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Outdoor Classroom Specialist, Level I

Fundamentals of the Outdoor Classroom, Series of three workshops

Central California Level I Training Series: Fresno
Registration now open!
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Clovis Community College
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Fresno City College
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Reedley College

Southern California Level I Training Series
The Child Educational Center
140 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada, CA, 91011
Registration now open!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017


Outdoor Classroom Specialist, Level II

Growing the Outdoor Classroom, Series of three workshops
Northern California Specialist Level II Training Series (TENTATIVE)
Dates and locations to be announced


Outdoor Classroom Specialist, Level III

Sustaining the Outdoor Classroom, Series of three workshops
The Child Educational Center
140 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada, CA, 91011
Check back for more details about the Level III training.


What is the Outdoor Classroom Project Specialist Training?

Our Specialist Training Series is designed to increase the base of early childhood educators trained in a fundamental understanding of the Outdoor Classroom. Experience has shown that child care centers are most likely to successfully implement the Outdoor Classroom when there is at least one skilled teacher available to lead implementation activities. Centers that wish to acquire “Demonstration” or “Recognized” status need to have at least one teacher who has completed the Specialist I training.

The Specialist Training Series is composed of three sets of trainings (Specialist I, II, and III), and focuses on both individual and center development. Successful completion of each training is recognized by a certificate of completion that includes recognition of professional development hours.

Level I: Fundamentals of the Outdoor Classroom

(3-Day Training Series)

The Outdoor Classroom Specialist Training Level I workshops provide early childhood professionals a unique opportunity to acquire enhanced skills for cultivating and sustaining the Outdoor Classroom at their centers. The training consists of three full days of training on Saturdays over three consecutive months.

Workshop 1:  Anchoring the Outdoor Classroom
Workshop 2:  Evaluating Outdoor Programs and Environments
Workshop 3:  Fundamentals of Implementing the Outdoor Classroom

Required Reading for Specialist I:

Level II: Growing the Outdoor Classroom

(3-Day Training Series)

Participants of the Specialist Training Level II discover the next steps in nurturing the Outdoor Classroom in their centers. Emphasis will be placed on assisting centers in moving toward, achieving, or enhancing “Demonstration Site” or “Recognized Site” status. Staff from existing Demonstration or Recognized Sites are offered special training opportunities. Level II consists of three full days of training on Saturdays over three consecutive months. Participants select one or more objectives to accomplish over the duration of the workshop series.

Workshop 1:  Creating Strategic Approaches
Workshop 2:  Using Effective Communications to Develop Programs and Activities
Workshop 3:  Securing the Outdoor Classroom and Initiating Activity Centers

Level III: Sustaining the Outdoor Classroom

(3-Day Training Series)

The Level III training series is grounded in Specialist Levels I & II.  It is designed to further anchor those trainings and to take the participant deeper into several facets of the Outdoor Classroom.  Each Level III session features a Nature Explore hands-on workshop that is specifically integrated into the overall Specialist approach to Outdoor Classrooms. In addition to the Nature Explore workshops, participants will receive expanded exposure to effective communication and how to foster teacher engagement.  The third session will work with the myriad of ways in which the future of your Outdoor Classroom can be sustained and ensured including accessing in-kind and financial resources.  The Level III series will include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Workshop 1:  Integrating Nature into Outdoor Classrooms
Workshop 2:  Deepening Our Work with the Outdoor Classroom
Workshop 3:  Utilizing Creativity to Sustain and Evolve Your Outdoor Classroom

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