Agenda for Children

Virtual Seminars

Join us on December 5th for our next virtual seminar!

We are offering one more Professional Development Seminar before the end of the year! We have planned a full day of VIRTUAL sessions on December 5th where we will continue our dive into supporting children’s thinking and language development. Teachers and leaders can choose from sessions focused on scaffolding infants and toddlers’ learning, fostering preschooler’s thinking, providing feedback, and varied sessions focused on Language Modeling for children from Birth to Five. We are providing two sessions of the “Strengthening Business Practices” 4-part series for leaders again in case you missed any of them last year. The other two sessions will be offered on December 12th and are listed below. To better support teachers during these challenging times, we are offering Keeping Young Children Healthy and Safe in the ERA of COVID 19 again. 

Fostering Children’s Thinking Skills

Arlendra Zenon
December 5, 2020 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders

This 2-hour workshop provides teachers with three main strategies they can use to foster children thinking: using the scientific method, problem-solving, and applying knowledge. Participants will watch video clips that illustrate interactions where teachers foster children’s thinking skills and engage in learning activities that provide opportunities to discuss examples of and practice applying the strategies that are introduced. CDA Subject Areas: 2,7,8
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Scaffolding Children’s Learning for Infants

Kelisha Washington
December 5, 2020 – 8:00 am -10:00 am
For Infant Teachers and Leaders

Have you ever heard of scaffolding in early childhood? Would you like to learn what it means to scaffold infants’ learning and development? If so, this workshop is for you! This workshop provides strategies to promote children’s learning by providing the right type and level of support at the right time. During the session, participants will become familiar with the concept of scaffolding, view and discuss examples of teachers scaffolding children’s learning, and learn and practice strategies to scaffold infants in their classrooms in ways that support their development and learning throughout the day.
CDA Subject Areas: 2, 3, 8
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Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Budgets, Projections and Planning

Niki Da’Jon
December 5, 2020 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
FOR LEADERS ONLY- If you register for this class and are not a leader, you will be dropped from the class.

Program leaders attending this “Strengthening Business Practices” session will focus on fiscal management in the area of budgeting.  Participants will be presented with a process for building a budget and how to use it for decision-making throughout year. This session also includes guidance on how to project business costs, generate additional income, and plan strategically for future goals.
ADM: 2
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Getting on the Floor: Facilitating Toddler's Development

Stephanie Dunmiles
December 5, 2020 – 8:00 -10:00 am
For Toddler Teachers and Leaders

Engage your busy and curious toddlers by taking an active role in facilitating their experiences. Learn how to support children’s growth and development in both activities and routines. Specifically, we will explore strategies related to the Facilitation of Learning and Development, Quality of Feedback and Language Modeling dimensions of the Toddler CLASS tool.
CDA Areas: 2, 3, 8
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Asking Questions – Birth to Five

Tameeka Ross
December 5, 2020 – 8:00-10:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders

Learn how to use meaningful questions to increase the quality and duration of conversations with children to encourage higher level thinking. This session will teach you how to engage children in conversations that foster language, cognitive and social development for your children. You will learn about asking questions, see it in action, engage in activities that help you practice strategies for asking questions, and receive resources to help you make and complete an action plan for improvement.
CDA Subject Area: 3
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Keeping Young Children Healthy and Safe in the Era of COVID

Terri Baquet
December 5, 2020 – 8:00 am - 10:00 am
For All Teachers and Leaders

This class is designed specifically for teachers who may be just returning to work as their centers reopen after a temporary closure due to COVID 19 or have been working through the entire COVID-19 pandemic. We cover the COVID 19 virus, updated guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education and the Department of Health, including health and safety procedures you need to be aware of and have a plan for implementing. We will also introduce you to social-emotional resources for you and the children in your care. There will be time for discussion, as well as a Q&A at the end.
CDA Subject Areas: 1 & 5
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The Art of Conversing in Preschool Classrooms

Arlendra Zenon
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 to 12:30 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders

Designed specifically to help preschool teachers develop strategies in creating language-rich conversation that support children's oral language development, this workshop will provide background knowledge, exploration, and real-life application in the art of conversing with preschool children. Participants will discuss key research-based findings about oral language development, utilize Language Modeling indicators to describe best practices for language and vocabulary development, and practice ways to create engaging conversations throughout the classroom.
CDA Subject Area: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
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Language is Key for Infants and Toddlers

Kelisha Washington
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For Infant and Toddler Teachers and Leaders

This workshop is designed specifically to help infant and toddler teachers develop strategies to create language-rich environments for the children in their care. Participants will learn how to support infant’s and toddler’s language development using books and during play. Participants will look at Infant CLASS Early Language Support and Toddler CLASS Language Modeling indicators to understand and practice how to engage in language facilitation and stimulation throughout the day and throughout the classroom too!
CDA Areas: 2, 8
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Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Financial Reports and Internal Controls

Niki Da’Jon
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
FOR LEADERS ONLY- If you register for this class and are not a leader, you will be dropped from the class.

This workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. Participants will learn about the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations and leave with tips and best practices that will help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps. Participants will be introduced to financial reports that can help them better manage their center’s finances and to the concept of internal controls and how those controls can strengthen a center’s fiscal health.
ADM 2
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Scaffolding Children's Learning for Toddlers

Stephanie Dunmiles
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For Toddler Teachers and Leaders

Have you ever heard of scaffolding in early childhood? Would you like to learn what it means to scaffold toddlers’ learning and development? If so, this workshop is for you! Learn how to promote children’s learning by providing the right type and level of support at the right time. During the session, you will become familiar with the concept of scaffolding, view and discuss examples of teachers scaffolding children’s learning, and learn and practice strategies to scaffold toddlers in their classrooms in ways that support their development and learning throughout the day.
CDA Subject Areas: 2, 3, 8
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Expansions – Birth to Five

Tameeka Boudin
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders

This workshop focuses specifically on how to increase the length and quality of conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers. Participants will learn the key elements and benefits of meaningful communication and conversations with infants, toddlers, and preschool children, understand strategies teachers can use to engage young children in conversations and identify opportunities to have conversations with children during daily activities and routines.
CDA Subject Areas: 2, 7, 8
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Concept Development: Using the Scientific Method

Terri Baquet
December 5, 2020 – 10:30 am-12:30 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders

Young children are naturally curious and passionate about learning. Their inquisitive nature leads them to explore the world using the scientific method long before they are even aware of what they are doing. In this presentation you will learn how you can capitalize on your student’s natural inquisition to explore and experiment by incorporating the five steps of the scientific method into your teaching practice. CDA Subject Areas: 2, 7, 8
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Creating an Environment that Supports Language and Literacy in Infant and Toddler Classrooms

Kelisha Washington
December 5, 2020 – 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
For Infant and Toddler Teachers and Leaders

Learn to create a language- and print-rich environment that supports language development in infants and toddlers. We will look at how to develop language, why teacher child interactions are important, and what a print-rich environment looks like for infants and toddlers. We will identify ways to support early language support and language modeling in the environment and relate it to CLASS. 
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Novel Words – Birth to Five

Tameeka Ross
December 5, 2020 – 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
For All Teachers and Leaders

This presentation focuses specifically on how to incorporate new and novel words in extended, back-and-forth conversations with children, including young infants and toddlers. Learning activities in this 2-hour workshop offer participants opportunities to practice and plan for conversations that use novel and interesting words with children.
CDA Subject Areas: 2,7,8
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Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in Preschool

Terri Baquet
December 5, 2020 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders

Participants will learn how to broaden children's understanding rather than concentrate solely on recalling facts and getting the right answer. Bloom's Taxonomy will be utilized to explore the relationship between concept development strategies and higher-order thinking skills. Participants will explore how to use a children's text to plan future conversations and lesson activities that promote problem solving and critical thinking skills.
CDA Subject Areas: 2, 8
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Providing Feedback

Vanice Zenon
December 5, 2020 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
For Preschool Teachers and Leaders

In this 2-hour workshop participants will learn strategies to provide feedback that supports children’s engagement and learning. Three main strategies are discussed: engaging in frequent back-and-forth exchanges with children; asking children to explain their thought processes; and encouraging children’s efforts.
CDA Subject Area: 2,7,8
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December 12th Leader Sessions

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Recruiting and Retaining Staff for Center Based Learning

December 12 8 am - 10 am
FOR LEADERS ONLY- If you register for this class and are not a leader, you will be dropped from the class.

This session explores best practices related to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees. We will investigate a framework for building an effective orientation plan for new employees and become familiar with the components of a staff handbook. Lastly, we will identify strategies for providing feedback to employees.
ADM: Categories: 2
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Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Marketing Your Center-Based Child Care Program

December 12 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
FOR LEADERS ONLY- If you register for this class and are not a leader, you will be dropped from the class.

During this session, we will discuss the definition and value of marketing efforts that are focused both externally and internally. We will explore various ways to articulate your programs features and benefits, and more importantly, how to use each as a marketing tool. Lastly, we will learn how data can inform marketing efforts in order to achieve greater success, become more cost effective and use time more effectively.
ADM: 2
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"No Show" Policy

  1. Anyone who registers for a health and safety training, but fails to attend without warning, will be blocked in our online registration system and will not be eligible to register for the next round of health and safety trainings.
  2. For all other trainings, people who no-show for two or more trainings in a row will be temporarily blocked from using our online registration system. They will need to call our offices in order to be unblocked so that they can register for future classes. 
We put these policies into place because we often have far more interest in our classes than spaces available. When people "no-show," they take a valuable seat that someone else in the community needed and would have used. If you are unable to attend a training for whatever reason, you can always request that a colleague attend in your place (within at least 3 days' notice) or drop the class through our registration system. If there are less than 72 hours before a training, notify us at trainings@agendaforchildren.org if you know you will be unable to attend the training.
 

Costs & Online Registration

All workshops are free to staff at Type III early learning centers & family child care providers accepting CCAP. All others must contact us for registration availability and a $10 fee for each 2-hour workshop is required.

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