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July 17-18, 2018 - Education Institute: Professional Learning Orientation for Early and Preschool Head Start
Date:  Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Time:  8:30am
Location:  The Inn at Opryland, Nasvhille, TN
Contact:, 800-882-7482

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Standard Registration: $410
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $375 - some restrictions apply
1.15 CEUs (11.5 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25

Never in the 53-year history of Head Start has more been expected of those who manage child development and early childhood education services in Head Start and Early Head Start. They are responsible for absolutely everything that happens in every classroom – the curriculum, the learning environment, the quality of teacher-child interactions, data gathering, data analyzing, coaching and mentoring, monitoring staff credentials, screening and assessment, and so much more. The sheer volume of the workload can be overwhelming, even to a seasoned veteran.

The Education Institute provides an opportunity for the managers of Head Start and Early Head Start educational programs to step back from the frantic pace and enormous pressure to get things done, and instead have quality time with colleagues to talk about issues and challenges that define our daily workday. We will take the time to systematically examine the mandates and regulations that drive our daily work so that they become more manageable. Armed with first-hand knowledge of Federal requirements and supported by the trainers, new managers will gain the confidence and skill to make their new job their own, to prioritize and develop practices that most effectively impact program quality and that assure that all requirements are fully met. Seasoned managers may attend this event as well and find it very useful to revisit the foundational Head Start documents and gain a fresh perspective on how they go about their work and why they do it.

The Education Institute is designed to give programs time to focus specifically on age-specific questions and challenges and provide an opportunity to meet other people who may be walking in the “same shoes”. Veteran programs are now planning for and/or already converting slots to Early Head Start. They need time to think about those specific situations in order to adequately plan for the newest addition to the Head Start family. The first day of the Education Institute will consist of two breakout sessions, enabling individuals to focus solely on Early Head Start or on preschool issues. In the afternoon, participants of both sessions will join each other for a networking luncheon, and then return to their chosen session for the rest of the day. On day two, all participants will combine to focus on responsive care and practice-based coaching – educational requirements for all ages!

We will also examine the various pieces of practice-based coaching, the “new” requirement that managers are faced with. Additionally, we will identify specific practices to help teachers seamlessly gather assessment data throughout the day. We will provide tools for observation and feedback that support high quality interactions in classrooms birth to five.

Head Start and Early Head Start managers frequently report a period of three to five years to thoroughly learn their job – what it is and how to do it. Wherever you might be in that process, sign up for this training opportunity and we will help shorten your learning curve. You might say that we will give you a head start!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will identify the major resources and references needed to implement effective Head Start and Early Head Start education services;
  • Participants will identify the elements of the CLASS and The Child Development and Early Learning Framework as they apply to services from birth to five;
  • Participants will have the opportunity to network and gain age-specific information and regulations;
  • Participants will identify specific strategies for integrating data gathering and ongoing assessment into daily classroom practice;
  • Participants will become familiar with HSPPS requirements for coaching and with the specific elements of practiced-based coaching (PBC) as described on ECLKC;
  • Participants will identify specific strategies for implementing the elements of PBC; and
  • Participants will identify specific strength-based feedback techniques to support teachers in achieving concrete, observable and measurable goals.


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