25 Jan

Mondays with M.E.: BULLIED

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HOW TEACHERS, PARENTS AND CHILDREN CAN PUT A STOP TO BULLYING

Goldman,Carrie_book BulliedWhen a child is bullied in words or actions the pain can last a lifetime. Even witnessing bullying can lead to anxiety and depression. Children who bully also are at high risk for a host of long-term problems, so it’s in everyone’s interest to bring an end to this widespread problem. After classmates taunted Carrie Goldman’s adopted daughter for carrying a Star Wars lunchbox, Carrie’s subsequent blog hit the national news. The outpouring of support she and her daughter received inspired Carrie to write Bullied, a book that is packed with proven tips for helping victims, bystanders and bullies themselves turn these destructive patterns around. Don’t miss this important Mom Enough conversation! >>TUNE IN HERE<<

Do you remember being bullied as a child? How did you feel and what did you do about it? How would you coach your child to respond in a similar situation? What helpful ideas did you hear in this week’s Mom Enough discussion?

For Carrie’s blog, click here.
For Nicki Crick’s research on relational aggression in girls, click here.

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24 Jan

Host an Early Childhood Staff Book Club

You’ve always wanted to host an early childhood staff book club, right? It doesn’t get any easier than this! I’ve done all the work for you. Your staff can follow along by reading chapters, viewing the coordinating expert commentary, and participating in the conversation by commenting on our blog posts with people all over the nation (and perhaps world) that care about and influence the lives of children. You could even host a book club night with treats to discuss in person after they’ve participated online. This provides for even more reflecting and connecting!

Beyond the Pages is an innovative virtual 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? Guest content experts will add their voices and 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.

Registration Information: https://enhancingyoungminds.com/2016/01/virtual-ece-book-study-registration-reminder/

Facebook Book Study Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1078301142189381/

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23 Jan

Virtual ECE Book Study Registration Reminder

4519D5BF-89B4-4342-915F-2541C6A48A5A[23]BeyondthePages.Goffin.2015[1]This virtual ECE book study will officially begin on Feb. 1st with the first expert commentary releasing on Feb. 2nd.

If you plan to participate (and I hope you do!), be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Enhancing Young Minds (EYM) blog. Then to register, drop me a note stating your participation by visiting the Contact Me page. Include your name and email address. Put “BOOK STUDY” in the subject area and “I PLAN TO PARTICIPATE” (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 a MN participant seeking a certificate for MNCPD approved training hours, you’ll need to follow these steps.

Currently, participants are registered from MN, VA, IL, NJ, MT, CA, NC, Canada, and Nigeria! Are YOU?

Do you have the book yet? Now is the time if you don’t! NAEYC comprehensive members should have received this book in the fall (2015). See the links below to purchase a copy of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.
1. Redleaf Press – Use code PROECE to save 10% on Stacie Goffin’s Professionalizing Early
Childhood Education As a field of Practice
 through 3-1-16*
(*May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on bulk purchases.)
2. NAEYC
3. Amazon 

*Participants are encouraged to fully participate by posting thoughtful and reflective responses (regarding book readings and expert commentaries) in the comments section of the blog post each week  during the blog study (8 reflections). If participants are bloggers themselves and are blogging about this experience and their reflections, they are able to simply post the weblink to their blog post in the blog comments section.

Remember that this book study will be available online after the LIVE study. This allows you to register and begin at any time if my timeline doesn’t fit your schedule. Decide on a pace that works for you.

To access all the book study detailsclick HERE.

 


22 Jan

ECE as a Profession

“If the world were ideal, what conditions would need to be in place to structure ECE as a profession?” This question posed in chapter 3 caught my attention and crystallized for me the essence of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice. We all know the world is not ideal, but we can and should have the courage to improve it with this book by Stacie Goffin. She leads us to think deeply and to take responsibility for the quality of education for young children. The book’s practical suggestions for organizing Conversations with Intent (C/I) give us exactly the guidance needed to move forward and establish ECE as a field of practice.

What a great opportunity we have with this book study blog of Enhancing Young Minds to read, reflect, and talk with colleagues. As we follow Stacie’s model, I am sure we will make meaningful progress. I am optimistic that together we will achieve the goal of professionalizing early childhood education. I look forward to reading your wisdom, starting February 1!

You can find all the book study details HERE.

