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Join Gryphon House authors as they discuss the latest early childhood research and new strategies for teaching and caring for young children. The Early Learning Book Chats FREE webinars also earn participants a CE credit for every webinar they view.  

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Upcoming Events

NAEYC Virtual PLI: Presenting This Week

Virtual / OnDemand

Jul. 07, 2020 ‐ 9:01 am

Presented by: Leah Muccio, Kevin McGowan & Lea Ann Christenson, Gryphon House author of Strength in Diversity (coming November 2020) Early childhood educators and teacher educators will learn successful strategies to cultivate empathy in classrooms with diverse children and families to reduce bias, embrace difference, and act against unfairness. Review approaches to curriculum and teaching strategies that integrate a framework to promote and support empathetic interactions in early childhood settings and anti-bias education in our field of early education and care.

Join Week 1: NAEYC PLI (Virtual)

Virtual / OnDemand

Jun. 01, 2020 ‐ 8:00 am

On Monday, June 1, you can access the first batch of presentations, where Gryphon House authors share expert advice and professional learning tools to early childhood educators at the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute virtual conference. Be sure to catch presentations by Gryphon House authors Kathi Gillaspy (Growing Together) and Karen Nemeth (Many Languages, One Classroom; Many Languages, Building Connections; Digital Decisions). You'll even get certificates of participation, which will be posted during the course of the NAEYC Virtual Institute. To access the presentations, you’ll need to log in with a NAEYC account. Confirm your email and password and you'll be ready to engage on June 1. For 6 weeks, you'll have the opportunity to login and select from a variety of hour-long presentations to meet your needs. The majority of the Virtual Institute presentations are ON DEMAND. View them when and where it suits you best. Stay tuned for more—new presentations will be added each week. Best Practices in Designing Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators that Results in Sustainable Change in Practice Kathi Gillaspy & Sarah Geldart Creating Successful, Sustainable Community Partnerships: Early Learning Partnerships for Improved Child, Family, Program and Community Outcomes Sarah Geldart & Kathi Gillaspy Updating Pre-Service and In-Service Professional Development to Address Teaching and Learning of Children who are Emerging Bilinguals/ Dual Language Learners Karen Nemeth

Conversations That Matter! Leadership Retreat

Mercatello, Italy

Jun. 06, 2020 ‐ 8:00 am

This retreat will guide leaders in developing the skills they need to have effective dialogues that are fully aligned with individual and program goals, lead to action, and offer constructive feedback. Through reflection, small group activities and discussion we will address key communication strategies and techniques as we explore: -Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a model to support collaboration -Reflective practices that add depth to professional conversations -Observation protocols -Adult development theory as it relates to providing constructive feedback -Powerful questions as the foundation for meaningful dialogues from the hiring process through the exit interview

How to Build Your Dream Team by Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Early Childhood Staff


Jun. 09, 2020 ‐ 2:00 pm

Are you worn-out or burned-out with the hiring and retaining process? Join this edWebinar to learn how you can build your dream team by recruiting, training, and retaining the right person. The learning outcome will be to recognize the importance of hiring and retaining the right person to maintain stability for the program, families, and children. This will occur when leaders communicate, respect, and acknowledge their employees. This edWebinar will be of interest to preK and higher education school and district leaders, and early childhood directors and managers.

Soar to Success Summit 2020: The Power of Play

Jul. 16, 2020 ‐ 12:00 am

Calling all superheroes (aka early childhood TEACHERS!) If you’ve ever longed for professional development that's: • Relevant • Actionable • Practical Then you don't want to miss the 3rd annual Soar to Success Summit! This incredible 5-day event will provide expert insight from 20+ guest speakers plus exclusive access to the replays for a full 24-hours absolutely FREE! This year, the Summit is focused on one important topic - The Power of Play! Play helps young children learn in more natural, age-appropriate ways, which helps them also meet the standards in areas like: • Literacy • Sensory experiences • Writing • Math • STEAM • And more! Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works: Grab Your Ticket Enroll and get your FREE daily live-access ticket Save The Date Meet us on opening day, July 16, through July 20th to watch more than 20 sessions on The Power of Play...and get ready to learn some amazing new methods you’ll be rushing to use in your classroom! The Summit starts July 16th, but seats are filling up NOW!

Preschool Preparedness for an Emergency Webinar

Dec. 02, 2020 ‐ 2:00 pm

Emergencies and natural disasters are on the rise. In 2019, FEMA reported 101 declared disasters in the United States. These emergencies included earthquakes, tropical storms, fires, floods, severe storms, tornadoes, landslides, mudslides, extreme wind, and snowstorms. In 2020 alone, there have already been 181 declared disasters; many of them include the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Preschool Preparedness for an Emergency, the second book in the Preparing for the Unexpected series, will train childhood professionals for the worst-case scenario. During this edWebinar, Andrew Roszak, Executive Director for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, will share the knowledge, resources, and actionable tools that educators need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or natural disaster. This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-5 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and childcare providers. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Attendance for the live presentation is limited to 1,000.