Using a Child-Centered Curriculum Approach in Out-of-School Time Programs Workshop

Curriculum should offer experiences that help children learn about themselves and the world around them. Planning for the curriculum is based upon the educator’s observations of and conversations with children regarding their needs, strengths and interests. This is the foundation of curriculum development that serves to engage children in learning. This shifts the role of the educator from the one imparting the knowledge to the one enhancing learning by working with the children and guiding them!

In this workshop, we focus on the importance of helping children build confidence in their abilities and increase engagement in learning using a child-centered approach in afterschool program planning. A child-centered approach focuses on planning based upon children’s interests and unique needs as well as integrating the educator’s talents and interests in planning. Join us as we weave together strategies to support learning by exploring children and educator’s strengths and talents, interests and needs, and program goals. We will also explore how to engage families and access community resources as a comprehensive approach to curriculum planning.
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Upon enrollment in this 2.5 hour workshop, you will have 2 weeks to complete all course content and submit your evaluation. Once the training is successfully completed, a 2.5 hour training certificate will be issued.

25% of this workshop will address the issues of "diverse learners"

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Include children in curriculum planning by asking about their interests and ideas
  • Use observations of children, other assessment information, and information from families to plan a child centered curriculum.
  • Share and integrate the educator’s interests and talents in curriculum planning, when possible.
  • Include family and access community resources in curriculum planning.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc.

The Institute for Education and Professional Development, Inc. was established in 2005 to provide professional development and consultation services to early childhood programs and educators. We work collaboratively with programs, educators, and agencies to improve the quality of education and care for young children and families.

IEPD has master instructors who provide training, coaching and mentoring services. Each of the IEPD instructors receives training on adult learning principles, training design and delivery, and evaluation. All of the IEPD instructors have worked in the field of early childhood education, bringing their own experiences and "lessons learned" to the training.

Our trainings are fun, engaging, and are filled with important information and resources. We want to work with you, hear your stories, successes and challenges, and provide assistance to help you in your work.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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