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EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR INFANT / TODDLER

EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR INFANT / TODDLER

This two-part training will provide infant and toddler teachers with a deeper understanding of early language development and the foundations of early literacy development. During Part 1, participants will learn about the developmental stages of early language, including brain development, and critical teacher / caregiver practices for supporting babies’ development in this domain. Using video examples and case studies, the presenter will help participants to reflect upon their own experiences and the practices they use in the infant or toddler classroom, to build expressive language and support receptive language in their little ones. Part 2 of the training focuses on early literacy skills and development and the teacher / caregiver practices that support them. Participants will again be challenged to reflect upon their own practices and make an action plan for new strategies they will adopt in the future. The importance of engagement, connections, and reciprocal interactions will be highlighted. An emphasis will be placed upon dialogic reading and the value of using board books for building pre-reading, pre-writing, and early narrative skills. The importance of engagement, connections, and reciprocal interactions will be highlighted throughout this training. To register, please provide participants’ name(s), email address(es), Gateways ID #(s), name of school or center to training@synapseearlylearning.com Participants will be sent a Zoom invite link after registration is confirmed. Training will fill up fast!

$10.00

EARLY MATH CONCEPTS AND SKILLS FOR INFANT / TODDLER

EARLY MATH CONCEPT AND SKILLS FOR INFANT / TODDLER

$10.00

Individualizing Instruction for Young Children

Individualizing Instruction for Young Children

Individualization is meant for all children in early education settings. This 2-hour workshop gives teachers an overview of the process of individualizing their instruction with children between the ages of 0-5. Participants will be introduced to a 4-step process for planning for and implementing targeted instruction and activities, utilizing assessment data and/or the IL Early Learning Standards (or Guidelines) to guide the selection of core objectives and approaches. Teachers will also be introduced to the components of an IEP, and provided with guidance on how to match individualizations with IEP goals for children with special needs. To register, please provide participants’ name(s), email address(es), Gateways ID #(s), name of school or center to training@synapseearlylearning.com Participants will be sent a Zoom invite link after registration is confirmed. Training will fill up fast!

$10.00

Enrolling Children With Disabilities: What Directors Need to Know (for Directors)

Enrolling Children With Disabilities: What Directors Need to Know (for Directors)

This half-day training is designed to equip directors with basic skills and resources for enrolling and serving children with special needs. In addition to providing an overview of the regulations pertaining to working with children with disabilities, we will outline specific steps administrators need to take to ensure that children and families’ needs are met, and that staff are adequately trained. To register, please provide participants’ name(s), email address(es), Gateways ID #(s), name of school or center to training@synapseearlylearning.com Participants will be sent a Zoom invite link after registration is confirmed. Training will fill up fast!

$10.00

The Magic of Inclusion: Serving Children with Special Needs in the Child Care Setting

The Magic of Inclusion: Serving Children with Special Needs in the Child Care Setting

This full-day workshop covers the various types of disabilities children ages 0-5 may present with, and how these disabilities may impact children’s relationships, learning, and engagement in classroom activities. A special focus will be placed on social and emotional needs, with specific guidelines for supporting peer interactions and preventing and addressing challenging behaviors. This training also emphasizes utilizing a positive, strengths-based approach, and appreciating the value and benefits inclusion brings to other children, staff, and the program as a whole. To register, please provide participants’ name(s), email address(es), Gateways ID #(s), name of school or center to training@synapseearlylearning.com Participants will be sent a Zoom invite link after registration is confirmed. Training will fill up fast!

