Professional Development Evening Workshops

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Professional Development Evening Workshops for Early Childhood Educators, 2019-2020

Each workshop offers Certificate of Attendance stating that 2 Professional Development hours were earned.

Location: Sessions held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord MA

Free parking available in parking lot behind the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

COST: $29 per session ( there is an additional $2.13 Eventbrite fee = $31.13 total cost per spot if paid online ) . Mail in registration form at bottom of page. Walk-ins are charged $35 at the door, space permitting.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR FUTURE CLASSES (unless CPT is required to cancel the class for some reason).

Program Descriptions and Registration

Session I: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:30-8:30 PM

 Raising Our Little Ones to Read in the Digital Age: a case for "book" books.

Presenter: Dr. Jean Ciborowski Fahey, former Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, has assessed children with learning problems at Boston Children’s Hospital. Consultant for Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium and the Reach Out & Read pediatric program. She taught at Lesley University’s language and literacy graduate program, authored Textbooks and the Students Who Can’t Read Them, and created and produced the film: Raising Readers. She was honored by the Mass Literacy

as a “Mass Literacy Champion,” directed an early literacy education program at South Shore Hospital for expectant parents and adults who care for young children, and won Toyota’s Teacher of the Year Award. She wrote and published Make Time for Reading: a story guide for parents of babies and young children, translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Jean just won the $20,000 Book Challenge Award for top manuscript I’ll Build You a Book Case from the William Penn Foundation and OpenIdeo.

Dr. Ciborowski Fahey discusses the underlying early brain functions that lay the foundation for learning to read in the first 5 years - and the family and classroom practices that strengthen this foundation. She also makes the case for book-books over e-books/tablets during the childs first 4 to 5 years. PLEASE NOTE: The Make Time for Reading story-guide will be distributed for free to the first 30 who register! 


EEC Core Competency: 5 

This workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs.

Register Here for Session I

To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions.

Session II: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:30-8:30 PM

REGISTRATION CLOSED!

Teaching Math Outdoors

Presenter: Victoria Hackett, M.Ed., founder of Outdoor-Classrooms.com. As a parent, educational consultant, trainer and coach, Victoria inspires playful learning. Her seminars blend theoretical information with hands on problem solving techniques. She has been in the field of education for over twenty-five years and holds a Masters in Education from Cambridge College. After years of working with children, educators and parents, Victoria has cultivated a passion for inspiring teachers to reconnect children with nature using outdoor classrooms. She was the founder of the Cove School Children’s Garden in Beverly, MA and has been spreading the concepts of creating Outdoor Classrooms on a shoe string budget ever since. Her mission is to offer high quality teacher training while creating an international virtual community of Natural Teachers. Her vision is for every child, in every school to have access to an Outdoor Classroom. 

Discover the many ways you can teach Math Outdoors using numbers, patterns, relations, shapes, spatial sense, measurement, data collection and more. This course, which is jam-packed with hands-on outdoor math activities, group challenges, and resources, shows you how to use math as a tool to interpret the world around us. 


EEC Core Competency: 5

This workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs.

Register Here for Session II

To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions. 

Session III: Wed, December 4, 2019 6:30-8:30 PM

#Networking for Educators: Building a Professional Learning Community via Social Media CLOSED

Presenter: Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D. is a teacher educator and researcher with expertise in teacher preparation, special education, teacher quality and education policy initiatives and reforms. She is an Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Teacher Education at Stonehill College. She is president of Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children and the author of Remixing the Curriculum: The Teacher’s Guide to Technology in the Classroom (Rowman & Littlefield) and the award-winning Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education (Teachers College Press). 

 
Educator time constraints, isolation, resources, and curricular challenges are well documented, yet practical solutions continue to elude! Educators do not always have the time or opportunity to connect with colleagues for collaboration, networking, and personal growth. This workshop will focus on the marriage of social media and personal learning networks (PLNs) to help educators develop connections with colleagues using simple supports. Participants will explore the use of social media professionally, how to develop social media connections to colleagues and learning communities, how to use social media as a resource for curricular planning, and how to avoid social media pitfalls. Bring a device! #seeyouthere! 


EEC Core Comp: 8

Register for Session III

To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions. 

Session IV: Wednesday March 4, 2020 6:30-8:30 PM

What’s in play: Supporting child agency and meeting learning goals

 Presenter: Ben Mardell, formerly a professor at Lesley University, is a principal investigator at Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He helps lead the Pedagogy of Play and Children are Citizens projects. For over 30 years, Ben has taught and conducted research with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Ben is a co-author of Visible Learners:

Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners and Children at the Center: Transforming Early Childhoods Education in the Boston Public Schools. He is the author of From Basketball to the Beatles: In Search of Compelling Early Childhood Curriculum and Growing Up in Child Care: A Case For Quality Early Education.

