Robert-Leslie Publishing is committed to the education of young children by providing the curriculum, background knowledge, and materials needed for classroom success. Part of this mission is to provide comprehensive teacher professional development workshops that will engage and educate staff in a wide range of topics. Following are the courses that we currently offer.
Developmentally Effective Approaches to Teaching and Learning
This course offers a combination of research and practice that will help researchers, school administrators, teachers, and parents better understand how developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching practices match the way young children think and learn. The course also will explore developmentally appropriate practices within an integrated curriculum.
Developing Social and Emotional Skills Through Language and Literacy
The goal of prekindergarten social and emotional development is to establish substantial abilities before a child enters school. Social and emotional skills contribute not only to success and well-being during early years but also to a child's successful adaptation to school and long-term mental health. Effective and appropriate communication is the key to success for any child. Communication can be defined as the ability to listen and understand, speak, read, and write: language and literacy skills! The goal of this workshop is to show educators, childcare providers, and parents how to support and encourage social and emotional development while helping children develop important language and literacy skills.
Center-based Learning for the Preschooler
Small group instruction is imperative to successful learning in the prekindergarten classroom where essential guided practice must be offered to individual students in a smaller setting. But what do we do with the rest of the class while we are teaching these small groups? Our students deserve meaningful, engaged, standards-based independent practice. This course will address how to use content-specific learning centers to provide authentic instruction while freeing up the teacher for small group instruction.
Importance of Building Family and Community Relationships
When families are involved in early childhood education, children are more likely to experience success in elementary school. In order to create a lifelong love of learning and literacy, families and schools must work together. This course details methods of engaging families through the development of a warm and welcoming atmosphere, providing families with the tools to give positive responses to children's learning experiences, and empowering parents and guardians to realize and celebrate their own talents and goals.
Assessment Tools that Work
Effective assessment allows teachers to recognize how their prekindergartners are doing and to assist their learning more easily and directly. A sound assessment must be anchored in real-life tasks, must chronicle a wide range of activities in different situations, and must be sensitive to language, culture, and experiences of multifaceted children. This course will assist the teacher in implementing and documenting authentic and performance assessment as a means to support children's learning and development. This course also will teach how to implement intervention strategies to further develop skills, how to include families in the assessment process, and how teachers can assess their own program and use the findings to make adjustments and improvements.
Literacy and Learning for English Language Learners
Studies show that a prekindergarten program that fosters the development of English literacy with daily reinforcement of primary language skills both at school and at home will provide the necessary support that English learners need to develop a literacy foundation for school success. This course focuses on helping children develop and retain their native language with at-home support while acquiring English at school; establishing a learning environment that affirms a child's culture and language for healthy identity development; approaching linguistic and cultural congruity by building strong home-school partnerships and supporting parents as the child's first teachers; and using culturally, developmentally, and linguistically appropriate assessment for effective prekindergarten education.
The Well-Managed Preschool Day
In order for teachers to maximize learning and social and emotional development, children must first feel safe, respected, and accepted. This course gives teachers and administrators practical techniques of classroom management, including creating a caring and trusting community; organizing the classroom for investigation-based and center-supported learning, setting up effective daily routines; developing invaluable communication with family members, creating lesson plans guided by purposeful assessment; and honoring children's work and their approaches to learning.
Inquiry-Based Learning for the Preschooler
Children are naturally curious. They want to experiment, discover, investigate, and develop new ideas. Inquiry leads children to disover answers about their world. Following a Five I's approach to learning fosters purposeful inquiry. Embracing the Five I's approach builds a solid foundation for preschool children and provides ways for children to be actively involved in their learning.
Implementing Current Research in Language Development and Literacy
Teachers often need guidance in how to turn research fundings into reality. This course discusses teaching using best practices in oral language development, concepts of print, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and vocabulary development. We cannot teach in isolation, but we can teach intentionally with purpose, motivation, and fun!