The Heart Centered Teaching Institute presented by the Excellence Academy

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The 2nd Annual Excellence Academy

Community Conference

 

The Heart Centered Teaching Institute

September 9, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Kentucky Science Center – Riverview Room

717 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

 

Click here to register now!

 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The Heart Centered Teaching Institute is the 2nd annual community conference presented by the Excellence Academy. It is an opportunity to examine teaching through connection and relationship and to learn how to really see children as they are through observation, documentation, and reflective practice. What is the process of planning child-led experiences? How do you teach with open-ended materials, honor the interests of the child and still prepare them for school? How can we transform our thinking from traditional ways of viewing children and their families? How do we teach from both our hearts and our heads? Join us to discover a different way of working and being with children. Learn from local teachers and coaches who practice heart centered teaching. Be inspired to embrace the whole child and rediscover your own joy of learning.

 

For the past several years the Excellence Academy has been working with a select group of child care centers to learn and implement best practices in their programs. We strive to help teachers, children, and administrators to love learning, build communities, and transform lives. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and have a strong focus on the development of the whole child. Excellence Academy educators practice heart-centered teaching and believe learning should be play-based and child-led. We use observation, documentation and reflective practice to support the natural curiosity that all children possess. We embrace joy as the heart of the learning process to engage the curious minds of children and adults. We continue to receive ongoing affirmation and research supports our practice that children learn best through play. We have become researchers alongside the child taking their curiosities, interests and thoughts into perspective in everything we do.  It has definitely proven to be a positive influence in and out of the classroom for both the children and educators. Through intentional observations, educators can learn about the individual child while building genuine relationships to support a healthy social emotional foundation of the child. Please join us as we visit the process of planning through reflective thinking and what the first steps are in doing this.

 

This opportunity is available for the low cost of $5 per participant. Directors are strongly encouraged to attend this professional development event along with their staff.

Institute Highlights include:

Keynote Speaker:  Julianne Wurm

Sessions:

  • Moving from Head to Heart-Centered Teaching
  • Offering Materials &  Observing with Joy
  • Making Meaning from What We See
  • Teacher Reflection
  • Breakout Session with Julianne Wurm

Breakfast and Lunch are included as well as optional time to explore the Kentucky Science Center after the conference.

 

About the Keynote Speaker – Julianne Wurm  

Julianne has over 20 years of experience in education, specifically curriculum and instruction. Julianne lived and worked in Italy and researched within the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and is the author of 2 books on her work there.  The best-selling, Working in the Reggio Way and its follow up, More Working in the Reggio Way are both written as practical guides geared towards teachers.  Her research has also been featured on the Katie Couric Show and published in the Harvard Business Review, CNN, and educational journals.

Ms. Wurm is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher and loves to ask and answer questions, drilling down on data for unique insights.  Julianne has led global initiatives that spanned across 60 countries and conducted large-scale international research projects.

Ms. Wurm has worked as both a teacher and professional developer in under-resourced schools in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco and was a member of Teach for America.  She has also worked as an instructor at Columbia University.

Ms. Wurm holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Chico. She earned her MA in curriculum design and EdM in early childhood education from Teachers College at Columbia University, where she also completed her EdD.

 

Register Now!

If you have any questions, please contact Tammi Hudgins at

[email protected] or 502-618-5675.


A letter from 4-C’s Board of Directors

Posted: August 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Dear Community Partner,

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Janet Masterson’s departure as Executive Director of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C), effective August 1, 2017.  Janet has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck as she continues to focus her time and energy on her health and family. We want to thank her for more than 25 years of dedicated service which included many significant accomplishments.

During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization.  Cori Gadansky will serve as the Interim Director while the Board of Directors determines its next steps.  Cori has served as the Acting Director since January and will continue to ensure that the organization helps to meet the needs of children, families, and child care providers.

Again, we cannot thank Janet enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). Her expertise and knowledge will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and community partners.  The team at 4-C is committed to honoring her legacy by serving as a voice for children, their families, and the child care providers who serve them.

If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at [email protected]

 

Sincerely,

Connie Wallace, Board President


It’s Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!

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Dear Child Care Provider,

You inspire us every day with your commitment to children.

You provide experiences that challenge the mind and excite the spirit.

You laugh with them. You hold them when they are sad.

You coach them through conflict. You show them how to be a friend and a part of a community.

You feed them, clean them and help them tie their shoes.

You are a positive presence in their lives, a home away from home.

You prepare them for school by encouraging a love of learning.

You foster their independence, their confidence, and their pride.

You know the power of play and that it’s never just play. You let them get messy.

You see those scientific minds at work, from the very beginning, how they investigate and explore the world around them.

Your work is so important. You give them the foundation, and we put our future in your hands.

You are a super hero and you are fearless.

 

Thank you from all of us at 4-C.

 


Exciting new opportunity for Jefferson County Providers!

