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Fall term

Oct. 12, 2013—Counting Leaves, Wild Hypothesis - Linda Rhine
This 8-hour workshop helps teachers utilize the outdoor classroom as a vehicle for math, science, and inquiry based activities.  Children today lack opportunities to experience nature and teachers often need ways to bring science and math to life. What better way to help them take steps towards stewardship of the natural world as they increase their understanding of the scientific method and how math relates to all areas of life.  Use your own problem solving skills in this hands-on workshop and don’t be afraid to get a  get a little dirty!

Linda Rhine has been working in the formal and informal education worlds for over twenty-five years. She has been an advocate of quality early childhood programming for years and an active participant in the National Association for the Education of Young Children both at the state and national level. She has been Curator of Education at the Los Angeles Zoo as well as the High Desert Museum and developed successful quality programs for young children at both institutions. Linda brings a different, informal perspective to the formal classroom. She has a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in History. Linda is working on her doctorate in Early Childhood Education at Walden University.  Linda's consulting business, LMR - Learning, Meaning and Research helps informal education institutions get to the next level of excellence in education.

Nov. 2, 2013—Powerful Interactions through Assessment & Relationships - Gina Dusenbury (NOTE: This workshop will be held at RCC in Grants Pass—room J-1)
Our relationships with children and families are  foundations for learning. With intentional teaching we can connect with children and extend their learning. Teachers themselves are the single most important factor in children's success. We will look at specific tools that help us see what is most important in not just 'what' we do but 'how' we do it.  The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) identifies key indicators of effective teaching. Screening and assessment tools help us identify what children need most for school readiness. 

Gina Dusenbury has 35 years of experience teaching and learning with children and families. She learns the most from her own children, now students at SOU and RCC. She is currently the Education Director for Southern Oregon Head Start and part time ECEE faculty at Rogue Community College. She finds it an honor and a joy to be with children, families and teachers.

Nov. 9, 2013—Powerful Interactions through Assessment & Relationships - Gina Dusenbury
Our relationships with children and families are  foundations for learning. With intentional teaching we can connect with children and extend their learning. Teachers themselves are the single most important factor in children's success. We will look at specific tools that help us see what is most important in not just 'what' we do but 'how' we do it.  The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) identifies key indicators of effective teaching. Screening and assessment tools help us identify what children need most for school readiness.

Gina Dusenbury has  35 years of experience teaching and learning with children and families. She learns the most from my own children, now students at SOU and RCC. She is currently the Education Director for Southern Oregon Head Start and part time ECEE faculty at Rogue Community College. She finds it an honor and a joy to be with children, families and teachers.

Dec. 7, 2013—Social/Emotional Development/Self-Regulation - Megan Pratt (RESCHEDULED)
This workshop focuses on the foundations of social-emotional development and self-regulation in children, including how these skills develop and what early childhood teachers can do to promote social competence and self-regulation in young children.

Megan Pratt is a PhD student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University with a focus on early childhood development. Specifically, she researches how home and child care contexts influence young children's self-regulation development. Megan has experience working as a early childhood teacher in variety settings and currently works on research projects focused on promoting school readiness skills under mentorship of Drs. Megan McClelland and Shannon Lipscomb.

Winter term

Jan. 25, 2014—Educating the Whole Child-Mind, Body and Spirit—Paula Lynam
This workshop will explore ways in which Waldorf early childhood education provides long-lasting foundational enrichment for the child and family. The healthy development of the young child during these formative early years,(often referred to as the “foundation for learning”), is supported through a strong nature-play-relationship based curriculum, parent involvement and holistic child assessment.

Paula Lynam earned her MEd (Master in Education) at Southern Oregon University, emphasizing Waldorf early childhood; preventative /therapeutic education and parent enrichment.  Her Waldorf Teacher trainings in Educational Support; Games/Integrative Movement and Kindergarten, are combined with over 22 years Waldorf teaching and consulting experience in Southern Oregon.  Paula is committed to supporting parents and practitioners through facilitating classes and workshops on Waldorf Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices; Holistic Education; Movement and Games; Preventative and Therapeutic Education and has taught at Southern Oregon University, Waldorf Teacher Training Eugene, OYAEC and JCAEYC.

Feb. 8, 2014—Building Parent Engagement-Beyond the Bake Sale—Felicity Elworthy
(NOTE: This workshop will be held at RCC in Grants Pass)
What’s the missing tool we need to close the achievement gap? Not a band aid, or a bungee cord, but a big blast of family and community involvement, and a healthy dose of policy change!

This workshop will introduce you to compelling, practical ways to collaborate with children’s ‘forever-teachers’ and understand the societal forces that we’re up against. Building family and community strengths is key to a brighter future for children at, and after, school.

Felicity Elworthy is the Family and Community Partnership Manager at Southern Oregon Head Start, working iwth the Head Start team to provide family support and parent engagement in children's education. A graduate of the University of Wales and the University of Oxford, she has worked and taught in many different parts of the world. Josephine County has been her home since 1984.

Feb. 15, 2014—Building Parent Engagement-Beyond the Bake Sale—Felicity Elworthy
What’s the missing tool we need to close the achievement gap? Not a band aid, or a bungee cord, but a big blast of family and community involvement, and a healthy dose of policy change!

This workshop will introduce you to compelling, practical ways to collaborate with children’s ‘forever-teachers’ and understand the societal forces that we’re up against. Building family and community strengths is key to a brighter future for children at, and after, school.

