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How do you help all children thrive? Get in-depth discussions and insider tips with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each episode gives access to real-world strategies and tools for dealing with behaviors that are challenging, pressures to “ready” children for Kindergarten, and the goal to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms, which address the whole child. The host, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, has 30 ears of experience in teaching and supporting early educators. You, too can become an ECE {R}evolutionary and reclaim children's right to learn through play, reimagine inclusive classrooms, and revolutionize early care and education.

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How do you help all children thrive? Get in-depth discussions and insider tips with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each episode gives access to real-world strategies and tools for dealing with behaviors that are challenging, pressures to “ready” children for Kindergarten, and the goal to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms, which address the whole child. The host, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, has 30 ears of experience in teaching and supporting early educators. You, too can become an ECE {R}evolutionary and reclaim children's right to learn through play, reimagine inclusive classrooms, and revolutionize early care and education.

    A Lesson In Humility

    A Lesson In Humility

    For me...this quote from Ijumaa Jordan says it all!
    I'll allow your initial shock, but we're still going to move forward. It's not going to stop us. We still had to talk about...we still have to move forward, because right now children are being harmed-" Ijumaa Jordan
    Here are just a few of the topics we dive into:
    Developing humility Classroom rules Characteristics of the White dominant culture Referring to others as our "friends" Implications for prioritizing the individual over the collective Where White Supremacy "shows up" in professional development And so much more! And so, we can grow together, because that gives me hope. It's not necessary that we actually have to know the same thing or do the same work, but that we're willing to do the work together to make those, the changes that we want, to move to that world where all needs are met, where there's no lack. ~ Ijumaa Jordan, ECE Consultant ijumaajordan.com

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    Connections Over Compliance

    Connections Over Compliance

    This is such a powerful episode!
    In it we talk about many of the issues that we're facing... living through a pandemic, and we aim to provide hope, specific strategies, and practical ideas of how we might transition to and reimagine what education will look like in the future.
    I learned so much, I have pages of notes and in fact, within an hour of recording this episode, I was already sharing what I've learned. Here's a quick example...
    Right at the start of our conversation Lori shared three things the brain just can't take, meaning things that will impact across any age our ability to learn, our ability to thrive:
    chronic unpredictability isolation emotional or physical restraint Sound familiar?
    Listen now and learn what you can do!

    • 56 min
    Transforming Challenging Behavior: It’s Mindset Before Methods!

    Transforming Challenging Behavior: It’s Mindset Before Methods!

    Do you all know Dr. Barb O'Neill? Host of the Transform Challenging Behaviors Online Conference. 
    Well in this episode you get to hear how the conference came to be, what Barb has learned over the years (aka her top tips for addressing behaviors that are challenging), and what to expect during the 3rd annual conference.
    We also talk a bit about how she came to love puppets and how to use them with young children to promote their social-emotional health and well-being. 
    The download for this episode includes a FREE e-Book with over 60 practical strategies you and use immediately to help with behaviors that are challenging.

    • 38 min
    The Intersect of COVID-19, IDEA, and Pre-K

    The Intersect of COVID-19, IDEA, and Pre-K

    In this bonus Pre-K Teach & Play podcast episode, I sit down to talk with Pat Radel, a special education lawyer, advocate, and father.
    We start off by sharing what he know as of April 7, 2020 about serving students on IEP during the pandemic.
    We then explore 20 U.S.C. 1414 (d)(1)(A)(i)(I)(bb) that states - IEP shall identify “for preschool children, as appropriate, how the disability affects the child’s participation in appropriate activities”
    The bulk of our conversation centers on 5 underutilized aspects of the IEP.
    Student Strengths - 20 USC 1414 (d)(3)(A)(i) Concerns of the Parent - 20 USC 1414 (d)(3)(A)(ii) Communication/Assistive Technology - 20 USC 1414(d)(3)(B)(iv) & (v) Supports for School Personnel - 20 USC 1414 (d)(1)(A)(i)(IV) - statement of services “to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child” - 20 USC 1414 (d)(3)(C) - “support for school personnel” - e.g. information on specific disability & implications for instruction  (Note - Official Comment to the enabling regulation makes it clear that this refers to support to meet unique & specific needs of child, not general in-service)  Parent Counseling & Training - definition of “related services” under 34 CFR 300.34  We end the conversation (abruptly due to tech issue on my end) about eligibly determination at this time. We specifically explore the requirement to administer a standardized test.
     
    To learn more about Pat go to https://www.getnicklivingston.com/

    • 42 min
    How to support children and families with Pre-K programs are closed for an extended time

    How to support children and families with Pre-K programs are closed for an extended time

    There are endless ideas and things being sent home with families on how best to “homeschool” students. Yet are these practices in line with our core values of family-guided practices, differentiation, and embedding during play and daily routines?

    I thought I'd join the conversation - and take it in a slightly different direction.

    In this bonus Pre-K Teach and Play podcast episode I'm joined by early childhood special education expert and professional development provider, Beth Diedrick.

    • 43 min
    The Power of Showing Up with Dr. Dan Siegel and Autism Expert Barb Avila

    The Power of Showing Up with Dr. Dan Siegel and Autism Expert Barb Avila

    In this episode I chat with my longtime friend, colleague, and autism expert Barb Avila, and Dr. Dan Siegel, a New York Times bestselling author and clinical professor of psychiatry. We dive into some really amazing stuff. Like how interpersonal neurobiology intersects with autism and the challenges of forming secure attachments with 24 children at the same time! We end with a brief conversation that left me knowing just how necessary the ECE {r}evolution is...& a few words of hope from both of my guests.

    • 47 min

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