Professional Development Classes

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Creating and Enhancing Classroom Learning Centers

$20

Let’s talk about creating and enhancing learning centers that children will find enticing—from the Block Center to the Art Center!  Our topics will include room arrangement, basic materials, how to enhance each center by collecting and creating materials, and discussion on how these centers promote children’s development as they interact with each other, the materials, […]

February 22, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Preschool, Toddler
3 Clock Hours

The Importance of Pretend Play for Academic Learning

$20

Researchers are adamant that play = learning and that the best curriculum approaches for young children use play as their primary medium of instruction.  Join us for an in-depth exploration of the research that explains how children learn through play and how these play experiences provide the true foundations for future academic learning. At the […]

March 6, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Preschool, Toddler
3 Clock Hours

The Gift of Thrift: Collecting and Creating Priceless Learning Materials for Dramatic Play (Special Session)

$65

This is a special 10-hour professional development class. To view the promotional flyer for our special session series, 10 hour workshops SPRING 2018. If you have an unlimited budget for curriculum materials, this is not the workshop for you.  If you are like the rest of us, come on over and we will show you how to collect […]

March 24, 2018, 9:00 am
Age Focus: Preschool, Toddler
10 Clock Hours

Twos Palooza (Special Session)

$65

This is a special 10-hour professional development class. To view the promotional flyer for our special session series, 10 hour workshops SPRING 2018 (PDF). Join us for a day of intensive talk about two year olds! Our topics will include: Developmental achievements (from separation anxiety to toileting) Developmentally appropriate guidance (with a special discussion on biting) Key experiences to include […]

April 14, 2018, 9:00 am
Age Focus: Toddler, Twos
10 Clock Hours

Principles of Child Development

$20

Join us for an in-depth discussion of specific principles of child development.  The early childhood research literature points us to some basic principles that help teachers understand how children develop and learn.   Let’s explore the reasons behind developmentally appropriate practices! At the end of class you will receive a certificate for 2 clock hours of […]

April 24, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Infant, Preschool, Toddler
3 Clock Hours

Creating Positive Socio-Emotional Learning Environments

$20

Research tells us that teacher/child relationships and nurturing classroom environments are two crucial ingredients related to children’s learning.  Join us to explore guiding principles for creating a “encouraging classroom”—from the relationships we build with individual children, to the way we support the classroom as a community, to the way we facilitate guidance interactions. At the […]

May 3, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Infant, Preschool, Toddler
3 Clock Hours

Encouragement & Acknowledgement Versus Praise

$20

What words should we use to encourage children in their efforts and promote their self-esteem?  It has become common practice to use praise, but the experts are pointing out the pitfall associated with its use.  Join us to explore this issue and rethink how we support children as they develop pride in their accomplishments and […]

May 8, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Infant, Preschool, Toddler
3 Clock Hours

Facilitating Emergent Writing

$20

How do young children learn to write and how can teachers support their early writing experiences using developmentally appropriate teaching practices?  Join us to explore the answers to these questions and so much more!  Our topics will include stages of scribbling and writing development, the teacher’s role in supporting children’s emergent writing, and how to […]

June 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
Age Focus: Preschool
3 Clock Hours

Qualified Instruction

Our expert trainers meet the DFPS licensing requirements.

Capped Enrollment

Our small class sizes produce an ideal learning environment.

Comfortable Seating

Adult-sized tables and chairs facilitate superior engagement.

Ample Parking

Free parking is available at our convenient on-site lot.

Contact Us

Phone: (512) 243-6539
Email: training@nicholsonececenter.com
Address: 12233 RR 620 N Suite 201, Austin, Texas, 78750