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Workshop Registration

Below you will find highlights from some of our upcoming workshops as well as helpful information about registration and participation. You can also use the Workshop Calendar to map out your professional development over the next few months. Visit our registration page to see all of the classes currently open for registration and to register online.

January 2023 Professional Development

Renewing Our Commitment To Children

January is the perfect time to recommit to our goals and practices as educators. Join us for this month’s professional development workshops, which offer a little bit of everything you’ll need to brush up on the basics and take your teaching and caregiving to the next level. Grow your understanding of curriculum and student support, and unpack new tools for documentation and assessment– there are even opportunities for new teachers and administrators! Below are just a few of the many workshops available in January:

Addressing Diverse Learning Styles to Meet Children’s Needs: Individual children learn and develop in different ways. As educators, we need to be equipped to help them succeed in the most beneficial way. This training will show teachers how to view children through the lens of individuality, give them different ways to identify if children need accommodations, and demonstrate practical ways to use and understand accommodations to help children succeed.
Date/Time: January 17th, 6-8 p.m. or January 19th, 4-6 p.m.

Strengthening Business Practices for Child Care Programs: Budgets, Projections, and Planning: This workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ foundational knowledge of fiscal terms, concepts, and practices. Participants will learn about the importance of fiscal planning to the sustainability of their business operations and leave with tips and best practices that will help break down fiscal processes into manageable steps. Participants will be introduced to financial reports that can help them better manage their center’s finances and to the concept of internal controls and how those controls can strengthen a center’s fiscal health.
Date/Time: January 9th, 12-2 p.m. or January 21st, 8-10 a.m.

New Teacher Orientation: This month we are excited to introduce two courses to support new teachers or to help current staff strengthen their approach to teaching and caregiving. Participants can choose to learn about developmentally appropriate practices and/or creating safe and healthy learning environments. These workshops can be completed individually or together and in any order.
Date/Time: See Registration Page for more information

February 2023 Professional Development

The Language of Learning

February’s parade of workshops will get your “krewe” learning through language!  There are many ways to use language for effective communication and to develop concepts for young children as they explore their surrounding learning environments. Workshop participants will unpack vocabulary-building strategies for ages birth to 5, learn how to expand children’s use of language, and practice effective questioning techniques that help children meet learning goals. Check out a sample of the courses below, or click on the Register Here button to see the full workshop menu:

Focusing Children on Learning Goals: This workshop will provide participants with strategies to help children understand what they are learning through three simple strategies: setting the stage before the activity; making targeted statements to direct focus during the activity; and providing “wrap-up” statements at the end of the activity.
Date/Time: February 6th, 6-8 p.m. or February 25th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Talk It Up! Expanding Conversations with Children Birth to 5: Give children more information about what they’re doing and teach them to think about their activities in a new way. This workshop helps participants learn how to create opportunities for extended conversation with children, how to expand and promote children’s language and thinking, and how to build on what children say so they can develop complex language through new words and phrases.
Date/Time: February 3rd, 12-2 p.m. or February 28th, 6-8 p.m.

Asking Questions Birth to Five: Asking children questions helps them process information and develop critical thinking skills. This session introduces participants to strategies for using meaningful questions to increase the quality and duration of conversations, which encourages higher-level thinking for children.
Date/Time: February 7th, 6-8 p.m. or February 25th, 8-10 a.m.

Workshop Calendar

Use this calendar of upcoming workshops to plan your professional development over the next few months. Note that registration is not yet available for all classes. Our online registration system shows classes currently accepting registration, and new classes are added all the time!

 

Tip: Click the Agenda tab at the top of the calendar to see the calendar in a list format.

Sessions for Type I, Type II, & School-Based Providers

We welcome participants from Type I, Type II, and School-Based centers to attend our workshops for a small fee. Limited seats are reserved for Express Registration to these participants in workshops that include “Type I/II/School” in the workshop title. These can be found on the Workshop Calendar. Additional seats may become available to these participants in other scheduled workshops and may be open for registration within one week before the workshop date. Type I, Type II, and School-Based centers may also request private fee-based workshops scheduled on-site or virtually. For questions about workshop registration, please contact pd@agendaforchildren.org or visit the custom workshops page.

Helpful Registration How-To Guides

Accounts & Registration

Registration is required for all Agenda for Children workshops. Agenda for Children reserves the right to cancel multiple registrations for the same workshop to allow space for other participants to enroll.

Before registering for a workshop, please ensure your account information is up to date by logging into training.agendaforchildren.org then clicking “My Account” then “Edit Profile/Password.”

Participants will need to register for each individual session they would like to attend. Sessions are capped at 25 participants, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. You will receive the session Zoom link with your confirmation email as well as in a reminder email two days before your session. If you register for more than one session, please ensure you are logging into your session with the correct Zoom link.

Beginning March 1, 2022, each individual became responsible for maintaining their own Agenda for Children account to complete registration, update their profile, complete evaluations, and download certificates. On March 1, 2022, the option for primary account holders (i.e. directors) to manage staff accounts was eliminated, and all accounts were unlinked. This change was made to reduce account errors and to promote accountability and ownership of professional development opportunities among individual participants. Click here for help with creating an account or registering.

