Learn how to train staff to implement the Making It Work (MIW) process and use the American Indian and Alaska Native-focused in-service suites in this work. Hear successful implementation stories from the field.
Use these materials to support program leaders and early childhood staff working with children ages birth to 5 in American Indian and Alaska Native early learning settings to implement the Making It Work process.
Making It Work: Implementing Cultural Learning Experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning Settings for Children Ages Birth to 5
Making It Work is a resource that can help American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) early education staff meet school readiness goals. Learn how to use it while teaching traditional cultural skills, values, beliefs, and lifeways.
Scaffolding is providing children with just the right level of support to help them successfully complete a task. This webinar shares three main scaffolding strategies. Learn to provide hints, offer a range of answers, and encourage children to use additional resources.
Learn how to create classroom environments where children feel safe to explore, experiment, and express their thoughts and ideas. Explore three key strategies you can use to foster children’s thinking: using scientific method, problem-solving, and applying knowledge.
Children start to inquire about the world around them as early as birth. The scientific method provides a framework to support this natural curiosity. Use the method’s five steps to help expand children’s understanding of their environment. The steps include: ask questions, make observations, predict possible outcomes, experiment with novel items, and discuss actual outcomes.
Research tells us that children’s early oral language skills are critically important. They can predict later reading success. Rich, back-and-forth conversations help children develop more complex language, thinking skills, and social skills. Discover ideas and activities for introducing new or novel words into everyday conversations with children. Learn how to engage them in rich conversations.
Early math is critical! This webinar describes how to help teachers bring out the math in children’s everyday activities. It also reviews resources and tools for supervisors to support teaching staff in how to "mathematize" in four areas: numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns, and measurement.
View this webinar to explore a framework for supervision and support of teaching staff. It provides examples that focus on helping promote preschool teachers’ use of effective classroom interactions. The process includes evaluation, analysis, and planning.
Daily schedules and routines help keep you organized. Research shows they also influence children’s social and emotional development. Learn how to develop your classroom schedules and routines in ways that will help you create and sustain a lively but well-organized classroom.