Planning Educational Activities for CHildren (PEACH) is an interactive website that puts thousands of high-quality, developmentally appropriate activities at your fingertips! The activities available are designed for children ranging in age from birth to five years old and are directly linked to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS).
Using PEACH, teachers can:
- Create a customized lesson plan
- Include multiple age groups on a lesson plan
- Choose a variety of activities in each of the GELDS domains
- Add unique activities of their own
- Add time blocks to correspond to daily schedule
- Add children’s names to individualize activities
- Plan for adaptations or modifications as needed
- Design a plan to assess children’s progress
- Designate favorite activities to come back and use later
- Listen to audio examples of songs
- View images of how to create materials and games
- Save lesson plans
- Print or email lesson plans
NEW LEAD TEACHER TRAINING
This two-day training is MANDATORY for lead teachers who have never worked as a Georgia's Pre-K lead teacher or have not taught in a Pre-K classroom in the past two years. It is required that new lead teachers attend both days of training consecutively. Topics for this training include: child guidance, teaching social and emotional skills, components of the Pre-K daily schedule and resources available to all Pre-K teachers.
If your new lead teacher did not attend New Lead Teacher training during the previous school year, the teacher must register for and complete New Lead Teacher Training this school year. . Teachers must attend both days of training consecutively and complete 3 online quizzes and an assignment to earn 18.5 credit hours. New Teachers who also complete 1 day of Work Sampling Online Training will be awarded 24.5 credit hours a upon completion.
WORK SAMPLING ONLINE TRAINING
Work Sampling Online is MANDATORY for all New Lead Teachers and teachers who have not yet had WSO training. Topics for this one-day training include step-by-step introduction to the Work Sampling Online System, technology tips, and Pre-K Child Assessment. Teachers are expected set their password and enter their students into their class BEFORE they attend training. Watch this Work Sampling Online video for instructions. EACH REGISTRANT WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM SUPPORT@SCHOOLSUCCESS.NET AND SHOULD FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED THEREIN TO SET THEIR WORK SAMPLING ONLINE PASSWORD BEFORE ATTENDING THE CLASSROOM TRAINING. Six (6) credit hours will be awarded upon successful completion of training.
NEW ASSISTANT TEACHER TRAINING
This two-day training is MANDATORY for assistant teachers who have never worked as an assistant teacher in Georgia's Pre-K Program or for assistant teachers who have not taught in a Pre-K classroom in the past two years. Teachers must attend both days of training consecutively. Topics include child development, child guidance, GELDS, assessment and developmentally appropriate practices.
If your new assistant did not attend New Assistant Teacher Training during the previous school year, then the assistant teacher must register for and complete New Assistant Teacher Training this school year.. Teachers must attend both days of training consecutively and complete 3 online quizzes. 16.5 credit hours are awarded upon completion of this training.
2nd Year Lead Teacher Training
This two-day classroom training is MANDATORY for lead teachers who completed New Lead Teacher Training during the 2015-2016 school year and are beginning their second year as Georgia's Pre-K lead teacher. It is required that lead teachers attend both days of training consecutively. Topics for day one include increasing the quality of child assessment documentation, building competency in determining developmental checklist ratings, understanding and using the GELDS and effectively using assessment to plan instruction for all learners. The topics for day two include increasing understanding of GELDS developmental continuums to appropriately plan and differentiate instruction. The content areas include both phonological awareness and math. Teachers must attend both days of training consecutively and complete 2 online quizzes and an assignment to earn 16.5 credit hours.
RETURNING TEACHER 3rd YEAR & ABOVE TRAINING
These two-day trainings are for Returning Teachers who work as a lead teacher in Georgia’s Pre-K Program. It is MANDATORY for teachers to attend both days of training consecutively.
17 credit hours are awarded upon completion of selected training.
CHOICE 1: TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
During the training, teachers will learn to connect technology and digital media resources with developmentally appropriate practice, select, use, and evaluate technology and digital media resources and explore the PEACH lesson plan builder and develop lesson plans.
NOTE: To attend this training, teachers must have intermediate computer proficiency skills. This class is not for teachers with limited computer skills.
Additionally, teachers must bring their own laptop or tablet devices (iPad or Android). Smart phones such as iPhones or Android devices are not acceptable. Teachers must have administrator rights for the device being used in this training. This includes the ability to download and update software. Teachers please bring a copy of your daily schedule and list of your children's names to create a lesson plan.
As part of Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood Training, teachers will be required to submit via Brightspace a lesson plan they created using the PEACH website.
CHOICE 2: MAKING THE MOST OUT OF CENTER TIME
During this training, teachers will learn ways to maximize learning during centers as well as the importance of powerful teacher/child interactions. This session will be hands-on so teachers bring back many ideas to use in their classroom.
As part of Making the Most out of Center Time Training, teachers will be required to submit via Brightspace a photo or video of children doing an activity during center time.
CHOICE 3: DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS: MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, MULTIPLE CULTURES, ONE CLASSROOM
This two-day training is designed to help teachers gain knowledge of the diverse group of dual language learners in Pre-K
As part of Dual Language Learners Training, teachers will be required to complete an online module and competency quiz.
Returning Assistant Teacher Training 3rd Year & Above Training
This two-day training is for Returning Teachers who work as an assistant teacher in Georgia’s Pre-K Program. This two-day classroom training is MANDATORY for assistant teachers who completed New Assistant Teacher Training during the 2015-2016 school year and are beginning their second year as Georgia's Pre-K assistant teacher. It is MANDATORY for teachers to attend both days of training consecutively.
Making the Most out of Center Time, teachers will learn ways to maximize learning during centers as well as the importance of powerful teacher/child interactions. This session will be hands-on so teachers bring back many ideas to use in their classroom.
Director Leadership Institute
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is offering the "Director Leadership Institute: Cruising to Excellence" on a first come, first served basis for leaders in Georgia licensed child care facilities including directors of child care centers and owner/directors of family daycare and group homes. The Institute consists of six modules (4 face-to-face 3-hour sessions and 2 online courses) in a variety of locations across the state. Directors must register for the entire series by cohort and attend all sessions to receive credit for completion of the Leadership Institute.