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Trainings and Consulting Recently Provided:

June 21-22, 2019:  “Points of You™” Teacher Retreat for StarNet Region IV: “Igniting Your Passion” – Carbondale, IL

May 28, 2019: “Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors” – Teacher in-service for Lighthouse Children’s Center, Panther Creek – in Frisco, Tx

June, 2019: Pyramid Model Process Coaching for Illinois pre-K expansion programs: East Aurora, West Aurora, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, and Rock Island ROE.

Sept. 2018 through May, 2019: Pyramid Model Process Coaching for Illinois Pre-K expansion programs: East Aurora, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, and Rock Island ROE.November 7-8, 2018: Pre-K CLASS Observation Training  – North Chicago District 187

November 6, 2018: Lakeshore Training: New Haven, CT – 2 half-day workshops provided for 70 teachers and staff of Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School

November 2, 2018: Pyramid Model Training (Module 3) – Mattoon, IL CUSD 2 Early Childhood Center /  Eastern IL Association for Special Education (Charleston, IL) 

October 26, 2018: Pyramid Model Training (Module 2b) – Mattoon, IL CUSD 2 Early Childhood Center 

October 19, 2018: Lakeshore Training: Venice, Florida – Child First Head Start – Infant-Toddler STEAM; Pre-K STEAM

October 14-15, 2018: Pre-K CLASS Assessments – Seattle Public Schools Head Start classrooms

Month of October 2018: TPOT Assessments for IL PDG programs

September 21, 2018: Pyramid Model Training (Module 2a) – Mattoon, IL CUSD 2 Early Childhood Center/ Eastern IL Association for Special Education 

August 17, 2018: Pyramid Model Training (Module 1) – Mattoon, IL CUST 2 Early Childhood Center / Eastern IL Association for Special Education 

January 15-March 6, 2018: Evaluated NAEYC Conference Proposals  for the next National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.

March 5, 2018: Synapse Early Learning Systems, Inc. has hired its first full-time Trainer / Coach!! Becky Caldwell, M.S.,  brings to us a ton of experience working for national, accredited for-profit child care companies as a director and regional manager; for Head Start as a Program Coordinator (education coordinator, coach, trainer); and for a Community College working with students in training. Becky is well-versed with Creative Curriculum, TS Gold, CLASS (Infant, Toddler, Pre-K reliable), ECERS, ITERS, and Practice-Based Coaching, to name just a few of her many credentials.  We also will greatly value her expertise in navigating the IL Gateways system. We are so excited to have Becky join our team !!

February 15, 2018: Free CLASS Reliability Prep Refresher Webinar provided for IL and CO participants. Good luck, everyone! You’ve got this!

February 15, 2018: Pyramid Training  Session 2 of 4 session training for schools in southern IL (Bond Co. area) hosted by Greenville Public School Early Childhood Program

February 12-14, 2018: Attended IL ESSA Conference at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, IL.

February 7-9, 2018: Presented workshop for the California Head Start Association Conference in Costa Mesa, CA., entitled: “Creating Organizational Systems for Program Improvements”

January 25, 2018: Pyramid Training  Provided session 1 of 4 session training for schools in southern IL (Bond Co. area) hosted by Greenville Public School Early Childhood Program.

January 15-26, 2018: Evaluated proposals for the National Research Conference on Early Childhood, which will be held June 25-27 in Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2018: IL Gateways and IL AEYC  1-day workshop for teachers, administrators, and family child care providers: “Infant and Toddler Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development.” 

November 1-December 30, 2017: Provided 30+ hours of consultation pertaining to professional development models, for a west-coast-based educational consultant and a large Head Start grantee.

December 10-20, 2017: Coding Refreshers/Reviews for CLASS Re-certification – Head Start programs in CA, IL, FL, and MD.

November 12-20, 2017: Evaluated proposals for IL State Board of Education’s RFP for Preschool Expansion funding (full-day Pre-K for 4 year olds, with comprehensive family support services).

November 15-17, 2017: NAEYC National Conference, Atlanta GA

November 3, 2017: Rockford Public School District 205 Early Childhood Program – two 1/2 day workshops on Math & Science through the ECERS-3 lens.  “Preschool Concepts and Conversations” was presented to approximately 80 teachers and teacher assistants, who used a variety of hands-on materials to explore the many mathematical concepts that can be explored with children, through rich conversations, in the Nature & Science Center, Dramatic Play, Art and Fine Motor Centers.

October 9, 2017: Rosewood Academies – Frisco, TX – 1/2 day workshops: “Infants & Toddlers Learning Through Play,” and “Stimulating Infants & Toddlers’ Language Development.”  What a lovely and professional group of women!

Rockford Public Schools District 205 – 1/2 day workshops for Pre-K teachers/para-pros: “Be the Difference! – – Interactions That Matter”. In these workshops, we provided an introduction to several foundational ECERS-3 Sub-scales, along with a look at the crossover between CLASS and ECERS-3.

Two Rivers Head Start Agency – Two 1/2 day workshops for Infant-Toddler Teachers, site directors, and para-pros: “Responding to Challenging Infant-Toddler Behaviors.”  In this workshop, we focused on recognizing unmet physical, emotional, social, or cognitive needs of the child, and how to engage parents in creating solutions.

Two Rivers Head Start Agency: Two 1/2 day workshops for Pre-K Teachers, Para-pros, and Site Directors: “Meeting the Challenge: Preventing and Eliminating Unwanted Preschooler Behaviors.” In these workshops, we first looked at environmental and relationship strategies for preventing problem behaviors. This was followed by a section on how to extinguish these challenging behaviors, through explicit teaching of social skills and emotional regulation, as well as engaging parents in the process.