Increase staff competencies including EC Coaching Academy at UCD
Leadership Teams are critical for programs to become and stay strong. When programs depend on one or two leaders, the weight of the world is overwhelming. When leadership is shared, staff are more engaged, quality of work improves, improvement throughout the system is quicker! Learn how to build a Leadership Team that represents the staff, is goal focused, action oriented, solves problems, and ready to implement the work that needs to be done. Share the load and get more done.
Early Childhood Coaching Certificate
Offered through UC Denver or Dynamic Coaching
Through UC Denver
The Coaching Academy and Certificate Program are three 3-credit courses designed to prepare or enhance highly skilled professionals to use coaching skills in a variety of early childhood roles and settings. The approach is practical, universal, research- and evidence-based, and applicable to all curricula. The Early Childhood Coaching Academy is available online through the University of Colorado at Denver (can include 9 undergraduate or 9 graduate credits).
Through Dynamic Coaching
As with the UCD Courses , this Coaching Certificate Program is designed to prepare or enhance highly skilled professionals to use coaching skills in a variety of early childhood roles and settings. The approach is practical, universal, research- and evidence-based, and applicable to all curricula. This can be offered with a group of fifteen or more with dates of your choosing (CEU’s available through UCD). Contact us to join a wait list of program staff interested in beginning a cohort.
Example Seminars of Dynamic Practice
Example Seminars for Administrative Staff
What if there were ways to work from staff strengths, utilizing each member’s skills and expertise to support their professional development rather than the traditional training approach? In this session we will use evidence- and research-based leadership team practices to transform and elevate each staff members’ learning as well as the overall professionalism of the center. Participants will create such a learning experience for their site and discuss ways to further enhance it.
Early Childhood Coaching Certificate – Offered through the University of Colorado Denver – Fully Online: Contact Janet Humphryes at Janet.Humphryes@ucdenver.edu for details
Example Seminars for All Staff
When everyone in a program uses coaching skills on a day-to-day basis, a continual learning process results. What does it mean to have coaching skills and use them regularly? What are some basic and intermediary coaching skills needing to be learned to make this happen? What do trust, boundaries, effective communication, power in relationships, generative listening, powerful questioning, and the parallel process have to do with coaching? Participants will explore and practice each of these coaching skills.
Strengthen your teaching team by learning the art of coaching a peer, reflective conferencing, and setting personal goals. Create a coaching-positive disposition for building professional learning relationships with peers. Participants will learn to use norms and expectations with effective coaching skills to establish a coaching mindset.
We often take communication for granted and typically only give it our attention when we are with someone whose language is not our own. Communication involves so much more than speaking. It involves attending to the verbal and nonverbal communications that establish rapport and support thinking, fully attending, deep generative listening, pauses for reflection, paraphrasing what heard, empathetic responding, and more!
Learn and become practiced in communication strategies in an effort to maintain clear and consistent communication throughout the organization.
What does true inclusion look like? It starts with adults working together, valuing each other’s expertise and insights AND valuing each individual child. Getting better outcomes for children happens through collaboration, not one person holding a magic solution. Learn how to create routines-based IEP/IFSP goals that are relevant at home and school. These goals aren’t dependent on “brick and mortar” of a schoolhouse, they follow the child in each setting. Become a true inclusion team.
Trust is the cornerstone of all successful professional relationships and work. Trust is the precursor to handling conflict, building commitment, accountability and getting desired results. Staff work and growth will be easier with greater trust. Learn how to create a workplace culture respect, belonging, and self-confidence.
Setting boundaries is not always easy – at home or at work. Boundaries mark the difference between your responsibility or role and someone else’s responsibility or role. They identify the lines not to be crossed with others or the line you will not allow others to cross in their interactions with you. Gain an overview of what personal and professional boundaries are and how they serve us; explore strategies that could be helpful in defining one’s boundaries, and how to apply those strategies in challenging moments.
Example Seminars for Education Staff
This session will focus on what environments need to look, sound, and feel like for infants and toddlers to optimally develop. Participants will develop an understanding of how to provide experiences that help to enhance children’ s cognitive potential, and they will leave the session with the ability to clearly articulate the rationale for these practices.
Move beyond teaching and assessment tools to focus on supporting teacher-child interactions that develop children’s thinking and problem solving skills. Look at the elements of a system of professional development/coaching for teaching staff to include annual CLASS pre- and post-assessments, reflective practices, coaching, internal and external professional learning communities, individual PD Plans using S.M.A.R.T. goals and how these plans are being regularly supported by the management team throughout the year, and more.
