2 Feb

Beyond the Pages Book Study: Chapter 1 (Langworthy) *Limited*

By Amanda Hodel

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to kick off the first week of this book study for Bridging the Relationship Gap by Dr. Sara Langworthy.  I had the pleasure of reading this book very soon after its publication and am eager to re-read it now and examine new ways in which it is applicable to my own work and experiences.

To provide some context, I would like to quickly share how I am involved in this field.  I came to my first reading of this book from a very academic background, during the completing of my PhD in Child Development at the University of Minnesota.  I am forever grateful for the training provided by the faculty members of this program,  as it beautifully emphasized the idea that understanding early relationships is critical if we wish to understand pathways in development – why some children thrive and others seem to struggle.

I would like to share some of my views on some of the most salient points of this chapter and close by reflecting on what we have learned and how we can use this information… 

Amanda

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Paying participants ($30) will have full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access on the blog. HOW TO PAY: Pay by visiting the top-right of this blog (https://enhancingyoungminds.com/) and click the Paypal icon under Pay for Bookstudy. Learn more about THIS BOOK STUDY here.

If you do not wish to gain full access to the guest expert commentaries, author, and private learning community but are reading this book, feel free to reply below with your comments regarding Chapter 1.


1 Feb

Spring 2017 Online Book Study: Children and Trauma

Today’s the day – welcome to my spring 2017 book study! We’ll be taking a closer look at children and trauma. The book of choice is Dr. Sara E. Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity. “Bridging the Relationship Gap” is a useful resource for professionals who work with children facing adversity, for educators who are teaching the next generation of child care providers, and for caregivers who are trying to provide the best care for their children during difficult times.

Participate in weekly discussions and ponder each chapter with others in the field. Paid participants ($30) will have access to guest content experts, along with the author for weekly discussions! They’ll also receive a certificate of participation/completion afterwards (follow these steps)

Participants of this book study will:

  • Learn about the ecological, biological, and cultural factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gaps.
  • Examine different attachment styles and learn how to recognize them in children.
  • Understand how stress and trauma affect brain development and behavior.
  • Learn techniques for dealing with tough situations.
  • Discover ways to foster recovery and resiliency in children.

The first guest expert commentary will be released tomorrow (Thurs. 2/2/17) on this blog http://enhancingyoungminds.com/. Paid participants will have full access to the password protected post of the guest expert’s commentary and a private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access through this blog and are welcome to participate in open discussions (just REPLY to each blog post weekly). After you’ve read Chapter 1, reply to the correlating blog post with your reactions, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. I look forward to the discussion!

*Pay by visiting http://enhancingyoungminds.com/ and clicking on the Paypal icon under Pay for Book Study in the upper right-hand corner.

*Still need the book? You can order a paperback book Here  or Here. You could also download the e-book for immediate access. Another option is downloading the audio book!

*JOIN ANYTIME Even though the live study begins Feb. 1, 2017, you are free to join at any time and complete at your own pace! Pay and participate in all 7 discussions to receive your certificate (MN Develop Approved) 

APPLIES TOWARD

4. Curriculum Implementation
8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK AREA(S)

II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (3 Hours)
VI: Professionalism (3 Hours)

CDA CONTENT AREAS

Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (3 Hours)
Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism  (3 Hours)

Happy Reading!

-Dawn Braa


26 Jan

Second Chance Book Giveaway WINNER!

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24 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #7 ANNOUNCED!

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

Robert Gundling!

Dr. Robert Gundling is the Deputy Operating Officer for Sunshine Early Learning Center in Washington, DC. He is an Early Childhood Educator with over 40 years of experience working with children, families and early childhood professionals. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  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. 16th, 2017, regarding chapter 7 of Sara Langworthy’s book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*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, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!

 


23 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #6 ANNOUNCED!

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

Rebecca Schlafer Nealy!

Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Healthat the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD (2010) in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development and MPH in Maternal and Child Health (2016) at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Minnesota, she received her Masters and Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most of Rebecca’s research focuses on understanding the developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors. She is particularly interested in children with parents in prison, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration.  In addition to her academic work, she also volunteers as a guardian ad litem.

Rebecca will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 9th, 2017, regarding chapter 6 of Sara Langworthy’s book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*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, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!


22 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #5 ANNOUNCED!

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

Chelsea Hetherington!

Chelsea Hetherington, Ph.D., is a Program Evaluation Specialist for the Children & Youth Institute within Michigan State University Extension. In this role, she collaborates with early childhood and 4-H staff statewide to collect data on their programming to demonstrate its impact. Chelsea works with staff through in-person and virtual consultations to assist in the planning and design of program evaluation studies, facilitation of the collection of data from youth and their parents, and analyzing and reporting of evaluation results. She also works to build evaluation capacity within the Children & Youth Institute by providing instruction and guidance on evaluation topics. Chelsea previously worked with the University of Minnesota Extension on the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners project, which sought to build supportive learning environments and community connections within a high needs school in St. Paul, MN. You can read more about her work on this project in this blog post.

Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Minnesota in 2016, where her research focused on young children’s understanding of social groups in early childhood. You can find 
her on Twitter at @DrHetherington.


Chelsea will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 2nd, 2017, regarding chapter 5 
of Sara Langworthy’s book 
Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*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, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!


21 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #4 ANNOUNCED!

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

Tom Lent!

Mr. Lent has 40 years of experience in six regions of the world in different roles, including leadership and management, facilitation, strategic planning, organizational development, organizational learning, knowledge development, and training/capacity building. He has worked in different themes, including integrated development, human rights, child rights, advocacy, gender, disaster relief, systemic change, and education sector reform; and with diverse entities, including NGOs, CSOs, the UN, local and national governments, foundations, social movements, the World Bank, and the private sector. He presently works for Training Resource Group as Project Director for EPIC, a project focused on strengthening the Education Office and education sector of USAID. As a Senior Program Director with AED/FHI360, Mr. Lent served as the Project Director for an educational reform project embedded within the Ministry of Education in Zambia. He also designed/facilitated UNICEF’s “Global Consultation for Gender Equality” (for all eight regions and the headquarters) and capacity building workshops on gender equality for UNICEF staff in Latin America/the Caribbean. In collaboration with the World Bank Institute, he designed and facilitated three Distance Learning Courses on education quality and decentralization, including a series of video-conferences that actively and meaningfully engaged education stakeholder exchanges of experiences across nine African countries. In 2004-05, he served as an advisor to the MoE in Guatemala in the Vision Education process that brought together stakeholders across the country. He co-designed and co-delivered sessions for Education Sector Capacity Building for USAID staff from different regions in several of their international conferences. In the last 5 years, Lent has had consultancies and facilitated strategic planning, international strategy meetings, program development, and advocacy strategies with the European Foundation Centre, the Global Alliance of Community Foundations, the Board of CIES, the faculty of ICE at Columbia University, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the Right to Education, and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The intention behind Lent’s work is to build – in collaboration with others – processes, institutions, organizations and systems that work more intelligently, effectively, responsibly and have a greater, collective impact in their contexts and in the world. Mr. Lent has also worked for Business Community Synergies, Inc., UNICEF, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Save the Children (Norway, US and the Alliance), Plan International, the Palestinian Welfare Organization, Peace Corps, Global Rights, the European Foundation Center, Watchlist for Children and Armed Conflict, and Global Action for Children.

Tom will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 23rd, 2017, regarding chapter 4 of Sara Langworthy’s book  Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*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, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!