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Workshop Samples - Highlights for 2023!

Contact me for other topics and to design a session just for you!

The Importance of Play in Early Childhood


Free play time, when facilitated well, is when the deepest learning takes place in our early education settings.  Learn about how play supports skill development and how to facilitate it in a way that respects children as innately wise and capable.

Behavioral Strategies and Teaching Children About Problem Solving

Learn to be proactive in ways that help you to mitigate challenging behavior.  Learn strategies for developing relationships with children that you can lean on and how to teach children to solve their problems.  When challenging behavior occurs, use strength-based and positive interactions to teach children about their actions.

Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate, Project-Based Curriculum

Participants will learn about how a developmentally appropriate, project-based learning approach supports the development of cognitive, critical thinking, and social-emotional skills.  They will learn how to set up classrooms, schedules, and both child-centered and teacher-led times of day in a way that promotes development and growth.  Participants will learn about how to help families extend this method of learning at home.

Build the Brain:  Supporting Creativity and Inventive Thinking

In a world where inventive thinking and creativity propel progress, we need to build connections in the brain with activities that support all of the domains of learning.  Learn about the differences between art, craft, and project.  Through descriptions, videos, and photos from classrooms, discover which activities help children to know that their own thoughts have value and that they are capable learners.  

More Build the Brain: Interactions as Children Play

When children play, there are endless opportunities to deepen and extend their thinking.  Teachable moments are about more than memorizing facts.  They are about building the brain through thick conversations.  Help children dig into their understandings of the world through more meaningful interactions.  Learn how to help them develop thinking routines that will serve them well as students and when they are adults.  

The DAP Series!  Mix and match these 1-hour sessions to meet your needs.  A minimum of 2 sessions are required:


  • Intro to Project-Based Learning

  • Infuse Learning into Uninterrupted Play

  • The How and Why of Observation and Assessment

  • Practice Collecting Observation Data

Longer, 2-hour, more detailed versions of each of these topics are also available.

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