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Early Childhood Professionals are encouraged to attend! Register online, workshop fee $20 payable at door.

Gender Equity in the Classroom - John Heinitz, M.A. and Connie Denham, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
8:30-4:30 pm with working lunch
Higher Education Center, Medford OR
Room 209

 

This workshop will take a fresh look at gender equity in the Early Childhood Classroom (preschool thru third grade) with emphasis on equitable treatment and guidance of young children and the importance of the role of men in the life of young learners.

 

After this workshop, teachers and administrators will:

 

  • Have strategies to encourage young children to participate in the full variety of activities and academic areas regardless of the stereotypical gender specific nature of the study
  • Understand the importance of having male figures in the early childhood classroom and their vital contributions to the development of children's sense of self and the world around them
  • Be able to plan effective curricula that support and appeal to both genders
  • Provide safe and supportive environments that encourage participation by all members of the community
  • Distinguish appropriate guidance strategies to promote gender equity

Science and the Young Child - Susan Faller-Mitchell, M.S.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
8:30-4:30 pm with working lunch
Higher Education Center, Medford OR
Room 209

Learn how to unlock the natural curiosities of children to enhance your science curriculum. Teachers will learn how to use children's questions to guide the design of scientific explorations based on state standards.  Scientific Inquiry is a process of "Hands on" and "Minds on" science instruction that will engage both the students and the teachers.

Beyond the "Science Shelf": Science with Preschoolers & Kindergartner - Susan Hamilton, M.S., Kim Yasutake, M.A. and Susan Fisher, M.S.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
8:30-4:30 pm with working lunch
Higher Education Center, Medford OR
Room 209

This workshop will present an inquiry-based approach to science curriculum in early childhood education. “Inquiry based learning—investigating to gather information—is part of human behavior from the moment we are born. It is a dynamic process.” Ogu & Schmidt, 2009  “ (it) is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural word that leads to questions and making discoveries in the search for new understandings.” National Science Foundation, 2001
A team of presenters will provide an in-depth look at inquiry based learning, hands-on science experience and curriculum possibilities.