Professional Learning Academy

The Saul 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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    New Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL)

    Gain the core knowledge, management skills, and tools necessary to build and advance high-quality early education.

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    Series 1: Leading for Early Learning and Development

    Gain foundational knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for cultivating optimal learning environments and experiences.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Questions about our Certificate in Early Education Leadership?

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    The Science of Early Learning

    Understand the science behind early learning and how core knowledge informs decision making.

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Current Zaentz Academy Offerings

We offer in-person institutes and online workshops. See which offerings work best for your professional learning and enroll today. 

2018 Jun 04

​​​​​​​The Science of Early Learning and Adversity

Date: 

Monday, June 4, 2018 (All day) to Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Description: Learn the latest research and proven strategies to help you foster strong learning environments in early education that reduce stress, mitigate difficult behaviors and support overall development.
Audience: Early education directors and administrators, non-profit leaders, coaches, Pre-K - 5 principals, educators.
Special Invitation: The Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge is showcasing up and coming innovators in the field of early education. We invite Science of Early Learning and Adversity attendees to join us on June 4th from 4:00-6:30 PM to hear our Finalist Pitches and help us select innovative ideas with the potential to drive change in early education.

2018 Aug 06

Learn Module A: The Science of Early Learning

Date: 

Monday, August 6, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 24, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Understand the science behind early learning and how core knowledge informs decision making. Explore key learnings from the science of child development to improve the quality of early education, shape the ongoing work of program leaders, and recognize how relationships impact early learning. 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.

2018 Aug 06

CEEL Series 1: Leading for Early Learning and Development

Date: 

Monday, August 6, 2018 (All day) to Friday, December 14, 2018 (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.

2018 Sep 17

Learn Module B: Leading Adults for Quality Improvement

Date: 

Monday, September 17, 2018 (All day) to Friday, October 5, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Learn why supporting adult learning and development is critical to establishing and sustaining high-quality early education environments. Discover and apply practical strategies for creating a culture of adult learning and development, including fostering teamwork, psychological safety, and team learning. 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.

2018 Oct 22

Learn Module C: Stress, Adversity, and Trauma

Date: 

Monday, October 22, 2018 (All day) to Friday, November 9, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Understand how early experiences — including stress resulting from adversity and trauma — can impact young learners. Discover strategies for supporting early educators as they support vulnerable children. Gain critical skills in setting up organizational and classroom structures and practices that can help offset the effects of adverse experiences. 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.

2018 Nov 26

Learn Module D: Strong Relationships and Interactions

Date: 

Monday, November 26, 2018 (All day) to Friday, December 14, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Online

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Description: Explore the critical role that relationships play in early education settings. Learn why relationships form the basis for all learning, explore how relationships between adults shape learning environments, and cultivate new strategies to strengthen adult-adult and adult-child relationships. Download here for a complete map of the scope and sequence of program content.
Audience: State leaders and administrators, early education directors and administrators, non-profit leaders, coaches, Pre-K - 5 principals, educators.

Voices from the Field

  • 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

     

  • 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

  • [This institute] helped me think more carefully about my interactions with my students and how I can pack those interactions with wonderful teaching moments.”
    —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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