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January PACE Regional Trainings — Click here for the registration information.
You don't want to miss out on this Employment Landmines 2016 training in your region:
- Jan. 13, 2016 — Southern Region 2 Locations:
- 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. — The Stinking Rose: 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
- 2-4 p.m. — BB&T Insurance Services of California, Inc.: 2400 E. Katella Avenue. Suite 1100, 12th Floor Training Room, Anaheim, CA 92806
- Jan. 28, 2016 — Northern Capitol Region
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — California Child Development Administrators Association Conference Room, 1107 2nd St #320, Sacramento, CA 95814
Employment Landmines 2016, presented by Deisy Bach, CEO of HR Ideas
- Jan. 29, 2016 — Bay Area Region 2 Locations:
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA
- 2-4p.m. — Bay Area Entrepreneur Center, 458 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
With a new year comes new laws and changes to existing laws. From new regulations associated with the Equal Pay Act to new Mandated Reporter requirements, a number of new bills, laws and legislative issues go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. It is essential that employers understand these changes and how they will impact their business and operations.
Failure to do so may result in costly penalties, fines and potential lawsuits. Join HRI for our annual Employment Landmines seminar where we’ll review these changes and provide best practices and strategies for compliance for 2016.
A little about our presenter Deisy Bach, president of HR Ideas:
- Trends in 2015
- Changes in Mandated Reporter laws
- New labor laws, changes and regulations kicking in for 2016
- How these changes will impact your business operations
- Potential pitfalls, penalties and risks to avoid
- Safety updates and changes for 2016
- Best practices for getting and staying in compliance in 2016
Deisy has over twenty years' experience in human resources, with fifteen spent providing outsourced HR solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her experience encompasses most areas of human resources, including in-house and field support, call center, payroll, employee benefits, and HRIS implementation. During the course of her career, Deisy has successfully developed, implemented, and managed several departments, including an international division.
Deisy received her bachelor's degree from Montclaire State University in Montclaire, New Jersey, where she majored in both political science and sociology. Deisy is also a paralegal; having completed one of the first ABA approved certificate programs in the country. Deisy is a PACE partner.
California students who attended Transitional Kindergarten were more advanced than their peers in language, literacy, mathematics, and executive function, early results of a study by the American Institutes for Research show. The differences amount to as much as a five-month head start in kindergarten.
Transitional kindergarten — the first year of a two-year kindergarten program for California children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 — is intended to better prepare young 5-year-olds for kindergarten and ensure a strong start to their educational career. To determine whether this goal is being achieved, American Institutes for Research is conducting an evaluation of the impact of TK in California. The goal of this study is to measure the success of the program by determining the impact of TK on students' readiness for kindergarten in several areas. Using a rigorous regression discontinuity research design,1 we compared language, literacy, mathematics, executive function and social-emotional skills at kindergarten entry for students who attended TK and for students who did not attend TK.
Dec. 9, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET — Managing Mild Autism in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms: Top Teaching Strategies for Children with Mild ASD
By: Michael Assel and Libby Hall
Dec. 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET — Social-Emotional Learning & ECE Program Culture: How to facilitate resilience and inclusive culture
By: Dr. Maurice Elias
The Early & Elementary Education team at New America released a new report, "From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth — 3rd Grade Policies that Build Strong Readers" that measures states on a broad set of policy indicators that can help ensure children are on track to read on grade level by the end of third grade. The report and data visualization tool offer ideas on birth-3rd grade policies that support children's literacy development and rank all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on whether they have these policies in place.
One of the joys of the holiday season is the arrival of holiday cards. Opening these greetings of all sizes, colors and shapes brightens any business day, and it's the perfect way to say "thank you" for your business for the year, or give a personal greeting that helps solidify a business relationship. There's no reason to dread the task of sending cards if you get started now. Use these tips to help.
Many people don't associate introversion with leadership, but quiet leadership is not an oxymoron. In research for my book, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking," I found many examples of powerful quiet leaders — from Rosa Parks to Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates to Mahatma Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt — who all succeeded as leaders because of their quiet temperament, not in spite of it. These leaders embody the strengths identified by the research of today's top leadership experts who have found that when introverts draw on their natural strengths as leaders, they often deliver even better outcomes than extroverts.
