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Sign up is open for the April Teacher Training sessions (Wed., April 14th and Fri., April 16th).

Introduction to Parent Café: HSOLC Staff Café, facilitated by Heidi Johnson:  Aren’t sure if the families that you work with would benefit from attending a Parent Café?  Come and see for yourself!  During the training we will go through a Parent Café from start to finish.  Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other HSOLC employees, practice active-listening, and enhance their relationship-building skills in a safe and supportive environment. Space is limited, so sign-up now! Limit 24.

Introduction to Second Step, presented by Kerry Holmes:  For teachers new to the Second Step curriculum, we will review how Second Step helps children develop executive function, self-regulation, and social emotional skills and how to implement the curriculum.  We will also take a peek at some of the digital resources available to support At Home Learning.

Technology Is Your Friend: Planning Engaging Virtual Circles Using Your Computer, facilitated by Ashlee VanHout:  This training will discuss numerous ways to engage children and families virtually, while simultaneously getting the TS documentation we all need! It will go over TS reports that are helpful with planning activities, give numerous examples of ways to “pack in” TS objectives into routine activities, and give multiple resources for free and engaging activities. Region 8 video examples will be shared.

Proactive vs. Reactive: A PBIS Approach, presented by Travis Alcazar and Kayla Goddard:  This training will review some of the foundational pieces of the PBIS model with a focus on emphasizing proactive approaches compared to reactive approaches to child behavior. Limit 25.

Conversation Whiteness: Recognizing & Understanding White Privilege, facilitated by Al McGillivray & Heidi Johnson:  An introductory-level facilitated conversation about whiteness and white privilege. Includes definitions of common terms, exploring examples of white privilege, and time for small group conversation and a journaling exercise. Especially designed for people self-identified as white, and open to all racial identities.  Limit 15.

Introduction to Creating Connections, facilitated by Stephenie Kearney & Angel Nichol:  This training is an introduction to the Creating Connections classroom curriculum. We will give a brief history of the curriculum, and present materials included to conduct activities in the classroom as well as planning and facilitation guides. During our time together we will be working through one classroom activity together. Time will be spent presenting physical materials, power point presentation, videos, polls, as well as a group TEAMS activity.

Boundaries in Head Start: Navigating the Professional and Emotional Complexities of Working with Families and Children, facilitated by Angela Fendley and Al McGillivray:  This training will cover what boundaries are, the topic of dual relationships, boundary crossings vs. boundary violations, emotional boundaries, HS policies on boundaries, and guidelines for work/moving forward.  We will have several opportunities for discussion in break out rooms.

Baby Doll Circle Time, facilitated by Jen Cooper:  Baby Doll Circle Time is a way to ensure that children experience the attachment, attunement, and social play required for optimal brain development. Come play with EHS staff as we explore social-emotional development through Baby Doll Circle. **25 EHS staff are target audience; open to others as space allows.

Communication with the Heart, facilitated by Chava Kronen and Misty Flett:  Communication with the heart is a quick dive into foundational communication skills that can serve you in any area of life. In this workshop we illuminate skills which will help cultivate productive conversations. We will discuss communication using self-awareness, empathy, active listening, and I statements. These skills will be practiced through group activities and personal reflections. Presenters: Chava Kronen, Family Support Coordinator, Misty Flett, Policy Council Representative, SEEKER, and HS Parent. Please bring a journal or notebook to the presentation.

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