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Dramatic Play
In this interactive session participants will learn the importance of dramatic play and the teacher’s role in setting up a quality scenario. A dramatic play plan will be reviewed and participants will use the plan to develop a dramatic play scenario for their classrooms.
Participants will:
• Reflect on importance of pretend play in their lives
• Review the forms of play
• Learn the educational benefits of enriched dramatic play
• Develop a dramatic play scenario to take home
• Receive a copy of the plan and example for future use

Apr 29, 2015
Instructional Resource Center
500 W. Galveston
Chandler, AZ 85225
Event Times: 5:30:00 PM - 7:30:00 PM
 
Introduction to The Early Learning Standards
The Early Learning Standards have been developed to provide a framework for the planning of quality learning experiences for all children 3 to 5 years of age. They cover a broad range of skill development and provide an instructional foundation for all children.

May 1, 2015
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Event Times: 9:00:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
 
Introduction to the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines
The Introduction to the Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines is an overview of the document and tips for navigating through it. The Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines have been developed to provide a framework for all caregivers who may care for children ages birth to 36 months. The Guidelines are meant to build awareness of the unique developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers, increase awareness of quality infant and toddler caregiving and education, and to guide intentional planning for quality learning experiences for children in this age range.

May 1, 2015
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Event Times: 11:00:00 AM - 1:00:00 PM
 
Process vs. Product Art
Art and the Young Child: Process vs. Product

The acts of exploring and creating are what really matters with young children. Join us as we actively explore the benefits of a creatively stimulating classroom. Learn the difference between process and product art and their place in the early childhood classroom. Discuss the teachers' role in teaching art, review your existing repertoire of activities and discover new ways you can intentionally foster children's creative expression.

May 2, 2015
Cottonwood Health Department
10 S. 6th Street
Cottonwood AZ 86336
Event Times: 8:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM
 
Dramatic Play
In this interactive session participants will learn the importance of dramatic play and the teacher’s role in setting up a quality scenario. A dramatic play plan will be reviewed and participants will use the plan to develop a dramatic play scenario for their classrooms.
Participants will:
• Reflect on importance of pretend play in their lives
• Review the forms of play
• Learn the educational benefits of enriched dramatic play
• Develop a dramatic play scenario to take home
• Receive a copy of the plan and example for future use

May 6, 2015
Orangedale
5048 E Oak St.,
Phoenix AZ 85008
Event Times: 10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
 
Language Modeling
In this session, participants will identify and apply strategies that promote language modeling—an instructional strategy that supports language and literacy development. The information will focus on the various ways a teacher can make intentional use of language to help children develop their own language skills

May 6, 2015
Orangedale
5048 E Oak St.,
Phoenix AZ 85008
Event Times: 12:30:00 PM - 2:30:00 PM
 
Introduction to the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines
The Introduction to the Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines is an overview of the document and tips for navigating through it. The Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines have been developed to provide a framework for all caregivers who may care for children ages birth to 36 months. The Guidelines are meant to build awareness of the unique developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers, increase awareness of quality infant and toddler caregiving and education, and to guide intentional planning for quality learning experiences for children in this age range.

May 16, 2015
Easter Seals Blake Foundation
7756 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste C-200
Tucson, AZ 85710
Event Times: 9:00:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
 
Introduction to the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines
The Introduction to the Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines is an overview of the document and tips for navigating through it. The Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines have been developed to provide a framework for all caregivers who may care for children ages birth to 36 months. The Guidelines are meant to build awareness of the unique developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers, increase awareness of quality infant and toddler caregiving and education, and to guide intentional planning for quality learning experiences for children in this age range.

May 16, 2015
Easter Seals Blake Foundation
7756 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste C-200
Tucson, AZ 85710
Event Times: 2:00:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM
 
Mathematics Standard Module Training
This training is to provide an in-depth examination of the Arizona Early Learning Mathematics Standard that will lead to effective planning of quality learning mathematics’ experiences for children three to five years of age. Participants will actively explore the Early Learning Mathematics Standard through this module. Through hands on activities, participants will learn the theory of mathematics and also gain practical ideas to use in the classroom.

May 16, 2015
Todays Tomorrow Learning Center
1616 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(24th St. & McDowell)
Event Times: 8:30:00 AM - 3:30:00 PM
 
Quality of Feedback
Expanding children's language and increasing their higher level thinking skills is an essential component of high quality teaching. This training will highlight the use of quality feedback as an effective instructional strategy. Through interactive activities, participants will explore the crucial components to helping children gain a deeper understanding of concepts through the use of their responses, comments and questions. Participants will practice concrete strategies to engage children in higher level thinking.