Register Online

Cost

Registration is currently only open to programs in the following parishes in Agenda for Children’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) service area:

  • Assumption
  • Jefferson
  • Lafourche
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. James
  • St. John
  • St. Tammany
  • Terrebonne
  • Washington

Programs outside of these parishes should contact their local CCR&R. To find your CCR&R, click here.

Registration is offered free of charge to staff who work at Type III programs and family child care providers registered with the Child Care Assistance Program. Participants from these program types will need to provide us with their program’s license number so we can verify that their program accepts Child Care Assistance and that they are eligible to attend the training for free.

Registration for staff from non-Type III programs (Type I, Type II, and school-based programs) is $10 per participant per 2-hour session, with an additional $5 per additional clock hour. Online payment is required prior to attendance; we cannot accept payments in-person or via mail. Due to restrictions in our funding, we are not able to open registration to Type I, Type II, and school-based programs until we have enough participants from Type III centers. Non-Type III programs should contact pd@agendaforchildren.org for information on registering. 

Virtual Workshop Policy

Below are Agenda for Children’s requirements and guidance to ensure you are successful in participating in and completing a virtual workshop:

  • You must have your own email address, technology (computer, tablet, phone), and Internet access or cell data in order to attend virtual classroom workshops. Shared devices are not allowed. If a facilitator identifies more than one person on a single device, the person who owns the device will be eligible for a certificate but the other person will not be eligible for a certificate and will be asked to leave the session.
  • After completing workshop registration, participants will receive an email with the link for the Zoom workshop as well as any handouts for the workshop. One to two days before the virtual workshop, participants will receive a reminder email with the same information.
  • At least 10 minutes before the session starts, participants should join the virtual workshop by clicking on the Zoom link they received. Participants should download the Zoom app prior to their session and give themselves enough time to get into the workshop session and settle in. Participants logging in 10 minutes after the session begins will not be admitted.
  • Participants will be required to respond to roll calls verbally and put their first and last name in the chat box at both the beginning and end of the session. Be sure to name your device by first and last name only (numbers, emojis, nicknames will not be accepted) as this helps us recognize you before check-in and will also be used to check for participation throughout the session after the session ends.
  • Participants will need to use both audio and video to participate in the session and are required to be visible on camera and use their microphone whenever asked. Participants must have a secure Internet connection that will allow them to stay actively signed into the session. Participants experiencing technical difficulties due to no fault of Agenda for Children may not be admitted back into the current session to reduce disruptions to the session.
  • Participants must ensure they are in an environment that supports learning. Participants who are actively supervising children, driving, shopping, web searching, etc. while attending the workshop will be removed from the session.
  • Participants who are not present for the full duration of the session or who do not comply with the aforementioned guidance or requests made by facilitators will not receive a certificate. 
  • Licensing or the Department of Health can contact Agenda for Children to confirm attendance as needed.

Certificates

Seven days after a workshop, participants should log into their Agenda for Children account to complete the workshop evaluation and download their certificate.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations for workshops should be made before a workshop begins by logging into training.agendaforchildren.org then clicking “My Account” then “Registrations” then “Drop.”

For individual registrants, Agenda for Children will issue 50% of the registration fee if cancellation requests are made before registration closes, which is three business days prior to the workshop. To request a refund, email pd@agendaforchildren.org. Agenda for Children will not issue refunds for requests made after registration closes or after a workshop has occurred. 

An organization may substitute a colleague for the original registrant at no charge before registration closes, which is three business days prior to the workshop. To request a substitution, email pd@agendaforchildren.org.

“No Show” Policy

Cancellations for workshops should be made before a workshop begins by logging into training.agendaforchildren.org then clicking “My Account” then “Registrations” then “Drop.”

Anyone who registers for a health and safety workshop and fails to attend without warning will be blocked in our online registration system and registration may be dropped from the next round of workshops. For non health and safety workshops, anyone who no shows for two or more trainings in a row will be temporarily blocked from using our online registration system.

These policies are in place because we often have far greater interest in our workshops than spaces available. When participants no show, they take a valuable seat that someone else in the community needed. If you are unable to attend a workshop for whatever reason, you can always request that a colleague attend in your place (within at least 3 days’ notice) or drop the class through our registration system.

When Agenda for Children Cancels Workshops

In the event that a scheduled workshop is canceled by Agenda for Children due to unforeseen circumstances, participants registered for the session will be notified using the email on their registration account, and anyone who paid workshop fees will be fully refunded.

Child Care Policy

We are committed to children, but out of respect for the adult learners in our sessions, children are not allowed at in-person workshop sessions, and participants in virtual workshop session should not be actively supervising children. Participants who bring children to in-person sessions or who are actively supervising children in virtual sessions will be asked to leave or be removed from their virtual session.

Have Questions?

Should you need any assistance in registering for a workshop or require assistance before, during, or after you are registered for a workshop, please email pd@agendaforchildren.org.

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