Michigan Community Action - Boyne Mt. Resorts 2019
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Head Start & Community Action - Building a Team

  1. ERSEA – Learn Best Practice for EHS/HS  - NEW
  2. Be a PosiTeacher in Your Classroom
  3. What to Do When Little Kids Won’t Listen – Classroom Management Skills
  4. 5+5 Ways to Teach Math in Head Start
  5. "I can READ " Early Learning Literacy - NEW
  6. Help Kids Deal With Anger
  7. Co-Teachers Working Together as a Team
  8. PosiPower Ways to Effectively Work With Parents
  9. Working in Teams – Teachers, Bus Drivers, Managers, etc…
  10. Time and Stress Management for Teachers
  11. Hire and Retain the Best Teachers
  12. PosiPower eLearning and eTeaching With Technology 
  13. Coaching the Best Out of Your Teachers and Staff – For Management
  14. Celebrate Diversity in Your Classroom
  15. Balance Work and Family & Be Positive in Both
  16. Head Start Teachers Model Respect for Diverse Families
  17. Recognizing Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse, and Child Neglect ( 3-part series) 

 

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PosiPower Workshops for Head Start/Early Head Start/Childcare Course Descriptions

1. ERSEA – Learn Best Practice for EHS/HS  - NEW

Head Start is constantly transforming the way it operates in order to meet increasingly higher standards. Therefore, learning best practice for ERSEA is essential for Early Head Start/Head Start programs.  It is important that staff remain diligent, focused, and committed to outstanding best practice. ERSEA has 5 components: eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance. Each component is vital in how to make determination and ensure that diverse and needy families and children know about and are coming to Head Start and are thriving in the program. Early Head Start can even plan for the enrollment of infants before they are born. When the child is 3-5 years old, Head Start will prepare the child for kindergarten and a successful academic future. EHS/HS programs must continue to be innovative, strategic, adaptive, and responsive to the needs of low-income children and families in their community. In this course, participants will learn through large and small group discussions the following objectives:  

 ·   Why maintain positive customer service techniques

       *  Federal guidelines: 45 CFR 1305 - Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance in Head Start

·       *   Who (diversity) and why low income families and children are eligible

·       *   How and where to recruit for EHS/HS program – marketing strategies

·       *   What is the selection process

·       *   When will Head Start enrollment start and end

·       *   How to record, retain, and maintain high attendance

·       *    Learn 20 PosiPower ERSEA Best Practice Strategies for EHS/HS

2.  Be a PosiTeacher in Your Classroom

 

PosiTeachers do their best and they receive more cooperation from their students, because they give and demand respect. These teachers possess the skills to build cohesiveness among their students by enhancing a positive environment. Be a PosiTeacher in Your Classroom is a highly interactive workshop that involves self-assessment exercises and group activities.  Teachers learn tips on how to change negative child behavior into positive ones.  These PosiTeachers learn to role-model appropriate ways to handle negative situations inside and outside the classroom. Be a PosiTeacher: By Thinking Positively booklets are available for an additional charge. Main Topics include: 

  • Maintain a positive self-image and feel good about YOU as a teacher
  • Turn negative classroom situations into positive ones
  • Set an example and role-model appropriate behavior for students
  • PosiTeachers are most effective when they are competent with curriculum
  • Learn how to bring out the best in each student
  • 10 Principles of a PosiTeacher

3.  What to Do When Little Kids Won't Listen - Classroom Management Techniques

 

One of the most difficult challenges teachers face is when a child refuses to listen or follow directions. Quickly an entire classroom or lesson plan is in danger of being derailed.  It is during these times that an educator's patience, skills, and tolerance are tested.  In this course, teachers learn positive and effective ways to handle difficult children. They learn why it is important to role model and set-examples of ways to manage frustration, anger, and stress.  Teachers learn positive ways to provide consequences and why labeling, ridiculing, and isolating can be detrimental to a child's self-esteem and their own. Ultimately, teachers learn how to talk so children will listen, and strategies to use when they won't. This course is designed to be highly interactive with discussions of real-life situations.   Class objectives include:    