$15.00

Pre-K Pyramid Model Module I – 8 hr. Series

Pre-K Pyramid Model Module I: 8 – hour Series

This Module I training provides an overview of the Pyramid Model, with a focus on Tier 1: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments. Scheduled across 4 evenings (2 hrs per night), the series will present the most foundational piece of the social-emotional framework. Participants will be challenged to examine their attitudes about challenging behaviors, and will develop new strategies for supporting positive relationships with every child. The training also covers how to implement consistent routines, schedules, rules and expectations, and set up your environments for preventing challenging behaviors. The training will include activities and discussions in break-out groups, and as is the case with every Synapse Early Learning Systems training, participants will be invited to participate in a free, ongoing discussion forum as they begin to implement the new relationship-building, environmental, and behavioral strategies in the classroom. Must attend all 4 sessions to receive 8 hrs Gateways credit. To register, please provide participants’ name(s), email address(es), Gateways ID #(s), name of school or center to training@synapseearlylearning.com Participants will be sent a Zoom invite link after registration is confirmed. Training will fill up fast!

$15.00

ECERS-3 Related Trainings

Providing High Quality Instructional Supports for Math and Literacy in the Preschool Setting

Effective strategies for teaching early math and early literacy in the preschool setting are well-documented. Teachers need more opportunities to dive deeply into the “how” and the “why” of these strategies, in order to truly “own” them and apply them consistently and meaningfully. This includes opportunities to see, discuss/disintegrate, reflect on, reconstruct, and practice these skills in realistic ways. This full day of training will break down the ECERS-3 Math and Literacy Sub-scales and the CLASS Instructional Supports dimensions thoroughly, and provide discussion and hands-on activity formats for teachers to truly reconstruct their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and strategies. Every Synapse training includes a component on continuous quality improvement; teachers will therefore be challenged to create an action plan and commit to several concrete steps for implementation in returning to their classrooms. An optional (free) follow-up webinar will provide the format for post-training reflection and sharing of their experiences. 6 hrs Gateways credit provided.

Math the ECERS-3 Way: Math Materials and Activities

This is the first of 3 (2 hr) workshops that takes a deep dive into the new Math items within the “Learning Activities” Sub-scale of the ECERS-3 instrument. In this workshop, we will review the appropriate materials and indicators covered in the “Math Materials and Activities” item. Participants will be introduced to the main math concepts children in the preschool ages are developing; a heavy emphasis will be placed on the “higher-order thinking” strategies teachers should be using to stimulate early math reasoning and learning. Basic scoring will be explained, as well as the ways teachers can work to improve their scores. Every Synapse workshop includes a focus on continuous quality improvement; teachers will therefore be challenged to create an action plan and to follow a post-training protocol for applying their new knowledge to practice.

Math the ECERS-3 Way: Math in Daily Events

This is the second of 3 (2 hr) workshops that takes a deep dive into the new Math items within the “Learning Activities” Sub-scale of the ECERS-3 instrument. In this workshop, we will review the appropriate materials and indicators covered in the “Math in Daily Events” item. The workshop will provide a review the different math concepts preschool aged children are learning. Next, participants will be engaged in the process of investigating where and how, throughout the day and throughout the classroom, these Math concepts can be developed. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the “higher-order thinking” strategies teachers should be using to stimulate early math reasoning and learning. Basic scoring will be explained, as well as the ways teachers can work to improve their scores. Every Synapse workshop includes a focus on continuous quality improvement; teachers will therefore be challenged to create an action plan and to follow a post-training protocol for applying their new knowledge to practice.

Math the ECERS-3 Way: Understanding Written Numbers

This is the third of 3 (2 hr) workshops that take a deep dive into the new Math items within the “Learning Activities” Subscale of the ECERS-3 instrument. In this workshop, we will review the appropriate materials and indicators covered in the “Understanding Written Numbers” item. Participants will learn the developmental sequence for learning numbers and number concepts, and will explore different methods for promoting number awareness and understanding. Emphasis will be placed on the questioning, feedback, and “higher-order thinking” strategies teachers should be using to stimulate an awareness of numbers and understanding of number concepts. Basic ECERS-3 scoring will be explained, as well as the ways teachers can work to improve their scores. Every Synapse workshop includes a focus on continuous quality improvement; teachers will therefore be challenged to create an action plan and to follow a post-training protocol for applying their new knowledge to practice.

