An essential component to a civil society is understanding what methods providers can use to teach children early democratic life skills. In this eight-week training module, providers will explore early childhood pioneer’s philosophies within their environments and beliefs, using developmentally appropriate practices, learn ways to use encouragement with children and activities to teach democratic life skills.
In this training module, participants will explore lessons and learn ways to begin to apply that information into your skills and practices; engage in peer-to-peer learning through online discussion forums and two live Zoom sessions. Participants will create a focus area statement that will guide your activities towards supporting children in developing democratic life skills and reflect on your progress towards that vision each week.
This eight-week training module has weekly assignments, including online lessons, discussion forums, and personal reflective journals. In addition, there are two (2) live Zoom sessions on Thursday evening of weeks four (4) and seven (7) and a one-on-one support appointment with your trainer (scheduled by you).
The training module will include the book Education for a Civil Society: How Guidance Teaches Young Children Democratic Life Skills by Dan Gartrell.
This training module is appropriate for early care and education professionals who care for preschool or school-aged children in any license-type setting.