WyECPLC Regional Calendar

Classes Across the State

Welcome to our training calendar! One of our goals at the Professional Learning Collaborative is to increase access to high-impact professional learning. We want you to be able to access trainings from across the state that will be meaningful and relevant to your work with young children. As you browse below, please feel free to look at upcoming sessions from all regions. For additional details, a Zoom link, or to ask any questions you might have about sessions in that region please email the corresponding Regional Facilitator. We look forward to learning with you!

Click on a region name in the dropdown menu below to view classes availble in that area. 

A map of the WyECPLC Professional Learning Regions
 

North West Region

Regional Book Study: Wyoming's Coherent Path to Quality

Held Virtually starting Monday, October 18th

Join your colleagues as we take a deep dive into Wyoming’s Coherent Path to Quality and learn how we can apply it every day to create quality care and education for Wyoming’s young children.

 

Joy in the Mess

Held Virtually on Tuesday, October 12th

Are you feeling tapped out, exhausted, and uninspired? Let’s change that! Join us for a session that will focus on refreshing our perspective and help us search for the joy in the day to day of our work.

 

Joy in the Messiness

Held In-Person in Powell on Tuesday, October 26th

Are you feeling tapped out, exhausted, and uninspired? Let’s change that! Join us for a session that will focus on refreshing our perspective and help us search for the joy in the day to day of our work.

 

The Power of Partnerships

Held In-Person in Worland on Thursday, November 18th

During this session we will discuss what we believe about families and how we can search for the unique gifts each family brings to your program.

 

Introduction to the 5 Commitments of Optimistic Leadership

Held Virtually on Tuesday, November 30th

In this session we will overview Leading for Children’s 5 Commitments of Optimistic Leadership and reflect on how they impact ourselves, children, staff, program, and community.

 

Creating Your Classroom Community

Held Virtually on Monday, December 6th 

When we empower children and create a community for children in our classroom children feel valued, empowered, and eager to learn. Join us in this session to discuss and strategize how to create a classroom community with your unique group of students.

 

Please contact Tyler Gonzalez using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

North Central Region

Book Study: This Is Play! Environments and Interactions that Engage Infants and Toddlers

*Deadline to Sign up: September 17, 2021

“Slow down, tune-in, and discover the very purposeful play of infants and toddlers.  Addressing considerations like, choosing interesting materials, setting up safe and inviting environments, and why you are the most important element of play for young children, the authors alongside to help you 

  • Better understand what play means for infants and toddlers.  
  • Read children’s ques and respond to their needs for more challenge, a break from interaction, or a plat partner  
  • Support children's physical, social and emotional, language and cognitive development 
  • Adapt the way you play with children and what materials you offer based on individual abilities, interests, and needs 
  • Look at a toddler behavior in new ways and proven strategies to help children navigate play situations with peers.  

This book is a delightful, easy read, full of insights, like how to [provide play choices for even very young children and why sportscasting is not just for TV but for infant and toddler classrooms too.  With its spot-on ideas and delightful anecdotes, you’ll gain a new application for infants’ and toddlers’ competence and curiosity and how important your role is in the birth-to-3 adventure.” 

CLASSES

Embracing Wyoming’s Coherent Path to Quality

Held In-Person: Thursday, October 14 from 7:00-8:30pm at Campbell County Library (2101 S 4-J Rd, Gillette, WY)

Held Virtually via Zoom: Monday, October 18 from 7:00-8:30pm

Did you know that Wyoming has written a path to quality! Never has our state had a statement of quality and now, we do! Wyoming’s Coherent Path to Quality is a tool that was written by educators, parents, directors, and other stakeholders in our field. Join Kara and others from your region to explore this document, and then discuss and exchange ways that this can be tailored to you, your classroom, and your program! 

 

Using Literacy to Build Relationships with Families

Held Virtually via Zoom: Thursday, November 11 from 7:00-8:30pm

When learning experiences are relevant and meaningful, they are more profound. Using relationships and literacy as a catalyst, we will deepen our understanding that children learn and develop within relationships and multiple contexts, including families, cultures, languages, and society. Together we will share ideas that help bring families into our classroom and help create opportunities for young children to engage in literacy skills. 

 

Building Meaningful Relationships while Coaching and Mentoring (For Leaders)

Held Virtually via Zoom: Thursday, December 2 from 7:00-8:30pm

When working with children we know that the foundation of learning, besides food and shelter, is relationships; the same is true for adults.  When we feel safe and respected the brain opens the capacity to learn new things.  As coaches and mentors, it is our responsibility to nurture and encourage positive and healthy professional relationships.  In doing this we create a model for staff to use inside the classroom thus helping young children foster those same kinds of relationships.  During this session we will use chapter one of the Wyoming Coherent Path to Quality as a tool to help establish those relationships within our workplace.     


Please contact Kara Cossel using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details.


 

Eastern Region

Back to School--Back to Professional Learning

Offered 3 different times in 3 seperate locations:

- Held in Torrington (EWC Tebbet Classroom Building Rm 131) on Thursday, September 30 at 5:30pm

- Held in Douglas (Converse County Library Meeting Room 1) on Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30pm

- Held in Newcastle (Location TBD) on Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30pm

What is professional learning? What does high quality professional learning look like? "What we want for our children, we should want for their teachers; that school be places of learning for both of them. And that such learning be suffused with excitement, engagement, passion, challenge, creativity, and joy" (Andy Hargreaves). In this session, we will discover the importance and characteristics of high quality professional learning. Educators will be introduced to Adult Learning Principles and will learn what to look for in their professional learning opportunities. Each educator will reflect on their own learning needs and, with their WYECPLC facilitator, plan their professional learning goals for the coming months/ school year. 

