Learning to Advance Student Success

Read to Succeed Training

We're offering Read to Succeed webinars for early childhood learning professionals including teachers, instructional coaches and administrators. All webinars are DHS approved. Certificates are provided after viewing the webinar and completing a reflection form via the unique Google Form link for each webinar. Please contact Elandriel Lewis (elandriel.lewis@unitedwaygn.org) with any questions.

 

For information on upcoming webinars, click here.

 

May 27, 2020: Supporting the Survival State in Crisis - part of the Conscious Discipline/SEL series

The Survival State develops when we are born and exists throughout our life. In this state the focus is solely on safety. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to everyone, from children and families, to teachers and administration, to experience varying levels of trauma. As centers reopen, it will be tempting to want to catch up on academics. However, if this trauma is not addressed, learning will not be able to occur. In this session, Elandriel Lewis will provide background knowledge and strategies for supporting the Survival State in children and adults during times of crisis.  This session is appropriate for teachers, instructional coaches, leadership, and caregivers of children of all ages. Download webinar companion packet here.

About the Presenter: Elandriel Lewis is the Manager of Early Learning and Training for the United Way of Greater Nashville where she works with community early childhood teachers and leaders to ensure lifelong educational and personal success for children and families. Elandriel believes that every child deserves safe, stable, nurturing relationships and time outdoors to support academic and social-emotional growth.

 

May 20, 2020: Watching the Clouds: The Benefits of Learning at Nature's Pace

With so much to learn and so little time to do it in, we sometimes unintentionally rush our students from one activity to the next. By engaging with the natural world and the countless materials it has to offer, children can gain unprecedented opportunities to construct knowledge for themselves. Join Misha Davydov to see how learning at nature’s pace is the key to helping students develop patience, flexibility, and a willingness to embrace change. 

This session is appropriate for teachers, instructional coaches, leadership, and caregivers of children birth to age 5. Download webinar companion packet here.

Presenter: Misha Davydov, Nature Educator

 

May 13, 2020Read it Again!

Students love to read favorite books again and again. In this webinar, Susan Frizell from Nashville Public Library's Bringing Books To Life will suggest wonderful books to make each read aloud an impactful learning experience. Early literacy concepts to emphasize with each reading, for infant - pre-K, will be discussed, as well as lively story time rituals and practices!

This session is appropriate for teachers, instructional coaches, leadership, and caregivers of children birth to age 5. Download webinar companion packet here.

About the Presenter: Susan Frizsell’s years of teaching experience with preschool, elementary, and then middle school art inspired her to create fun and engaging lessons to keep students attention while teaching state standards. Now she’s passing along what she’s learned and created to teachers as Curriculum Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! With the Nashville Public Library.

 

May 6, 2020An Introduction to Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a trauma-informed, brain-based self-regulation program rooted in neuroscience, child development research and psychology. Conscious Discipline teaches adults to foster safety and connectedness, unleashing the ability to learn and problem-solve. Both children and adults learn to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, empowering them to reach their goals. Download webinar companion packet here.

Presenter: Elandriel Lewis, Manager Early Learning and Training

 

April 29, 2020Supporting Optimal Brain Development with Baby Doll Circle Time

Research shows secure adult-child relationships are a prerequisite for healthy child development.  This session will demonstrate how the Baby Doll Circle Time curriculum can provide vital one-on-one connections without increasing staff burdens. Download webinar companion packet here.

Presenter: Elandriel Lewis, Manager Early Learning and Training


April 22, 2020Self-Care to Provide Quality Care in a Crisis

To provide quality care to others, it is imperative that practitioners provide quality care to themselves. This becomes even more important during times of isolation. This session provides an introductory look at the causes and effects of stress, trauma, and burnout, and the ways in which you can combat and prevent them while in isolation. Also provided is information on how to support families, children, and staff during these difficult times. Download webinar companion packet here.

Presenter: Elandriel Lewis, Manager Early Learning and Training