Professional Training Workshops | BookSpring

Professional Training Workshops

BookSpring serves childcare professionals, teachers, parent support specialists, and healthcare workers in the Central Texas area and beyond.

Childcare Centers, Schools, Parent and Family Support Organizations, and agencies of all kinds can request workshops at any time of year, and we will strive to accommodate your size, schedule and goals.parent-engagement

Our Workshops

Parent Engagement through Early Literacy (90 minutes)

Learn to increase parent engagement at your school/center based on best practices and Texas House Bill 4 standards. Sections include: Becoming a welcoming school, building and maintaining great relationships with families and increasing family involvement. Accomplish these important goals by using free and low cost (fun!) literacy resources available to all.

Parent Book Club - Trainer of Trainer Course (3 hours)

Are you looking for an enjoyable way to engage the parents of your early childhood students while offering them real knowledge and skills? Come learn about Parent Book Club! This three hour workshop will provide you with important tools to engage parents in a six week learning journey. Experienced book club facilitators will share best practices, a full curriculum, a sample set of books and years of experience. You will leave prepared to help parents understand the importance of their role as their child’s first teachers!

Currently available through Region 13 Service Center (located in Austin) on

December 7, 2016       8:30-11:30 a.m.

April 4, 2017               8:30-11:30 a.m.

Register through the Region 13 course catalog online at:

https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html

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Book Selection for Young Children & Read Aloud Strategies

These two sessions are 90 minutes each or can be offered together in a 3 hour block.

Take advantage of the “double feature” workshop to expand your knowledge of how to choose books that perfectly fit your classroom of young readers. Developmentally, books for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners have quite different characteristics and purposes. Then, once you have the perfect book — what’s the best way to share it? Learn about strategies to make the best of story time.  Believe it or not, it can be even more magical than it is already with just a few expert tweaks.

Currently available through Region 13 Service Center (located in Austin) on

February 7          8:30-11:30 a.m.

Register through the Region 13 course catalog online at:

https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html

Courses offered through the Region 13 ecampus catalog are fee based. Fees are paid to Region 13.

Our Approach

Professional Development Programs at BookSpring provide research-based, high energy, trainings with current information relevant to the home and classroom.

  • Trainers are certified through the Texas Trainer Registry (Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System).
  • All trainings are based on the latest research and best practices as well as years of hands on experience in the field.
  • BookSpring trainers are engaged in the day to day work of the agency and well acquainted with the challenges of the populations served by our partners.

Impact

Last year the Professional Development Programs of BookSpring trained over 300 teachers, parents and paraprofessionals in book sharing skills, read aloud techniques, and parent engagement strategies. That’s a good start!

For more information or to host any of these workshops through your organization, please contact Jill Gonzalez at jill.gonzalez@bookspring.org.