UW Cultivate Learning's annual Quality Institute brings together family early education providers, coaches, teachers, program directors, faculty, and wrap-around service providers to advance quality learning for all children in the State of Washington. Sessions at this year's virtual institute, held on June 8-12th, 2020, are currently available to view on-demand, free of charge, courtesy of Cultivate Learning. In consideration of your complimentary access to these trainings, please complete the survey at the end of each session. Sessions are available in English, Spanish, and Somali.

In the opening session of our virtual Institute, the protests happening around the world inspired the plenary message, Protest is Communication, led by Gail Joseph, founding director of Cultivate Learning and Dawn Williams, Director of Professional Learning and Coaching. The connection was made between challenging behavior prevention and the much-needed anti-racism work the early care and education community needs. Phil Strain, The Pyramid Model co-author, presented the opening keynote, Put on your own mask first: How to implement the Pyramid model during COVID-19.

In the closing plenary, a panel of youth and children making change around Washington state shared their vision for the future and called on providers to help make it happen.

Other sessions include: The Art of Mindful Movement, Noticing Feelings: Teaching Emotional Literacy and Regulation, Adult Resilience: The Positive Spiral of Self-Care, and more!

Scroll to the bottom of the virtual institute page to browse Cultivate Learning's virtual activities and videos from their Circle Time Magazine and Meaningful Makeover projects. Check back for additional virtual professional development coming soon. Learn more about us at www.cultivatelearning.uw.edu. Email eaihelp@uw.edu if you have questions.

Course Objectives

Participants will gain knowledge of how the environment and room arrangement can support positive behavior, emotional literacy and self-regulation skills to help children manage their emotions, and strategies for taking care of themselves by reducing stress to optimize their work in the "new now."