South-Central Summer In-service for Early Educators

July 31, 2017 8:15 AM–July 31, 2017 3:45 PM
The Hope Center, 2001 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX


The Power of Play in Early Childhood Education with Brandy Burns

Delegates will divide into small groups and rotate through the individual learning centers. Each learning center will be hosted by fellow delegates for peer-to-peer teaching and sharing of ideas. The purpose of each center and age-appropriate activities will be explored.

The Keynote Address

A growing amount of research in the field of learning suggests that in order for learning to be successful, it must be active, engaging, interactive, and meaningful. Play provides a powerful pedagogical tool for meeting these requirements in the early education classroom. During this session we will explore current research on play and learning, differentiate free play from purposeful play, and look at the constructs that need to be in place for successful implementation of purposeful play.

About Brandy Burns

Brandy is head of school at Morning Star Academy, Bonham, Texas. She says, "I cannot think of any better way to spend my days than by serving the Lord by working with His children. During my career I have worked in both public and private faith-based schools as a teacher and team leader. I have a B.S. in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University and am certified to teach Early Childhood through third grade as well as English as a Second Language. I also have a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Advanced Certificate in Christian School Administration from Dallas Baptist University. I am a wife to my wonderful husband of 10 years, Trevor, and a mother to our two sons Everett and Eli. Our family moved to the Bonham area three years ago and have been so blessed by that incredible leap of faith."


8:15     Registration
8:30    KEYNOTE
10:00  Break
10:15    SESSION 1 Rotate Learning Centers
12:15    Lunch
1:00     SESSION 2 Rotate Learning Centers
3:00    Review, Reflect, Make & Take
3:45     Dismiss

Earn six (6) clock hours for attending the whole day!

Contact the ACSI South-Central Early Education Office if you have questions.


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