IEPD is excited to be offering independent, online training to educators. Please read below for our upcoming training events. Click on the Registration button to enroll in these webinars.
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In times of stress, self-care through the lens of mindfulness, can help us stay grounded and calm and improve our interactions with others. Explore how mindfulness increases awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. Enrich your daily work and personal life by learning some new strategies and exercises to expand kindness, reflective practices, and mindfulness. The training includes a 75 minute session to learn about and explore mindfulness practices, followed by a 45 minute practice at home with a related journal assignment completed for 2 hours of training credit.
IEPD is now offering training that you may take on your own time! Once you sign up, you will have 2 weeks to complete the course - on your own time during that timeframe!! Scroll down to see what is being offered.
In this two hour, self-guided course, educators of toddlers will learn about the social and emotional development of toddlers and identify the unique needs and strengths of this age group. Educators will identify behavior management strategies to manage challenging toddler behavior, while also recognizing the importance of maintaining toddlers’ self-esteem. Finally, the course will address the role that child temperament plays in toddler behavior, and how to guide behavior accordingly.
On your own time - $25.00 (2 training hours)
The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the shutdown of schools across the country and the globe in the spring of 2020 has forced the field of early childhood education to come up with new and creative ways to connect with young children and families, while simultaneously tending to the physical and emotional needs of our communities, the families serve, and ourselves. As of the summer of 2020, some early education and care programs are preparing to re-open, even as we prepare for a degree of uncertainty about the turns this pandemic will take in the months ahead. While many things are still uncertain about what early education will look like as we proceed through the coming months, we can be sure that teaching will be different in many ways. From navigating social distancing practices in classrooms, to wearing masks, to connecting with children remotely during times of center closures, educators will have many new skills to develop.
This two-hour, self-paced workshop will give early educators the opportunity to reflect on the social-emotional development of preschoolers (ages 3-5 years old) and how this development may be impacted by the pandemic. Educators will also review best practices when it comes to screen technology use for young children, and learn some creative ways to connect with preschoolers remotely, on screen and off. While there are many unknowns on the road ahead for early educators, we can be certain that teaching young children in the age of COVID-19 will require creativity and flexibility, and this workshop will provide educators with some tools to add to their resource collection as they navigate the unknown path before us.
On Your Own Time - $25.00 (2 training hours)
By supporting the social and emotional development of school-age children, we are helping improve self-perception and social behavior. An out of school time program that has a balance of activities and focuses on individual needs, reduces the incidence of at-risk behaviors. In this online course, participants will learn strategies for supporting school age children in their development of social and emotional skills. These skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
On Your Own Time: $50.00 (5 hours - .5 CEU)
 Afterschool Alliance. (2014, Feb.). Taking a dive deeper into afterschool: Positive outcomes and promising practices. Washington, DC: Author.
One of our basic needs is feeling safe from personal danger and threats. Without this basic feeling of safety, a sense of fear pervades action and thinking, resulting in little time for other tasks besides keeping oneself safe. One in five (20.8%) school age children report being bullied. Fortunately, we have seen a decline in school-based bullying since 2005. But, our work is not done. Some children continue to use their power to control or harm others. The child that is bullied feels fear, anxiety, embarrassment, loneliness – often resulting in a lack of interest in activities.
Out of school time educators can assist bullying prevention by creating safe environments with positive social norms. The best prevention is stopping bullying before it starts. In this session, we will discuss bullying, steps to take in setting up a responsive, safe environment including establishing and enforcing policies and rules, and activities to teach children about bullying. Resources will be provided on cyberbullying, engaging parents in prevention, and collaborating with the local community.
On Your Own Time: $50.00 (5 hours - .5 CEU)
 National Center on Educational Statistics. (2016). Indicators of school crime and safety: 2016. U.S. Department of Education.