As an employer, what would you have if you could train 100 percent of your employees? Or if a direct line of communication with your employees was always open, or if every employee could sincerely attest to the values and principles of your organization? Besides a highly engaged, informed and knowledgeable workforce, you would have an unequaled opportunity to strengthen your organization's culture. But enhancing culture also takes an air of cooperation.
Fisher & Phillips
One of the fascinating things about an OSHA citation defense practice is the distinctions you see in prosecution by Federal OSHA versus state plans. It is very unusual in the legal world to have the same laws enforced by different governing bodies. OSHA litigation is just that. Our workplace safety group's time is split evenly between defending clients against citations in one of the 24 or so approved state plans and the Federal OSHA states.
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (KELC Community)
Sensory Integration: Recognizing and Responding to Young Children with Sensory Issues
Presented by Christy Isbell, PhD OTR/L, Milligan College, TN
Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (GH Community)
Setting the Stage for Reading with Babies and Toddlers
Presented by Amy Read, M.A., Program Manager for Early Literacy Outreach
For our Tools of the Trade series we're exploring the iconic, seminal tools that some of us remember using in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, the Bunsen burner and the planetarium. Today we explore the simple, powerful tool that is still alive and well in some early learning classrooms: the wooden block. You might call it the anti-app. Measurement. Balance. Math. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun. The smooth maple pieces need no recharging, no downloading.
By: Pamela Hill
Talking is the most natural skill for almost every person. Talking begins early in development and needs little coaxing. Children have free rein to talk as long as they want and about any topic they are interested in — until they begin school. Once school starts, they are taught to be quiet, wait their turn and always talk on topic. Their talk is restrained by educational expectations. Are students with learning disabilities actually being hampered by school routines and expectations?
Most educators intellectually know the importance of working in teams, departments or professional learning communities. Most of us want healthy collaboration with colleagues and yearn for the support, understanding and guidance from others who walk in our shoes. Yet many team meetings are riddled with ineffective communication dynamics. Perhaps one team member dominates the conversation, or someone else disengages and never participates, or someone derails discussions.
Children who attended transitional kindergarten performed better on language, literacy and math skills when they started kindergarten, compared to their peers who weren't in the program, according to a new report. The American Institutes for Research released its first report that examines the impact of California's transitional kindergarten program, which was created through the California Kindergarten Readiness Act in 2010. Transitional kindergarten is a unique, state-funded program that allows children to get an extra year of schooling before kindergarten if their 5th birthdays fall between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Lawmakers added the new grade after they changed the cutoff birthdate for kindergarten, which required children to turn 5 by Sept. 1 in order to enroll. About 83,000 children attended transitional kindergarten, also known as TK, in 2014-2015.
Scholastic Administration Magazine
As school administrators know, it isn't easy to juggle the many administrative challenges and government mandates while keeping a focus on what's most important — inspiring students to succeed. Every time a school district hires someone, stacks of documents are reviewed and processed by a half dozen or more staffers and administrators. Even the simplest equipment purchase requires records documenting the request, the funding source, the various levels of approval and the payment. Then there are the paperwork and processes involved in recording and maintaining health benefits, student records and assessments, teacher evaluations, curriculum changes and extra-curricular programs. That's a lot to keep track of!
The Atlantic (commentary)
Aisha Sultan, a contributor for The Atlantic, writes: "The first time I heard a preschooler explaining a classmate's disruptive behavior, I was surprised at how adult her 4-year-old voice sounded. Her classmate 'doesn't know how to sit still and listen,' she said to me, while I sat at the snack table with them. He couldn't learn because he couldn’t follow directions, she explained, as if she had recently completed a behavioral assessment on him. Months before either of these children would start kindergarten, they had formed judgements about who was smart and capable of learning and who was not. They had absorbed ideas on why some students wrote their names neatly, and others broke crayons."
Medical News Today
A unique benefit of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is the inclusion of nutrition education. In a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers report that both online and in-person group education are effective in helping parents reduce breakfast-skipping and improve other breakfast-related nutritional knowledge and benefits. Studies have shown that eating breakfast compared with breakfast skipping has been associated with a higher quality diet and decreased risk for obesity.
Have you seen any of these parents lately ... Permissive Paula. Paula becomes upset when you set boundaries and limits for her son Jeffrey. He's four years old and sometimes his enthusiasm overflows into disruptive or aggressive behavior. Paula is so permissive that even when Jeffrey gets out of control, she insists that "boys will be boys" and does nothing to guide his behavior.
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