Moving Right Along: Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior

Monday, May 19, 2014
1 – 1:45 p.m. EDT

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) hosts the Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls on the fourth Monday of each month. These calls are your opportunity to hear from national experts on current research and findings in early childhood education.

Join us for Moving Right Along: Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior, May 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT. Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky will moderate the call. Doctors Kathleen Artman Meeker and Kiersten Kinder will present. Dr. Artman Meeker is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She has served as a K-3 special education teacher, pre-service supervisor, teacher coach, and researcher. In addition, she works with NCQTL.

Dr. Kinder is the site director at the Susan Gray School of Peabody College, an inclusive child care center that serves as the lab school for the Early Childhood Special Education Program at Vanderbilt University. She has taught in inclusive preschool and pre-K programs, and coached teachers to implement the Pyramid Model. Dr. Kinder has participated in research on coaching, preventing challenging behaviors, and embedded instruction. She also develops trainings for NCQTL.

For many teachers, transitions are the hardest parts of the day. Researchers estimate that young children spend up to 30 percent of their day transitioning: arrival, departure, getting ready for meals, and moving between areas or activities. Children’s challenging behavior may be related to how staff members plan, schedule, and implement transitions. Predictable, structured routines are critical for helping children feel secure, and for helping teachers maximize learning.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Why transitions can be challenging for children and adults
  • Ideas for using transitions to teach
  • Strategies to help all children participate successfully in well-planned routines

Who Should Listen?

This broadcast call will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program staff, parents, directors, managers, and administrators; T/TA managers; T/TA providers; federal and Regional Office staff; and State Collaboration Offices.

Participating in the Broadcast Call

The broadcast call will be accessible only via computer. Select this link to register for the broadcast call and to review system requirements for participation:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional instructions on how to join the broadcast. Space is limited to 1,000 participants. This presentation will be archived in the Front Porch Series section of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).

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You may send your questions to or call (toll-free) 1-877-731-0764.

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