Professional Development Workshops for Early Childhood Educators, 2016-2017

8 Sessions - Scroll down to review sessions and read registration details
Location: Sessions held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord MA
PDPs (Professional Development Points):  2 PDPs awarded for each evening workshop attended.

Session I: Wednesday, October 26, 2016  6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  8
The Art of Bouncing Back From Stressful Experiences: Making Use of Meditation in the Moment (MIM)
Presenter: Holly Elissa Bruno, M.A., J.D., award-winning best selling author, keynote speaker and radio host

Assess current practices about how you treat yourself when you make mistakes or fail.  Reflect on recent adult brain research that suggests we have the capacity to bounce back more readily from failures than previously assumed.  Learn more about the MIM theory (“Meditation in the Moment”) of stepping back during crises to transform knee-jerk (autonomic system) reactions into active learning opportunities.  Children are watching how we react to challenges we encounter, from ones with our colleagues, to ones with parents … to ones with them! Increase your skills in this vital area.

Session II: Wednesday, November 9, 2016  6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency:  5
*How RIE® Principles Can Allow Infant/Toddler Teachers to Enjoy Their Work and Have More Energy
Presenter: Dr. Diana Suskind, international early childhood specialist, former professor at Fitchburg State

RIE® stands for “Resources for Infant Educarers”, an approach developed by Magda Gerber.  The basis of this philosophy is respect for, and trust in, the baby to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner. We will discuss how respect for the baby’s body helps them develop a healthy mind, and how the use of RIE® principles lead to more independent play and the comfort within the child in knowing their turn is coming.  RIE® techniques foster the building of trust, resourcefulness and autonomy.  Participants, if willing, have the opportunity for role-playing in order to dramatize RIE® principles. 

Session III: Wednesday, December 7, 2016  6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  1
*Creating a Sensory Friendly Classroom
Presenter: Tammy Kucharski, M.S., OLTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Acton Boxborough Public Schools

This exciting and interactive workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of Sensory Integration.  There will be discussion about self-regulation and how different arousal levels look in the classroom.  Participants will gain greater insight into their own sensory preferences and arousal levels throughout the workshop.  The overall environmental set-up of a classroom will be discussed & how changes made to each area/item can lead to a sensory-friendly classroom.

Session IV: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (snow date: Jan 25, 2017) 6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency: 3

*Communicating and Collaborating with Families: Building Positive Relationships with Parents
Presenter: Barbara Gibson, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., former Program Director of the Special Education teacher preparation programs at Lesley University, developed & taught courses in special education curriculum development, behavior management, and collaboration.  Facilitated inclusion in several Boston Public Schools.  Teacher: K-higher ed
This workshop is designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families.  Through discussion and case examples, we will highlight ways to communicate that build confidence and trust with diverse families, especially those who have children with disabilities.

Session V: Wednesday, February 1, 2017  (with snow date: Feb 15) 6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency: 7
*Bringing STEM into the Early Childhood Classroom: Important Considerations for Your Planning!
Presenter: Megg Thompson, ten years a Kindergarten teacher, is a Certified Behavior Consultant and Family Coach with a Master's Degree in ECE, internship with Bev Bos at the Roseville Community Preschool & Fitzgerald Institute

Incorporating STEM into your classroom goes further than introducing science, technology, engineering and math activities to your students.  There is a lot to remember such as the idea of play, how the child is naturally designed, how each child learns differently and has different interests.  We also have to keep the preschool guidelines at the forefront of our teaching when we are STEM thinking.  Bringing STEM into your classroom can be so successful when these ideas are thought of and strengthened!  STEM activities will also be on hand to experience and dive into during our time together.

 Session VI: Wednesday March 1, 2017 (snow date: March 15) 6:30-8:30 PM   EEC Core Competency:  2
*Promoting Emotional Resiliency in Young Children
Presenter: William Gresser, M.A., Mental Health Counselor, Early Childhood Consultant, Parenting Education Trainer,  Early Childhood Education Workshop Trainer, Marriage and Family Therapist

Teachers are increasingly reporting that children are exhibiting greater degrees of stress and anxiety than ever before. In this discussion we will focus on personal and family characteristics as well as relationships that enhance coping with disappointment, failure and trauma.  We will also discuss classroom experiences that will help promote resiliency.

Session VII: Wednesday, April 5, 2017  6:30-8:30 PM  EEC Core Competency:  2
*Behavior Management with Children that Struggle
Presenter: Dennet J. Sidell, Ed.D., Elem. Principal in the Carlisle Public School, formerly Principal of Melrose PS
Participants will examine strategies for effectively responding to challenging behaviors in the classroom setting in a developmentally appropriate manner.  We will look at how to enhance the emotional development of children as well as how to create opportunities to build social skills.  Effective strategies for collaborative problem-solving, conflict resolution and family involvement are also addressed.

Session VIII: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM                     EEC Core Competency:  4
*How to Tackle the Feeding Challenges of the Toddler and Preschool Years
Presenter: Linda Ghiron, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Consultant to the Riverside Early Intervention Program in Needham and the Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program in Waltham, providing nutrition and feeding services for families with children who have developmental delays, special needs, and feeding and sensory issues.
Feeding challenges evolve as a child grows.  Come attend a lively discussion on feeding and nutrition for the toddler/preschooler.  We will discuss: normal feeding behaviors; how to stop mealtime battles and encourage healthy attitudes toward food and eating; different child temperaments and feeding styles; meal and snack patterns and portion sizes; healthy breakfast and lunch ideas for child care settings.  Leave the workshop with an enhanced sense of how to be responsive and build trust with the children in your care around the daily activity of eating.

 * Denotes this workshop includes material that is applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs. 

Important Registration Information

1. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required.
To pre-register, please complete the registration form and mail with payment (check made out to the “Center for Parents and Teachers”) to

Center for Parents and Teachers, 120 Meriam Rd., Concord, MA 01742.

If you do not hear from us, you can assume you are registered for the workshops you selected.  We will contact you if the session you selected is full.  We send a reminder email (so be sure your email address is easy to read!) one or two days before the workshop providing directions to the location.  Note: Please check our website to see if the workshop is indicated as being full before sending in your registration and payment. (The website is updated regularly.)
PLEASE REGISTER SOON! There are limited spots in many programs. For more information, please contact us or call (978) 202-1143.

 2. COST:  $27 per session.  Walk-ins are charged $30 at the door, space permitting. 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.