Office of Early Childhood Professional Development Schedule

Early Childhood Friends,

The Mississippi Department of Education, through the Office of Early Childhood, is offering a series of full-day trainings through April 2020. This training series is intended for participants to take all seven (7) sessions to fully gain the comprehensive knowledge needed to effectively implement developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom.

The first training in the series is titled Early Childhood Leadership Training.  This full-day training will provide leaders with critical strategies and resources to support early childhood teachers and their education community. Topics to be covered are: Leadership Expectations, Early Learning Guidelines and Standards, hands-on Early Childhood Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation, Inclusive Practices, the Crosswalk of Early Childhood, and Assessment Tools of Early Childhood.

The second training in the series is titled Utilizing the Mississippi Department of Education Early Learning Guidelines for Classrooms Serving Three- and Four-Year Old Children and Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Infants through Four-Year-Old Children.  Participants will receive an orientation to the guidelines and standards documents appropriate for their classroom.  Participants will engage in assessing current “trouble spots” in classrooms, learning centers, daily schedules, and lesson plans.  Participants will use practice documents to identify when guidelines and standards have been met.

The third training in the series is titled Little Learners, Little Hands: Supporting Fine Motor Development. This full-day training will provide early childhood professionals with critical strategies and resources to support fine motor development in early childhood classrooms. Topics to be covered are: fine motor related standards, stages of fine motor development, stages of pre-writing skills, and implementing hands-on early childhood developmentally appropriate practices in the Pre-K classroom.

The fourth training in the series is titled Let Language do the Talking in Early Childhood.  This training will help participants gain a better understanding of the importance of interactions, language development, and having meaningful conversations with Pre-K children. This training will ask participants to reflect on their communication practices in early childhood and implement higher quality language modeling skills.  Participants will also learn how language and literacy are important components to a solid foundation of Pre-K development and engage in meaningful conversations that include feedback loops and practice of language modeling.

The fifth training in the series is titled Looping Literacy into Early Learning.  This training will provide participants with a review of language modeling concepts, explore ways to set-up a literacy center, and identify a plethora of literacy activities to promote learning throughout all learning centers.  Participants will engage in hands-on learning, as well as discover ways to create a print-rich learning environment.

The sixth training in the series for Pre-K focus is titled Introduction to the Pre-K CLASS Tool. The Pre-K Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is a tool used by the MDE to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher-child interactions in pre-kindergarten classrooms as a part of school monitoring visits. This full-day training will give participants an overview of the tool. Participants will gain a beginning knowledge of effective teacher-child interactions and how the CLASS Tool assesses them. This training is NOT available to individuals who have previously completed the Introduction to Pre-K CLASS Tool training. This training series is available to teachers and assistants currently teaching in a Pre-K classroom or administrators of Pre-K classrooms.

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The sixth training in the series for K-3 focus is titled Introduction to K-3 CLASS.  This full day training will provide participants with a deeper understanding of Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™), its intended purpose, and effective teacher-child interactions that support student’s learning. Participants will gain a beginning knowledge of effective teacher-child interactions and how the CLASS Tool assesses them. This training is NOT available to individuals who have previously completed the Introduction to K-3 CLASS Tool training. This training series is available to teachers and assistants currently teaching in a K-3 classroom or administrators of K-3 classrooms.

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The sixth training in the series for K-3 focus is titled Introduction to K-3 CLASS and Integrated Lesson Planning. This full day training will provide participants with a deeper understanding of Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™), its intended purpose, and effective teacher-child interactions that support student’s learning. This training will also provide support to teachers, assistant teachers, child-care providers, and administrators in thinking differently about the way they approach lesson planning in the early childhood classroom. This training is NOT available to individuals who have previously completed the Introduction to K-3 CLASS Tool training. This training series is available to teachers and assistants currently teaching in a K-3 classroom or administrators of K-3 classrooms.

The final training in the series is titled “CLASSy” Connections with High Quality Early Childhood Implementation.  This training will provide participants with an in-depth look into the Instructional Support domain and learn various strategies to improve teacher-child interactions.  This training will also discuss the practices of a high-quality learning environment, why hands-on learning is important, defines the theory of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), and why that should be the foundation of early care and learning.

This seven-part training series is:

  • available to administrators, teachers, and assistants of Pre-K classrooms or K-3 classrooms (CLASS and Integrated Lesson Planning)
  • available to individuals who have previously completed the Introduction to Pre-K or K-3 CLASS tool training. (NOTE: it is not necessary to repeat this part of the series.)
  • intended for participants to take all seven (7) sessions to fully gain the comprehensive knowledge needed to effectively implement developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom.

CEUs will be available for purchase. SEMIs are offered at no cost.

Each course can accommodate 50 participants.  Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis at https://gsmu.mdek12.org/public/course/browse.  Registrants will need to verify that they are registering for the correct location, as multiple offerings will appear in the GoSignMeUp course listing page.

Contact  Amye Hoskins at ahoskins@mdek12.org or Jayme Jones at jajones@mdek12.org if there are questions about registration.   

These events are being funded with state and/or federal funds and is being provided for employees of school districts, employees of the Mississippi Department of Education and Department contractors.  Mississippi Constitution Article 4, Section 66 prohibits governing authorities from making donations.  According to the Mississippi Attorney General, once the federal funds are turned over to the state, the rules for the expenditure of state funds apply.  Based on the Mississippi law, this event is not being provided for third party vendors or external providers.

See dates in two (2) charts below.

High Quality Developmentally Appropriate Implementation Trainings

Early Childhood Leadership Training

 

Intermediate Level

Utilizing the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines and Standards

 

Foundation Level

Little Learners, Little Hands: Fine Motor Development

 

Intermediate Level

Let Language do the Talking in Early Childhood

 

Foundation Level

Looping Literacy into Early Learning

 

Intermediate Level

CLASS Connections with High Quality Early Childhood Implementation

 

Intermediate Level

Biloxi
December 10, 2019

(Tuesday)

November 22, 2019

(Friday)

 January 14, 2020

(Tuesday)

NEW dates and locations coming;

check GoSignMeUp for updated course listings

January 16, 2020

(Thursday)

Hattiesburg
January 13, 2020

(Monday)

 

October 25, 2019

(Friday)

November 21, 2019

(Thursday)

Flowood
February 6, 2020

(Thursday)

Jackson
October 28, 2019

(Monday)

October 22, 2019

(Tuesday)

Greenwood
February 11, 2020

(Tuesday)

December 12, 2019

(Thursday)

Starkville
November 19, 2019

(Tuesday)

Horn Lake
November 6, 2019

(Wednesday)

November 7, 2019

(Thursday)

Oxford
December 5, 2019

(Thursday)

 

CLASS Pre-K and K-3 Trainings

 

Introduction to Pre-K CLASS

 

Foundation Level

 

Introduction to K-3 CLASS

 

Foundation Level

 

Introduction to K-3 CLASS and 

Integrated Lesson Planning

Foundation Level

Biloxi
December 19, 2019

(Thursday)

December 12, 2019

(Thursday)

Hattiesburg
                            December 2, 2019

(Monday)

Oxford
October 29, 2019

(Tuesday)

Tupelo
January 9, 2020

(Thursday)

Thank you,

Jill Dent, Ph.D., Early Childhood Director
Office of Elementary Education and Reading

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION