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Check Out New Professional Development Available This Fall

Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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As you prepare for the upcoming school year, (how is it August already!) are you also planning for your own leadership development? As early childhood and afterschool professionals, we know your commitment to continuous professional growth and we are excited to announce a variety of opportunities for professionals at all levels, being introduced this fall.

Don’t miss out on the brand new Leadership Journey Series for afterschool professionals. Join an early childhood cohort of the Leadership Journey Series. Gather anti-bullying strategies to use at your program. Learn approaches for successfully pursuing MAAP or NAEYC accreditation.

More about these opportunities are below, and keep an eye out as new trainings are announced in the coming months, including how to be an effective advocate with policymakers.

Developmentally Appropriate Guidance of Young Children

Start the new school year off right by getting your copy of the Developmentally Appropriate Guidance of Young Children booklet. This latest edition is expanded to include family-teacher partnerships and intervention techniques for when young children experience conflicts. This guidance can be used by professionals in all types of early childhood settings.

Discount Available! Order 25 or more brochures and pay the discounted price of $5 per brochure, or purchase individually for $8.

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School-Age Leadership Journey Series

Administering a high-quality afterschool program is an awesome responsibility, one that requires specialized knowledge and skills. Perhaps you feel like your education and experience may not have fully prepared you for your current position. Perhaps you are an experienced administrator that struggles to find professional development that truly meets your needs. Perhaps you never envisioned yourself in this leadership role. Whatever your story, we welcome you to join us for a leadership series designed especially for you!

This series is a cohort learning model for afterschool program staff in supervisory/leadership positions, and other program leaders who are looking to advance their career. It includes a combination of trainings and Communities of Practice (COPs). 
Both the trainings and communities of practice will be interactive and relevant, designed to match your current professional development needs and goals.

Two cohort options are available, designed to match your current professional development needs and goals. The Building Skills cohort is designed for those newer to their role, and the Realizing Potential cohort is perfect for those with more experience.

Save the Date! Registration opens on September 11. Series starts in October.

Early Childhood Leadership Journey Series

The Leadership Journey Series for early childhood directors, assistant directors and program leaders continues this fall. The 3 two-hour trainings (6 Achieve-approved hours) and 3 one-hour COPs (3 RBPD hours) are jam-packed with strategies to help you survive and thrive in your role.

We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from participants in previous cohorts.

One participant said:

I really appreciated the opportunity to grow in my leadership skills. It is oftentimes difficult to find training to meet this criteria. I also appreciated the time that we were able to spend with other leaders and have time to discuss various topics.

This series is a cohort learning model for those looking to lead a high-quality program. It includes a combination of trainings and Communities of Practice (COPs). Two cohort options are available, designed to match your current professional development needs and goals. The Building Skills cohort is designed for those newer to their role, and the Realizing Potential cohort is perfect for those with more experience.

Register Today! Registration closes on August 25.

Join Us for National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center leads a nationwide campaign to unite communities, educate families, youth, and educators, and raise awareness around the severe impact of bullying and how to prevent it.

This year, MnAEYC-MnSACA is joining in the campaign by offering the training, No One Likes a Bully. Appropriate for anyone who works with and cares for children and youth, options are available for both early childhood and afterschool professionals.
The trainings will be held at the MnAEYC-MnSACA office in St. Paul.
 

School-Age – Wednesday, October 4, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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School-Age – Monday, October 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Early Childhood – Monday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Early Childhood – Thursday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Demystifying MAAP Foundations and Indicators

Did you know that MnSACA has developed and runs its very own state-approved accreditation? The Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) was designed to promote the highest level of quality programming for school-age care. It provides afterschool professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

In order to help those currently pursuing accreditation and those interested in learning more about what it looks like to run a high-quality afterschool program, MnSACA has developed new trainings around the MAAP Foundation Areas: Administration, Wellness, Activities, Relationships, and Environment.

On August 31, we will be holding an all-day training that will allow you to dive deeper into all five Foundation Areas and specific indicators of MAAP. Join us for a full day of networking and learning about what accreditation really looks like, sounds like and feels like.

Register Today

 


Understanding the Journey of NAEYC Accreditation

Are you pursing NAEYC accreditation or want to learn more about it? The following trainings are for you! Over 400 early childhood programs in Minnesota are currently NAEYC accredited, and many more are joining in to build the quality of their programs. Learn from an early childhood specialist what accreditation looks like and the most impactful ways of approaching the journey, and network with other sites who are going through the process.

 

NAEYC Accreditation: An Orientation and Overview for Working in an Accredited Program
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 8:30 p.m.

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Documenting Best Practice: Creating a Streamlined Classroom Portfolio
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 8:30 p.m.

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Through the Assessor’s Eyes
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 8:30 p.m.

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Are you looking for a training or other accreditation support at your site? MnAEYC-MnSACA would love to assist with trainings, consultation or technical assistance as you are pursuing quality through accreditation. Learn more about our accreditation support services, or contact professionaldevelopment@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org today.



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