May 23, 2015
Tempe Christian
3929 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ
Event Times: 12:00:00 PM - 2:00:00 PM
 
Concept Development
Concept Development describes the strategies teachers use to promote students’ higher-order thinking skills in contrast to a focus on rote instruction. The use of these strategies can help students learn more about how to think independently, problem-solve and will help prepare students for AZ Common Score standards K-12. During this workshop, we will:
• Define Concept Development
• Discuss how to foster children’s thinking skills through the use of Concept Development
• Plan for intentional Concept Development through practice activities

May 23, 2015
Tempe Christian
3929 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ
Event Times: 9:00:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
 
Science Standard Module Training
Children have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity. Scientific inquiry, for young children, is asking questions and seeking answers based on their natural curiosity. Children learn by being actively engaged with hand on experiences, real objects and natural occurrences. In this full day session, participants will actively explore the Science Standard. Through hands on activities, participants will gain practical ideas to use in the classroom to enhance preschool science inquiry.
Participants will:
• Identify the four concepts of the Inquiry strand of the Science Standard
• Identify the concepts of the Inquiry strand of the Science Standard when observing children at play/work
• Identify and apply strategies that can be used to teach
(1) observations, questions, and hypotheses; (2) investigation; (3) analysis and conclusions; and (4) communication
• Describe and design a science-rich environment
• Explain the relationship between Science and all the other Early Learning Standards
• Write an action plan to implement the Science Standard in their classrooms

May 27, 2015
Orangedale
5048 E Oak St.,
Phoenix AZ 85008
Event Times: 10:00:00 AM - 2:30:00 PM
 
School Readiness Summit
The School Readiness Summit will be a 3 day professional development opportunity for Preschool and Kindergarten teachers and staff. This summit will launch the recently completed Arizona’s School Readiness Framework document, working to establish a common definition of school readiness across the state. There will be a heavy focus on children’s Approaches to Learning Skills in regards to the birth through kindergarten experience. Sessions will be centered on key components of the learning standards, and will engage participants in hands-on experiences, understanding their role in the inquiry process, discuss the continuum of early learning, and engage in discussions identifying roles in helping children become school ready and achieve academically.

A registration fee is charged for all registrants, including those who do NOT SHOW and have not canceled in writing 10 Business days prior to event start date. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations. Substitution of personnel is permitted.

Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015
Sheraton Mesa Hotel
860 N Riverview
Mesa, AZ 85201

Block Room Rates Available
Starting at $81.00 a night
Please call the Sheraton Hotel
480-664-1221 for room accommodations
Event Times: 8:00:00 AM - 4:00:00 PM
 
Approaches to Learning
Approaches to Learning are defined as, Observable behaviors that indicate ways children become engaged in social interactions and learning experiences. In this six-hour interactive session, participants will uncover the layers of the Approaches to Learning Standard and explore the connections to executive functions of the brain.

Jun 20, 2015
Tempe Christian
3929 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ
Event Times: 9:00:00 AM - 4:00:00 PM
 
Fine Arts Standards Module Training
The arts nurture the imagination and creative spirit of all children. Sensory awareness is the foundation for all imaginative activity and creative expression. For young children, the importance of the arts is in the process of creating rather than the end result. In this interactive session, participants will actively explore the arts and how it connects to all areas of learning and how they are fundamental to children’s development and education. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain practical ideas that will allow children to develop independence, self-esteem, and self-expression through the arts process which in turn will allow children to discover more about who they are and gain insight into their own culture and the cultures around them.

Jun 20, 2015
Today's Tomorrow Learning Center
1616 N. 24th St. 85008 (24th St. & McDowell)
Phoenix, AZ
Event Times: 8:30:00 AM - 3:30:00 PM
 
Introduction to the Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines
The Introduction to the Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines is an overview of the document and tips for navigating through it. The Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines have been developed to provide a framework for all caregivers who may care for children ages birth to 36 months. The Guidelines are meant to build awareness of the unique developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers, increase awareness of quality infant and toddler caregiving and education, and to guide intentional planning for quality learning experiences for children in this age range.

Jun 20, 2015
Child and Family Resources
2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Event Times: 9:00:00 AM - 11:00:00 AM
 
Introduction to The Early Learning Standards
The Early Learning Standards have been developed to provide a framework for the planning of quality learning experiences for all children 3 to 5 years of age. They cover a broad range of skill development and provide an instructional foundation for all children.

Jun 20, 2015
Child and Family Resources
2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Event Times: 11:30:00 AM - 1:30:00 PM
 
Social Studies Standards Module Training
The inclusion of Social studies in early childhood environments is important in order to nurture children's understanding of themselves and others. Through Social Studies children learn to become active, responsible citizens and what the expectations of these citizens are. In this interactive session, participants will delve into the Social Studies Early Learning Standard in order to gain practical ideas to help children acquire skills in problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking that can then be integrated in to all aspects of their world.

Participants will:
identify the five strands and corresponding concepts for the Arizona Early Learning Social Studies Standard.
Scrutinize the relationship between social studies and the desired outcomes for students as future leaders and citizens.
Identify and apply strategies that can be used to teach diversity, individual rights, individual and group responsibilities, role of citizenship, spatial terms, family identity and foundations of economics.
Identify and affect strategies that nurture children's understanding of both themselves and others as well as promote acquiring problem solving and decision making skills.
Explain the interconnectedness between all areas of the Arizona Early Learning Standards.
Evaluate their own early learning environment and develop an action plan to implement in both their classroom and community

Jul 18, 2015
Todays Tomorrow Learning Center
1616 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(24th St. & McDowell)
Event Times: 8:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
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