2021 Early Years Conference has ended
The 18th Annual Early Years Conference focus is on understanding the approach to a Multi Tiered System of Support. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that promotes equity and access by engaging “ALL” through a tiered approach that uses differentiation of services and supports. “All means ALL”.

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Participants will receive 6 PD hours per day. Their hours will be added into the Workforce Registry between 1 to 4 weeks after the conference. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion – but will not be asked to upload this certificate to the Workforce Registry.

Please contact Kelly Slocum at kelly.slocum@sdcoe.net for conference support. Also, visit our Early Years webpage at Early Years > Home (sdcoe.net).

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Friday, March 5 • 9:35am - 11:00am
The Environment as the Third Teacher

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Have you ever thought about the voice in your environment? What does your lighting, the materials and other aspect of your environment say? In this workshop participants will analyze the voice of their current or future classroom. Studies show that messages around us, whether absorbed consciously or subconsciously, speak to us. They often unwittingly form our opinions, biases, and guide what we learn. Therefore, a critical look at the environment as the third teacher is an important observation when serving ALL people. Participants of this workshop will hear research joined with practical application towards making the third teacher an environment inclusive for all. This workshop will focus on the student-centered learning, and individualized student needs components of the Multi-Tiered System of Support.

avatar for Bernadette Towns, PhD

Bernadette Towns, PhD

Professor of Child Development, Bakersfield College
Bernadette Towns has been a Professor of Child Development at Bakersfield College since 2000. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a PhD in Education. Bernadette has been educating over 25 years and has taught every level of education from infant care to college. Dr... Read More →

Friday March 5, 2021 9:35am - 11:00am PST
Virtual Workshop