17 Dec

BOOK STUDY GIVEAWAY FROM REDLEAF PRESS!

RLP name and leaf only CMYKExciting news! As an Enhancing Young Minds sponsor for the Beyond The Pages book study, Redleaf Press is graciously donating one copy of the chosen book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity! I hope you’ll enter the giveaway and participate in this innovative book study event. The more participants involved, the more perspective and insight shared! See below for the book description:

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“Relationships play an important role in human development, especially in the first years of life. Bridging the Relationship Gap provides tools and encouragement to be the strong, positive, and nurturing adult these children need in order to thrive.

Learn more about the factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gap including ecological, biological, and cultural differences. Most importantly, find many tools and resources to help you more effectively deal with the tough situations and become each child’s strongest ally.”

You have an opportunity to participate in this book study as we go through the book together, becoming an online learning community. Learn about the book study and how to register HERE. Scroll down to enter the giveaway. . .Did I mention you have 11 possible entries? See below for details.

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Enter below for your chance to win. Each task you do is another entry for yourself in the drawing! Complete the task and then click that you did it. Tweeting on Twitter and sharing on Facebook can be done DAILY. Other entries are once per giveaway. *NOTE* This giveaway runs from 12/17/16 until 12/31/16 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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6 Dec

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY (LANGWORTHY): MNCPD/DEVELOP APPROVED TRAINING (SELF-PACED)

I’m pleased to announce that MN participants of our Beyond The Pages book study (Langworthy) may earn 6 training hours for active participation. This is an approved course through the MN Center for Professional Development/DEVELOP! This course applies toward Parent Aware: 4. Curriculum Implementation and 8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev); the Knowledge and Competency Framework Areas: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (3 Hours) and VI: Professionalism (3 Hours); and the CDA Content Areas: Social & Emotional Development (3 Hours) and Maintaining Professionalism (3 Hours).

To learn more about this study, including the FAQs, click HERE!

Participants can participate live each week following the book study schedule OR may complete it as a self-paced course any time in 2017, once it begins on 2/1/17.

The following guidelines are for participants seeking MNCPD/Develop hours or a certificate for active participation in the Beyond The Pages Early Childhood Book Study (Langworthy):

  1. Participants will SUBSCRIBE to the Enhancing Young Minds (EYM) blog (upper right-hand corner). Then, drop me a note stating your participation by visiting my Contact Me page. Include your name and email address. Put “BOOK STUDY” in the subject area and “I PLAN TO PARTICIPATE-LANGWORTHY” (and anything else you’d like me to know) in the message area. Simply follow along each week to access the new discussions about the book.
  2. Participants will pay for training hours/certificate. Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy.
  3. Participants will obtain a copy of the chosen book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity by Sara Langworthy. Use code BRG17 to save 20% on Sara Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity at Redleaf Press through 2/4/17. You may also order through Amazon.
  4. If you are on Facebook, JOIN this event!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1422847658016719/
  5. Participants will read the chapters according to the timeline (bottom of linked page) and review the correlating expert commentary on this blog.
  6. Participants will participate by posting thoughtful and reflective responses(regarding book readings and expert commentaries) in the comments section of the blog post each week for the duration of the blog study. That means that participants will post 7 reflections. If participants are bloggers themselves and are blogging about this experience, including their reflections, they are able to simply post the web link to their blog post in our blog comments section.
  7. Participants will keep an organized log (Word document) of all comments or blog posts (with dates and chapters) and email them to Dawn Braa (dawnbraa1@gmail.com) at the end of the study.
  8. Participants are responsible for submitting their certificate to Develop to be entered in their learning record UNLESS they JOIN DEVELOP (free to create an account). If participants submit their MNCPD Develop ID # to Dawn along with their organized log of participation, course completion will automatically be entered onto their MNCPD learning record!

*Participants must successfully complete all requirements to be eligible for training hours/certificate.
**Duplicate certificates will not be sent.

If you live outside MN and are seeking training hours, I suggest you also document your active participation and inquire with your state about approval possibilities. I am not guaranteeing approval of any kind outside of MN, but you will receive a certificate after successful completion and payment.


5 Dec

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Langworthy)

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Here’s the information you’ve been waiting for! My next book study will be focused on Dr. Sara Langworthy‘s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity book.

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I realize that some of you may be new to the idea of an online book study. Don’t worry…there are no prerequisites for participation. Everyone is welcome and I’m so glad that you’ve stopped by! Do join us, won’t you? And please, spread the word! Share with a colleague, mentee, or friend. Consider hosting a staff/organization/state book club- read individually (chapters and online expert commentaries) then join together for discussion…sounds delightful! 

It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.

