Early Childhood Education Professional Development Programs

2021 Training Dates

Nebraska Extension’s The Learning Child team is pleased to offer live, interactive, online professional development opportunities throughout the months of April and May. These classes will be FREE, as we do our part to support our communities during this unprecedented time. All classes offer NDE APPROVED in-service hours!


Date | Time Topic Description Cost | Hours Contact
2021 Dates TBD Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) 8-week CHIME sessions will be offered virtually in Winter and Spring as part of an exciting research opportunity. Participants will be able to take CHIME FREE of charge, earn 16 NDE approved DHHS in-service hours and will also be eligible for up to $300 for participating in the research study. If you are interested in CHIME, please contact Katie for more information. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Reggio Series A note about the Reggio Series! We are very excited to be offering some of our favorite classes as a series this summer. We highly encourage you to participate in all five of the courses. However, please feel free to sign up for as many as you can, or even just one! There will be a special incentive that will be provided for participants that attend all 5 classes!
Tuesday, June 29th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Reggio Series: Emergent Curriculum Learn how to identify the interests of the children in your classroom and discover how tailoring your curriculum to follow children’s interests will help create a higher quality learning experience, as well as reducing problem behaviors and your stress level! Come prepared for a great discussion with your fellow participants!
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Mondays, July 12, 19, 26 August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Circle of Security Classroom (COSP)
CLASS IS FULL
Early care professionals will benefit from guidance on how to promote secure attachment relationships with the children in their care. Circle of Security Parenting-Classroom (COSP-C) Approach is designed to enhance teachers’ abilities to form secure relationships and offers critical organizing principles from attachment theory to improve teacher confidence and competence in relationship building.

Learning Objectives of the Training:
  • Explore the importance of teachers in children's lives and the central role relationship plays in learning
  • Learn to use the Circle graphic to understand both children's behavior and underlying attachment needs
  • Create opportunities to enhance teachers' observation and reflection skills
How to Register:
Register in advance for this meeting by June 28, 2021 by emailing Lynn DeVries at ldevries6@unl.edu.
Space is Limited to 3 participants only for this virtual training.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.
Presented by: Lynn DeVries, Extension Educator, The Learning Child
FREE | 12.0 hrs. Lynn DeVries - ldevries6@unl.edu
Tuesday, July 13th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Reggio Series: Documenting Children's Learning Documentation is a crucial part of the programs in Reggio Emilia. We use documentation to capture children’s thoughts, ideas, and wonderings. Documentation is used to see where children are, where they have been, and plan. During this class we will focus on how to utilize documentation to show children learning and plan, through a Reggio inspired lens. Feel free to bring any documentation you may have to share with colleagues in breakout rooms, but do not worry if you don’t have any! You will surely be inspired to start documenting children’s learning in a way that works for you.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Tuesday, July 27th
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Reggio Series: Environment as the 3rd Teacher In Reggio, the indoor and outdoor classroom environments play an important role in all aspect of young children’s play and learning. During this class we will explore how the programs in Reggio create dynamic, engaging, beautiful spaces. Many ideas and inspiring photos will be shared, and you will leave this class with many great ideas for making incremental changes to your own spaces.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
Presented by Katie Krause and Jaci Foged
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Tuesday, August 3rd
1:00 – 2:30 pm
OR
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Reggio Series: Loose Parts Loose parts are open ended, appealing, beautiful found objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control and change while they play. They can be utilized by all of ages of children (and adults) and can be incorporated in play in endless ways. Come to this engaging class to get ideas for great loose parts to use with infants through adults.
Register here for the 1:00 pm course
Register here for the 7:00 pm course
FREE | 1.5 hrs. Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Coming Summer 2021!
  • Exploring Bugs
  • Summer Gardening with Young Children
Have a topic you are interested in learning about - email katie.krause@unl.edu Katie Krause - katie.krause@unl.edu
Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Circle of Security Classroom (COSP) Early care professionals will benefit from guidance on how to promote secure attachment relationships with the children in their care. Circle of Security Parenting-Classroom (COSP-C) Approach is designed to enhance teachers’ abilities to form secure relationships and offers critical organizing principles from attachment theory to improve teacher confidence and competence in relationship building.

Learning Objectives of the Training:
  • Explore the importance of teachers in children's lives and the central role relationship plays in learning
  • Learn to use the Circle graphic to understand both children's behavior and underlying attachment needs
  • Create opportunities to enhance teachers' observation and reflection skills
How to Register:
Register in advance for this meeting by August 11,2021 by emailing Lynn DeVries at ldevries6@unl.edu.
Space is Limited to 3 participants only for this virtual training.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.
Presented by: Lynn DeVries, Extension Educator, The Learning Child
FREE | 12.0 hrs. Lynn DeVries - ldevries6@unl.edu


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