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Professional Development

  • Adult Learning I and II - Adult Learning Principles and Practices for Early Childhood Trainers: Adult Learning I and II offer Montana's early childhood trainers and educators basic professional development to strengthen their ability to apply adult learning principles in existing early childhood professional development and training activities. The modeling of adult learning and effective training strategies has been integrated into two one-day sessions and a three-hour facilitated practical experience. This combination of learning and implementation may be used for one academic credit at the University of Montana or 15 hours of Montana-approved training. For more information on dates and registration please contact Montana Early Childhood Project.
  • Center Director's Symposium: After a statewide survey of Montana Center Directors' professional development preferences in 2004 (conducted by Child Care plus+), a 1 1/2 day Symposium was held to review results. The Symposium has now become an annual event. Center Directors do the planning, and activities include networking, reviewing current state initiatives, and professional development for Center Directors and Assistant Directors. For more information on dates and registration please contact Montana Early Childhood Project.
  • EDEC 340. Practicing Inclusion in Preschool Programs: This course proposal was accepted by UM Western and is now being used by early childhood bachelors students to replace a broad-based exceptionalities course. It is currently being offered online both Fall and Spring semesters and results in 3 credits. For more information on dates and registration please contact UM Western Admissions.
  • Inclusion I Foundations: Course on Inclusion in Early Childhood This course provides the foundations for inclusion. Topics include: Introduction to Inclusion, Recognizing Young Children's Strengths and Needs, Creating an Accessible Environment, Building Partnerships with Parents and Families, and Being Part of the Team. The course is 15 weeks and is offered as 15 hours of state-approved training or for one academic credit. Please contact the Instructor, Karen Bailey, at kbinclusioni@gmail.com.
  • Inclusion II Strategies: Course on Inclusion in Early Childhood This course provides basic strategies for inclusion. Topics include: Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Environment, Arranging the Environment for Learning, Increasing the Playability of Toys and Play Materials, Guiding the Behavior of Young Children, Facilitating Young Children's Communication, Positioning Young Children, and Inclusion and Beyond. The course is 15 weeks and is offered to satisfy 30 hours of state-approved training or for two academic credits. Please contact the Instructor, Karen Bailey, at kbinclusion2@gmail.com.
  • Training Basics - Developing Basic Presentation and Active Learning Skills: This distance-based course provides 15-30 hours of competency-based learning activities designed to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of early childhood trainers and consultants in basic presentation and active learning skills. These hours may be used for one academic credit at the University of Montana or 15 hours of Montana-approved training. Materials necessary to complete this facilitated course are Workshop Essentials: Planning and Presenting Dynamic Workshops by Paula Jorde Bloom (2000) and Training Basics Workbook: Learning Activities for Developing Basic Presentation and Active Learning Skills by Sandra L. Morris (2008). For more information on dates and registration please contact Montana Early Childhood Project.

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