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Online Learning and Other Resources for the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: Early Childhood Resources

Webinar: What About Us? The PLC at Work Process in Early Childhood Blended and Virtual Learning Environments

Achieve the full potential of preK–2 classrooms, whether blended, virtual or in person, through proven best practices aligned to the PLC at Work® process. In this edWebinar, you’ll learn about new tools for collaborative teams to use as they take collective responsibility to determine essential standards for both content and social-emotional learning, design developmentally appropriate assessments aligned to instruction, and monitor student progress to boost early childhood learning and development.

ISTE Early Learning Network

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has created a network of webinars and resources to support early childhood educators as they navigate the complications of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the pre-recorded webinars include:

  • From "Shelter In Place" and "Social Distancing" to the New Normal: The Essential Role of Educators as Media Mentors and "Helpers" with Young Learners and their Families
  • Play-based Learning with Apps at Home or School
  • Pre-Coding for Pre-K: Cultivating Little Problem Solvers at Home
  • What Does Quality Learning Look Like During the Coronavirus Crisis?

Webinar:Creating Anti-Racist Early Childhood Spaces

Now, more than ever it is important to address issues of race and bias in early childhood settings. Children notice race at a very early age and can begin to categorize people according to skin color. This webinar presents strategies for creating an anti-racist environment to promote the development of healthy racial identities.

Supporting Smooth Transitions into Kindergarten During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog post by New America discusses how educators must consider creative solutions on how to appropriately support smooth transitions to kindergarten for young learners. The article provides a list of ways schools can support these learners and their families.

Webinar: Music and Early Learning: Supporting Families in Making Music at Home

This edWebinar will explore the ways in which participatory and enjoyable adult-child music activities in live, synchronous, and asynchronous learning experiences can engage parents and caregivers in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement with the school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.

Family engagement in early childhood has been viewed as a predictor of children’s early learning skills and later school success. Now, with more young children and educators engaged in distance learning, and parents and caregivers finding themselves in the position of educator-at-home, it’s even more important to find enjoyable, quality, and accessible ways to engage parents and caregivers in their child’s early learning. Music can be an enjoyable, cognitively stimulating, and literacy-rich activity for children and parents to engage in together.

**Though the webinar registration is now closed, the recording of the presentation will be posted at the link below after Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Webinar: LSX Summit

Join New America for a line-up of mind-blowing ideas and innovative approaches to communicating the science of early learning. For the past two years, the Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) fellows program has brought together experts in Europe and North America across four sectors—early learning research, policy, journalism, and entertainment—to share crucial insights from their fields and to collaboratively devise new methods for spreading the word about how to help young children develop and learn at their full potential. These fellows, working in teams for two years, have designed three scaleable projects that take creative, outside-the-box approaches to translating childhood development research for parents, educators, practitioners, and the broader public. Watch them showcase their ground-breaking work, ask them questions about their projects, and join New America, the International Congress on Infant Studies, and the Jacobs Foundation in an interactive discussion on why it is critical to elevate and improve early learning and science communication.