FAQs

  1. How does this study work?
    Participants will read the chosen book chapter and then visit the private learning community (paid participants only) for weekly guest expert commentary to further their thought-process, dialogue, etc. Follow along by using the Book Study Timeline (below). You may check in at your convenience. You are also invited to participate in the weekly dialogue by commenting below each post. Your experiences and perspective will help others on this journey. The profession needs your voice! Because this is an online study, the commentary will be available at a later date should you get behind. 
  2. Where can I purchase the book?
    1. Redleaf Press BOOK Sara Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity
    2. Redleaf Press E-BOOK Sara Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity
    3. Amazon
  3. How do I access the blog book study?
    *Visit my Blog– https://enhancingyoungminds.com/ and subscribe (upper right-hand corner)
    *Private Facebook learning community (paid participants only). You’ll receive an invitation email after payment is received. Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy
  4. Is there a fee?
    Yes. Paying participants ($30) will have full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private Facebook learning community with extras! Non-paying participants will have limited access on the blog.
    *The approx. cost of the book is $24 (not included)
    **Minnesota participants seeking training hours through MNCPD/Develop and those seeking a training certificate are required to register and pay $30 prior to receiving hours/certificate (6 hours).
    –>HOW TO PAY:
    Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy
  5. Do I need to register?
    SUBSCRIBE to the Enhancing Young Minds (EYM) blog (upper right-hand corner). Then, drop me a note stating your participation by visiting my Contact Me page. Include your name and email address. Put “BOOK STUDY” in the subject area and “I PLAN TO PARTICIPATE-LANGWORTHY” (and anything else you’d like me to know) in the message area. Simply follow along each week to access the new discussions about the book. *Note* If you are seeking a certificate for training hours, you’ll need to follow these steps <–Click
  6. Can I participate?
    Absolutely!  You may participate a few different ways: read the book, follow along with the study, share on social media, post chapter comments on our blog, and/or blog your responses to chapter topics on your blog and link back to our expert commentaries. Pay and be part of the private learning community with special access to experts and the author! Twitter hashtag #BeyondThePages
  7. Is this a timed study? Is there a deadline to begin?
    This is a self-paced study. You may begin at any time! Decide on a pace that works for you. 

Book Study Timeline!
Click on the chapter to access the guest commentary that coordinates with said chapter. Click the name to learn more about the guest expert. (Please note that the chapter links below are to the limited guest expert posts. Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy for full access to private posts and extras).

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1 Dec

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT! Dr. Sara Langworthy

saralangworthySara Langworthy, PhD, works for the Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota Extension. She is an expert in brain development research and enjoys developing creative ways of bridging gaps between the worlds of research, practice and policy. Dr. Langworthy served as a content expert for Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood, an exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In her current work, she is collaborating on a partnership with an elementary school in Saint Paul, MN to create trauma-sensitive learning environments to promote student resilience and learning. She creates educational videos on the science of child development on her YouTube channel, Developmental Enthusiast, and is co-founder of the organizational consulting firm, The Exchange Loop. Sara lives in Saint Paul, MN with her husband Jason, and two dogs Bingley and Kaylee.

book-coverRelationships play an important role in human development, especially in the first years of life. Bridging the Relationship Gap provides tools and encouragement to be the strong, positive, and nurturing adult these children need in order to thrive.

Learn more about the factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gap including ecological, biological, and cultural differences. Most importantly, find many tools and resources to help you more effectively deal with the tough situations and become each child’s strongest ally. Softbound, 200 pgs. Age focus 0–8.

I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Langworthy a few questions about the book to give you a closer look at this resource. TUNE IN HERE! (download)

Follow Sara
Twitter: @DrLangworthy
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YouTube: youtube.com/developmentalenthusiastchannel

Visit www.drlangworthy.com for more resources on the science and practice of building resilience in children facing adversity.

a51d3f6fef68e37ce45f6a46ae1d7ad6*The Enhancing Young Minds Blog Book Study, Beyond The Pages (Langworthy), will begin Feb. 1st! What makes it unique? It’s open to educators, providers, parents,  and anyone whose decisions impact young children. There are also guest content experts who will lend their voices to facilitate each week’s discussion! It is my genuine hope that this book study intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead. Learn more HERE!

Subscribe to this blog in the upper right-hand corner of this page to stay updated. (Sponsored by Redleaf Press)


26 Sep

Author Spotlight! Dr. Jolene Pearson

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Jolene Pearson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV), holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota in Child Development, and an M.S. degree in Early Childhood from Wheelock College in Massachusetts. Jolene is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Early Childhood Education program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She has been an adjunct faculty member and instructor at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Cloud State University, teaching courses in parent education, infant mental health, and early childhood special education. Dr. Pearson is a certified Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale examiner and holds licenses in the fields of Parent Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Special Education.

infant pearsonJolene authored and has taught the CEED online courses Parent-Infant Pathways: An Educator’s Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents and Premature Babies and Their Parents: Information and Insights for Early Intervention Personnel. Her new book (2016), published by Zero to Three, is entitled: Pathways to Positive Parenting: Helping Parents Nurture Healthy Development in the Earliest Months.