  •      Why PosiTeachers have Positive classrooms
  •      Role-modeling a positive self-image
  •      Turn negative classroom situations into Positive ones
  •      How to stay positive when overwhelmed by teaching
  •      Why children misbehave
  •      What to do when a child gets angry
  •      What not to do when you get angry
  •      10 PosiPower Ways to Bring out the BEST in Children
  •      10 PosiPower Ways to Get Children to Listen

4.  5+5 Ways to Teach Math in Head Start/Childcare         

We can link math to reading, science, cooking, history, travel, and even to planning a birthday party.  When educators understand how math and numbers are an everyday part of our lives, they can easily teach math to children.  In this course, Head Start teachers learn practical and fun ways to integrate math throughout their classroom curriculum.   The objectives are to learn:

  

  •      How Head Start teachers can give their students a math advantage
  •      Why children need to learn to love math
  •      How to incorporate math throughout the curriculum  
  •      10 PosiPower Ways to Teach Math in Head Start

 5“I Can READ” Early Learning Literacy – NEW        

Research has shown that phonemic awareness is the best predictor of early reading and spelling skills.  In this course, early child educators will learn that it is exciting to teach young children how to read and write.  Kids who comprehend that the spoken language consists of distinct sounds – phonemes and syllables – discover that it is easier for them to learn to read.  In this course, educators will learn.

 

  • What early education teachers need to learn about literacy standard
  • How to make reading fun for young children
  • Phonological Awareness and other reading readiness terms
  • 20 PosiPower Ways to Promote Early Reading Skills 

 

6.   Help Kids Deal With Anger      

It is not OK to hit, kick, spit, or curse others; and it is not OK for children to hurt themselves. In many circumstances it is appropriate to teach a child that their feelings of anger are justified.  What educators can do as well is teach children appropriate ways to manage angry feelings.  So what can a young kid do when they’re angry?   In this course educators will learn:   

  •      Why anger is a normal and healthy reaction
  •      How children respond to angry feelings
  •      Why children need to learn how to cope with angry feelings
  •      10 PosiPower Ways to Teach Children How to Deal With Anger

 

7.  Co-Teachers Working Together as a Team

This training is designed specifically for co-teachers in the same classroom. It is essential that they work together positively and effectively.  PosiTeachers are role models for their students when they become better team-players.  Teachers learn productive ways to cope with classroom conflicts that may hinder their team.  Through self-awareness exercises, they learn how to solve problems by clarifying real issues and roadblocks.  They learn how and when to take initiative with difficult students.  In this course, co-teachers will support one another by learning the following:

  • A positive attitude is best example for their students
  • How to take initiative and how to support one another
  • Ways to promote excellence and increase learning in the classroom
  • Skills that will help resolve interpersonal problems and their causes
  • To resolve or eliminate credibility issues by clarifying real issues and roadblocks that may hinder the team
  • 10 PosiPower Tips to Working Together as a Team

 8.  PosiPower Ways to Effectively Work With Parents  

 

Working with parents can be a challenge for even the best child advocates. Some parents do not understand how they can help teachers to bring out the best in their child.  On the other hand, there are some teachers who do not value parents enough.  They see parents who advocate for their child as adversaries rather than part of a team.  PosiTeachers understand that working effectively with parents toward a common mission will help ensure the success of the child.  In this course, teachers will learn the following components.

