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EarlyEdU Alliance Highlight Webinar Series

Voices from the field! Spend 30 minutes a month learning from early childhood education professionals as they share insights, research, and resources designed to improve your practice. Register below for access to upcoming webinars or click on the links to watch previous episodes.


Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00-10:30 a.m. PDT/1:00-1:30 p.m. EDT
Introducing a new EarlyEdU higher education project! Join EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson-Hoss, PhD, Gail Joseph, PhD and Founding Executive Director (Cultivate Learning/EarlyEdU), and Chris Olsen-Phillips, Project Director for Early Childhood Policy in Institutions of Higher Education (ECPIHE/EarlyEdU), as they describe the new collaboration and resources available to mobilize higher education to build degrees and develop leaders in the field of early childhood policy.

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Past Highlights Webinar Series

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May 05/13/2021 Pennsylvania and EarlyEdU: Join EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson-Hoss, PhD, and this month’s guest Jennifer Pyles, PhD, Assistant Professor at Shippensburg University, to learn how Pennsylvania has used EarlyEdU resources to realign and build an integrated system of professional development and higher education. 27 minutes
April 04/08/2021 What's New in EarlyEdU?: Prepare for the April 1, 2021 launch of EarlyEdU’s new membership structure and webpages. Join EarlyEdU’s Dr. Katie Emerson-Hoss to learn about the new membership structure, resources, and support. Take a tour of the new webpages and explore all that EarlyEdU offers! 28 minutes
March 03/11/2021 Inclusion: Resources and Ideas for Educators: Join EarlyEdU’s Dr. Katie Emerson-Hoss and University of Washington’s Dr. Jennifer Fung for an overview of available resources and strategies for implementing inclusionary practices when working with infants and toddlers. Find out where to access support and tools to create effective systems that lead to positive outcomes for children, their families, and the classroom. 28 minutes
February 02/11/2021 Dual Language Learners: Resources and Ideas for Educators: With Dr. Katie Emerson-Hoss for an overview of available resources and strategies for promoting early language and literacy education with children who are dual language learners. Find out where to access support and tools to create effective practices that lead to positive outcomes for children, their families, and the classroom. 27 minutes
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November 11/12/2020 Stackable Credits: With Katie Emerson-Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager, and Juliet Taylor, Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships at Cultivate Learning. Learn how the State of Washington built, aligned, and sequenced stackable certificates for the early learning professional development system. The certificates are tied to the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and are available in all local colleges across the state that have an early childhood education degree program. This live event is an encore presentation 29 minutes
October 10/8/2020 Building a Virtual Classroom: While the virtual classroom model is known by many names, including HyFlex, Blended, and Bichronous, it always includes asynchronous and synchronous components. Hear EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager, and Sharmaine Regisford, Senior Instructional Designer for EarlyEdU, discuss how we are using the essential components of a virtual classroom to meet the affective and pedagogical objectives of our newest course, Culturally Thriving and Socially Just Early Childhood Classrooms. 27 minutes
June 6/4/2020 Utah and EarlyEdU: Partnerships Serving the Early Childhood Workforce: Join EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson Hoss and Heather Thomas and KC Hutton from the Utah Department for Workforce Services, Office of Child Care, to learn how Utah has used EarlyEdU courses to build pathways for educators to obtain affordable and accessible degrees (“How Free Online College courses Are Changing the Game for Early Childhood Educators,” EdSurge 2019). To follow Utah’s progress with this project, you can revisit our Highlight Webinar from April 2018 where Utah shared Learning Lessons from Utah: Providing Coursework Through Professional Development Systems in Partnership with Institutes of Higher Education. 30 minutes
May 5/7/2020 Using Interactive Media in Early Learning: Are you wondering what direction to give early childhood teachers on how to effectively engage young children with digital media? Are you a teacher and want to know how to best serve young children in a remote environment? These questions are more relevant than ever! Join EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager, and Heather O’Leary, Early Childhood Education Content Specialist to explore some of the publicly available resources available to help navigate this new normal. The webinar will highlight top strategies and provide suggestions on adapting materials to fit your teaching or training context. 28 minutes
April 4/21/2020 Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice: Join us for this special webinar where participants will learn mindfulness practices that can build teacher resilience. This applied and engaging learning module will encourage participants to take care of themselves by reducing stress and to optimize their effectiveness as early childhood educators. This captures the notion of teaching from the inside out—a phrase that highlights the importance of promoting core resilience skills among early childhood educators. Resilient educators are more capable of creating and maintaining nurturing, supportive, and effective learning environments while also prioritizing their own well-being. With the completion of this module, participants will have learned how to recognize the negative and positive impacts of stress, use mindfulness practices to help develop calm and centered states, and lead at least one mindfulness practice. To request certificate, please email 1 hour 15 minutes
April 4/2/2020 Shift Happens: Making Assignments and Professional Development Explicit on Issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Camille Catlett, Advanced Technical Assistance Specialist Emerita at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, joins Katie Emerson-Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager for EarlyEdU, for an information-packed 30 minutes. Shift Happens will help you understand new early childhood content priorities (Transforming the Workforce, Power to the Profession, and the revised Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators), discover tools to create and align assignments to national priorities, and highlight resources that support faculty and professional development providers. 28 minutes
March 3/26/2020 Online Teaching Boot Camp Webinar: Join EarlyEdU’s Katie Emerson Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager, and Katie Miller, Content Specialist, for a concise and informative how-to on implementing online courses and utilizing available resources. Learn the essentials for effective teaching in a virtual classroom and discover helpful materials and toolkits to make your online course constructive and enjoyable for you and your students. Whether you are an experienced online instructor or are new to the medium, this webinar has the resources and experts to help you build a successful learning experience. This webinar focuses on adult learning and training online. 40 minutes
March 3/5/2020 New Course! Supporting Children Who Are Dual Language Learners: Building the capacity of educators in the early childhood field to be able to respond to the unique needs of children who are dual language learners, birth to age five. The course is designed to enable educators to positively adapt their everyday interactions and environments, gain a deep understanding of language and literacy development, and understand strategies to support learning in any content area. 31 minutes
February 2/6/2020 Stackable Credits in Washington State: Understanding Stackable Credits and how Washington State built, aligned, and sequenced stackable certificates for the early learning professional development system. No duration available
January 1/9/2020 Head Start’s Coaching Companion (HS Coaching Companion): Discover the power of the HS Coaching Companion, a free video-sharing and coaching feedback tool for early care and education staff and providers. Hosts Katie Emerson-Hoss, Higher Education Outreach and Implementation Manager, and Leslie Janes, State Implementation Specialist with EarlyEdU describe how this tool helps coaching teams work together, even between visits or from a distance. 31 minutes
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December 12/5/2019 Deep Dive into EarlyEdU Infant Mental Health Course with Katie Emerson-Hoss, PhD, and Miriam Hirschstein, PhD, and Director of Evaluation, Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. 33 minutes
November 11/7/2019 Transition to Kindergarten: Implementing Effective Transition Practices from Head Start to the Kindergarten Classroom 29 minutes
October 10/3/2019 Practice-Based Coaching, overview and highlights of this new online course No duration available
September 9/5/2019 Using Peer Learning Groups and Providing Effective Feedback 31 minutes
August NA No Webinar No duration available
July 7/11/2019 The New EarlyEdU Alliance Media Library
Discover Resources to Support Quality Teaching Practices. Join our library designers for an introduction to the new media library. The resources are vast, but the search is simple. Explore library features that will allow you to find free, relevant materials for your courses, presentations, and professional development.
30 minutes
June 6/6/2019 Custom Coaching Companion: A Customized Video Uploading and Annotation Tool to Increase and Enhance Coaching 32 minutes
May 5/2/2019 Higher Education Teaching Practices: Using video to support learning, connection, and community online 28 minutes
April 4/4/2019 Family Engagement 30 minutes
March 3/7/2019 Discover Circle Time Magazine Season 2: Positive March 3/7/2019 Behavior Support (PBS) 31 minutes
February 2/7/2019 Preschool Development Grant: Resources to Support Early Childhood Systems Work 33 minutes
Month Date Link Duration
November 11/2/2017 EarlyEdU Highlights: Coaching Companion for State Professional Development Systems 30 minutes
October 10/5/2017 Discover Coaching Companion 21 minutes
September 9/3/2017 Course Overview 25 minutes
August 8/3/2017 Membership, Modules, and More 23 minutes
May 5/4/2017 It Takes a Village: A Team Approach to Supporting Online Students 25 minutes
April 4/6/2017 CEELO’s Role in Supporting an Extraordinary Professional Workforce for Young Children 26 minutes
March 3/2/2017 Explore the Active in Interactive Learning 27 minutes
February 2/2/2017 Modules and More 15 minutes

