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January Trainings from Think Small Institute


Advocating for Young Children
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Marie Huey
KCF: VI: Professionalism (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Understand importance of advocacy for early learning field. Explore ways to educate others and advocate for relevant policies in order to improve conditions for children and early childhood educators. Learn about the legislative process in Minnesota and how you can participate in public policy change. Discuss strategies for staying informed and engaged over time to make a difference.

Building Baby’s Brain Power- Caregiving Strategies that Help All Infants Blossom
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Raelene Ostberg
KCF: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development
Price: $30

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Gain methods to help infants construct the brain pathways needed to thrive. Explore the amazing things infants are observing and learning about the world around them. Identify caregiving strategies that promote optimal growth and development through sensitive and responsive care. Collect methods to foster trust with helpful routines that reduce upset and promote the infant’s ability to soothe and calm.

Watch interesting videos and identify what adults can do to increase communication skills and engage infants in meaningful ways. For this live 2-hour interactive webinar, you view the presenter on the webcam and a PowerPoint presentation. Participate in chats, polls, and a question/answer time as you apply the concepts to your environment.

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Imaginative Play in Early Childhood
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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During this course participants will discuss the role of imaginative play in early childhood and how it promotes children’s executive function. We will also explore strategies to encourage more imaginative play throughout a child’s day through play.

Planning and Delivering Curriculum with a Diversity and Equity Lens, Cultural Dynamics Series Workshop 4
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF: II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Create positive and inclusive environments for children of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Use this to plan and deliver curriculum with a diversity and equity lens- for teachers, family childcare providers, parent educators, and directors.

Effective Educators: Behavior Guidance with the Brain in Mind
Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Integrate a new mindset about behavior guidance in your practice as an educator. Recent research guides us in developing better behavior guidance strategies for working with young children, this includes observing children’s development and understanding what behaviors are appropriate. Participants learn about how behavior is wired in the brain and leave with a refreshed understanding of, and a variety of strategies for, appropriate guidance for young children.


February Trainings from Think Small Institute

Cultivating Optimistic Thinking in Young Children
Thursday, Feb. 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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During this course we will identify the characteristics and benefits of developing optimistic thinkers and explore effective strategies for fostering optimism and build a list of activities and environmental changes that will support and strengthen optimistic learning in young children.

Introduction to Cultural Consciousness: Considering Cultural Dynamics
Monday, Feb. 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF III: Relationships with Families (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Explore and practice cultural consciousness. Diversity presents itself in many ways when working with young children and their families. Learn how culture impacts child development and our relationships with families. 

Creativity and Play in Early Childhood
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Kristen Wheeler-Highland
KCF I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Broaden the perspective of creativity and how it is developed play in an early childhood program, and the educator’s role. Learn how creative thinking skills are obtained and improved in a variety of ways, including through dramatic play, verbal interactions, social skills, and language acquisition. Explore the vital role of play in fostering social/emotional skills and in executive functioning in young children.

Advocating for Young Children
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Marie Huey
KCF VI: Professionalism (2 Hours)
Price: $30

***Purchase your seat for the upcoming ‘Advocating for Young Children’ training and receive your choice of an upcoming Instructor-Led Training ($30 Value) for FREE!***

Use Promo Code: ADVOCATE

*Purchase applies to Instructor-Led Trainings only and does not apply to eLearning trainings. Offer expires 2/16/22.

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Understand importance of advocacy for early learning field. Explore ways to educate others and advocate for relevant policies in order to improve conditions for children and early childhood educators. Learn about the legislative process in Minnesota and how you can participate in public policy change. Discuss strategies for staying informed and engaged over time to make a difference.

Early Childhood Trauma: Understanding & Developing Strategies To Support Children & Families
Thursday, Feb. 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Tiffany Grant
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Define childhood trauma from birth to 6 and the behaviors children can display in the classroom environment. Discover strategies and how to interact with children to support their social-emotional development. Examine how to support the families you serve by providing resources that help families learn how to support their child facing trauma.

Multi-Age Groups: Learning and Growing Together
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Examine the benefits and challenges of multi-age early childhood programs. Explore developmentally appropriate curriculum and the use of consistent, flexible routines in multi-age programs. Plan strategies for group times, activities, and play experiences to promote children’s development and school readiness.

Sharks and Minnows: Exploring Family Relationship Building
Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF III: Relationships with Families (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Learn how to create open, cooperative, and reciprocal relationship building while we discover why the team approach is important to our relationships in this web-based course. This class will support unconventional thinking, collaboration, and leadership building so children and families can be supported.

“Kinda Mean” – Preventing and Resent of Kindness, Respect, Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Skills
Saturday, Feb. 26, 9:00am – 11:00am | Instructor: Kristen Wheeler-Highland
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Between 3 and 5, children are experimenting with behaviors and are learning how to get along with each other. Our job is to provide an environment that fosters respect, kindness, cooperation and help them develop conflict resolution skills. Identify and explore concrete ways to prevent and respond to behaviors. Explore activities and resources to build children’s skills (feelings, empathy, kindness, respect, self-control, and conflict resolution). Actively supporting children in learning how to live together peacefully, will set them up for positive interactions later in life and provide them a wide range of skills that will support the prevention of future bullying. Tips, techniques, activities, and resources will be shared.


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