Professional Development Short Courses

The Natural Learning Initiative is currently offering the following professional development short courses:

Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale (POEMS) was designed to provide direction to teachers and administrators who want to offer high-quality outdoor programs and provide hands-on opportunities for children in preschool outdoor learning environments. The scale is intended to guide quality improvements of outdoor children’s environments and promote child development and learning. By using the instrument as a self-study, the items can serve as a menu of strategies to work toward higher-quality outdoor activities. The goal is to encourage childcare centers not only to measure up to an average level of outdoor quality, but to also discover how to excel.

This course is worth 2 contact hours awarded by the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

For more information check out the POEMS course flyer.

 

Childcare Outdoor Learning Environments Quality Tool (COLEQT) is a portable tool aimed at assessing outdoor learning environments (OLE) quality across four levels of 13 built environment activity settings considered to be strongly supportive of healthy child development. This training is an introduction to the Childcare Outdoor Learning Environments Quality Tool (COLEQT). The objective of the instrument is to provide a valid, reliable tool for assessing the quality of outdoor environments and their use and at the same time provide guidance to childcare professionals and site administrators to assist them in making improvements.

This course is worth 2 contact hours awarded by the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

For more information check out the COLEQT course flyer.

Course Dates & Cost

POEMS Short Course:
July 12 – 21, 2021
Registration: $50

COLEQT Short Course:
July 19 – 28, 2021
Registration: $50