15 Minute In-Services Suite – Head Start

These 15-minute in-service suites were designed as a resource for professional development in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. The in-service suites are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices that map onto the NCQTL HOUSE Framework.

Each in-service consists of a short video supplemented with handouts. A trainer version is available for use by Early Childhood Education Specialists and other training and technical assistance providers and includes a PowerPoint presentation, learning activities and other training materials.

The in-service suites can be used in a variety of ways to meet the needs of varied audiences. Staff can view the shorter version directly on the website. The trainer version can be used as part of a workshop presented alone, or combined with other in-services.

Source: National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/center/practice/ISS

Clearing Your View: Staying Objective in Observation

Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start staff watch and observe babies every day. But do these everyday observations give us a true picture of the baby? This podcast explains how to observe babies and record what is seen in an objective way that will help staff understand the meaning of the child’s behavior.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/early-learning/assessment/ClearingYourVie.htm?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Content%20E-blast%20for%20July&utm_content=New%20Content%20E-blast%20for%20July+CID_30ee5ad9937c9730611342af4be147d8&utm_source=CM%20Eblast&utm_term=Clearing%20Your%20View%20Staying%20Objective%20in%20Observation

Spending Time Outdoors Matters for Infants and Toddlers!

This podcast shares some of the benefits that infants and toddlers gain by spending quality time outside and offers some ideas for how to make the most of outdoor time.

Reflective Questions:
After you’ve seen or heard the podcast, consider these questions:

  • How often do you take infants and toddlers outdoors? Where do you take them? How long do they spend outside? What, if any, changes might you make to the daily schedule to support greater exposure to the outdoors?
  • What outdoor experiences do you currently offer infants and toddlers? What other kinds of experiences might you offer?
  • How do you involve families in planning outdoor experiences? How do you support them in spending time outdoors with their children?
  • How do you feel about spending time outdoors? Is it something you enjoy? Something you are not comfortable doing? How might your personal feelings affect children’s access to the outdoors and/or the types of experiences children are offered?

Source: Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/multimedia/podcasts/SpendingTimeOut.htm