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Professional Development Series

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The LUME Professional Development Series brings teachers together to think more deeply and intuitively about their professional practice. Through each of these 3-hour course offerings, educators are empowered to think more reflectively and to respond to children with more authenticity and integrity . Each course drills down on a different key area, allowing participants greater depth of knowledge and practical applications . What happens early in life lasts a lifetime. Join us to gain the knowledge and skills to promote lifelong success for children.

Special Discount: Buy 3 Get One Free. Use the discount code: BUY31FREE at checkout.

 
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Saturday, January 19: Wonder and Critical Thinking, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
15.00

Workshop Location: University City Children’s Center
6646 Vernon Avenue
University City, MO 63130

Childhood is a time of wonder. In children, it often manifests as an enthusiastic “wanting to know!” Why is wonder important? What does it have to do with learning? How do we as teachers support or diminish wonder in the classroom? In the second half of the class, we will explore the difference between thinking and critical thinking. At what age do children become critical thinkers? Through videos and classroom discussion, discover how children’s minds develop and how you can nurture wonder and critical thinking in young children.


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Saturday, February 2: When Children Play Doctor. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
15.00

Workshop Location: University City Children’s Center
6646 Vernon Avenue
University City, MO 63130

The words “childhood sexuality” can be hot buttons in today’s culture.  As educators, how do we respond to the questions and sexual behaviors we see in the preschoolers we work with? Discover how to support healthy attitudes toward body parts and respond to children’s curiosity about gender and reproduction. This course teaches participants how to differentiate typical childhood sexual behavior from more concerning behaviors, to avoid over-reactions and missteps when responding to children, and provide strategies for educating and supporting families as they seek to raise balanced, healthy children.


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Tuesday, March 5: Understanding Yourself and Others, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
15.00

Workshop Location: University City Children’s Center
6646 Vernon Avenue
University City, MO 63130

Deepen your reflective practice with five tools  that will help you reflect, communicate and build relationship with others.  The “swiss army knife” of educator trainings, you are sure to find uses in your professional practice and  your personal relationships. Don’t miss out on this fascinating and useful course

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Tuesday, April 23: When Children Play Doctor, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
15.00

Workshop Location: TBA

The words “childhood sexuality” can be hot buttons in today’s culture.  As educators, how do we respond to the questions and sexual behaviors we see in the preschoolers we work with? Discover how to support healthy attitudes toward body parts and respond to children’s curiosity about gender and reproduction. This course teaches participants how to differentiate typical childhood sexual behavior from more concerning behaviors, to avoid over-reactions and missteps when responding to children, and provide strategies for educating and supporting families as they seek to raise balanced, healthy children.


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Tuesday, May 21: Running on Empty: The Wisdom of Self-Care, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m
15.00

Workshop Location: TBA

Teaching children can be demanding. Compassion fatigue can easily set in when teachers constantly put others first.  Self care is a sign of wisdom, not weakness. If teachers are to not just survive, but thrive in their work, mastering the art of self care is essential. Learn how to  gauge and reduce stress, listen to your body, and choose behaviors that will restore your joy and balance. Your well being matters!


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