Transform your practice through Erikson’s Learning Series.
Each Learning Series is designed to let you dive deeply into a practice area or focus on individual concepts that will inform your work with young children and families.
- Achieving Biliteracy in Dual Language Classrooms: A Practical Approach
July 8-10, 2014 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This three-day series empowers teachers to integrate the Biliteracy Unit Framework (BUF) in their early childhood program. Widely known as the gold standard in dual language education, the BUF maximizes instruction and integrates curriculum– but how can teachers practically apply it? Sara Robles and Susan Pryor, the instructors, have utilized the framework in multiple grade levels and will share their experiences with unit design, building oracy, reading comprehension, writing, and word work.
Susan Pryor, M.S.
Susan Pryor, M.S.ECE., has been a kindergarten teacher in the dual language program at Erie Elementary Charter School for four years. Pryor holds an master’s degree in early childhood education from Erikson Institute and a bachelor’s degree in deaf education/elementary education. Pryor is Cuban-American and grew up in Miami as a simultaneous bilingual. She was drawn to dual language education as a way of maintaining a connection to her Latino heritage while working to help the next generation maintain theirs. Her knowledge of sign language has enriched her pedagogy with second language learners. Susan has worked at the preschool and kindergarten levels across a range of educational settings. She has also worked at a national level to support systems level change as an information/training specialist on a federally funded grant.
Sara Robles, M.S.
Sara Robles, M.S.ECE., began her career as a Montessori educator, learning the value of integrated, child-centered methods. While Robles attended Erikson Institute, her career evolved into the field of bilingual education. Since that time, Robles has taught in a variety of dual language settings from preschool to first grade. Robles is experienced in designing curriculum for biliteracy, presenting at professional conferences, as well as consulting for colleagues and school districts in their endeavors to improve dual language programming.
- Early Intervention Methods: A Three-Part Series
August 28, September 4, and September 11 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Register for one or all three of the sessions.
The series offers a rich, deep exploration of various methods used in delivery of early intervention services. The exploration begins with a look at historical methods of early intervention service delivery, and a nod at future trends, including the Primary Provider Service Delivery model.
Practical strategies, specifically positioning and sensory processing will be discussed in depth, offering professionals intervention strategies they might use immediately in their own practice.
Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D., OTR/L
Jennifer Rosinia teaches physical growth and development in Erikson’s master’s degree programs. She has more than 25 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. Her expertise is in neuroscience with a particular interest in sensory processing, the role of emotions, and the impact of relationships on the developing child. She also is a consultant and president of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc.