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Required Preparation for 

Skillful Teaching for Early Childhood Educators

Miami: 16-20 June 2015

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Complete this survey: In order for us to know more about you, we ask you to complete this survey. We will do our best to tailor our planning to accommodate your needs, questions, and interests!

Reading assignments (in advance of your arrival):

  • Part One of 'Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten', Wood Ray, K., and Glover, M., Heinemann (2008). We will purchase a digital copy of this book for you and provide you with instructions on how to download.


  • Your course materials are electronic. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site.  Participants are required to bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability to this course. If you are bringing a school laptop or one you are not familiar with, be sure to have the settings checked and be familiar with any passwords required to access wireless internet and to download software.
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TC Connection: This is the online portal for everything related to your course. Become familiar with how to use it. You should have received an invitation to your class group. Refer to that email for more details.

Case Study: We have included a practical component of this course so that we can share current challenges that we are facing in our schools and develop possible solutions and resources.

As professionals, we all face a variety of challenges in our current school settings and have questions about our current practices. In preparation for our reflection sessions in the afternoon, we ask that you think of one or two challenges or issues that you currently face in your school today about which you could use some feedback, ideas or resources. Think of areas of curriculum, teaching practices, school policies, or particular students or parents that puzzle you. Write a short description of the issue or problem you are wondering about. What would you like assistance with? This should be no longer than half a page. Please upload to the 'Vignettes' folder on our class page on TC Connection. Be ready to share this with others in the class.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Dustin Collins and Dan Chaney