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Prepare Teachers for Back-to-school and Beyond: Introducing Our New Virtual and Online Professional Development Courses

Teaching Strategies
July 8, 2020

What is your back-to-school season going to look like this year?

Regardless of the teaching model—distance learning, a traditional classroom setting, or a mix of the two—chances are good that this year will both begin and unfold unlike any other.

Here at Teaching Strategies, we have designed resources and solutions to support you, your teachers, the children, and their families as you enter this extraordinary back-to-school season.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing the news about our plans for back-to-school to help you to address this new normal. These new offerings are the direct result of our three back-to-school commitments to you, all of which are essential to ensuring that your teachers are prepared to meet diverse and changing needs and expectations, for back-to-school and beyond.

  • A comprehensive Distance Learning Solution that includes The Creative Curriculum Cloud, a comprehensive digital library of resources from The Creative Curriculum; two-way communications, and a plethora of new materials for sharing with families
  • Exciting enhancements in GOLD to support ongoing formative assessment, regardless of whether children are attending school in person or learning from home
  • Important updates to Tadpoles, including new features to record temperature checks, capture health screening question responses, and facilitate curbside check-in procedures
As these solutions launch, we will also offer a variety of new professional development courses to ensure their successful implementation in your school.

[Virtual] The Creative Curriculum Cloud: Elevating Family Partnerships and Planning

This one-day session is designed to help programs effectively implement The Creative Curriculum Cloud.  Teachers and administrators will learn to craft their back-to-school strategy using a variety of instructional delivery methods, the dynamic planning tools of The Creative Curriculum Cloud, and two-way communication. Participants will consider the increased need for supporting the social–emotional development of children starting school this year. Participants will identify ways to navigate a return to school that will be different for teachers, children, and families, including strategies for implementing a distance learning approach and sharing content that is specifically created for families.

[Virtual] Using The Creative Curriculum Cloud and GOLD to Support Planning and Family Partnerships

This one-day session is designed specifically for programs using both GOLD and The Creative Curriculum Cloud. Participants will identify ways to navigate a return to school that will be different for teachers, children, and families, including strategies for implementing a distance learning approach, sharing individualized content with families, and continuing the work of formative assessment. Additionally teachers and administrators will explore using a variety of instructional delivery methods, the dynamic planning tools of The Creative Curriculum Cloud, and two-way communication. Finally, participants will consider the increased need for supporting the social–emotional development of children during this school year.

[Virtual] Creating a Caring, Collaborative Community in the Time of COVID-19

This one-day session is designed for programs using The Creative Curriculum. Participants will examine how to modify the focus questions from The First Six Week Teaching Guide to meet the needs of children, families, and teachers during distance learning. Teachers and administrators will learn to craft their back-to-school strategy using a variety of instructional delivery methods. Participants will consider the increased need for supporting the social–emotional development of children starting school this year. Participants will identify ways to navigate a return to school that will be different for teachers, children, and families, including strategies for implementing a distance-learning approach and partnering with families.

[Online] Elevating Practice and Partnerships With The Creative Curriculum Cloud

A free, 2-hour online tutorial coinciding with the customer-facing launch of The Creative Curriculum Cloud. This two-hour course will be divided into two modules. The first module will introduce customers to the digital resources and two-way communication available in the Teaching Strategies digital platform as a part of The Creative Curriculum Cloud and guide them through ways to use those resources to elevate both their classroom practices and their partnerships with families. The second module will cover strategies in distance learning for young children, including addressing a variety of instructional delivery methods if schools/child care centers close and re-open multiple times throughout the year.

We know this back-to-school season is different; we are in this together.
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