Professional Development Archives 2015

PEBC Foundations of Literacy Institute
Our Kindergarten teachers attended this workshop to learn more about unlocking the power of reading for students. They examined the cognitive processes that people use to read effectively and the link between fluency, decoding, and the nuances of deep comprehension. Other themes of the institute included; demystifying the reading process, making meaning of complex text (getting the words off the page), and modifying instruction to ensure literacy growth and success.
PEBC Foundations of Literacy Institute, December 2015
Trailblazers: Discovering New Frontiers – A Breakthrough Forum for Executive Leaders
Paddington’s Head of School will attend this invitation-only conference on November 4, 2015.. As a participant in the C3 Summit, she will engage in challenging discussions with peers on topics such as talent issues, time sensitivities, board pressure, market unknowns, fears, and risk. This elevated leadership insight that will help propel the Paddington staff forward as a team.
Trailblazers: Discovering New Frontiers - A Breakthrough Forum for Executive Leaders, November 2015
Planting the Seeds of Resilience: Understanding Social-Emotional Early Development
Seven members of the Paddington Team attended this event, sponsored by The Denver Early Childhood Council. The focus was on social-emotional and mental health in early childhood development and cover a range of topics, including: working with children affected by trauma, whole family mental health, understanding the differences between challenging behaviors and mental health disorders, understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder in young children, engaging highly active children and assessment tools for social-emotional development.
Planting the Seeds of Resilience: Understanding Social-Emotional Early Development, October 2015
PEBC Effective Mentoring and Coaching Institute
Paddington’s Director and two mentor teachers attended this institute, sponsored by the Public Education and Business Coalition, and learned a collaborative and inquiry-based approach to professional communication which focuses on supporting colleagues’ thinking around planning, reflecting and problem-solving.
PEBC Effective Mentoring and Coaching Institute, October 2015
Early Childhood Education Association – 2015 Leadership Institute Program
Paddington’s Director attended this conference which featured timely topics and highly-qualified presenters. It was a great opportunity to learn more about licensing, regulations, legislation and Health Department updates and well as tips on employee recruitment, retention and morale.
Early Childhood Education Association – 2015 Leadership Institute Program, September 2015
National Coalition on School Diversity Conference
Paddington’s Director of Admission and Marketing attended this conference in Washington DC. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘21st Century School Integration: Building the Movement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’. NCSD’s conferences consistently engage a diverse group of stakeholders—advocates, researchers/scholars, educators, integration program directors, parents, students and activists—in dialogue with policymakers and one another. The conference was a rare opportunity for integration-specific professional development.
National Coalition on School Diversity Conference, September 2015
TEDxMileHigh’s Ideas at Play
Three members of the Paddington Team will attended this event.[/TEDxMileHigh’s Ideas at Play calls citizens to explore and activate ideas through the power of play. Play is the open place where we engage our senses, let our minds run wild, and explore the landscape of the imagination. We form powerful bonds by playing together and know that this integral activity is important throughout all stages of life. When we harness the power of play in an immersive and celebratory atmosphere, inventive ideas in art, design, science, and technology bloom and communities thrive.
TedxMile High’s Ideas at Play, September 2015
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
The entire Paddington Team participated in a facilitator-led Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training during teacher work week. Darkness to Light uses an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, August 2015
Music for Preschoolers Workshop
Four team members attended this workshop to discover more about how children learn music and how to apply it to lesson-planning and song-leading.
Music for Preschoolers Workshop, July 2015
Science Tidbit: Ramps and Rollers
Paddington’s Science Teacher participated in this workshop at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to learn more about how to make physical science fun and engaging for children through exploration and investigations of how forces work, and playful building design. This session incorporated hands-on, minds-on learning activities with an inquiry approach to science that includes playful exploration, literacy connections, and hands-on center and lesson ideas.
Science Tidbit: Ramps and Rollers, July 2015
Simply Science II
Paddington’s Science Teacher participated in this workshop at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to build science content knowledge while learning how to incorporate more science inquiry into the preschool classroom. Participants also hadtime to collaborate, brainstorm, and discuss ways to apply scientific concepts.
Simply Science II, July 2015
Traverse Conference
Two Paddington Teachers participated in hands-on experiences that focus on real-world learning. The innovative ACIS conference expeditions modeled ways to make school more like real life: messy, challenging and trans-disciplinary.
Traverse Conference, June 2015
Trailblazer Conference
Three members of the Paddington Team took part in this conference for creative school leaders looking to further develop their ability to lead innovation and change. This three-day event was sponsored by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.
Trailblazer Conference, June 2015
ACIS Workshop – Board Dashboards: Measuring for Success
Paddington sent one Board Member to this Association of Colorado Independent Schools’ workshop that focused on Governance strategies and best practices for school leadership teams.
ACIS Seminar for Board Members, April 2015
Successful Parent Association Leadership: Are we aligned, or do we need adjustment?
Three members of the Paddington Parent Association attended this workshop, sponsored by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS). This interactive workshop introduced principles of good practice that have successfully guided parent associations all over the country. Case studies were used to illuminate common challenges and identify practical solutions.
Successful Parent Association Leadership Seminar, March 2015
Teaching Strategies GOLD Basic Training
This training guided our teachers through all the components of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. They learned how the components work together and how to use the components to carry out project-based investigations in the classroom. Through highly interactive professional development modules, our teachers practiced gathering materials and planning for implementation. After completing this session, our teachers now have the basic skills they need to begin implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD using the online system.

Teaching Strategies GOLD InterRater Reliability Certification
After completing Teaching Strategies GOLD implementation training, 5 of our team members strengthened their implementation skills and received interrater reliability certification from Teaching Strategies. In addition to offering practice in using the Teaching Strategies GOLD, the online certification process measures the degree of agreement between educators’ ratings of preschool children’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors and those of Teaching Strategies’ master raters.
Teaching Strategies GOLD InterRater Reliability Certification, January 2015
Preschoolers and Autism Seminar
Our Learning Resource Teacher attended this one-day seminar and participated in interactive labs that included sensory play strategies, child directed play and social modeling strategies. She also received updates on the changes to autism diagnosis per the DSM-V and its implications for diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, the seminar covered strategies to use for effective intervention, visual and oral supports that can be implemented immediately, guidelines to identify areas of delay that may require additional examination and evaluation and strategies to support families as they move through the diagnostic and treatment process.
Preschoolers and Autism Seminar, January 2015


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