 

Regional Book Study: Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning (M. Masterson & H. Bohart)

Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00pm

*Register by October 10th!

"More than an activity, play is an approach to action and provides a space in which children can stretch themselves beyond their capabilities outside of play situations." Pauline Harris & Eleni Giannakis. What is play? What is guided play? What is the teachers role in play? Through this book study of "Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children's Learning," we will seek to discover the answers. "Serious Fun" discusses the learning environments for successful play, the brain science of play, and providing rich learning experiences through play. In addition to the text, we will learn what the NAEYC says about play in the newly released DAP Position Statement. In this series, participants will read "Serious Fun" as well as participate in a minimum of 5 group book discussions, virtually. 

 

Please contact Liz Goddard using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

West Central Region

Learning Environments

Held In-Person on Tuesday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30-pm at Lander Public Library

Come join us as we learn about how environments can promote children's learning and engagement. (Worth 2 STARS Credits)

*If at least 6 people are not registered by Sept. 13th, session will be postponed or cancelled.

Register Here: https://www.wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106206

 

Book Study: Really Seeing Children by Deb Curtis

*Please register by September 16th. The book study will start on September 27th.

Come join us as we learn together about finding joy as we observe children's learning and perspectives. These observations can lead to more meaningful, purposeful teaching. Throughout this book we will learn how observing children can show us their development in their play, relationships, and environments.

This will be a six week book study with three meetings throughout the book study.

8.5 STARS Credit available

Register Here: https://www.wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106207


Please contact Kelce Eckhardt using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

Southwest Region

What Do I Do with the Naughty Kids? Using Wyoming's Coherent Path to Quality to Build Positive Relationships

Held Virtually on Tuesday, October 12th from 6:30-8:00pm

Register here: https://wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106330&agent=1

 

Rediscovering Children's Joyful Learning

Held IN PERSON on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Sweetwater County Library, 300 N 1st East, Green River, WY 

Register here: https://wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106331&agent=1

 

Rediscovering Children's Joyful Learning

Held IN PERSON on Tuesday, November 9 from 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Mountain View Branch Library, 322 Cedar St., Mountain View, WY

Register here: https://wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106332&agent=1

 

Creating an Emotional and Physical Environment Where Everyone Will Thrive 

Held Virtually on Monday, November 15 from 6:30-8:00pm

Register here: https://wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106333&agent=1

 

Providing Experiences that Build New and Deeper Understandings

Held Virtually on Tuesday, December 14 from 6:30-8:00pm

Register here: https://wyregistry.org/index.cfm?module=trainingEventEditor&eventID=100106334&agent=1

 

Please contact Char Norris using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

Central Region

The Power of Community: Building a Community of Educators

Held Virtually on Thursday, October 21st from 6:30 - 8:00pm

In NAEYC's Developmentally Appropriate Practice Position Statement it says, "creating and fostering a community of learners provides the foundation for consistent, positive, caring relationships where each member of the learning community feels valued for what they bring to the community and all members are supported to consider and contribute to one another's well-being and learning." In this session, educators will discuss the importance of participating in a community of learners where each member feels valued by others, recognized for the strengths they bring, and cultivate rich relationships where each member feels safe to learn and grow in individual ways. 

 

Natrona County Readiness Roundtable: Building Community to Combat Isolation through Self-Care

Held Virtually on Tuesday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00pm

Natrona County Early Childhood Educators, the Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative, in conjunction with the Natrona County Early Childhood Alliance and Wyoming Kids First, are pleased to announce the return of Readiness Roundtables! These events will provide one and a half hours of focused time on topics relevant to early childhood during which we will learn about community or state resources and engage in collaborative learning to create shared knowledge and strategies of how to support the healthy growth and development of our youngest children. 

We will be meeting three times this school year. Mark your calendars for the following dates: Tuesday, October 26th, Tuesday, January 25th, and Tuesday, April 26th. All meetings will be held virtually over Zoom from 6:30-8:00pm. 

 


Please contact Ashlee Fincher using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

South Central Region

Cultivating Stronger Relationships Through Challenging Behaviors 

Date: Thursday, October 14th from 6:30-8:30pm 
Location: 1650 Harshman St. Rawlins, WY

 

Cultivating Stronger Relationships Through Challenging Behaviors

Date: Thursday, October 28th from 6:30-8:30pm

Held Virtually via Zoom

 

Beautiful Surroundings: The Emotional and Physical Environment

Date: Tuesday, November 9th from 6:30-8:30pm 
Location: 210 W. Elm St. Saratoga, WY

 

Beautiful Surroundings: The Emotional and Physical Environment

Date: Tuesday, November 16th from 6:30-8:30pm

Held Virtually via Zoom

 

The Influence of Materials on Children's Learning

Date: Saturday, December 11th from 9:00-11:00am

Held Virtually via Zoom

 

The Influence of Materials on Children's Learning

Date: Tuesday, December 14th from 6:30-8:30pm

Location: 1125 Boulder Dr. Laramie, WY


Please contact Taylor Dory using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details. 


 

Southeast Region

BOOK STUDY - Starting September 16th

Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning

What's better than reading a book alone? Reading it with someone else! Join other early childhood professionals to read about Powerful Interactions. In the early childhood settings, children and teachers interact all day long. The benefits are enormous when even some of those “everyday” interactions become intentional, purposeful, and culturally responsive—in other words, Powerful Interactions®! 

 

The Power of the Learning Environment

Held Virtually on Thursday, September 30th, 6:30- 8:00pm

This session will discuss the positive impact the classroom environment can have on children with their learning experience. We will dive into the ideas of offering different options throughout the school year. We will take a look at age appropriate environments as well.


Please contact Heather Kibler using the form below to request a Zoom link or for additional details.