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!

 


20 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #3 ANNOUNCED!

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

Scott Wiley!

Scott has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. He has been a preschool center director and preschool ministry leader in a church. He has taught elementary school. He developed and edited curriculum for a religious publisher for 15 years. Currently, Scott is a freelance curriculum writer and editor, a workshop leader, and a school volunteer. In addition to his blog, Brick by Brick, he writes for the collaborative blog Pre-K + K Sharing and works as editor for Pre-K PagesConnect with Scott on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Scott will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 16th, 2017, regarding chapter 3 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!


19 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #2 ANNOUNCED!

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

Mike Huber!

Mike Huber has dedicated his life to serving children, families, and the field of early childhood. He has been an early childhood teacher since 1992 and currently teaches at Seward Child Care Center in Minneapolis. Mike has also worked as a trainer and consultant for the Minnesota Department of Education, the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children. Mike served on MnAEYC’s board from 2007 to 2011, presents at local and national early childhood conferences, and has written for Teaching Young Children and a number of stories, songs, and puppet shows for children.

He is the winner of the 2012 Kate Davidson Tanner Award from MnAEYC, the Scholastic Early Childhood Professional Award, Honorable Mention in 2006, and Teacher Leadership from Hamline University, Master of Arts Education Program, 2006. Mike holds a master’s degree in education from Hamline University. You can access Mike’s blog or learn more about his books at RedLeaf Press and RedLeaf Lane. His newest book is called Teaching with the Body in Mind (Redleaf, 2016). Find him on Facebook at Mike Huber’s Children’s books.

Mike will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2017, regarding chapter 2 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!


18 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #1 ANNOUNCED!

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

Amanda Hodel!

Amanda S. Hodel, PhD, is a recent graduate of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Hodel holds doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in child psychology, along with an additional bachelor’s degree in statistics.  Her graduate training was in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience, conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Kathleen M. Thomas.

Dr. Hodel’s passion for the field of child psychology extends across research and teaching.  Her research  explores the impact of children’s early life experiences on long-term trajectories of brain development.  She is currently a course instructor at the University of Minnesota and at Augsburg College, where she loves conveying her enthusiasm for “babies and brain development” with undergraduate students.  Through programs such as Brain Awareness Week and outreach work through the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Dr. Hodel also shares her expertise with the broader community, including elementary through high school-aged students.  Dr. Hodel enjoys hiking and camping through remote areas of the US and Canada with her husband and son (age 2).

Dr. Hodel will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 2nd, 2017, regarding chapter 1 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!


17 Jan

Second Chance BOOK GIVEAWAY by Redleaf Press!

Exciting news! As an Enhancing Young Minds sponsor for the Beyond The Pages book study, Redleaf Press is graciously donating another copy of the chosen book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity for a SECOND CHANCE GIVEAWAY! 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. It’s fun to win…and who doesn’t love FREE?! 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 1/17/17 until 1/24/17 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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Connect with Redleaf Press
Twitter
@RedleafPress
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RedleafPress/
Website http://www.redleafpress.org/


4 Jan

WINNER! Book Study GIVEAWAY!

A winner has been randomly selected for the Redleaf Press Bookstudy Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS Katelyn R! You just won yourself a FREE COPY of our next bookstudy book!  

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Redleaf Press for sponsoring this giveaway! Stay tuned…another Redleaf Press giveaway is just around the corner!

Connect with Redleaf Press
Twitter
@RedleafPress
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RedleafPress/?ref=br_rs
Website http://www.redleafpress.org/


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:

book-cover

“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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Connect with Redleaf Press:
Twitter
@RedleafPress
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RedleafPress/
Website http://www.redleafpress.org


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.