American Indian and Alaska Native Teacher Webinar Series

The American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Teacher Webinar Series shares topics on effective teaching practices. The webinars feature in-service suites that can help teachers and home visitors better understand and identify effective teaching practices. Learn why they're important, what they look like in action, and how to use them in classrooms and during home visits. Each webinar offers practice-based strategies that teachers can use immediately to improve their practice.

Engaging Interactions: Fostering Children's Thinking Skills

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.

Engaging Interactions: Using the Scientific Method

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.

Language Modeling and Conversations: Novel Words

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.

Math and the Preschool Child: High Five Mathematize

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.

Schedules and Routines in AIAN Programs

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.

Instructional Interactions: Motivating Teachers

How can you get teachers excited about the benefits of adopting new teaching practices that may stretch their abilities? This webinar shares ways to use the Instructional Interactions in-service suites with teachers. It also includes ways to motivate them to extend children’s learning in the classroom.

Let's Talk About You

The work that Early, Migrant and Seasonal, and American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start programs do with children from birth to 5 years of age, their families, and communities is intended to be imbedded in a context of strong relationships and intentional, individualized, responsive interactions. This podcast, which opens the Caring Connections podcast series, highlights the importance of the adult-child relationship and interactions as the base for all work in Early, Migrant and Seasonal, and AIAN Head Start programs.

Funds of Knowledge Video

Watch as Luis Moll describes the concept of Funds of Knowledge. Funds of Knowledge are the essential cultural practices and bodies of knowledge that are embedded in the daily practices and routines of families. Learn how to gather and use the funds of knowledge for children and families in the classroom. This approach will help staff ensure culturally relevant programming.