Frog Street’s Empowering Families program seeks to educate and inspire parents to embrace the learning that starts in the classroom and continue it at home. This program consists of actual curriculum content for parents to reinforce learning after school hours and Professional Learning courses designed for educators on how to engage families:
• The Early Literacy Take-Home Books offer an easy-to-use first step toward empowering families with the tools they need to influence positive academic growth at home.
• Frog Street’s Empowering Families Professional Learning Courses will help you integrate family involvement into your school’s overall mission. (Available courses are listed below).
Frog Street’s Early Literacy Take-Home Books are the perfect tool to create a powerful home-school connection. The front and back cover of each literature title includes ready-to-use tips and ideas to help families use interactive and purposeful reading strategies when enjoying the books at home with their child.
The program includes 35 titles (20 printed books of each title plus a digital library) and is available in both English and Spanish.
Professional Learning Courses
The Six Building Blocks of Family Engagement
Description: This session provides participants with the opportunity to explore the foundation for family engagement that emphasizes the process of working with your school family.
• Participants will understand the impact of family engagement.
• Participants will discover the Six Building Blocks of Engagement.
• Participants will explore using Partners in Education: Dual Capacity Framework Version 2.
• Participants will discuss the impact of collaborative communication.
• Participants will engage in social and emotional supports for families.
The Home-School Connection: Linked to Learning
Description: This session provides participants with the opportunity to explore and adapt initiatives that align student achievement goals with the connection to families and their understanding of the goals set for students.
• Participants will be able to summarize the meaning of linked to learning.
• Participants will be able to analyze the four essential core beliefs working with families.
• Participants will investigate the Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) model.
Building Brain Power in the Early Years
BUILDING BRAIN POWER IN THE EARLY YEARS
Description: The first few years of life are a time of great opportunity and vulnerability for brain growth and development. The experiences children have during this time can actually shape the structure of the brain and alter its functions. This training will review numerous factors that affect brain development, with a focus on the key findings of early brain research, including the Windows of Opportunity during the formative early years.
• Identify factors that affect brain growth and development.
• Understand the effect of stress on brain development.
• Learn about the 5 R’s for supporting healthy brain development.
Description: This course shows educators how to create a secure environment that fosters positive and age-appropriate social-emotional skills in children during the wiring windows of brain development. Positive social emotional development refers to the skills necessary to create healthy attachments with adults, maintain healthy relationships, and regulate one’s emotions and behaviors. Dr. Becky Bailey, founder of Conscious Discipline®, states self-regulation is the key to academic success. This training will provide the tools to create healthy relationships while providing a safe environment for children.
• Acquire a deeper knowledge of social-emotional development based on brain development research.
• Learn strategies to calm, foster problem-solving skills, encourage self-regulation, and promote accountability.
• Learn best practices, techniques, and strategies to foster behavioral and social-emotional conversations with families.
A Deeper Look at Trauma: Supporting Yourself, Children and Families
Description: Often, we don’t consider how our own trauma influences others. This training will prepare you to lead discussions that not only highlight the idea of self-care, but will extend the conversation to supporting children and families. We will take a deeper dive into supporting a trauma informed approach in the classroom.
• Participants will be able to identify the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
• Participants will be able to consider how their own brain state plays into early care and education.
• Participants will be able to identify three states of the brain.
• Participants will discover tools that will support the classroom.
Building Early Literacy Skills
Description: Participants are guided along a developmental sequence of emergent literacy based on the research documented in the article “Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel” (2008) and supported by the book Early Childhood Literacy: The National Early Literacy Panel and Beyond (Shanahan & Lonigan, 2012). Participants will review literacy instruction models that include strategies to build oral language skills focused on vocabulary and comprehension, phonological awareness, concepts of print, expressive writing, and alphabet knowledge.
• Understand the developmental milestones of language and literacy.
• Analyze classroom environments and develop a plan to enhance a child’s