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CANCELED: Preventing Suspensions and Expulsions
Tuesday January 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist, Kaplan Early Learning Company
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning
This edWebinar has been canceled. We do our best to try to avoid schedule changes, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Expulsions are not the answer to a child’s behavior or issues that occur within an early childhood learning environment. Young children are placed within a learning community that should support, encourage, and enhance a child’s uniqueness and the gifts each child brings into a classroom. The teachers and other adults in a program should serve as facilitators of learning by modeling, guiding, supervising, providing experiences, and offering high challenges and low threats. Often-overlooked components of a child’s history can create a breakdown in communication and relationships. The environment itself may trigger unexpected consequences. Inappropriate behaviors frequently stem from inappropriate expectations. Understanding child development and the continuum for achieving milestones and objectives is critical.
This edWebinar is designed to examine numerous factors that may influence how a child responds in the learning environment, along with a variety of strategies to intervene as necessary and most definitely prevent behaviors deemed unacceptable. The best classrooms are always unique and reflect the wonder of all parts coming together to create something remarkable. To take away a part diminishes the whole. Embrace the possibilities—no more expulsions!
This session will be of particular benefit to preK teachers and school and district leaders, as well as mental health or guidance counselors, and family care providers. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenter
Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company, has been in the field of education for almost 39 years. Keith began his career by working in childcare with infants and toddlers. Later, he taught kindergarten and elementary students. Keith spent the remainder of his classroom time teaching pre-kindergarten and working specifically with low socio-economic and diverse families as well as inclusion students. Following his experiences in the classroom, Keith moved on to teach at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and also became an assistant professor of early childhood education at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
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