student Voice and Voices in Learning in the Primary Grades, Liesel Carlson
Sept. 20, 2018, "Harnessing the Power of Language and Communication to Build Children's Literacy Success"
- Ages 3 – 5, Vocabulary and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Cristina Gillanders
Presentation slides | Video
- Ages 0 – 8, Focus on Parents and Families, Jonathan Fribley
- Ages 3 – 5 and 5 – 8, The Story of Me, You, and Us: Storytelling and Storyacting in Early Childhood, Debora Wisneski
- Ages 0 – 8, The Vocabulary of Math and Science, Anne Karabon
March 1 and 3, 2018, "Children as Researchers: Reading to Learn Can Start Early"
- Institute recap
- Keynote, Growing Knowing: Building Children's World Knowledge Through Family Partnerships and Meaningful Engagement With Informational Text, Susan Bennett-Armistead
Presentation slides | Video (part 1) Video (part 2)
- Birth – Age 3, Can We Talk? Babies, Books, and Building World Knowledge, Susan Bennett-Armistead
- Ages 3 – 5, Building World Knowledge and Comprehension: Authentic Ways to Use Informational Texts That Engage the Curiosity of Young Children, Mary Carey
- Ages 5 – 8, Linking Content-Area Learning and Authentic Reading Experiences by Using High-Quality Nonfiction Text in Grades K – 3, Hannah Schneewind
- Family Literacy, Bringing Informational Books to Life for Children and Families, Julie Humphrey
Jan. 25 and 27, 2018, "Children as Mathematicians: Early Math That Matters the Most"
Nov. 30, 2017, "Children as Authors: Guiding Children on Pathways Toward Strong Writing"
Oct. 5 and 7, 2017, "Children as Scientists: Scientific Inquiry for Every Child"
- Institute recap
- Keynote – Not Too Early but Just Right: Why Early Science Education Is Key to Building a Foundation for High-Quality Teaching and Lifelong Learning, Dr. Daryl B. Greenfield
Presentation slides | Video
- Science Is Everywhere! Learning With Infants and Toddlers, Maegan Heimes
- Science Through the Eyes and Hands of a Preschooler, Kelly Jones and Michelle Sullivan
- Connecting Research to Practice: Connecting Science and Engineering Practices to Early Childhood Education, Wendy Badders, Heather Dreibus, Katherine Holt, Dan Sitzman, and Laura Strubbe
- Using Inquiry-Based Learning as a Means for Teaching Science in Children Ages 5-8, Dr. Anne Karabon
- Readiness Through Integrative Science and Engineering, Dr. Christine M. McWayne
2017 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
June 20, 2017, "School as Hub for Birth – Grade 3"
- Home Visiting 101: The Core Ingredients of the Superintendents' Plan Home Visiting Program (Molly Colling, Meghan McCormack, Rocio Silva, Jennifer Sanchez, Helen Evans)
- Project-Based Learning in the Primary Grades (Mary Beth Pistillo, Katey Reynolds, Becky Weiss)
- “Getting to Know You” Conferences: Positive Grade-to-Grade Transitions for Students, Families, and Staff (Nikki Schubauer, Kelsea Lambert, Pam Helmick, Leslie Holston)
- Mirrors and Windows: Expanding Diversity Through Family Engagement and in Classroom Libraries (Janette Merkel, Herendira Moreno, Mirta Bustos)
- Mirrors and Windows: Diversifying Classroom Libraries (Lizzie Grimm, Danielle Paulson, Darcy Heath)
- District Leadership for the Birth – Grade 3 Continuum and School as Hub: Our Journey and Lessons Learned (Andy DeFreece, Jean Ubbelhode, Melissa Poloncic, Duane Krusemark)
- Connecting Our School and Community: Neighborhood Walks, Community Maps, Barbershops and Books, and More! (Teresa Lopez Tovar, Matthew Williams, Keshia Partridge, Nicole Crumbly, Tierra Stennis, Arthur Lyle, Damion Sayers, Anthony Kellogg, Dalhia Lloyd)
- Welcoming Families in Our Schools (Kristi Reinsch, Tierra Stennis, Mary Ellyn Dunn)
- Preschool to Kindergarten Transitions: Ready, Set, K! (Jessie Wymore, April Jordening, Cama Charlet)
- School as Hub Leadership Team: Our Journey and Lessons Learned (Dawn Marten, Helen Evans, Eileen Cabrera, Bastian Derichs, Darcy Heath)
- Expanding the Social-Emotional Learning and the Pyramid Model From Preschool into the Primary Grades (Violet Glasshoff, Lindsey Voegele)
March 2 and 4, 2017, "Young Children as Active Learners and Thinkers: Integrated Learning Matters"
- Integrated Learning Experiences, Ages 5 – 8, Amy Blessing, Susan Choplin, and Andi Green
- Integrated Learning Experiences, Ages 0 – 8 (Espanol), Janette Merkel, Ed.S.
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
Presentation slides | Video
- Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 0 – 5, Dr. Holly Hatton-Bowers
- Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 5 – 8, Nancy Powers, M.S., and Jenna O'Farrell, M.Ed.
- Language as a Foundation for Children's Thinking and Learning, Ages 0 – 8 (Espanol), Dr. Luisiana Melendez and Janette Merkel, Ed.S.
Dec. 1 and 2, 2016, "Engaging and Nurturing Young Children as Active Thinkers"
- Teaching Active Learners: The Real Rocket Science, Dr. Jerlean Daniel
- Parenting Matters: Unlocking the Possibilities for Authentic Partnerships With Families, Portia Kennel
Presentation slides | Video
- Engaging Children as Active Learners, K – 3, Bonnie Reyes and Stephanie Reid
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
Presentation slides | Handout
- Strategies for Family Partnerships, Ages 3 – 5, Staff and Parent Participants From the Learning Community Center of South Omaha
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
- Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 0 – 3, Nicky Clark and Beth Sechrest
- Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 3 – 5, Dr. Tonia Durden
- Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Ages 5 – 8, Melissa Wolken and Janette Merkel
- Mirrors Matter: Using Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Literature to Support Language and Literacy Development, Dr. Jane Fleming
Presentation slides | 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
- Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Ages 3 – 5, Dr. Michelle Rupiper
- Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Ages 5 – 8, Dr. Marisha Humphries
- Strategies for Social and Emotional Development and Learning, Leadership, Dr. Sharon Ritchie
For more information about Professional Development for All, please contact Janette Merkel at email@example.com.