Too often educators and school administrators confuse the concepts of school culture and school climate. The book School Culture Rewired was built around that issue. In the book, our presenter Steve Gruenert and his co-author Todd Whitaker bring the complex ideas around this subject into useful thinking for school leaders.
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). In this edWebinar, Dr. Cathy Grace highlighted basic elements of a comprehensive plan for early care and education programs that will mitigate the impact of any disastrous event. Learn from Dr. Grace’s first-hand experience in the recovery of the early childhood centers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
In this edWebinar, Ruth Hanford Morhard, author of Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in Early Childhood Settings, shared positive alternatives to expelling preschool boys that will help these children perform better in school and in relationships. While the primary focus is on boys, the strategies will be useful for working with all children.
Everyone wants to be the kind of person who energizes and mobilizes others—yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code? Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring people do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she has determined the core tenets of inspiring communication.
Open-ended questions create meaningful opportunities for learning, prompting children to reason and reflect while encouraging their use of language. In this edWebinar, Teachstone Training’s Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Rebecca Berlin shared tips on using open-ended questions to improve classroom interactions with young learners.
In this edWebinar, authors of The PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior Char Ryan, Ph.D., a former statewide trainer, and Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., a school- and district-wide coach, will lead you through the decision to implement PBIS in your school or district.
In this webinar, Alexandra Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentor, explored how simple music activities can support children’s focus, approaches toward learning, transitions, classroom management, and the daily routine in early learning settings. Learn how easy it is to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, engages children of all ages, enhances the classroom environment, and is enjoyable for both children and adults.
Is inappropriate student behavior driving you up the wall? If you’d like to learn how to envision improvements, this webinar will help you. The insights, advice, and strategies are based on research and practical experience analyzing, restructuring, and transforming numerous school and afterschool learning environments. Enhance your ability to communicate expectations, influence the capacity of front line staff to manage children, and create a program culture that leads to higher levels of achievement and satisfaction for everyone.
A positive relationship is a prerequisite for learning. In this webinar, Kevin shared practical steps for enabling positive classrooms, decreasing disciplinary issues, and engaging the left-out learner.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., provided basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They introduced three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Familiarize yourself with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. The assessments introduced in this webinar will help you determine strengths in your classroom and identify areas needing improvement.
Every classroom presents challenging behavior situations. Discover strategies and activities that will provide a foundation for educator action in the classroom, in related activities outside the classroom, as well as in cyberspace. In this webinar, Dr. Blythe Hinitz shared ways we can work towards the creation of the peaceful classroom, fostering a classroom climate of respect and collaboration between adults and children.
As an educator, you know what you want for your students. You want them to seek out challenges, ask for help, resist distractions, and see mistakes as chances to try again. In other words, you want kids to be self-regulated learners. In this webinar, Dr. Richard Cash, Ed.D. discussed doable, evidence-based practices to help students engage in learning, build confidence, set and manage goals, develop habits of thinking, do effective home study, and reflect on their learning.
Rigor is a key focus of today’s educational reform. What exactly is rigor? What does it look like in the classroom? What are the myths about rigor? In this webinar, Dr. Barbara Blackburn explained instructional rigor and what it looks like in the classroom.
This webinar is an introduction to understanding challenging behaviors in the early childhood classroom. Dr. Ginger Welch addressed viewing the child in context, the importance of observation, and normative child misbehaviors. She also discussed the concepts of internalizing and externalizing disorders, as well as how child, family, classroom, and biological factors can contribute to behavior challenges.
Young children hit, throw things, empty blocks off shelving and pour the water on the floor from the water table. Many teachers view this as misbehavior and put children on time out or prevent them from going out on the playground. When children are pulled from the group and punished, they are not learning new and useful behavior skills that will help them exhibit more socially acceptable behaviors in the future. Learn a new way to view this kind of behavior as well as teaching strategies to use instead of punishment that will help young children move from socially inappropriate behaviors to more appropriate behaviors.
In this webinar, Early Childhood Consultant Nancy Bruski discussed the concept of “fairness” in a new way that enables teachers to recognize that every child has an equal right to have his/her needs met, but not all children’s needs are the same. This strategy frees teachers to make small exceptions and set a tone in the classroom for relaxed acceptance that we are all working on learning skills on different timeframes and do not all find the same things easy or hard.
Out-of-school time is an incredible opportunity to reach students, increase learning from the day, and provide a necessary service to working families. We might have students for one hour, but that hour can be filled with learning, discovery, and fun! In this webinar, Brian Heaton shareed a host of strategies that will help take your afterschool classroom to the next level.
Brain breaks are short movement activities that help children focus and give them a positive outlet for energy and wiggles. In this webinar, Dr. Jean (a.k.a. The Dr. of FUN) demonstrated brain energizers that you can use to start your day, between lessons, or whenever your students appear restless. She also shared techniques to reinforce skills through moving and singing.
More learning happens when the right classroom management tools are in place! In this webinar, middle school technology teacher Eileen Lennon lead an exploration of tools to help you establish an engaging and productive classroom environment.
Transitions can be one of your best tools for managing behavior in your classroom management tool belt. Ellen Booth Church is well known as an expert in Circle Time and Transitions. In this webinar, she demonstrated a joyful approach to managing behavior with compassion and clarity and ways you can use transitions as mini-teaching opportunities.
As we head back to school, a positive school climate is a prerequisite for developmentally-appropriate discipline strategies. After learning the Conscious Discipline® brain model, you will be well equipped to teach your children how to maintain self-control.
As the 2016 school year begins, how can you prepare for a new group of energetic young children? An effectively designed classroom environment can positively impact everything that happens in your space. It influences what children learn, how they feel about their involvement, and how they use the materials that are included in their classroom. Collect practical and low cost tips to help make your environment the best place ever for you and your children!
This webinar was designed to provide an examination of the biopsychosocial perspective on development of very young children—primarily from birth until two years of age.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provides us with many useful tools for addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom. Often the most effective interventions involve an interdisciplinary approach, which combines ABA with Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and more. This collaboration enables us to address the needs… read more →