Virtual Classes

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MONDAY | APRIL 12, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Feeling Good, Feeling Great:

Strategies for Building Children's Self-Esteem

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Child Development

Positive self-esteem is critical for happiness and success. It is shaped by children’s own perceptions and those of significant people in their lives. This workshop gives teachers the strategies they need to help children develop positive self-esteem.




WEDNESDAY | APRIL 21, 2021 | 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Effective Teaching Strategies for Supporting Social

Emotional Literacy

Trainer: Lauren Bond

Duration: 2 hours

COK: 2-hour Child Development

In this session, teachers will define social emotional competence, discuss its importance to learning, and explore ways to support social emotional literacy in young children.




MONDAY | MAY 10, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Math by the Book - Using Children's Literature to Teach

Math Skills

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Curriculum

Bringing math to life through books adds an extra dimension to both the story and the child’s ever expanding world. Children learn when they are having fun! Teachers enjoy hands-on learning with books, some familiar and some not so much!



WEDNESDAY | MAY 19, 2021 | 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Enriched Learning Centers

Trainer: Lauren Bond

Duration: 2 hours

COK: 2-hour Curriculum

This workshop will provide participants with the necessary information to set up well defined learning centers that will enhance their curriculum, increase classroom management, and provide children with adequate material to stimulate their overall educational experience within their classrooms.



MONDAY | JUNE 14, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Taking Learning Outside

Trainer: Linda Bratcher

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Curriculum

Learn how outdoor environments encourage learning and develop strategies to plan for intentional learning. Lots of “take it outside” hands-on fun in all domains.




WEDNESDAY | JUNE 16, 2021 | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Coaching for Growth

Trainer: Lauren Bond

Duration: 3 hours

COK: 3-hour Professionalism

We all have the desire for our teams to grow professionally but we must learn the method of coaching rather than coaxing. Just as children need individualized support to learn, teachers need that same type of support and that can be accomplished with effective coaching. Coaches help teachers analyze their teaching and its impact on children. You want to be a coach that cultivates a habit in the teacher of continuously assessing and reflecting on what they can do to support children’s learning through promoting continuous self-assessment, developing new skills and improving existing knowledge. We will review the characteristics of coaching to include joint planning, observation, action, reflection and feedback. We will examine reflective practice strategies such as open-ended questions, interviews, self-assessments, observations, and videotaping. This workshop will grow you as a coach so you can better support the professional growth of the adults in your program.




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Linda Bratcher

Linda Bratcher has been an Early Education Training Facilitator since 2006 and has had over 120 of her workshops approved by MSDE. She has been privileged to provide professional development classes at the National Family Child Care Association Conference, Maryland State Family Child Care Conferences and Maryland State Child Care Association Conference in Ocean City, Maryland as well as for local childcare, preschool and family early educators.

Linda’s dedication to children began in 1973 as a registered family childcare provider and ended, after 47 years in the field, when she closed her last location of The Children’s Corner Child Care Centers which had locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.

Linda understands both the joys and the challenges of providing quality care for children of all ages. She willingly shares relevant professional experiences during each presentation, all of which are appropriate for veteran teachers as well as novices. Her “stories” are known to be a welcome component of just about every class!

In addition to professional development, Linda also provides coaching services in all areas of program operations, including last minute “Oh no, Licensing is coming!” panic attacks and non-compliance issues. Assistance with The Environmental Rating Scale and Maryland Pyramid Model SEFEL is also available.

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Lauren Bond

Lauren Bond, a leader in professional development for early childhood teachers and administrators, with a strong passion for maximizing the quality of education for children everywhere. Throughout the course of her 20-year career, Lauren has become a true resource for early childhood educators and programs. Lauren has served in the role of special education teacher, program coordinator, center director, regional director, director of education and currently as a consultant and trainer. As President of Bond Education Services & Training (BEST) she is committed to equipping early childhood professionals to be their absolute best, giving them the knowledge and tools needed to provide excellence in early education and to lead with passion. Lauren takes a hands-on approach to maximizing classroom management, childcare operations, quality assurance, classroom environment development, and much more. She strongly advocates for high quality in early education, with a special expertise in supporting and leading initiatives to attain and maintain MSDE and NAEYC accreditation. Additionally, Ms. Bond is a toddler and Pre-K reliable CLASS observer, a Maryland Accreditation Program validator, a MSDE certified Core of Knowledge Trainer, Zero to Three Consultant and Certified Trainer, OSSE Certified trainer for the District of Columbia. She has trained for community colleges, local resource networks as well as presented at national conferences such as the NAEYC Annual Conference. She has completed master’s level coursework at Ellis College of New York Institute of Technology and Bowie State University, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowie State University.