- My colleague and I host an Early Childhood Chatter Podcast. We release a new show every other Wednesday. You can find this wherever you get your podcasts. Never miss an episode by subscribing. Each of these podcasts give you the opportunity to hear from someone working with children, families, communities and advocating for young children and learning.
- Every year we also hold a FREE Virtual Early Childhood Conference! This year’s conference is Aug 10, 11, 12, 2021. This year there will be three amazing key notes and three full days of learning from colleagues that have something special they want to share with you about working with children and families. You can earn badges and participation certificates each day. Make sure to pre-register so you can get it on your calendar!
- During the year we provide professional development each month with our Early Childhood Seminar. It is 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m PST. It is a spin off of the ECE conference and allows you to attend a PD each month to gain new ideas, discuss with other professionals and learn hot topics that are happening in the world of education.
- You can find all of the sessions that we have hosted in the past on our ECE YouTube Channel.
I have shared this before, and I wanted to share again! I am a co-host of a Free ECE Conference! You wont' want to miss this years sessions! This year you can pre-register so you can keep it in your calendar so you DO NOT forget!
Here are the links to take a peek at:
FREE Virtual Early Childhood Conference!
This year’s conference is Aug 10, 11, 12. This year there will be three amazing key notes and three full days of learning from colleagues that have something special they want to share with you about working with children and families. You can earn badges and participation certificates each day.
Make sure to pre-register so you can get it on your calendar!
The first time I had the opportunity to hear Scarlett Lewis speak I was in awe. Her son was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. After I heard her speak I knew I needed to get to know her! I asked to her to be a Key Note at my ECE Conference, and she agreed :) I was so excited. Then she came on my ECE podcast and we featured here in four episodes. She has committed to being a Key Note again this year in August to talk about Social Emotional Learning! It will be a topic you won't want to miss. But recently I worked with her team and I wrote and article about all of the Amazing things she is doing to help others! I wanted to share it with you!
As teachers face going back to school this year, there are things that we are all thinking about. Right now, schools are still trying to determine if it is safe enough to actually return face to face or in a virtual capacity. I wanted to share a few things with you, that I have found that will help ease into this transition.
My Pinterest page is full of fun ideas for the classroom and teaching through a pandemic and online:
Dr. Shipley's Pinterest Page:
I also co-direct a Virtual ECE Conference each year. Here is the YouTube to all of the videos from the last several years:
Ashford ECE Conf Youtube
I have also had the opportunity with colleagues to share with you a Series called "The Dog Ate My Mask" this will provide strategic ideas on how to learn this year and from home:
Here is the schedule of “Dog Ate My Mask” webinars:
Why Are the Crayons in Your Lunchbox? Organizing Your Learning Environment for Success
Wed., August 12, 2020 at 1 pm PT
Creating a home learning environment that fosters success is essential in helping students remain focused and engaged in required assignments.
No, You Can’t Play Video Games Right Now: Staying Motivated through Online Learning
Wed., August 19, 2020 at 1 pm PT
Students in a virtual environment often find it difficult to maintain their engagement and motivation to work in an online environment. This session will provide tips on how students can navigate through a school day while being successful in their studies.
This Is the Way We Learn from Home, Learn from Home, Learn from Home: Supporting Elementary Pre-K – 5th Grade Students with Learning
Wed., August 26, 2020 at 1 pm PT
Elementary and early childhood students have unique needs and require a more hands-on approach to learning. This webinar will address the unique needs of this age group in relation to learning in an online environment.
Scrolling and Eye Rolling: Promoting Teen (6th – 12th Grade) Student Success in Online Learning
Wed., September 2, 2020 at 1 pm PT
Secondary students also have unique needs in terms of online learning. This webinar will address how to support students at this level to maintain their engagement in learning.
Now for the Good Stuff: What’s Out There to Add to My Toolbox?
Wed., September 9, 2020 at 1 pm PT
There are numerous resources available for parents that can provide students with practice in a fun and interactive environment. This session will review some of the resources available to parents outside of the classroom.
Distanced but Not Detached: Supporting Students as They Navigate Online Learning
Wed., September 16, 2020 at 1 pm PT
Many students will struggle with or experience mental health issues during their time learning at home. This webinar will provide access to important mental health resources that support parents at home.
Voices from the Field
Wed., September 23, 2020 at 1 pm PT
This session will feature a roundtable discussion with various education professionals and administrators as they share experiences in dealing with challenges in their school districts.
You’ve Heard from Us…What’s on Your Mind?
Wed., September 30, 2020 at 1 pm PT
The final webinar in the series will be an open conversation with leaders from Ashford’s Department of Education and Liberal Arts regarding pertinent issues related to at-home or online PK12 education.
You can register for this special webinar series by clicking here.
