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Cooperating School Districts offers learning opportunities to early childhood educators, too. Below are upcoming sessions provided by the Learning Division of CSD. Registration and further information is online, here.

Closing the Gap: Preparing Early Childhood Students for Kindergarten   The expectations of kindergarten continue to be a concern for teachers in preschool programs. How do Pre-K teachers continue to teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the expectations of kindergarten and prepares children and parents for the kindergarten experience? This workshop will present ideas and strategies to implement in the current Pre-K curriculum and better prepare the preschool child in kindergarten readiness. Come prepared to share your ideas and develop some steps for increasing the learning in your Early Childhood classrooms.

Date: September 24, 2012 (registration deadline: September 17)
​Time: Check-In: 8:00 a.m. | Session: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
​Location: St. Louis RPDC at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Cost: $70 CSD Members; $85 Non-Members [fee includes lunch and materials]

Early Childhood: Cooking Up Good Character   It is important to teach Character Education to all students– including early childhood age students. Learn from dynamic teacher Tina Sohn (2010 National School of Character winner) and Early Childhood expert Leslei Harper. They have the perfect recipe to enhance your classroom and school. They will share their ingredients of what it takes to build a caring academic atmosphere. They provide research-based Character Education strategies that improve social and emotional development in younger students. Learn about “Flip for Character,” a common language for school communities that increases students’ Autonomy, Belonging and Competence. This workshop, being offered through a generous grant from PNC, is for you if you are a Pre-K-1st grade teacher who wants to know how to get started, enhance Center time and make life skills meaningful to young students. You will walk away inspired and with a recipe book/journal of successful teaching strategies and sample lesson plans.

Date: October 2, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Parkway Instructional Services Center
CHARACTERplus Members: Free | 
Non-Members: $200

Recognizing and Planning for Special Needs in the Early Years   Are you in the business of working with young children? Make sure that young children with special educational needs have the right support is a top priority for all early childhood and preschool settings. Being able to identify and implement supports can be tricky. This training is the ultimate resource for busy teachers and directors of Early Childhood settings, who want researched based strategies on what to look for and how to implement the necessary provisions for students requiring special needs.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Observation and assessment of needs
• Physical development and how to identify potential concerns
• Communication, language and literacy, and how to identify potential delays
• Personal, social, and emotional development; looking at the total child

Date: November 28, 2012
Time: Check in: 8:30 a.m. | Session: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cooperating School Districts
Cost: $80 CSD Members; $100 Non-Members [lunch will be provided]