I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Pearson a few questions about the book to bring you a closer look at this wonderful resource. TUNE IN HERE!

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11 Aug

How To Complete an EYM: Beyond The Pages Online, Self-Study Book Study

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This is the newest feature on my blog. Beyond the Pages (BTP) is an innovative online book study. This feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to engage in “conversations with intent” and I believe that this is one method to do that. What makes it unique? It’s open to teachers, providers, parents, lawmakers, and anyone whose decisions impact young children. There are also guest content experts who will lend their voices to facilitate each week’s discussion! It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.

 

The book studies were originally released LIVE and therefore have correlating dates, etc. in the timeline. That being said, they’re now self-study, meaning that participants can complete them at their convenience and on their own schedule. It is recommended that participants read the chapter(s) that correlate with the guest content expert commentary.

 

Example: Akilah is going to get started on Sat. She sees on the EYM blog that the first reading for the Beyond The Pages Goffin book study is for Chapter 1. She reads that chapter on Sat. evening. On Sunday, Akilah goes to the EYM blog BTP book study and under Timeline, she clicks on Chapter 1 which takes her to the guest expert commentary (by Kyra). She considers both the chapter read and the expert commentary, linking it to her previous experiences and knowledge. She then provides personal reflection in the Comments section (Leave a Reply- under Comments) of the blog. She also has access to other participant comments and can respond to them as well. Akilah has flexibility in completing the remaining sessions of the study. If she is seeking a certificate, Akilah needs to provide reflective thoughts and ideas for each session/week of the study, responding to chapters and guest experts under the Comments area of each expert blog post. See the seeking a certificate link above for full details. After full participation, payment, and verification, Akilah will be emailed a certificate of completion (MN participants entered into Develop)…all from the comfort and ease of her home.

 

JOIN IN & HAPPY READING!


7 Jul

Second Chance Summer Book Study

The spring months always seem to be jam-packed. Perhaps you missed out on my spring book study for that very reason. It was focused on Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. “The conversations from this book are intended to shape the field’s future. Don’t sit back and listen; be part of this important conversation.” Here’s your second chance opportunity!

BeyondthePages.Goffin.2015[1]How are we going to think together in conversations with intent and unite as a field of practice, when we are spread across the nation engaged in varied areas of the workforce? I thought about this very question for nearly two years after I met Stacie. Beyond The Pages (BTP) was launched in August, 2015, as a vehicle to promote conversations with intent and inspire a passion for change. BTP is an innovative online book study. This online feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. What makes it unique? The group dialogue is prompted and informed by content experts who bring their voices to each week’s discussion.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lilian Katz to discuss her thoughts on our profession’s future. She said that “we need to come to an agreement on the body of principles…to sit down and agree on principles of practice for early childhood educators.” I told her about BTP and waited for her response. “I’d say the blog book study is worth trying…to develop more insight and interaction between practitioners. You see, when practitioners come together and exchange information, they deepen their insight, understanding, and awareness of complexities in the field.” I whole-heartedly agree Dr. Katz!

Together, we can help ECE realize its potential! It is with that in mind that I invite YOU to participate in my Beyond The Pages blog book study. Since the live study is over, you can complete it at your own pace, in the comfort of your home! Visit the following link to learn more about this fantastic way to get involved. http://goo.gl/m3u5qo

This is an approved course through the MN Center for Professional Development! This course applies towards the Core Competency Area of VIII. Professional Development and the CDA Content Area of Maintaining Professionalism.

It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.

Click HERE to get started!

-Dawn


23 Mar

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 4 (Week 8)

By Susan Zoll

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Welcome to the final week of study and conversation on Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era by Stacie G. Goffin. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn from each of you over the past eight weeks and I look forward to future opportunities Dawn will create, providing intentional space for our beloved early childhood community.

From your responses it’s clear you own your professional responsibilities towards children, their families, and your colleagues. So many of you serve in multiple roles: educators, mentors, coaches, administrators, instructors in higher education – in addition to nurturing your own families!

Professionalism in early childhood education exists and you’ve given voice to current issues and policies that impact your work: compensation, credentials, organizational climate, standards, a “disparity crisis” in learning opportunities for children…and the list goes on.

Take a few moments and look through the comments and the wealth of shared information provided by members of this virtual community. Which topic resonates for you, feels personal, stirs up something you can stand behind? If after this book study your goal is to be an active policy agent, rather than a passive policy target (Heineke 2015) you’ll need just one topic to begin your intentional conversation in a way that feels authentic and comfortable to you.

