Professional Development Workshop
May 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
NEW! Register for our Professional Development workshop tailored to early childhood professionals involved in education and childcare.
May 1, 2021 9:00am – 3:30pm ONLINE
May 8, 2021 9:00am – 3:30pm ONLINE (please note the change from in-person)
Registration is limited to 30 participants, so signup early. Registration ends March 31st.
This “Growing Up Green” workshop, funded by a grant from the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), is offered in two online sessions. The first will be heldm on Saturday, May 1st from 9am-3:30pm. The second will be held on Saturday, May 8th from 9am-3:30pm.
The morning program will train participants on the Growing Up WILD (GUW) curriculum. The afternoon program of the sessions will provide training on the Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood (PLT EEEC) curriculum. Participants will receive curriculum books that are aligned with current learning standards, as well as hands-on training on how to implement the activities in their classrooms. Descriptions of these award-winning curricula are cited from their websites:
“Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education curriculum that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.”
“Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. It is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs from children’s musician Billy B. Brennan that encourage children to sing, dance, and move.”
The online GUW program is eligible for MSDE Core of Knowledge Curriculum childcare providers’ credit. As of now, there are no Project Learning Tree EEEC credits that are available. In-service educators and early childhood specialists are also eligible for a $100 stipend upon completion of their workshop.