Western States Early Learning Institutes



February 10-13, 2019

Phoenix, AZ – DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe

Region 9’s Western States Early Learning Institutes has been expanded to offer a variety of experiences for education staff, program leaders and program partners.  You may attend just one element or a package that best fits your agency’s training priorities.

All activities will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe.  Located just minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, this location presents easy access for attendees from all area of Arizona, and throughout Region 9.  The Double Tree offers airport shuttles and on-site parking is free.

Three tracks will be offered:

  • Management Systems

Details coming soon…

  • Community Partnerships

Details coming soon…

  • Behavior Management + CLASS = A Comprehensive Framework






Trainer: John Gunnarson, Consultant, Early Care and Education

  • February 12-13, 2019 – Seminar: “Behavior Management + CLASS = A Comprehensive Framework”
  • February 26, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm – Webinar 1: “Implementing Positive Behavior Management: Strategies, Questions, Discussion”
  • March 26, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm – Webinar #2: “Sustaining Positive Behavior Management: Strategies, Questions, Discussion”

About this training…

Finally… a comprehensive, easy-to-understand approach to behavior management!   This two-day seminar with follow-up webinars will provide participants with a strong framework that they can use on behavior management.  Apply this framework program-wide or with individual classrooms.  On Day 1, you will learn concrete strategies for creating a classroom culture that embraces positive expectations, skills, and behaviors.   These are the foundational pieces that exceptional teachers use to develop their class into a cohesive, cooperative group.   Strategies will be presented using the CLASS Behavior Management indicators.   On Day 2, you will learn specific options for responding to the misbehaviors of individual children.  You will emerge with a comprehensive framework that you can apply to any misbehavior in any classroom.

The intended audience and participants for this seminar are education program managers, coaches, teachers, directors, and support staff.   Teams are encouraged to register.  All participants will receive a handbook to support their implementation of positive behavior strategies.

Here is the two-day agenda…

February 12, 2019 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Proactive Behavior Management:  Use CLASS to Create a Classroom Culture that Supports Positive Behaviors

Learn specific techniques for creating classrooms in which teachers intentionally teach children positive behavioral expectations.  Using CLASS and other research, this engaging seminar will focus on:

  • Intentionally teaching behavioral expectations
  • Redirection of misbehavior
  • Proactive
  • Clear behavior expectations
  • Support for autonomy and leadership, and
  • Classroom meetings.

February 13, 2019 – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Reactive Behavior Management:  Use Effective Strategies to Respond to Behavior Problems

In response to misbehaviors, participants in this engaging seminar will learn concrete strategies to apply to any behavior problem.  After identifying the goal of the child’s misbehavior, teachers have effective options to choose from:

  • Ignoring the behavior
  • Restructuring the environment
  • Directing the behavior
  • Offering choices,
  • Problem-solving, and
  • Logical consequences.

Participants will practice using a comprehensive Positive Discipline Action Plan that can be applied to any misbehavior.

February 26, 2019 – 3:00-4:00 pm

Webinar:  Implementing Positive Behavior Management:  Strategies, Questions, Discussion

March 26, 2019 – 3:00-4:00 pm

Webinar:  Sustaining Positive Behavior Management:  Strategies, Questions, Discussion

The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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Sacramento, CA 95814



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