Felicity Elworthy is the Family and Community Partnership Manager at Southern Oregon Head Start, working iwth the Head Start team to provide family support and parent engagement in children's education. A graduate of the University of Wales and the University of Oxford, she has worked and taught in many different parts of the world. Josephine County has been her home since 1984.

March 8, 2014—Kindergarten Readiness/Transition to Kinder—Sara Stearns
Are kids ready for kindergarten? Are kindergartens ready for kids? Whose "job" is it to be ready? What does "ready" look like? The state of Oregon has set the goal that by 2025, 100% of students will complete high school. Early care and education is the first step in assuring that all children enter school ready to learn. In this workshop, we will explore what kindergarten readiness looks like from a variety of perspectives. What are the ideal and most meaningful early learning experiences for children to be successful in the following years? Where do assessments fit into all of this? Let's look at the Oregon mandates and explore ways for early childhood professionals and kindergarten teachers to navigate together the confusion and concerns these initiatives have created to ensure that developmentally appropriate practices do not get left behind.

Sara Stearns is the Director of SOU Schneider Children's Center. Sara has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years and is currently completing her MEd (Masters in Education). She has worked for profit and not -for-profit organizations; preschools and elementary schools. Sara is currently the president of the Jackson County chapter of the Oregon AEYC.

Spring term

April 12, 2014—Growing-up Wild with Nature—Susan Longhurst
Children have a natural affinity towards nature...dirt; water, plants and small animals attract and hold children's attention for hours, days and even a lifetime. This 8 hour workshop will help teachers see new ways to look at outdoor environments that foster opportunities to explore nature.. There will be hands-on activities using ideas from Growing Up Wild, a research based book of activities. There will be Developmentally Appropriate activities for teachers to use – nature in the classroom and outside –bringing inside out and outside in- with concrete connections to Language and Literacy, Scientific Inquiry, Math and Health.
There will also be guest speakers including Thomas Landis PHD, speaking about Monarch Butterflies and hand-on activities to help attract these butterflies to our children's outdoor environments. Be prepared for walks in nature using all of our senses.

Instructor: Susan Longhurst
RCC Instructor; past Head Start Manager, children's outdoor environment advocate.

April 19, 2014—Social/Emotional Development/Self-Regulation - Megan Pratt
This workshop focuses on the foundations of social-emotional development and self-regulation in children, including how these skills develop and what early childhood teachers can do to promote social competence and self-regulation in young children.

Megan Pratt is a PhD student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University with a focus on early childhood development. Specifically, she researches how home and child care contexts influence young children's self-regulation development. Megan has experience working as a early childhood teacher in variety settings and currently works on research projects focused on promoting school readiness skills under mentorship of Drs. Megan McClelland and Shannon Lipscomb.

May 10, 2014—Creative Arts—Michelle Gallas
(NOTE: This workshop will be held at "Imagine That" in Grants Pass)
Creative art takes many forms and uses many different mediums. The creative arts including music, movement, dramatic play, painting, sculpture and drawing are a crucial part of early childhood. Not only do the arts allow children to express themselves, but creative activities enhance development of skills in literacy, math, social studies and other inquiry based modalities.

Our job is to guide children in their explorations and encourage them to experiment with materials such as: clay, watercolors, paint and other unconventional items to create a new look. We will learn by doing as together we engage in and explore activities, developing skills that will enable us to help children tap into and express their innate creative capacities. Come and join Michelle and her two Studio teachers, Carol Pock and Sara Scott for an inspiring and interactive day of creative play.

Instructor: Michelle Gallas is the director of Imagine That...Creative Children's Centers in Grants Pass. Her programs are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Creative arts and outdoor education are a big part of the curriculum at Imagine That...

Michelle also teaches classes in creativity and environmental design through Rogue Community College, and serves as a consultant to other early childhood education programs in the region.

May 17, 2014—Growing-up Wild with Nature—Susan Longhurst
(NOTE: This workshop will be held at RCC in Grants Pass)
Children have a natural affinity towards nature...dirt; water, plants and small animals attract and hold children's attention for hours, days and even a lifetime. This 8 hour workshop will help teachers see new ways to look at outdoor environments that foster opportunities to explore nature.. There will be hands-on activities using ideas from Growing Up Wild, a research based book of activities. There will be Developmentally Appropriate activities for teachers to use – nature in the classroom and outside –bringing inside out and outside in- with concrete connections to Language and Literacy, Scientific Inquiry, Math and Health.
There will also be guest speakers including Thomas Landis PHD, speaking about Monarch Butterflies and hand-on activities to help attract these butterflies to our children's outdoor environments. Be prepared for walks in nature using all of our senses.

Instructor: Susan Longhurst
RCC Instructor; past Head Start Manager, children's outdoor environment advocate.

June 7, 2014—Music and Literacy: A Springboard to Language Development
                         Pam Vellutini, Betty Phillips, & Tony Williamson
 
Do you remember the first time you played Ring Around the Rosie?  What were you imagining that made you want to play it over and over again or was it the sheer joy of falling with your friends?  

This active workshop recreates the playfulness of singing and playing games that engage the brain and stimulate the imagination. The connections between song and learning will become evident as the day progresses.

Pam Vellutini has 26 years experience teaching elementary music education in the Ashland, Phoenix-Talent School Districts, DoDDS Germany as well as SOU music education.

Betty Phillips is retired but continues to work for the Corvallis School District after 31 years of teaching both Music K-5 and 1st and 2nd grades. 

Tony Williamson taught K-5 music with the Gresham / Barlow School District for 18 of his 27 years teaching in Oregon.