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Angele Passe ECEAngèle Sancho Passe, author of Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers (Redleaf Press, 2015) and other titles, is an early education consultant and writer, past member of the NAEYC governing board. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.


21 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #7 Announced!

The seventh guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Tracy McElhattan!

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Tracy’s career has included many roles in early childhood, including a paraprofessional, a lead classroom teacher, a co-teacher, and an itinerant special education teacher. She has also completed many child screenings and evaluations as an early childhood diagnostician.

Tracy has an M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with a concentration in Special Education from Oklahoma State University. In 2014, she completed a Ph.D. in Special Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Unified Education, from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, she worked at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project with the Center for Response to Intervention, researching early language and literacy interventions with children at-risk for later reading disabilities. Currently, Tracy serves as the Director of Preschool Ministry at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as a freelance curriculum developer, editor, and speaker for a large religious publisher.

Her passion is helping teachers learn how to create inclusive environments in order for all children to have a successful educational environment. Tracy currently resides in Gardner, Kansas with her husband and two active boys, ages 4 and 1. You can reach Tracy on Twitter at @DrTracyMcE

Tracy will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 8th, 2016, regarding chapter 3 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


20 Jan

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: One Step Ahead (Sensory Stonez & Stepperz)

Today I’m going to share with you my educated opinion about: Sensory Stonez & Stepperz Balancing Toy from One Step Ahead (OSA). OSA sent me this product to review. If you are unfamiliar with OSA, click HERE to learn more about the company. The Sensory Stonez & Stepperz Balancing Toy sells for $99.95, but is currently 50% off and available for $49.97.download (2)

I was aesthetically pleased when I first opened the box. The Stonez are bright and colorful, with patterns and textures atop them. The cushioned Sensory Stonez & Stepperz are made of a gentle, non-slip, latex-free vinyl. They seem durable and easy to clean/sanitize. Although I figured children would dig them, I knew that I wanted to have an actual child test them out. The Sensory Stonez & Stepperz are recommended for ages 4+ and I knew just the child…and active 5 year old boy who enjoys new opportunities for play. Read More


19 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #6 Announced!

The sixth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Robert Gundling!

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His experience includes: teaching kindergarten and first grade in a public school system, administrator of a variety of Early Care and Education programs, government positions in Early Childhood Education and teaching courses at colleges and universities.

Robert will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 1st, 2016, regarding chapter 3 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


18 Jan

Mondays with M.E.: BUILDING SELF-COMPASSION

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HELPING OUR CHILDREN BUILD SELF-COMPASSION: KEYS TO KINDNESS, GRATITUDE AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS

Mirgain,Shilagh_hsWe’ve all heard the question, “What kind of world are we leaving for our children?” But Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a health and sport psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, turns that question on its head and asks, “What kind of children are we leaving for our world?” Whatever the ages of your children, don’t miss this inspiring and practical discussion of how to help your children develop compassion for themselves and others, recognizing the common humanity, vulnerability and imperfection we all share. Learn concrete steps you can take today to help your children build self-compassion and be more grateful, kind and mindful in their daily lives.  >>TUNE IN HERE<<

This Mom Enough guest talks about the importance of “showing up for yourself as you would for a dear friend.” Give examples of what that would look like in your life. What concrete steps could you take to help your children treat themselves with such self-compassion?

For Dr. Mirgain’s self-compassion article that Marti mentioned, click here.
For more of Dr. Mirgain’s blog articles, click here.

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15 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #5 Announced!

The fifth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Gayle M. Stuber!

Gayle StuberDr. Stuber is an Early Childhood Specialist who recently retired from her position as Early Childhood Coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education. (1998-2015). Her interest areas include Early Childhood systems, School Readiness and Success, Early Learning Standards, data systems, and leadership. As part of her work, Dr. Stuber worked with professional colleagues and stakeholders to develop Early Learning Standards for Kansas, a Kansas School Readiness Framework, a School Readiness Data Initiative, and administered pre-kindergarten programs for the state. She was also a partner with other early childhood state level professionals in multiple projects, grant writing experiences, and state level work groups. Before coming to the Kansas State Department of Education, Dr. Stuber taught at Baker University for four years (1994-98) and developed early childhood and special education courses. As part of her work at Baker, Dr. Stuber created and implemented a child care center in collaboration with the local school district.

1972: B.S. in Elementary Education
1986:  M.A. in Early Childhood Education
1994:  Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education

Gayle will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 23rd, 2016, regarding chapter 2 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!