Early childhood educators face a paradox. We want our classrooms to be places where child agency is developed—where children make choices, feel empowered, and get to play. At the same time, we have learning goals—social, emotional and intellectual—that we or other authorities have determined should be met. How can we do both? This workshop draws on research from Project Zero’s Pedagogy of Play project. The aim is to explore how to have what is in play in—the ideas, issues, and problems that are discussed and investigated in our classrooms—support children’s agency and meet adult learning goals. 


EEC Core Competencies: 1, 2

This workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs. 

Register for Session IV

 To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions. 

Session V: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:30-8:30 PM

Applying ZONES of Regulation Concepts to Promote Self Regulation

Presenter: Amanda Martinage, OTR/L, M.Ed., is a school-based occupational therapist. In addition to her work in schools with young children, Amanda is president of the non-profit OMPACO, an organization that supports individuals overseas related to medical, psychological and educational needs.  Amanda is committed to increasing others understanding and skill when working with students with disabilities.  She has traveled internationally to support this mission.

This workshop will discuss the concept and components of self-regulation, the ZONES of Regulation curriculum and how to apply it.  Information presented will be based on material presented by Leah Kuypers’, the founder of the curriculum.  Practical application strategies and resources to support learning will be provided. 


EEC Core Competency: 1

This workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs.

Register for Session V

To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions.  

Session VI: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:30-8:30 PM

Understanding, Identifying and Supporting Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 Presenter: Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), as well as issues that face students with learning disabilities (anxiety,

depression, self-esteem).  He is an internationally recognized expert in eating disorders and body image problems in boys and men.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, the first book of its kind detailing male body image issues.  He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous webinars and

presents at many talks and conferences around the country. He currently serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders and on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine and website. He is an active member of Decoding Dyslexia- Massachusetts, an advocacy group promoting the needs of individuals with Dyslexia.  


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition, affecting approximately 10% of the population, characterized by dysregulated attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and executive functioning deficits.  Although ADHD is not a new condition, it is one that is marked by vast misunderstanding and inaccurate assumptions.  This workshop will review what ADHD actually is and what it is not.  The presenter will review some data on the ADHD brain that will help illustrate why certain things are difficult for those with ADHD.  Focus will be on effectively engaging with the child with ADHD, what strategies work best and why. Treatment strategies will be reviewed, as well as the importance paid to self esteem and building a positive ADHD identity, as a prevention for poor self esteem, anxiety and depression. The speaker, who has ADHD and is the parent of a son with ADHD, will share personal and clinical examples. 


EEC Core Competency: 1

This workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs.

Register for Session VI

To register on line click on button below. To register by mail complete form at the bottom of this page following the program descriptions.

Mail In Registration Form

TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENING WORKSHOPS: Please fill out and mail this section to Center for

Parents and Teachers along with full payment (check made out to “Center for Parents and Teachers”):

Registration Form (one form per person please) $29 per spot, per session 


Name (please print  clearly!)__________________________________________________________________________

School _____________________________________________________________________ 

Age of Children Taught____________________

School Address ____________________________________________

City ________________________ State _____ Zip __________________

Home Phone ( )_______________________________________________ 

Work Phone ( ) _____________________________________

REQUIRED: Email Address (please print clearly!)____________________________________________________________

Workshops held at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street in West Concord,


I am registering for the following sessions:

_______Session I Raising Little Ones to Read in the Digital Age: the Case for “book”-books: FIRST 30 REGISTERED GET FREE GUIDE! (10/23/19

REGISTRATION CLOSED: Session II Teaching Math Outdoors (11/13/19)

_______Session III #Networking for Educators: Building a Professional Learning Community via Social Media BRING A DEVICE! (12/4/19)

_______Session IV What’s in Play: Supporting Child Agency and Meeting Learning Goals (3/4/20)

_______Session V Applying ZONES of Regulation Concepts to Promote Self Regulation (4/1/20)

_______Session VI Understanding, Identifying and Supporting Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (5/6/20)


Amount enclosed: $_________________ (Please make check payable to the Center for Parents and Teachers).


Please mail with full payment to: 

Center for Parents and Teachers, 

120 Meriam Rd., Concord, MA 01742.

Please note: Full payment of $29 per spot, per session,  paid by check, is how you secure your seat.


Walk-ins are discouraged (as we often sell out and it is also hard to be sure we have enough materials on hand). However, if space permits, walk-ins can pay check or cash of $35 at the door in order to attend.


If you do not hear from us you can assume you have secured the spots you selected. We will send a reminder email one or two days ahead of the workshop with directions to the location. Thank you for participating and see you soon!.