  • The importance of a positive self-image in the classroom
  • PosiTeacher Techniques for difficult students & their parents  
  • Why working positively with parents is the best course of action
  • Ways to get parents involved in the school activities
  • How to talk so parents will listen
  • 12 PosiPower Ways to Work Effectively with Parents 

 

9. Working in Teams – Teachers, Bus Drivers, Managers, etc…

This training is designed specifically for Head Start/childcare team members including: administrators, teachers, assistant teachers, case workers, nurses, bus drivers, and other staff.  Participants learn how to become better team-players and how to develop a more enriching experience for children. They learn five (5) coaching styles and which ones they prefer or resist. Participants/players learn more productive ways to cope with workplace conflicts that may hinder the team from reaching its goals. Through self-awareness exercises, participants learn how to solve problems by clarifying real issues and roadblocks. They learn how and when to take initiative.  In this course, participants will learn the following:

  • A positive attitude is best for the whole team
  • Five (5) Coaching Styles
  • How to take initiative and still work within the team
  • Ways to promote excellence and increase productivity
  • Skills that will help resolve interpersonal problems and their causes
  • To resolve or eliminate credibility problems by clarifying real issues and roadblocks that may hinder the team

10.  Time and Stress Management for Teachers

 

Teachers today have a lot of demands to meet from students, parents, and administrators.  It is essential to their mental and physical health, to learn positive ways to manage school related and home stresses.  It is important to learn how to become better organized.  Most important, teachers learn how not to pass on stressful habits. Teachers will benefit from this course, because they will learn to manage time and stress.  Key points are: 

  • What's negative & positive about stress?
  • Learning constructive ways to use and manage your time in the classroom.
  • How to let go of destructive worrying, habits, and people.
  • 25 Things to do to manage time better.
  • 10 Ways to get rid of negative stressors.
  • 10 Ways to feel positive everyday

11.  Hire and Retain the Best Teachers

The ability to hire and retain the best staff is a primary goal of all good management.  Throughout this course, participants learn how to incorporate education, experience, skills, and interest into a profile that may be used to screen, interview, and place the best applicants. When managers understand the mission of their organization, and the needs and roles of their team members, they are more effective interviewers.  This PosiPower course, like all of our courses, has a self-esteem component because positive-minded managers (PosiManagers) are more likely to take the time and make the effort to ensure that the interview is not just done correctly, but exceptionally. Teachers who feel appreciated, challenged, supported, and encouraged in the workplace are more likely to foster an excellent environment for their students and the remain with the program longer.  This course on hiring and retaining the best teachers is dedicated to developing an outstanding work environment where student and parent achievement and satisfaction are the main objectives.  This course will also incorporate components of our popular course for staff, “It's NOT a Chit-Chat – Interviewing Customers for Effectiveness.”  Participants will learn:

  • How to properly interview potential teachers 
  • What are the characteristics of a positive teacher     
  • How to build and enhance interpersonal skills
  • The difference between acceptable chit-chat during the interview and sabotaging chit-chat that will derail the interview
  • To promote excellence and increase productivity by getting appropriate responses from teachers and interviewees
  • How to motivate teachers to continue their education and professional development
  • How to improve teacher retention through increased job satisfaction
 
 12. PosiPower eTeaching and eLearning with Technology

From babies to grownups, technology is a part of life and learning, and innovative teaching tools are now acessible by key strokes. Educators today are learning that it not enough to geniunely like students who are mesmerized by a technologically influenced world that is becoming almost paperless. It is essential to expose students to information literacy skills that promote math, science, and social studies. As varies teaching strategies are readily available and information continues to evolve into paperless formats, it is essential to teach students how to question effectively and efficiently. eTeaching and eLearning is the utilization of technology to obtain educational curriculum outside of the traditional classroom. In this PosiPower course educators are encouraged to bring their laptops. Participants will learn the following: 

 

 

  •     Why be positive about technology in the classroom (pros, cons and balance)
  •     How to integrate technology into the curriculum
  •     Why differential teaching styles are effective for challenging and exceptional students
  •     How to communicate with parents and students efficiently  
  •     20 PosiPower Ways eteaching and elearning through technology is 21st Century and beyond for the classroom  

 

