Engaging Families to Expand Early Learning Opportunities: How Can Technology Help?
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Course #: TEC101
Time: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Credit Available: 0.2 CEUs; 1.5 SWCEUs; 1.5 CPDUs
A program in rural Maine, Comienza en Casa (“It Starts at Home”), is funded by Migrant Education and helps families of preschool children eligible for services deepen their understanding of early learning goals and ways technology and traditional early learning materials can be used to promote school readiness at home. In this webinar, examples of how iPads are used by the children and families at home to learn, and create, through digital storytelling, book creation and as a documentation tool will be shared. The presenters will share perspectives of the collaboration from their roles as a program coordinator/home visitor, kindergarten teacher, and parent involved with the program.
Presented with TEC Center at Erikson Institute
Ana Blagojevic is the Migrant Programs Coordinator at Mano en Mano | Hand in Hand. For the past four years she has provided advocacy services for migrant youth ages 3-21 and their families. In 2012, Ana, in collaboration with an Early Education Consultant,began to develop and implement the program Comienza en Casa|It Starts at Home. Throughout the program, Ana has facilitated meetings, conducted home visits and worked intensively with parents to support their interests and ability to help their young children learn at home through both traditional and iPad based early learning activities. Before her work at Mano en Mano, Ana served as Director at the Red Hook ESL Center during her time as a Bard Trustee-Leader Scholar. At the ESL Center, she led a structural reorganization to increase center efficiency and enrich student and teacher participation.Suzen Polk-Hoffses
Suzen Polk-Hoffses, M.S., currently teaches kindergarten at a rural Maine elementary school. Prior to teaching kindergarten, Polk-Hoffses taught at a Head Start Center in rural Maine and set-up/ran a preschool program in a rural community in Paraguay, South America as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Suzen's passion in early childhood education and her mission in closing the opportunity gap among her young students has resulted in her incorporating the use of iPads in her kindergarten classroom.Juana Rodriguez Vazquez
Juana Rodriguez Vazquez is the mother of a child involved the in the Comienza en Casa ("It Starts at Home") Program and an Americorps Volunteer at Mano en Mano. Juana first moved to rural Maine with her parents and siblings fifteen years ago and they were one of the first families on the migrant stream to settle in community. Juana frequently assists in her sister's home childcare program. While she first used an iPad as a participant in the Comienza en Casa program in the Fall of 2013 as a tool to help her young child learn at home, she has more recently taken on the role of Americorps volunteer and is involved in a range of activities such as creating short non-fiction informational videos used in the program, and helping to coordinate bi-lingual learning activities at the public library and other community events.