Learn the key competencies needed to cultivate a high-quality early learning environment, and will explore workforce supports that encourage and develop effective and responsive early educators.
The early educator is the cornerstone of the learning environment. Educators in this field experience a unique combination of demands that involve daily physical, emotional, and mental labor. In order to cultivate and sustain a high-quality environment, early educators need skills and strategies to enact activities and tasks that build children’s social-emotional skills, content knowledge and language skills—all the while managing challenging behaviors and responding to unpredictability that comes with a classroom of young children.
Today’s Early Educator will focus on the various challenges you face as an early educator, provide training on several critical competencies needed to support a high-quality learning environment, and introduce an array of professional supports that educators need in order to create optimal early learning environments and experiences for children.
This two-week online workshop led by HGSE Professors Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones is offered as a part of the Saul Zaentz Professional Learning Academy, which works to equip leaders with the cutting-edge knowledge, strategic tactics, and collaborative networks needed to design and implement approaches and policies that improve young children's learning environments. Through video lectures, readings, case studies, and facilitated online discussions, you will engage with research and practice to assist you with the daily, but critical, work of cultivating and sustaining a high-quality learning environment in your own context.
This two-week online workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application. Activities include:
- Video lectures from Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, HGSE Faculty and Directors of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative
- Various readings from researchers and thought leaders in the field
- Case studies
- Facilitated online discussions
- Concrete planning tools for use in your current setting
- Job-embedded practice where you will apply the concepts and techniques learned*
A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning, and this curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.
The online workshop will require a total of 5-7 hours of work. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.
*Note: all content is self-paced, including group discussions. Facilitators will moderate discussion boards throughout the two-week program.
- Understand the latest research regarding the socio-demographics and needs of today’s early learners and resulting implications for early educators
- Explore the roles of Talk for Learning, Executive Function Skills and Emotion Regulation as key competencies needed for creating and maintaining a high-quality early learning environment
- Introduce planning tools that support the implementation of practices that will enhance these competencies as well as tools that highlight central features of key professional supports
Who Should Participate
- Directors of early education centers or programs
- Leaders of early education service organizations across the mixed delivery system
- Directors, administrators, and coaches in public school pre-K programs
- Teachers aspiring to enhanced instructional leadership in their setting