Early childhood workshops in June and July

255A1561Continuing and Professional Education at the UMKC School of Education and the Edgar L. & Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center are offering early childhood workshops this summer for professional educators to earn continuing education hours. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings in June and July at Berkley Child and Family Development Center, 1012 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.


Choose one or both of the two-hour workshops:


Avoiding Power Struggles with Toddlers: Using Statements vs. Questions

How do you get around the good old “No!” statement from a child? Do you find yourself trapped in power struggles in your classroom? Do you find that you have a difficult time following through with transitions and daily routines? It could be the way you’re posing the question. We’re going to work on positive language techniques instead of questioning children, learn how to give clear statements that encourage autonomy, and provide choices when appropriate.

6/16/2016 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presenters: Allyssa Morrow and Jessica Newman


Loosening Our Grip: Embracing a Culture of “Why Not?” to Find Teachable Moments so Infants and Toddlers Can Flourish

This course will encourage infant-toddler professionals to think about routine moments from the child’s perspective: Are the teacher’s aims providing the richest possible learning experiences? Also, participants will consider parts of their daily routines and transitions where they could step back and try to determine the child’s “plan”: Watching from a safe distance provides teachers the opportunity to think on the child’s goal, offer assistance if needed, and later reflect on safer ways to help the child meet that desire. Participants will learn to create a constructivist sociomoral atmosphere with even the youngest children. As adults, we want to maintain an appropriate level of control to keep our classrooms running smoothly. Still, we can transfer more decision-making power to infants and toddlers. Through this, the children gain powerful learning opportunities, and we all gain a more close-knit community. Participants will reflect on new ways to react to children’s choices, watch videos implementing these strategies, and leave with practical tips for transforming their classrooms.

07/07/2016 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Presenter: Kathleen Cross


Enroll today. Space is limited. Cost is $24 per workshop.