Professional Development for Preschool Educators

Thursday, August 15, 2024

Join us for the 8th annual Tools for Teachers, a professional development program for preschool educators. The Tools for Teachers program was started in 2017 to provide an enriching opportunity for preschool educators to learn from experts in an encouraging and collaborative environment.

Presentations and Workshops

Early Math: Building Strong Foundations

What we know from research is that we are all hardwired with innate mathematical abilities from birth. Children can often be found sorting leaves in the yard, quantifying how much snack they ate, or just knowing the routine of the day.

In this workshop, you'll discover how early math skills lay the foundation for future academic success, enhance critical thinking, and promote problem solving. Come away feeling more confident in your own math abilities and with practical strategies to integrate math into your classroom seamlessly, making math fun and meaningful to young children.

Crisis Communication Planning

Prevention, preparedness and protection for peace of mind. The world creates unexpected situations, and living in Southern California, planning for the unexpected comes with the territory. This workshiop will explain why and how communication can help you respond to an emergency, and we will look at common elements of effective plans.

Mayfield has been working with Joffe for several years and their expertise in school based health and safety has proven to be of great value. Joffe's approach is positive, empowerment-focused which helps build deep, lasting safety knowledge. The takeaway will be ideas and strategies for a pro-active approach that you will be able to implement at your school. 
Registration is $20.00 per participant. To keep costs budget-friendly, the maximum cost per school is $100.00 regardless of number attending.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

2024 Agenda

8:30-9:00 am | Coffee and Continental Breakfast Catered by Little Flower Cafe

9:00 am | Welcome from Joe Sciuto, Mayfield Junior School Head of School

9:05-9:50 am | Early Math: Building Strong Foundations Part 1
presented by Children's Center at Caltech

9:50 am | Break

10:00-11:00 am | Crisis Communication Plan
presented by Joffe Emergency Services

11:00 -12:00 pm |  Early Math: Building Strong Foundations Part 2
presented by Children's Center at Caltech

12:00-12:30 pm | Lunch
Catered by Little Flower Cafe. Join your colleagues for lunch.

12:30 - 1:30 pm | Sewing is Math!
Use your math skills to put together a patchwork pillow. Hand sewing - NO experience needed. A great opportunity to learn how to sew.

Past Presenters

Susan Wood and Melissa Samples, Children's Center at Cal Tech

Rae Pica, early education consultant specializing in the development and education of the Whole Child.

Scott Symington, psychologist and author of "Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings."

Susan Reedy, Family Therapist and Mindfulness coach.

Vicki Chiang, Clinical director of the Institute for Girls' Development

Gwen Palafox, Area psychologist


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