I am going to continue to find resources to help teachers and families through this time, so check back in soon! :)
Hello Everyone! I hope summer is going well for you! I have never been a fan of summer as I love the winter holidays and the weather. I love snow, sleet, rain and ice. I know---crazy right?
I think that everyone has a different love for different times in their lives. I wasn't a huge fan of summer, as I didn't enjoy being out of school. I missed my teacher, I missed my friends and I LOVED SCHOOL--hence getting a doctorate degree! :)
I still love school and could picture myself going back and learning more!
I do stay engaged with professional development and even co-direct and Early Childhood Conference every year.
What: Ashford 4th ANnual ECE Conference
When: Aug, 3rd, 4th, 5th (All Day 9:00 a.m PST-6:00 p.m)
Open to the public
If you have any questions please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the agenda and where you will log in for day 1:
Here is the Youtube Channel with Past Presentations:
We hope to see you there!
In this time of uncertainty lets think of it as the gift of time we will never get back. Your children are only small once. There are things you have put off doing that NOW you have the opportunity to do! I have complied a list of fun things you can do with your children during this time:
As you welcome your students back to your classrooms, what are some of the most important things on your to-do list? What kind of community will you set up? A classroom community is a vital part of how well your class will run this year. Here are some great ideas on how to begin building your classroom community. I wanted to have a high quality learning environment where developmentally appropriate practice was present and the daily schedule allowed for hands-on learning, engagement and collaboration. Here are some tips and tricks for your back to school :)
Building a reciprocal relationship with families before class stated was also something that was important to me. I made sure through my monthly Family Forums that they knew we both wanted the same thing---for their child to learn, grow and develop this year! :) I wanted families on my side, and I also wanted them to know that I genuinely cared for their child.
I wanted them to understand that homework was NOT something I would be sending home and I wanted them to understand why. I wanted them to understand my philosophy of teaching and that I believe children learn through play. I sent home Family Learning Bags and they were a hit!
I wanted families to understand that I would use multiple ways to reach them and that they could follow me on my professional ECE sites. My most important things deal with families and students. I want to be the best teacher I can be each day that I walk in to the classroom.
What is something new you will do?
I am so excited to have a featured article from Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool. Their website is: https://www.littlesunshine.com/
I hope you will check them out! :)
What a wonderful article they have written!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PRESCHOOLChoosing a quality preschool is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child.
Early childhood education plays a seminal role in cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. It prepares young learners for long-term academic and life success.
But what should you look for when researching preschools in your area? Professor Deborah Stipek, former Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and an expert on early education, recommends four basic criteria for selecting the best preschool:
QUALITY OF TEACHINGTeacher qualifications help to separate a preschool from a daycare center. Here are some indicators of teacher quality you’ll want to look for.
Are you looking for information on preschool programs in your area? Find a Little Sunshine’s Playhouse® location near you to learn more about our outstanding teachers and Creatively Shine™ curriculum.
Have you ever thought about talking to your child about college, but you think they may be to young. I truly do not believe a child is ever to young to talk about their passions, what school is for, what working in the real world is like, and what college is all about.
Now, some may stop me and say that children need to know about technical school and that college is not for all, and this is so very true. But, that doesn't mean you don't talk about it.
I think taking walks on a college campus is important. Going to college events, such as basketball and football games is important. I think that wearing college gear for your favorite team is fun for a family. I think that we, as parents and teachers, must talk to our children about what we wanted to me be when grew up. We need to talk to them about what they do in college and how it works. Is Kindergarten to young---NO! :) If they are introduced at a young age, then this travels with them throughout their entire school career.
I think that visiting a technical school and speaking about the classes and certificate options they give is vital. However you can get your students and children to think about the future, in my opinion is important. I think this is a very great resource for if you are thinking about talking to your child about this: http://www.guilfordhri.org/its-never-too-early-to-talk-about-college-and-career-readiness/
Don't forget that children remember what we say and even more what we do. They want to model what we do, so if you are interested in going back for your masters, or starting a bachelors or certificate program, what a wonderful way to show them that you are setting goals and reaching for the stars. I tell my students that education is something that can never be taken from them!
How can you start this in your classroom? What about having a favorite team day? What about playing a fight song or adopting a mascot for your classroom? What about learning about the application process or helping families sign up for college if that is something they want to do. What about researching scholarships. You can always send home ideas and reminders to families too! :)
I challenge you to figure out a fun way to incorporate "COLLEGE/Technical" School activities and "talks" to your classroom environment. Think about the students that will never get to talk about this at home :)
As we begin to build to think about the 2019 school year, what will you do differently? What will you be this year? Who will you turn to for help? How will you be more innovative? Have you used social media in the past? If so, how much? What are you will to do, to think more outside the box?
I recently wrote and article on how to leverage social media in the classroom to build those long lasting relationships! Take a peek.
Leveraging Social Media to Build Relationships with Families