A team of early childhood teachers from Alexandria, VA are headed to the UVA campus today and tomorrow. Westminster Weekday Preschool is participating in a 2-day workshop hosted by the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services and the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) on November 12th and 13th.
Ron Reeve and colleagues from the Curry Autism Spectrum Specialty Clinic and Research Group will be presenting an interactive seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders entitled, “An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Indicators and the Role of Early Educators,” while researchers from CASTL will be presenting on math instruction and intentional teaching. Ryan Kiley, a member of the MyTeachingPartner-Math/Science team, will be talking about “Promoting Early Math Skills with Relevant Teaching Strategies.” Wrapping up the 2-day workshop will be Leslie Booren, a CASTL researcher, discussing “Making the Most of Classroom Interactions: Building an Instructionally Supportive Classroom Through Intentional Teaching.”
Participants will learn about new research linked to child development, evidence-based teaching strategies that can be applied in their classroom, and the most noteworthy topics in special education. Participating teachers will also have the opportunity to watch videos of other classrooms and plan out interactions within their own classroom.
“We are excited to be visiting UVA to learn ‘what’s new’ in early childhood education,” said Carolyn Burke, Director of Westminster Weekday Preschool. Burke is a UVA Alumnus and has stayed connected with the Curry School of Education. “We enjoyed a former workshop based on CASTL research, and wanted more professional development days for the teachers at our school.”
Burke added that Westminster is hoping to continue their partnership with CASTL to support educational research. Currently a Westminster teacher is participating in the CASTL research project called Effective Classroom Interactions.