Note!!!!  Date change on Session IV from March 28th to Wednesday May 9th!

Professional Development Workshops for Early Childhood Educators, 2017-2018
Location: Sessions held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord MA
Important Registration Information

  1. PDPs (Professional Development Points):  2 PDPs awarded for each evening workshop attended.
  2. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. PLEASE REGISTER SOON! There are limited spots in many programs. 
  3. COST:  $27 per session.  Walk-ins are charged $30 at the door, space permitting. 
  4. Register either by filling out and mailing in the registration form or on-line by clicking on the registration button for each workshop.
  5. More registration/session information is included below after the workshop descriptions.

Session I: Wednesday, November 8, 2017  6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  5
STEM in the Early Years, Starting with Science

(LIMIT OF 50 ATTENDEES) – This website will indicate if it is full)

Presenter: Cindy Hoisington, M.Ed., Early childhood science educator at Education Development Center Inc. where she creates meaningful science, STEM, and literacy experiences for children, teachers, and families through inquiry-based science and STEM curricula. Formerly a preschool teacher in Boston for 16 years, she is a co-facilitator of the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF)

During this hands-on/minds-on presentation, participants will experience science inquiry at an adult level, make connections to STEM, and will observe video to analyze science teaching and learning in classrooms. We will discuss current trends in early childhood science (referencing the MA STE standards) and implications for the teacher’s role in promoting children’s science inquiry and thinking.

Session II: Wednesday, December 6, 2017  6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  1
The Development of Receptive, Expressive and

Pragmatic Social Language in Young Children*

Presenter: Pamela Ely, M.S. CCC-SLP, has 20+ years experience supporting children with social language-based challenges. Pamela completed the Social Thinking™ Mentor Training Program and is a specialist in Social Language Disorders, interfacing with schools, and related service providers, in Greater Boston. 

Your natural instincts and experience carry you every day in the classroom as you guide the development of your students’ language acquisition and play skills.  Pamela will identify age appropriate play, highlighting what play looks like for early learners.  Together, participants will explore typical language development and the theoretical foundation that underlies social learning, sensory processing, and play through the early years.

Session III: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (snow date: Jan 24, 2018) 6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency: 2 *Behavior Management with Children who Struggle: Session Two

(missed the first session last year? No problem --- there will be a quick

review at the start of the workshop to catch you up – all are welcome!)

Presenter: Dennet J. Sidell, Ed.D., Elem. Principal in the Carlisle Public School, formerly Principal of Melrose PS

One of our most highly rated evening workshops in years, this second part will allow participants to examine strategies for effectively responding to specific challenging behaviors associated with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism and others within the classroom setting in a developmentally appropriate manner.  If you weren’t at the 1st section last year you may still attend.


Session IV: Wednesday, May 9, 2018    6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency:  4
Growing Up Mindful: Making Mindfulness

Stick in The Classroom and Beyond*

Presenter: Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist, educational consultant and Harvard Medical School professor specializing in mindfulness with children and young adults.  An international workshop leader, he serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and as the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) and other books.

This experiential workshop will explore integrating mindfulness into our work as educators, sharing playful and engaging mindfulness practices with our students and colleagues. Participants will learn a variety of mindfulness exercises using senses, visualization, movement, and games that can be practiced by professionals and kids of all levels of experience. Mindfulness activities related to anxiety, stress and mental health issues will be given particular attention.


Session V: Wednesday April 25, 2018  6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  3
Say What? Approaching Difficult Conversations with Parents*

Presenter: Christie Manganis, M.A., C.A.G.S., graduate degree in School Psychology from Tufts, Licensed School Psychologist/School Counselor. For the past 19 years at Tyngsborough Public Schools, Christie works with children, families and staff spanning preschool through grade 5. Christie often presents at the MAEYC conference & also offers private practice social skills groups. She is a certified Creative Kids yoga instructor.

Does the thought of discussing sensitive or challenging topics with parents fill you with a sense of dread and unease?  This interactive workshop will: Explore what defines a difficult conversation; Suggest proactive strategies that can be put into place prior to the conversation; Offer ideas on how to best prepare for your conversation; Help you navigate challenges that arise during your conversation; Address the importance of following up with families after your conversation.  

Session VI: Wednesday, May 2, 2018  6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency:  6
Why “Making Learning Visible” is Important for

Parents, Teachers, and Children*

Presenter: Stephanie Cox Suarez, Ph.D., associate professor in the Special and Elementary Ed Dept at Wheelock College, teaches courses in special education assessment, children with special needs, and "making learning visible" documentation courses. Stephanie is the founding director of the Documentation Studio.

Listening and observing children is the foundation of understanding and helping children to deepen and extend their learning. Come learn about Reggio-inspired documentation - a tool that enables the sharing of learning to promote engagement and curiosity.  Educators find this can be an exciting vehicle for collaboration and sharing knowledge! 

Session VII: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency: 1
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder*

Presenter: Professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Faculty Director, Graduate Studies in Autism, Lesley University. Elizabeth is a teacher educator and researcher whose work focuses on special education teacher preparation, particularly in the area of autism.  Actively involved in the MA autism teacher endorsement, she has taught and consulted for 20+ years in public & private education settings.  She is President of Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children. 

This workshop provides a foundational context for understanding autism spectrum disorder. We will explore three aspects of autism, including communication, social interaction, and behavior, as well as a brief history of the recent changes to diagnostic criteria. The etiology of autism will be explored, as well as an overview of educational approaches, the concept of neurodiversity, and resources for educators. 

Additional Workshop Information

  1. *Denotes this workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs. 
  2. PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR FUTURE CLASSES (unless CPT is required to cancel the class for some reason).
  3. In case of inclement weather, please call CPT at (978) 202-1145 AFTER 5 P.M. to hear a recorded message about possible cancellation.


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