For more information contact Sara Beach –  sbeach.synapse@gmail.com

(630)567-8278

Request a Training: 

Synapse Early Learning Systems provides training at the district, grantee, or program level. All in-person training comes with follow-up support for implementation. A wide variety of training options are available. Categories:

  • CDA Preparation
  • Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Improving Instructional Supports Practices
  • Instructional Coaching with the Synapse Coaching System
  • Social-Emotional Learning & Challenging Behaviors
  • Early Language and Literacy
  • Early Math
  • STEM / STEAM for Infants, Toddlers, Pre-K
  • Infant/Toddler Development, Care, and Teaching
  • Integration Trainings (Implementing multiple frameworks cohesively)

Email synapseearlylearning@gmail.com for more information or to schedule.  

Choose from our Extensive List of Training Topics, or Request a Topic:

Social-Emotional Development and Challenging Behaviors

  • Pyramid Model Day 1: Establishing the Foundations: Relationships and the Environment
  • Pyramid Model Day 2: Strategies for Teaching Social Skills, Emotional Literacy, and Self Regulation
  • Pyramid Model Day 3: Strategies for Teaching Social Skills, Emotional Literacy, and Self Regulation / Working with Parents
  • Pyramid Model Day 4: Intensive Interventions
  • Pyramid Model for Leaders: Program-Wide Implementation
  • From Chaos to Connection: Positive Discipline Strategies For Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • Power of Self-Regulation: Helping Children Manage Emotions, Impulses and Behavior
  • Can’t We All Get Along? Creating A Positive Learning Community For Preschoolers
  • Emotional Literacy: Helping Young Children Work Through Big Emotions

Integration of Curriculum, State Standards, and Assessment Data

  • Data-based Lesson Planning
  • Data-Based Decision-Making for Program Improvements

Infant and Toddler Caregiving

  • Planning Healthy and Safe Infant / Toddler Environments
  • Infant / Toddler Social-Emotional Development and Challenging Behaviors
  • Developmentally Appropriate Infant and Toddler Programming
  • Supporting Children’s Language Development
  • STEM /STEAM for Infant /Toddler Classrooms

Teacher-Child Interactions / Using Quality Assessments to Improve Quality

  • Licensed by Teachstone to provide training on the CLASS Assessment Scoring System: Observation training for Reliability in Pre-K, Toddler, or Infant CLASS
  • Introduction to the CLASS – overview with videos
  • Building and Improving Teachers’ Emotional Supports
  • Building and Improving Teachers’ Organizational Supports
  • Building and Improving Teachers’ Instructional Supports

Planning for Quality Environments

  • Building Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Cues and Strategies for Shaping Behavior

Early Language and Literacy

  • Creating Literacy Rich Environments
  • Enhancing Book Appreciation
  • Expanding Children’s Language Skills
  • Promoting Alphabet Knowledge
  • Increasing Print Awareness and Knowledge
  • Supporting Early Writing

Early Math

  • Making Math Fun! Math Concepts & Conversations: Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills
  • Math Materials and Experiences: Teaching Discreet Math Skills
  • Integrating Math into the Broader Curriculum and Students’ Lives
  • Finding the “M” in STEM – How it All Fits Together
  • Using Math and Science Centers Effectively
  • Key Mathematical Concepts in the Preschool Years

Introduction to Data-Driven Lesson Planning

This 1-day training provides a good overview of Lesson Planning, specifically, how to integrate standards, learning objectives, and assessment data with lessons, and plan for highly effective teaching interactions. Recommended for paraprofessionals, Teachers and for managers in the process of developing systems for lesson planning and/or PD around teaching and the curriculum. Level Available: Pre-K. Max. 40 people.

CDA Preparation

“CDA to CEO” is a 9-month program utilizing Peer Learning Communities, Webinars, and Leadership Support Component.  See “CDA to CEO” page for more information.

Implementing Effective Professional Development (Professional Learning) in Pre-K Programs

  • Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Inclusive and Collaborative Leadership
  • Use of Quality Measures for Driving Program Improvements
  • The Role of Instructional Leaders
  • Practice-Based Coaching