Thanks for all those who attended “April’s Teaching Tree” trainings in May 2020! All of our trainings were held via Zoom which worked better than anticipated.
Nearly 200 Vermont based early childhood educators attended trainings this month led by April Zajko! The feedback has been amazing and I appreciate the sense of community and mutual respect that we have in our early childhood field here in Vermont.
Topics in May 2020 included:
Growing Outdoor Classrooms (6 hours) ~ introduction and practical training in how to naturalize your outdoor space
POWER: Path of Wellness, Environment, and Relationships (6 hours) ~ a personal empowerment, self-care, and community care model training offered 1 hour a week for six weeks
Natural Loose Parts (2 hours) ~ explore open ended materials that foster deep engaged play
Visioning Our Future with April & Dawn Irwin (6 hours) ~ a leadership and advocacy course offered 1 hour a week for six weeks
Finding Your Way: Ethical Decision Making (6 hours – offered as 2+2+2 model) ~ explore the NAEYC Code of Conduct and practice with real world and relevant scenarios
Sponsors in May 2020 included:
Building Bright Futures Caledonia, Essex, & Orleans
Let’s Grow Kids – “Make Way for Kids Grant” & Stephanie Carvey in Rutland, VT
Growing with Wonder in Essex, VT & Dawn Irwin
Northern Lights at Community College of Vermont
I hope to offer these same trainings again in June & July 2020! I am also designing “Nature Inspired Teacher” as a 6 hour ONLINE training. Another new training in June will be a 2 hour “Sensory Gardens”. If your network, organization, or center would like to sponsor a training send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow me at April’s Teaching Tree either on Facebook or Instagram for updates on upcoming trainings & for free ideas on nature-inspired early childhood topics!
June 2020 trainings: (I will update this as more sessions open)
“Finding Your Way: Ethical Decision Making” on June 24 & July 1 ~ There are slots open for my *FREE* 6 hour training funded by Northern Lights- Register on the Northern Lights calendar at: https://northernlightsccv.org/trainings/finding-your-way-ethical-decision-making-for-professionals-21/
My “Sensory Garden” training will be funded by Northern Lights at CCV. The first three sessions are full, so they will open another training on June 24 6-8pm. Registration is not yet open but check back next week on the Northern Lights calendar.
Visioning Our Future with April & Dawn Irwin (6 hours) ~ a leadership and advocacy course offered 1 hour a week for six weeks (FULL)
Thanks again for your ongoing support! Offering high quality professional development for early childhood educators is my teaching passion! I am honored that so many attended my trainings and I hope that they inspire your work with children!
April Zajko, M.Ed.