Last week, Betsy Carlin highlighted key aspects of an intentional dialogue focusing on the role of the “facilitator.” Chapter 4 also reminds us, we must consider the environment where our conversations will take place. As early childhood educators, this is imagery we understand. Just as we ready our classroom environments to meet the needs of children each day, we must think about the welcoming and respectful settings we create to begin our early childhood dialogues.

If your objective is to invite others into your classroom or school to host an intentional conversation regarding early childhood education, does your environment make visible your belief about the importance of young children? Stacy suggests, “pictures of children propped on easels or taped to a wall remind us that these conversations are about something larger than our individual roles or ambitions” (p. 66).  Or perhaps you prefer more personal settings and plan to begin an intentional conversation when you’re visiting a family in their home. Ultimately, your goal is to be inclusive; and whether hosting a group or only one other individual, we must come together to exchange in a spirit of mutual learning and exploration.

Earlier this month, NAEYC created such an inclusive environment for early childhood educators. The 2016 Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC provided participants with the opportunity to expand their understanding of federal policy and it’s impact locally. Truthfully, this was a new area for me and I felt a bit out of my comfort zone. But NAEYC had created a safe environment for it’s AEYC affiliates and we had the opportunity to meet our local delegates (R.I. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse).

Challenging, but productive conversations were had and I believe our field moved a little bit forward on the professional continuum – I know I did! Professionalism at the individual-level always falls along a continuum, with no visible endpoint. So, maybe it stands to reason that professionalism for the early childhood field is also about continuous improvement, always moving forward together.

So how will you help to move the field forward? Remember, to begin you need just one topic that you’re passionate about. For this week’s response, please share your topic and your plans for initiating the dialogue. Will you invite a small group or will you speak to a co-worker or a family member? And how will you prepare the setting for this conversation? How will you ensure a trusting and welcoming environment?

I’ll continue to monitor your responses and look forward to our collective conversation.

P.S.  If you’d like to research additional early childhood policy topics, NAEYC provides relevant policy and action resources you can review.

Reference:
Heineke, A.J., Ryan, A.M., Tocci, C. (2015). Teaching, learning, and leading: Preparing teachers as educational policy actors. Journal of Teacher Education, v 66(4), 382-394.

Susan Zoll, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Director, Institute for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning
Rhode Island College
Email: szoll@ric.edu
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*New here? You can find all the book study details HERE. Happy reading!

Book Study Timeline!
(click on chapter or name below to access that content)

This book study is sponsored by Redleaf Press

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15 Mar

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 4 (Week 7)

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by Betsy Carlin

Over the course of the last month and a half, while discussing the book Professionalizing Early Childhood as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era, we as a diverse group of people who are committed to the field of early childhood, have considered…

  • What brings us as individuals to the conversation about organizing ECE into a professional field of practice?
  • What are our individual beliefs and assumptions about ECE currently?

And we have…

  • Entered into a process of collective inquiry, expanding what we each thought to be true, so together we can begin to imagine the next era of ECE.

Now the time has come to put all this deep thinking and discovery to good use, to step up as leaders and advocates, and realize our role in the work of launching conversations with intent where we work and live.

In chapter 4 of the book, Stacie Goffin identifies roles that need to be filled in order to have a successful conversation with intent: the convener, the facilitator, and the designer of the conversation environment. The roles can be filled by an individual or a group of people who have read the book (like us). Each role has great value. For this week’s conversation, I would like us to focus on the role of facilitator.

Let’s start with a common understanding of the term. To facilitate means A) to make easy or less difficult and B) to help forward a process or action. Based on this definition and through experience, I have come to believe a facilitator’s role is to break down barriers and be a catalyst for deep thinking so collectively a group can make forward progress. Facilitators provide clear focus on the purpose of a process while being flexible in the route taken. Facilitators create a space where individuals feel trusted, respected and safe to share their perspective. Facilitators need to listen, question for understanding and weave together varying, even opposing ideas, to create shared understanding, all while ensuring the strongest possible outcome.

For each of us, our ability to take the role of facilitator began when we entered this book study and committed to participating in a conversation with intent. It continued as we committed to self-reflection and shared in conversations to gain new insight on the current challenges that face the field of ECE and to imagine the possibilities for co-creating something better. This book study has not only provided each of us with the background necessary to facilitate a conversation (or two) with intent; it has challenged us to do so.

For some of us, taking the challenge may be exciting or simply an extension of what we already do, for others it may be daunting and taking us out of our comfort zone. This week, for our discussion, I would like each of us to set and share goals for facilitating a conversation with intent within the next 6 months.  Along with the goals, I would like to invite you to share at least one insight, challenge, or question you have about the role of facilitator. Through the week we can collectively respond with our experience, wisdom, and expertise to prepare ourselves to be the facilitators of the next wave of conversations with intent.

Betsy Carlin

*New here? You can find all the book study details HERE. Happy reading!

Book Study Timeline!
(click on chapter or name below to access that content)

This book study is sponsored by Redleaf Press

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