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Professional Development

Effective support and training are keys to the successful implementation of any curriculum. Educators who understand and support a curriculum's goals and objectives are more likely to implement the curriculum as it was intended and to promote positive outcomes for all young children. Connect4Learning recognizes the importance of providing effective curriculum-implementation training as well as ongoing opportunities for educators to learn and enhance their professional knowledge, skills, and practices.

Implementation Training (In-Person and Online)

Connect4Learning offers a variety of online and in-person training opportunities. All professional development is aligned to NAEYC and state standards and is delivered with the goal of effective curriculum implementation in mind. Coaching and mentoring opportunities are also available.

Initial Implementation Training (In-Person)

We recommend all new classrooms participate in live curriculum implementation training. Learn the theory and research behind Connect4Learning, discover its components, and explore how the learning centers, daily lessons, interactions, and family engagement create a high-quality learning environment. As part of learning how to implement and maintain the curriculum, teachers will plan their own daily schedules.

Initial Administrator/Program-Leader Training (In-Person)

Instructional coaches (administrators and/or program supervisors) will learn to help teachers implement and maintain high-quality teaching of the Connect4Learning curriculum. Attendees will discover how to support and empower teachers to effectively use the curriculum tools to make modifications based on individual children needs, strengths, and interests. Examples of topics covered in this session, include: use of the fidelity checklist, tips and techniques for mentoring, classroom observations, and using assessment to guide instruction.

New Teachers? Try Online Implementation Training!

Intended for programs that have already had in-person implementation training, we offer a two-part online implementation training for new teachers on your team. Completing both parts of the course is required.

Part 1, Unpacking Connect4Learning. Meet the research team behind the curriculum and learn a comprehensive overview of the curriculum's interdisciplinary approach and framework. Explore a day in the life of a Connect4Learning classroom, review key curriculum components and resources, and discover how to organize learning centers.

Part 2, Implementing Connect4Learning. Review teaching methods, core concepts of project-based learning, teaching strategies, differentiated learning, family engagement, and more. Explore the Connect4Learning interdisciplinary approach across math, science, literacy, and social-emotional domains. Learn about the ten thinking processes, teaching strategies, formative assessment, and individualizing learning experiences. Explore the Connect4Learning approach to support dual language learners and strategies to engage families to connect home and classroom.

Midyear Training (In-Person)

We recommend midyear training during the initial year of implementation to help instructional staff and coaches assess their progress and troubleshoot issues. Users can share their learnings from the curriculum’s embedded tips and trajectories and elaborate on emerging themes. Teachers reflect on their successes, challenges, observations, and questions, and hear from their colleagues with similar experiences

On-going/Follow-up Training (In-Person)

Connect4Learning users have asked, and we’ve answered! We’ve developed a menu of follow-up training modules to address trending topics, such as how to:

  • Adapt the curriculum for special needs

  • Master the math developmental trajectories

  • Help children develop the 10 thinking processes

  • Boost emergent writing and reading development

  • Use formative assessment to inform instruction and facilitate small-group lessons

  • And more!

Connect4Learning offers a wide variety of tools and resources to support your implementation journey. From in-person training to online modules, we will help you deploy the curriculum effectively, efficiently, and with ease.

Introductory Unit Modules (Online, Self-Paced)

Once you've reviewed the Teacher's Handbook, leverage the Online Portal to continue your implementation training journey. The Online Portal includes self-paced online learning modules that introduce each of the six curriculum units. Designed to support educators with effective curriculum implementation, these engaging and interactive modules highlight specific teaching methods, project preparation, and teaching tips for each unit. Watch the video trailers below for a sneak peak of each module.