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Preschool: Intentional Planning for Literacy – Every Child Succeeds Everyday! webinar

The Region III CSPD/RESA is hosting this free webinar with presenter Stephanie Lester.

This training will focus on the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills – and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines. A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This training will provide practical research and evidence-based literacy activities and games, easily integrated into your daily routines, that will support the acquisition of literacy (speaking, listening, reading, writing) skills. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive literacy experiences for children!

Visit the event website for more information or to register to attend.

Preschool: Oral Language Development – Making a Meaningful Difference for Children webinar

The Region III CSPD/RESA is hosting this free webinar with presenter Stephanie Lester.

You may have heard about the “30 Million Word Gap” but what does it truly mean for early childhood educators and how they address early language and overall development in all children in their classrooms? Incorporating a research-to-practice perspective, this session will explore the critical role that vocabulary, storytelling, and plain conversation play in the development of children’s oral language.

Visit the event website for more information or to register to attend the event.

Preschool: Teaching Language and Literacy in the Environment webinar

The Region III CSPD/RESA is hosting this free webinar about teaching our youngest learners language and literacy in the early childhood environment with presenter Stephanie Lester.

When the environment is effectively established and utilized, it becomes an educator in its own right in preschool and kindergarten. Using this explanation as a foundation, this session will focus on approaches to promote speaking, reading, and writing in all aspects of the environment, including classroom design, intentional instruction, and facilitation of language and literacy by teachers and staff. Participants will walk away with tangible strategies and resources that can be easily implemented and used to improve language and literacy environment.

Visit the event website for more information or to register for the event.

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinars: Developing Children’s Number Sense

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information, you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is Developing Children’s Number Sense. Number sense—or a child’s “fluidity and flexibility with numbers” (Gersten & Chard, 2001)—is a critical readiness skill for starting school. The idea of number sense seems like a simple concept, but when broken down, there is a clear developmental progression—or learning trajectory—that can be a valuable road map for teachers when used to plan  instruction based on each child’s individual needs. This session will focus on developing better understanding of this learning trajectory, as well as the latest methods to develop skills in subitizing, counting, one-to-one correspondence, cardinality, and hierarchical inclusion. Intentional “in the moment” strategies to effectively respond to young children’s mathematical thinking will also be addressed.

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinars: Intentional Planning for Math Focusing on the Predictive Indicators for School Success

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information, you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is Intentional Planning for Math Focusing on the Predictive Indicators for School Success. Number sense is linked to future math achievement in a manner similar to the way phonological awareness has been linked to reading achievement (Kosanovich, Weinstein, & Goldman 2009.) Training will focus on predictive indicators for school success and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines . A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This workshop will provide practical research and evidence-based math activities and games that will help students increase their math skills. The session will focus on developing an understanding of number sense as well as the latest methods to develop skills in subitizing, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and cardinality. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive math experiences for children.

Division of Early Childhood’s 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

The Division of Early Childhood is hosting its 36th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families virtually this year. The pre-conference sessions are on January 21 and 22, 2021, with the conference on January 25 to 29, 2021. Visit the conference website for more information and registration details.

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinars: Intentional Planning for Literacy: Every Child Successful Everyday!

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information, you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is Intentional Planning for Literacy: Every Child Successful Everyday! Training will focus on the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills – and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines . A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This workshop will provide practical research and evidence-based literacy activities and games, easily integrated into your daily routines, that will support the acquisition of literacy (speaking, listening, reading, writing) skills. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive literacy experiences for children!

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinars: Oral Language Development: Making a Meaningful Difference for Children

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information, you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is Oral Language Development: Making a Meaningful Difference for Children. You may have heard about the “30 Million Word Gap” but what does it truly mean for early childhood educators and how they address early language and overall development in all children in their classrooms? Incorporating a research-to-practice perspective, this session will explore the critical role that vocabulary, storytelling, and plain conversation play in the development of children’s oral language

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinars: A Sound Beginning: The Importance of Phonological Awareness Instruction in the Early Childhood Classroom

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information, you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is A Sound Beginning: The Importance of Phonological Awareness in the Early Childhood Classroom. Phonological awareness involves the development of auditory skills, which are later connected to a child’s understanding of the written word (Fitzpatrick, 1997; Phillips, 2008). The research is clear that it is during the preschool years that much of this awareness is developed. This interactive session will contain a review of research related to phonological awareness, including the phonological awareness continuum of developmental stages. Ultimately, participants will learn why phonological awareness is important and how to address it as a part of a
comprehensive early childhood program, including easy methods for implementing it in the classroom in fun and interactive ways.

Early Childhood/Preschool Instruction Series webinar: Teaching Language and Literacy in the Environment

The Western Montana CSDP is hosting this series of early childhood/preschool instruction webinars with presenter Stephanie Lester. Each webinar can be taken independently or as part of the series. Topics range from phonological awareness to number sense. Visit the CSPD’s website for more information about the series, or you can register here to attend one or more of the series.

This session’s topic is Teaching Language and Literacy in the Environment. When the environment is effectively established and utilized, it becomes an educator in its own right in the early childhood classroom. Using this explanation as a foundation, this session will focus on approaches to promote speaking, reading, and writing in all aspects of the environment, including classroom design, intentional instruction, and facilitation of language and literacy by teachers and staff. Participants will walk away with tangible strategies and resources that can be easily implemented and used to improve language and literacy environments for the coming school year.