Posted: April 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | 2 Comments »

Jefferson County Child Care Center Providers:

You are invited to be a part of Ready for K through Play, an innovative professional development opportunity utilizing Communities of Practice.

Earn up to 18 hours of certified training hours, FREE!
Receive stipends, lunch, door prizes and other classroom incentives!

Communities of Practice are formed by people who serve a common purpose, share a concern or a passion for something they do, and engage in process of learning how to do it better, as they interact regularly.

For more information and to apply, click on the link below. Hurry, the application deadline is April 26th!

Ready for K through Play Communities of Practice


Kindergarten Countdown Community Events

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The Rally to End Child Abuse is March 29!

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Join our team. 4-C is hiring!

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Trainer/Communities of Practice Coordinator

Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) is a non-profit organization that develops a comprehensive approach to coordinating child care services in the local community. For over 40 years, 4-C has supported and enhanced child care and continues its tradition of supporting families by coordinating a vision of  a high quality early childhood care system available to all children and families.

Our agency is looking for a Communities of Practice Coordinator, paying an annual salary based upon required qualifications and experience and skills.  This position will be responsible for developing the program and facilitating Communities of Practice (COP) with child care directors and teachers, as well providing on-site coaching to COP members. Must have the ability to travel to appointments, meetings, and training sessions.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in at least one of the following fields:  Early Childhood Education (preferred), Family & Consumer Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or related field.  Must have Kentucky Trainer’s Credential-Level 3 or above (or will support otherwise qualified candidates to successfully obtain Trainer’s Credential).

At least two years of experience working with young children in ECE setting.  Knowledge of Environment Rating Scales (ITERS & ECERS).

The Essential duties are, but not limited to:

  • Organize the program by recruiting members, coordinate meetings and research, develop and present topics and materials for learning and growth for the members.
  • Provide a safe, respectful, and positive environment for members to exchange ideas and problem solve issues in early childhood.
  • Facilitate discussions and provide support to members based on identified best practices.
  • Communicate with participants on a regular basis to keep them informed and engaged.
  • Manage the technical and administrative functions of the COP (secure venue, order lunch, manage paperwork for TRIS).
  • Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with teachers/caregivers to develop and implement ongoing goals.
  • Support the teacher/caregiver to provide opportunities to promote the child’s growth and development for all developmental domains.
  • Assist teachers/caregivers to structure environments, routines and interactions that contribute to positive social-emotional outcomes for the children and families in the program.
  • Build relationships with other staff based on mutual respect, demonstrate effective communication skills, practice conflict resolution skills, have an on-going commitment to learning, possess good observation skills, and model best practices working with young children.
  • Work with 4-C staff to develop and implement new training programs.

The Communities of Practice Coordinator must have excellent written and verbal communications skills, competent interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills. Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports and track data.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with an organizational culture committed to serving all members of our community.  We offer a competitive salary and have a comprehensive benefits package that includes, health, dental, vision, retirement and paid time off.  If you would like to be a member of our team, please forward your cover letter and resume to [email protected] or fax to 502-805-0776.


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Season’s Greetings!

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Seasons Greetings from 4-C


4-C is hiring!

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Nutrition Manager

Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) is looking for an experienced Nutrition Manager who will be responsible for supervising the department staff and managing the activities of the Food Department.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Nutrition or Home Economics or a related field. Display an understanding of current state and federal regulations which govern the CACFP and state regulatory regulations governing family child care and child care centers and minimum of 3 years supervisory experience and/or 3 years’ experience in a child care program.

Regular work hours are Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30, BUT the candidate MUST also be available AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH to work EARLY MORNING HOURS of 6:30 – 7:00 am, to observe the serving of a breakfast meal AND AT LEAST ONE LATE EVENING HOURS of 5:30-7:30 pm to observe the serving of a dinner meal.

The Essential duties are, but not limited to:

  • Responsible for compliance with state and federal requirements which govern the agency’s sponsorship of family child care homes and child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Plan and execute family child care recruitment activities and programs which support family child care providers in the 4-C Kentucky service areas.
  • Develop funding proposals, contracts and reports to funding organizations quarterly and annually as required.
  • Hire, train and supervise food program staff and CACFP area consultants.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of 4-C programs and policies as a member of the Leadership Team.
  • Organize data and methods of maintaining current data and review all CACFP monitor reports to assure program compliance.
  • Develop provider training curriculum materials and perform monitor visits and initial provider training when required.
  • Coordinate food program goals and objectives with other 4-C programs and staff.

The Nutrition Manager must have excellent written and verbal communications skills, ability to organize and motivate staff, display an understanding of current state and federal regulations which govern the CACFP and state regulatory regulations governing family child care and child care centers, good computer skills and a Driver’s license and regular access to vehicle covered by liability insurance.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with an organizational culture committed to serving all members of our community.  We have a comprehensive benefits package that includes, health, dental, vision, retirement and paid time off.  If you would like to be a member of our team, please forward your cover letter and resume to [email protected] or fax to 502-805-0776.



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