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2022 Professional Development Dates

Nebraska Extension’s Early Childhood Team is pleased to be able to offer a variety of on-line classes to meet the needs of the Early Childhood Workforce.

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DateTimeTopicDescriptionCostHours
September 13th 1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT Risk, Challenge and Safety in Outdoor Learning Environments 

Adults comfort levels with risky play outdoors has a huge influence in how much time children spend outdoors and what types of activities they engage in during that time.  During this class we will discuss the difference between risk and hazard (and how to identify them), talk about the benefits of children challenging themselves and taking risks, and learn how to assess outdoor spaces and activities for risk.

No cost to participants 1.5 inservice
September 26th  1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT Challenging Behaviors 101

Adults comfort levels with risky play outdoors has a huge influence in how much time children spend outdoors and what types of activities they engage in during that time.  During this class we will discuss the difference between risk and hazard (and how to identify them), talk about the benefits of children challenging themselves and taking risks, and learn how to assess outdoor spaces and activities for risk.

No cost to participants 1.5 inservice
October 3rd and October 24th  1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Mathematics

Take learning to the next level with The ELG Deep Dive: Mathematics training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Mathematics ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be October 3 and 24 with online engagement throughout the month.  

  • Presenters: Amy Napoli and Hayley Jackson
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Please note: last day to register is September 26

The six-hour Mathematics Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023. 

$10 4.0 inservice
October 4th and 25th  1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Healthy and Physical Development

Take learning to the next level with The ELG Deep Dive: Health and Physical training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Health and Physical ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be October 4 and 25 with online engagement throughout the month.  

  • Presenters: Amy Napoli and Erin Kampbell
  • Register

Please note: last day to register is September 27

The six-hour Health and Physical Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training.  We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023. 

$10 4.0 inservicee
October 4th and 25th  1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Science

Take learning to the next level with The ELG Deep Dive: Science training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Science ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be [enter dates] with online engagement throughout the month. 

  • Presenters: Sarah Roberts and LaDonna Werth
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Please note: last day to register is September 27 

The six-hour Science Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023.

$10 4.0 inservice
October 5th 7:00-8:30pm CT

Topics in Nature Based Learning

ADVANCED TRACK

Join us for the first Advanced Topics in Nature-Based Learning which will present the latest research and ideas on a topic specific to nature-based learning in early childhood education. There will also be ample time for discussion and reflection between class participants.  This class is gear towards those already implementing some aspects of nature-based learning into their programs.  Those that register prior to the topic being released in early August will be emailed once it is finalized.

$10 4.0 inservice
October 6th and 27th   1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Approaches to Learning

Take learning to the next level with the ELG Deep Dive: Approaches to Learning training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Approaches to Learning ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be October 6 and 27 with online engagement throughout the month. 

  • Presenters: Katie Krause and Ingrid Lindal Chavarria 
  • Coming soon!

Please note: Last day to register is September 29

The six-hour Approaches to Learning Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023.

$10 4.0 inservice
October 6th and 27th 1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Language and Literacy 

Take learning to the next level with The ELG Deep Dive: Language and Literacy training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Language and Literacy ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be October 6 and 27 with online engagement throughout the month. 

  • Presenters: Amy Napoli and Jackie Steffen
  • Register

Please note: Last day to register is September 29

The six-hour Social Emotional Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023.

$10 4.0 inservice
October 12th and November 2nd  1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Social and Emotional Development 

Take learning to the next level with the ELG Deep Dive: Social and Emotional training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Social and Emotional ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be October 12 and November 2 with online engagement throughout the month. 

  • Presenters: Lisa Poppe and Tasha Wulf
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Please note: Last day to register is October 5

The six-hour Social Emotional Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023.

$10 4.0 inservice
October 13th

6:00-7:30PM MT

7:00-8:30pm CT

Creative Play Settings for Outdoor Learning on a Budget

Creating a high-quality outdoor learning environment doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn ways to activate and improve your outdoor space through low-cost, high-impact changes. Participants will gain inspiration and ideas that they can implement in their own spaces by creatively using affordable materials to support children’s play.

  • Presenter: ECHO - National Wildlife Federation
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No cost thanks to sponsors 1.5 inservice
October 17th 1:00–2:30pm OR 7:00–8:30pm CT Loose Parts in Nature

In the fall, the natural world offers a wide variety of loose parts that can be collected and incoporated into play all winter long.  During this 1-hour session, join us for a brief overview of what loose parts are and explore a wide vareity of natural loose parts you and the children in your care can be on the lookout for this fall!