Understand executive function as a critical School Readiness skill, and how it develops in children and adults in ways that drive an endless thirst for knowledge; explore ideas for incorporating more playing with ideas, experimenting with concepts, engaging in reflective thought, focusing on strengths, planning creatively, expanding involvement, interacting and connecting responsively, questioning possibilities, and sparking brilliance in every member of the community; create an Action Plan for creating learning environments for children, staff and parents that stimulate latent intelligence through play.
This is a journey of self-discovery; a journey taking you beyond one more ‘strategy’ to use with children and into the world of heartened communication and enriched relationships with children and everyone, offered in a community of practice format over a period of time.
Participants will examine their own feelings and ways of dealing with conflicts and learn the benefits of involving children in the process of resolving conflicts. They will practice supportive strategies that assist children in resolving conflicts with other children. Teachers will then develop an implementation plan they can use to apply these strategies with their children and when used consistently will observe as the children begin seeing themselves as successful “problem-solvers.”
Imagine the day with children where all of them were focused and engaged in the learning experiences in the environment, able to regulate their behavior, and be contributing members of their classroom community. It can truly happen! Participants will learn how self-regulation is developed and practice strategies for establishing solid relationships and healthy attachment which serve to transform challenging behaviors.
Develop an understanding of the tool and how it reflects the quality of the learning environment. Conduct professional training opportunities and/or coaching for staff to fully apply all elements.
Learn about developmental milestones and the critical nature of each; incorporate best practices in cognitive, social-emotional, physical and language/literacy development into training and coaching for professionals working with young children and their families.
Explore internal and external environmental elements that provide the essential responsiveness to young children’s social/emotional needs. Understand the root causes of children’s challenging behaviors and practice strategies for establishing solid relationships and healthy attachment which serve to reduce negative behaviors. Produce an action plan for supporting children’s overall social/emotional development.
Learn about the wiring structures of the brain and how to enhance its development; deepen understanding of the key elements of the learning environment; and increase awareness of and skills in “quality” practices with children.
What is Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how does it develop in children? Explore strategies for supporting children developing EI to become admired adults, enhancing learning potential through limbic system development, fostering self-esteem, and cultivating executive functioning skills. Participants will also create a simple plan for strategy implementation once back at their sites.
Using simple strategies, anyone can train the brain to focus better on what matters in their lives which positively impacts the manner in which we work together and enables more awareness and thus more compassion for those around us. Learn strategies for engaging in mindfulness and gain access to subtle, inner abilities to resolve negative emotional states in self and within children.
The outdoor environment is filled with a full curriculum of experiences in these topic areas and it is just waiting to fill the children with delight and learning! Learn simple and fun techniques to easily incorporate into your daily routine that will enhance your outcomes for children, meet quality standards, and engage the children in such a way they will no longer present a challenge to you!
Explore ideas for incorporating more fun in math, social studies and science activities; understand how to connect children to information in ways that drive more questions and an endless thirst for knowledge; create an Action Plan for enriched practices with children.
Learn basic concepts of math in relation to what children aged Birth through 5 really need to learn to prepare them for gaining a full understanding and appreciation for math to last throughout their life time; engage in hands-on/mind-on activities designed to further develop understanding of critical math concepts children need to succeed in life; investigate creative ways math can be interwoven into every area of the classroom and into many day-to-day conversations; shift our perceptions about math by engaging in simple and FUN math activities.
Nurture our souls; inspire our emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual health; form new realities by shifting our perspectives; and transform our limited practices into infinite possibilities!
Example Seminars for Family Services Staff/Parenting
A basic knowledge in child development provides a foundation in understanding the mind of the young child – why s/he does what s/he does. Discover how one developmental stage builds on the past one and prepares for the next, and appropriate expectations and goal setting in each stage. Gender issues and the strong-willed child will be addressed.
The basics in a child’s social and emotional development (Emotional Intelligence or EQ) will be a focus of this seminar, e.g., how learning is enhanced or diminished through the limbic system, how a child builds an image of self and personal space as well as personality & how co-dependence forms and can debilitate a child’s self-esteem. A child getting to sleep is one of the many issues addressed.
This seminar will focus on communicating with your child: how to refocus your attention on your child’s issues. Creating conscious choices for your child that you can accept, as well as establishing appropriate consequences for behavior can be most challenging for the over-stressed and multi-tasking adult. Language intent and developing your child’s sense of purpose will also be addressed.
Parents seem to debate about discipline, e.g., Should you lay down the law or let them discover it on their own? What limits need to be set? What is the difference between discipline and punishment? How important is consistency for children? This seminar will focus on setting limits with love, specific guidance strategies, conflict resolution, and more.