Upcoming Events - eLearning

May
25
Webinar
Explore many of the key features of Microsoft Excel. Support program administration by creating spreadsheets that meet your needs. Tech level: Beginner.

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May
26
Webinar
Knowing where to begin and what steps to follow when helping administrators improve their leadership and management practices can be challenging. This session will provide an introduction to technical assistance roles, explain the importance of focusing TA on the administrator, provide an overview of the whole leadership framework, identify the components of transformational TA, and explore the six steps in the coaching process. In addition, participants will learn about the developmental stages of administrators and specific strategies and tools that will help them in their work.

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May
27
Webinar
Strategies and Tools for Supporting Program Leaders, Part 2: Knowing where to begin and what steps to follow when helping administrators improve their leadership and management practices can be challenging. This session will provide an introduction to technical assistance roles, explain the importance of focusing TA on the administrator, provide an overview of the whole leadership framework, identify the components of transformational TA, and explore the six steps in the coaching process. In addition, participants will learn about the developmental stages of administrators and specific strategies and tools that will help them in their work. Key Concepts for Coaching with the PAS: Understanding how to conduct a formal PAS assessment and knowing how to use the PAS for technical assistance require different skill sets. This session will provide a brief overview of the PAS and will focus on key concepts for those in technical assistance roles. Strategies for addressing administrator concerns, explaining indicators of quality and research design aspects, and supporting administrators in decision making will be highlighted. This session will set the tone for providing a deep dive into the following PAS topic areas: building partnerships and engaging families, conflict resolution, and creating a shared vision.

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Jun
09
Webinar
Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

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Jun
10
Webinar
Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Directors often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their centers, but they lack specific information on just what areas of the program’s operation contribute to these impressions. This session provides an overview of the dimensions of organizational climate and how directors can improve the quality of work life at their centers.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Jun
23
Webinar
Are administrators prepared when conflict arises? Consider ways to help them create work environments conducive to successful conflict resolution by building strong learning communities and good working relationships. These working relationships are the foundation for effective conflict resolution.

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Jun
24
Webinar
Leaders are visionaries. How can you help them define and clearly articulate their own values, discover the values held by their staff and families, and develop a plan to build a shared vision? This session will provide strategies for helping administrators work with staff and families to create and focus on the mission and vision of their centers. You will also have time to reflect on your own values and generate a vision for your work as a coach.

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Aug
20
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early childhood program quality and healthy child development. Skills in recruitment, interviewing, screening, selecting, and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. This session breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation process into manageable components and suggests practical and effective techniques to help directors find competent and capable teachers for their program.

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Oct
15
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This session looks at the importance of staff meetings as the primary vehicle for staff development and community building. Topics include an analysis of social interaction in groups and how interpersonal orientation among group members affects group functioning. A key focus is applying methods for managing meetings that achieve maximum participant satisfaction and productivity in a minimum amount of time.

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Dec
10
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Building trust and a spirit of collaboration in early childhood programs is central to achieving high-performing work teams. Meaningful involvement in decision making is one way that trust and commitment to organizational goals can be achieved. This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals.

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Ongoing Events

Jan
01
Online
This brief and insightful online module covers a variety of topics related to coaching. You will discover foundational and practical information to guide your journey as a coach in early childhood education. This module is part 3 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce how change influences people and processes. You will explore many aspects of continuous quality improvement, see what it looks like in action, and investigate the four steps in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Cycle. This module is part 1 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce you to the benefits of collaborative adult learning, as well as the foundational elements required to design collaborative learning experiences. It will explore the differences between two types of collaborative learning: communities of practice and cohorts. In the end, you will become more effective at guiding adult learners and influencing positive change. This module is part 2 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This package consists of three Continuous Quality Improvement modules, totaling nine professional development clock hours upon completion.

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Apr
02
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, have the opportunity […]

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Apr
06
Online
This module assists a program leader in understanding the vital role played in creating and sustaining program excellence.

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Apr
15
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois family child care providers with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, […]

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Apr
18
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, and learn […]

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Jun
05
Online
This module increases a program leader’s understanding of and ability to implement effective, ethical, and lawful employment practices.

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Jun
12
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois early childhood leaders with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, […]

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Jul
05
Online
This module assists a program leader to understand the central role they play in supervising staff and building a learning community by guiding teachers to become reflective practitioners.

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Aug
02
Online
This module expands a program leader’s understanding of systems thinking to evaluate and implement efficient, strategic, and important management systems to alleviate risk within the early childhood program setting.

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Sep
05
Online
This module introduces the program leader with the decisions regarding the program’s organizational structure, its finances, and the way of caring for existing and prospective customers.

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Oct
04
Online
This module will strengthen your program and leadership capacity as you plan, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments for infants, toddlers, pre-K, and school-age children to create the highest quality setting for children, families, and staff to thrive.

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Nov
06
Online
This module will build your program capacity to advance children’s development and learning by providing leadership to establish and strengthen staff competencies for teaching and caregiving.

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Dec
05
Online
This module will increase your leadership influence, activate strategies to promote family engagement, strengthen connections between family, program, and community resources.

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Dec
26
Online
This module focuses on the critical role that a program leader provides by modelling for staff and demonstrating to facilities, a program’s commitment to ongoing inquiry and quality improvement.

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Feb
03
Webinar
This virtual, six* session institute is specifically designed for those in technical assistance (TA) roles, including coaches, mentors, consultants, who support early childhood administrators in improving the quality of their programs. The Transformative TA Institute is focused on how to use the PAS as a tool for providing technical assistance. *There is an optional two hour pre-Institute session available to provide an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for participants with limited experience with the PAS. If you have not been trained to reliability on the tool, or have not used it extensively this session is a necessary foundation for the Transformative TA Institute.

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