13.  Coaching the Best Out of Teachers and Staff – For Management

Ideal coaches are excited about themselves, their players, and the organization. The purpose of this training is to facilitate administrators and supervisors in creating an encouraging and supportive work environment that thrives on excellence.  Administrators/coaches learn the importance of maintaining a professional and positive self-image and by promoting such attributes in their teachers and staff.  They discover how to bring out the best in their team which will allow their teachers and staff to bring out the best in their students.  In addition to learning how to motivate teachers and staff to reach their highest potential by uncovering hidden strengths, they learn how to help change negative attitudes into positive ones that minimize conflict and increase productivity. These tools transfer to the classroom.  While demonstrating good work habits and professional behavior, managers will positively influence teachers and staff during "coaching sessions."  This course incorporates team building and leadership skills by highlighting 5 Coaching Styles that encourage communication, cooperation, trust, enthusiasm, and openness. 10 PosiPower techniques to "coach-out" the best in employees are a highlight of the course, along with the following:

  • Why Coaches/Supervisors must maintain a positive self-image
  • Identifying the influences of the best and worst coaches in your life
  • Working with "problem players"
  • Fostering initiative in players
  • Developing ways to promote a safe and trusting environment
  • Building a great team by developing hidden talents
  • Teaching your players to be proud of what they do
  • 10 tips to becoming an effective coach 

 

14.   Celebrate Diversity in Your Classroom 

 

Diversity is all around us and it a positive experience that enriches everyone’s life. Children/students and their families are representatives of all walks of life and they need to be valued and welcomed into the classroom.  In this course teachers learn how to positively respond to students from different backgrounds, ethnic groups, races, socio-economic status, as well as ones with different learning styles.  They learn why it is important to make connections with each student and to value their uniqueness.  Topical highlights are:   

  • Why it is important to foster a positive learning environment
  • How the classroom is diverse in a variety of ways
  • What is meant by "culture," "diversity," and "race?"
  • Why celebrate diversity in your classroom?
  • What do all children need?
  • 10 tips to help your students to feel positively unique

 

15.  Balance Work & Family & Be Positive in Both

The objective of this workshop is to share with teachers the importance of maintaining a balance between work and home life. Teachers learn that educators who have positive interpersonal relationships are generally the PosiTeachers in their classrooms.  They are also PosiParents if they have children of their own.  Teachers with a happy home life are more productive in the classroom. They are less distracted by family problems and have fewer absences.  These valued teachers can fully focus on their students.  In addition, school administrators who value families have loyal teachers.  Administrators and teachers working together will find that the benefits are mutually satisfying.  In this workshop teachers will discover: 

  • The benefits of a positive self-image
  • That balancing work & family will reduce stress
  • Having a positive attitude for work and family is ideal              
  • That PosiTeachers have PosiKids in the classroom and at home
  • That teachers can reach their highest goals and still have a loving home
  • How to become a super asset, and not a liability to your workplace or family
  • 15 PosiPower Ways to Balance Work & Family

 

16.   Head Start Teachers Model Respect for Diverse Families 

When educators think of families today most people envision: dad, mom, two kids, a dog, and maybe a cat.  Then, they think of a single mom and kids, and maybe grandparents raising grandchildren.  There are mixed raced couples raising mixed raced children; and there are two “Mommies” and two “Daddies” raising children together as a "married" couple.  In all of these situations and other family combinations, this is  a diverse Head Start family.  In this course, Head Start teachers will learn:

 

  • Why teaching and modeling respect for others is important
  • What is meant by diverse families today
  • What do all children need?
  • 10 Positive Ways to help your students to feel positive about their family

 

 

17. Recognizing Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse, and Child Neglect – (This course is taught in a 3-part series - recommended) NEW

All children want to be happy and perform well in school, especially young children.  However, at some point in a child’s life there maybe some serious hurdles to a positive future and a need for your intervention.  Child abuse is a very sad situation, but it should never be a reason to not do what you can to protect a child.  In this course, teachers, childcare providers and anyone in contact with children will learn the signs of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect, and whom to contact as soon as possible. Topical highlights are:

 

 

  • 20 Reasons Why PosiTeachers are mandated reporters
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Signs of sexual abuse
  • Signs of emotional abuse
  • Signs of neglect 
  • Warning: Triggers of your own past abuse 

 

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