All of Gesell Institute’s professional development programs can be tailored to the needs of your school, whether that be through a full, half-day, or 90 minute professional development seminar; or as a 90 minute webinar. Districts and schools are continually challenged to find meaningful ways to meet the in-service needs of teachers. Gesell Institute can provide the programs you need, presented by the highly trained and experienced National Lecture Staff right in your own school.
Full day programs begin at $1,500, but you can choose a more economical option by “piggy-backing” on a workshop already scheduled in your area. Additional topics are available upon request, and can be customized for your needs. The length of the program determines the depth of the content presented to your audience.
Sample workshop topics include:
Ages and Stages of Development: Understanding Children’s Growth, Learning and Behavior from 2 ½ to 9 years
Participants examine the tenants of effective management strategies and ways to help children develop self regulation (i.e., self-control) and acquire problem solving skills. Participants explore the role of child development in understanding behavior and setting appropriate expectations for each age group. This workshop investigates possible underlying causes for today’s challenging behavior so that it may be understood and dealt with appropriately.
This workshop addresses state-of-the-art teaching practices, and guides participants to explore how developmental level is related to curriculum (the what) and instructional strategies (the how). Intentional planning of curriculum promotes more student-centered, experiential and challenging experiences in the classroom.
This is an excellent topic for parent seminars, and includes discussion points such as brain growth and cognitive development; gross and fine motor growth; social-emotional development; and language/literacy skills. Participants learn about predictable cycles of development to aid in understanding the whole child. Consideration of curricular demands and behavioral expectations of individual school programs, as well as parental roles, complete the dialogue on school readiness.
Play, once the distinguishing characteristic between Kindergarten and first grade, is now banned in many Kindergarten classrooms. This seminar, using current brain research, explores how Kindergarten-age children learn, and focuses on how to meet both curricular demands and the developmental needs children. This seminar provides critical information to help educate parents and others about the importance of play in a child’s early learning.