Newsletters from EarlyEdU

Faculty Finds

Faculty Finds is a fantastic source of information concerning the effective preparation of early childhood professionals, providing both content and professional resources. Faculty Finds is created by Camille Catlett, an Advanced Technical Assistance Specialist Emerita at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. This newsletter is distributed six times annually and all resources are free.

News from EarlyEdU

Stay up to date with our monthly newsletter! News from EarlyEdU brings course updates, professional development opportunities, resources, and events directly to your inbox.

EarlyEdU Partners

Professional Development Resources

A variety of products and resources, developed by EarlyEdU associated centers and initiatives, are publicly accessible to nonmembers and ready to download and use in professional development activities.

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15-minute in-service suites are a professional development resource organized around one topic or big idea. Each suite includes a presentation, learning activities, and video examples. Download and use these suites with staff in busy, active early childhood centers.
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Discover why kindergarten transition practices are key to children’s ongoing social and academic success. Coordinated transition efforts between all parties help children maintain and maximize gains made in preschool. Learn how to plan and carry out a child’s successful transition from preschool to kindergarten.
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The Head Start Center for Inclusion is a website that provides resources supporting early childhood educators in their work to ensure that children with disabilities are full members of their learning communities. Resources include visual supports, training materials, video examples, and more. Explore, download, and use these materials for coaching and PD activities.
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Circle Time Magazine is a dynamic professional development web series and magazine for early childhood educators, parents, and providers. Each episode features guest experts sharing their knowledge, ideas for using everyday materials, favorite books, and high-quality examples of learning in action. Join our hosts as they discuss topics related to the work providers do with young children every day.
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