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Positive Verbal Strategies for Connecting with Children
Presented by Amber Tankersley, PhD
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Course: #31916Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course focuses on creating a positive verbal environment in order to effectively connect with young children. Five easy to implement strategies are included.

The Image of the Family: How to Coach and Partner with Parents
Presented by Debbi Sluys
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Course: #31915Level: Introductory1 Hour
The Image of the Family will equip educators to feel confident in their role and be further prepared to deepen their relationships with families.

An Inside Look at What’s Happening Inside: Brain Development from Ages 2 – 7
Presented by Lauren Starnes, PhD, EdD
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Course: #31911Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Infancy & toddlerhood are immense periods of brain development, yet brain development continues well beyond this period. Structural changes happen in the brain along with environmental influences which are evident in major learning and cognitive advances.

Loose Parts and Open-Ended Play
Presented by Allie Bishop Pasquier, MS
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Course: #31910Level: Introductory1 Hour
Loose parts are every day, open-ended materials that are low-cost, sustainable, and deeply engaging for young children. In this course, early childhood practitioners working with 3-5-year-olds will learn how to use loose parts to support playful learning.

Perspective-Taking: Understanding Challenges, Fears and Joys of Parents of Children with Special Needs
Presented by Christy Jones-Hudson, MA, IMH-E®
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Course: #31908Level: Introductory1 Hour
Teachers juggle many processes and relationships to balance high-quality programming. Connecting with others begins with the initiative to learn more about serving and working with diverse populations including parents of children with special needs.

Person-Centered Coaching, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association
Presented by Kati Vaughn, BA, MA
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Course: #31913Level: Intermediate5 Hours
Learn the three “core conditions” of person-centered coaching and how to apply them to coaching conversations. Explore coaching with self-awareness, emotional intelligence, authenticity, and empathy, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association's Training West.

Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood
Presented by Julie Nicholson, PhD
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Course: #31901Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Learn about the neurobiology of stress and trauma and how it applies to family engagement practices in early childhood. Learn strategies for working effectively with all parents/family members, especially adults who are exposed to and impacted by toxic stress and trauma.

Trauma-Responsive Supervision and Leadership in Early Childhood
Presented by Julie Nicholson, PhD
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Course: #31896Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Learn about the neurobiology of stress and trauma and how it applies to leadership and supervision in early childhood. Learn how to respond effectively to a range of adults' communication styles and behaviors.

An Early Educator’s Look Into Brain Development for Infants and Toddlers
Presented by Lauren Starnes, PhD, EdD
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Course: #31886Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Infancy and toddlerhood are immense periods of brain development. Learn about the critical windows of brain development, the role of the environment, and the importance of a responsive teacher to maximize each child’s cognitive development.

Safe Environments During COVID-19
Presented by Charlotte Hendricks, PhD
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Course: #31892Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn about cleaning procedures related to COVID-19 as well as ways to modify routines and activities to reduce risk of disease transmission in early childhood settings.

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