Professional development that was offered at Pre-Service and In-Service during the 2015-2016 program year.


In this reflective dialogue, participants will reflect on parent's image of staff and explore ideas to deepen and enrich parent engagement.


Ever feel that you have exhausted all your options in connecting with some families? If so, join us as we go on a journey with Yolanda and Brett. Our journey includes many ways to enter the "door", examining our own sense of self and the image of the parents; those that easily let us in and those that hesitate. We will rediscover and highlight new key elements that foster and strengthen relationships with families, while practicing techniques that ensure the "door" is kept open.

In this session, we will discuss what it takes to lead, reflect on your vales as a leader, and learn how the brain influences our ability to communicate.

This workshop is designed for participants to experience connections between Child- Parent Center's Reggio inspired curriculum framework, the Languages of Learning, and discovering how to connect with your inner child and own sense of playfulness through the supervision and leadership role.  This session will include hands- on activities, group discussions, and time to reflect upon the Image of Self as a Leader.

Do you ever find yourself putting off a difficult conversation with a co-worker because you aren't sure how to begin? Skillful communication and the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships are key to being a successful leader.This workshop will help you Dial-In to specific strategies that will support you in your role as a supervisor, leader, and/or manager.

This three part session will consist of the following:

  • Participants will learn how to adjust camera settings for high quality pictures and efficient transfer on the internet.
  • Participants will learn how to use Outlook Web Access (OWA) email securely and efficiently.
  • Participants will understand the importance and practice networking/connecting with colleagues in the workplace.

In this interactive, hands-on session, participants will continue to build on high quality relationship based interactions in the home setting and classroom learning climate.

This workshop is intended for participants to experience making connections with others through authentic and meaningful conversations. There will be hands-on experiences to support children in making connections to real world learning opportunities.Participants will be able to identify the importance of open-ended conversations and will be given opportunities for implementing solution based experiences in the classroom and home.

iceIn this session, we will discover and explore how Systems Thinking habits and tools can be used in the early childhood setting to address a variety of situations. From hands-on experience using the habits and tools, you will leave the session with concrete strategies to use in your role as a leader or educator. At the end of our session, you will come away with many ideas on how to become a Systems Thinker yourself, and how to encourage Systems Thinking in those around you.