CASTL hosts consultant from University of Miami for training

08/19/2013

Projects are gearing up at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) this week! The Learning to Objectively Observe Kids (LOOK) Project is hosting Dunia Villanueva from the University of Miami during August 19th through the 21st.

Villanueva is a mental health consultant that will be implementing the LOOK Consultation Model in Miami-Dade Head Start classrooms this year. This model was created with the goal of developing teachers’ skills needed to manage children’s challenging behaviors and promote social-emotional and academic learning.  LOOK incorporates aspects of previous Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation models (e.g., supporting implementation of strategies) and professional development models, such as MyTeachingPartner (e.g., guided video review), as well as new components (e.g., online learning modules).

The Learning to Objectively Observe Kids (LOOK) consultation model was created with the goal of developing teachers’ skills needed to manage children’s challenging behaviors and promote social-emotional and academic learning. The consultant training will involve teaching procedures for conducting assessments and giving feedback to teachers, reviewing videos and writing prompts, and helping teachers plan and implement strategies effectively with children.

Dr. Ann Lhospital, a Research Scientist at CASTL, will be leading the training. LHospital will also be a consultant for the LOOK Project this year here in Charlottesville while working with MACAA Head Start.

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