No cost thanks to presenter

1.5 inservice  

October 25th

6:00-7:30pm MT

7:00-8:30pm CT

Nature Play at Home

Are you interested in learning natural and affordable ways you can engage children in outdoor spaces in your child care program?  Join us for "Nature Play at Home" to learn how to implement a naturalized outdoor learning environment in your own backyard.  Participants will gain hands on knowledge of different play settings they can add to their outdoor spaces and easy ways to create a dynamic and engaging outdoor space.

  • Presenter: ECHO - National Wildlife Federation
  • Register
No cost thanks to sponsors

1.5 inservice

November 2nd 7:00-8:30pm CT

Risks and Challenges in the Outdoors

ADVANCED TRACK 

When it comes to risky play in the outdoor, the benefits most definitely outweight the 'risks', when you plan appropriately! During this session, we will take a deep dive into the world of risky outdoor play. Participants will learn how to complete risk assessments and support children in engaging in risky play activiites such as using tools, tree climbing, and adventuring into natural spaces. This class is designed to be an advanced level course, so we recommend that you take Risk, Challenge and Safety in Outdoor Learning Environments first.

No cost thanks to presenter 1.5 inservice
November 7th 

6:00-7:30pm MT

7:00-8:30pm CT

ELG Deep Dive: Creative Arts

Take learning to the next level with the ELG Deep Dive: Creative Arts training. This program will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and apply practical strategies to extend children’s learning through the lens of the Creative Arts ELG. You will create and share an activity for your program with support from Nebraska Extension Early Childhood Educators and fellow early childhood professionals in our online learning community. Live sessions will be November 7 and 28 with online engagement throughout the month. 

  • Presenters: Erin Kampbell and Sarah Roberts
  • Register

Please note: Last day to register is October 31st 

The six-hour Creative Arts Early Learning Guideline must be completed prior to participating in the corresponding ELG Deep Dive training. We strongly recommend focusing on one Deep Dive at a time. The ELG Deep Dive series will be offered again in 2023.

$10 4.0 inservice
November 8th  7:00-8:30pm CT

The Cure for Cabin Fever - Indoor and Outdoor Play in the Winter

This year we are offering this class at the beginning of the long, cold Nebraska winter, to give you time to prepare!  During this class we will share ideas for engaging nature-based learning activities that are perfect for the winter!  We will share a variety of outdoor activities, as well as ways to bring the outdoors in on those extra cold days. Handling winter gear, how to get winter gear and get families.

No cost thanks to presenter 1.5 inservice
November 10th

6:00-7:30PM MT

7:00-8:30pm CT

Designing and Activating Your Outdoor Space for Nature Play and Learning

Educators often spend hours ensuring the indoor classroom is engaging and enriching for young children. However, what about outdoor spaces at child care facilities? Often overlooked, outdoor learning environments can offer various learning and activity settings that have positive outcomes for children. In this 1.5-hour webinar, participants will learn about best practices in outdoor learning environments, why “nature is good,” and identify one way they can begin to re-imagine their outdoor spaces.

  • Presenter: ECHO - National Wildlife Federation
  • Register
No cost thanks to sponsors 1.5 inservice
December 6th 7:00-8:30pm CT

Topics Continued in Nature Based Learning

ADVANCED TRACK

Join us for another 'Advanced Topics in Nature-Based Learning class'.  During this 1.5 hour class, we wil present latest research and ideas on a topic specific to nature-based learning in early childhood education. There will also be ample time for discussion and reflection between class participants.  This class is perfect for anyone that is already implementing some aspects of nature-based learning into their programs.  Those that register prior to the topic being released in early August will be emailed once it is finalized.

No cost thanks to presenter 1.5 inservice
December 13th

1:00pm-2:30pm MT

2:00-3:30PM CT

Brrrr It's Cold Outside

So often cold temperatures and snow deter us from taking our children outdoors in Winter. Join us for this 1.5-hour training to learn hands on and fun ways to engage children outdoors in Winter. We will discuss barriers, guided activities, and ways your outdoor space can support play year round. Let’s bundle up with hats, mittens and scarves, and play.

  • Presenter: ECHO - National Wildlife Federation
  • Register
No cost thanks to sponsors 1.5 inservice