Professional Learning Institute

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

The Professional Learning Institute (PLI) focuses on research-based strategies and concepts proven to transform and impact the early childhood classroom.  You will leave these sessions refreshed and energized to enhance techniques and instruction for young learners! Presented by national speakers who specialize in Early Childhood Education, this is a full-day symposium targeting Administrators, Curriculum Specialists, Directors and Teachers.

Registered participants will select from a variety of topics in a morning session (8:30 am – 11:30 am) and an afternoon session (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) on a first come, first served basis.  Complimentary Luncheon (11:30 am – 1:00 pm) will be served, and 6 hours CPE credit will be offered for this exclusive event.  Additional fee required.

PLI presenters and sessions for 2017 include:

Developing Early Academic Language Through Science

Dr. Kenneth Wesson
Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

Session Description: Research tells us that approximately 13% of our pupils are auditory learners meaning they learn best by listening to others (traditionally, the teacher). Consequently, we are often not meeting the learning needs of 87% of our students. Students learn academic language best by engaging in evidence-based dialogue serving as the centerpiece for learning, with the academic language developed during the process of hands-on learning, rather than through lecture. According to David Perkins at Harvard University, the human brain does its best work when students are actively learning language through doing and discourse, not by passively listening to others use language. In this seminar, we will focus on how the human brain “works,” how it learns language, and how it makes the transition from informal/everyday language to academic language easily when it is presented through contextual learning.

The School Family: Using the Power of Connection to Create School Reform

Jill Molli
Loving Guidance Associate – Conscious Discipline

Session Description: Administrators and teachers are continually challenged to unite diverse individuals to work toward goals. Studies in schools nationwide reveal that a systematic approach to building community results in dramatic improvement in climate and academics. Hear their stories. Discover a management model designed to meet the self-regulatory and social needs of all members from Pre-K to principal. Learn customizable routines to de-stress, connect and focus as a team. Identify class structures to support practice of life skills, such as active calming, assertive limit-setting, and empathy.

Advocating for Play in The Early Childhood Classroom

Brian Mowry
Manager Content and Instruction – Frog Street

Session Description:  Play provides a meaningful and engaging context for young children to explore academic concepts and practice a variety of skills critical for school readiness.  This session looks at ways teachers can make play purposeful and intentional in their classrooms to maximize learning outcomes in all developmental domains (social emotional, language, physical, and cognitive).