Professional Learning Academy

The Zaentz Professional Learning Academy equips early education leaders with the knowledge, tactics, and networks they need to enhance young children's learning environments.

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Current Zaentz Academy Offerings

We offer on-campus institutes and online programs. See which offerings work best for your professional learning and register today. 

2019 Aug 05

CEEL Series 1: Leading for Early Learning and Development

Date: 

Monday, August 5, 2019 (All day) to Friday, February 28, 2020 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Provides early education leaders with foundational knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for cultivating optimal learning environments and experiences. The four Learn modules plus the Plan and Apply module that comprise Series 1 offer leaders insights into critical issues related to learning and development for both children and adults. Download here for a full map of the scope and sequence of the program content.

Audience: State leaders and administrators, early education directors and administrators, non-profit leaders, coaches, Pre-K - 5 principals, educators.

2019 Aug 05

CEEL Series 2: Rethinking Leadership in Early Education

Date: 

Monday, August 5, 2019 (All day) to Friday, February 28, 2020 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Addresses topics that provide early education leaders with concrete leadership and management knowledge, skills, and tools. The four Learn modules plus the Plan and Apply module that comprise Series 2 offer leaders insights into leadership and management that will support improvement efforts. Download here for a full map of the scope and sequence of the program content.

Audience: State leaders and administrators, early education directors and administrators, non-profit leaders, coaches, Pre-K - 5 principals, educators.

2019 Oct 15

Language, Behavior, and the Brain: Designing Effective Early Learning Environments and Experiences

Date: 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (All day) to Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (All day)

Location: 

HGSE Campus

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Description: This program is offered as part of the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy and is aligned with the Academy’s mission to equip leaders with the cutting-edge knowledge, strategic tactics, and collaborative networks needed to design and implement approaches and policies that improve young children's learning environments. Participants will learn from experts in the field, analyze case studies, and develop a strategic plan based on these learnings that can be used in their own educational settings.

Chief Instructors: Stephanie Jones and Nonie Lesaux

Audience: Directors and leaders in early education and Pre-K programs, teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, supervisors, and higher education faculty and administrators.

 

Want more information about CEEL?

Watch our recorded webinar about CEEL for a walk-through of the program and to learn more about the content of the online modules.

Voices from the Field

  • The institute helped me to think about the challenges going forward in helping adults understand the importance of the research and relationships in creating learning environments."
    —Zaentz Academy Participant, June 2018

  • The more we learn about promoting healthy development, and buffering against the effects of adversity, the clearer it becomes that one of the best investments for young children is in the adults who care for them and shape the settings where they learn and grow.”
    —Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, Zaentz Co-directors

  • There were a number of times during this Institute that I wanted to stand up, and shout “Hooray, Finally!” This is our moment, and we need to make the most of it. The Zaentz Initiative gives the field a strong voice to advocate for policy change, and to elevate our field.”
    —Zaentz Academy Participant, December 2017

     

Contact us to learn more about how the Zaentz Academy can be a part of your organization's professional learning.

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