C5 Hosts Music Together Teacher Training

C5 will host the internationally acclaimed Music Together three day teacher training for the Bay Region at the end of January. We will also put four of our musically competent teachers into the comprehensive training. That will result in our having nine in-house music teachers trained by Music Together.

The training lasts 27 hours over three days, January 29-31, 2016.

Participants will discover a new way of thinking about and relating to children and music. They can expect to:

  • Learn the four points of the Music Together philosophy and how early childhood research supports their curriculum
  • Observe three full-length demonstration classes, complete with parents and children, taught by experienced trainers
  • Learn a new repertoire, including songs, rhythmic rhymes, instrument and prop activities, and movement activities
  • Practice leading song and movement activities
  • Learn about children’s tonal and rhythm development and how to support the young child’s musical growth
  • Learn lesson-planning and classroom management strategies
  • Learn how to assess children’s music development, and communicate this information to parents and caregivers
  • Receive the trainer’s personal attention, coaching, and feedback
  • Meet and have fun with others who love children and music

C5 has hosted many training sessions for the San Francisco Bay Area teachers. The Songs & Skills sessions lasted one full day and covered 1) all of the songs in the current collection, led by a master teacher from Music Together, and 2) concepts and skill development in working with groups of children and their parents.

The other Three Day Teacher Training sessions that we have hosted have also helped music programs in the area to prepare their teachers for wok in their programs open to the public. Many families who have enrolled in our full-day, full-year early learning and development program have already taken the Music Together program in public. Then, they continue to get the full, three collections per year program at C5 as part of tuition.

There is more information on the Music Together website.

C5 Instructional Staff Takes World Famous Course

All of our instructional staff took the comprehensive 18 week online course offered by world famous Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC). It is a collaboration of WestEd and the California Department of Education. It includes extensive online interactions and discussions, in-depth reading, embedded practice in classrooms, and video conferencing.

One half of our 32 member teaching staff was in the cohort taking the 2015 fall session. The other half joined the cohort taking the course in the winter session. As new staff members come on board, they schedule to take the very special course.

Course topics include an exploration of the different temperament types; stages of social-emotional development; development of self-esteem, security, and social competence; socialization and guidance; program policies that best support healthy social-emotional development; learning, culture, and families; early brain development and learning; discoveries of infancy; culture; partnerships with families; and, working with children with special needs.

Our Center Directors and Site Supervisor have taken  PITC’s world famous Train the Trainer courses in Berkeley and San Diego. They are conducted onsite with approximately 12 trainers and 150 professionals at a time and comprising Modules 1-4 and lasting 18 weeks. Two of our directors have also completed additional training at PITC Directors Academy conferences and conducted in-house PITC-related training for our entire C5 Children’s School staff. Our Director of Learning has also taken the basic and advanced training on programming for and work with Special Needs children and families. The basic part of that training is considered Module Five of the PITC series.

PITC Directors Academies are offered every year and involve the very latest in their world famous research and practices relating to early childhood learning and development. Ongoing topics cover Brain Development, Multi-Cultural Influences, The Importance of Open-Ended and Risk-Taking Play, Engaging and Supporting Families, Promoting Equity Balance: Black Boys in Early Learning Programs, Immigrant Families and Belonging: Building a Sense of Home, Family Partnerships and Culture, and Transformational Family Engagement: Families Strengthening Families.

Visit the Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC) website: https://www.pitc.org/pub/pitc_docs/home.csp