Did you miss a past #HatchExperts Webinar? We recorded them all. You’ll hear the latest strategies and best practice advice for early learning professionals. The series has been a remarkable success and we attribute that to our fantastic lineup of experts who have generously dedicated their time to present relevant and powerful information. Please enjoy access to all past webinar recordings.

Date/Time (Eastern) Event
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
10 Tips for Using Technology in Your Classroom

Research tells us that exposure to technology from an early age contributes to success in education. The use of appropriate technology in the classroom increases each child’s growth and progress. Additionally when technology is used in early education it helps to close the digital divide that plagues our youngest learners.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
An Introduction to HatchSync powered by GOLD®

Hatch Early Learning and Teaching Strategies have partnered together to create HatchSync powered by GOLD®, a simple way to capture documentation through the results of a child’s independent play.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Autism and Friendships: Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention

April is Autism awareness month and to raise awareness we are excited to have Hatch Expert Melissa Burkhardt join us for this enlightening webinar, Autism and Friendships: Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cultivating Creativity for you and your Classroom Webinar

The Cultivating Creativity for you and your Classroom webinar will re-ignite your lesson plans with a collection of meaningful, ‘easy-to-use-tomorrow’ activities while providing practical techniques to help invigorate creativity, imagination, and innovative thinking!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Using Data to Inform Classroom Instruction Webinar

Discovering new opportunities for learning based upon the information collected on young children’s progress often gets lost in the shuffle of daily classroom activities and living in a……..

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Using Music to Boost Infant and Toddler Development

Join us on November 12th as Hatch teams up with Kindermusik to bring you a free webinar that will detail how and why music and movement provide the best learning vehicles for early childhood development (newborn to age 3).

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Early Language and Literacy Development for English Learners

In this helpful and informative webinar, Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan will present best practices, techniques, and activities for dual language learners to further their language and literacy development!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fine Motor Skills...Write Out of the Box!

Join occupational therapist and NAEYC speaker, Marianne Gibbs, for an engaging session on the fine motor development of young children 3-6 years old. She will share meaningful activities and techniques that are ready to use in the classroom and at home immediately. As an entrepreneurial educator since 2004, Dr. Gibbs supports the appropriate development of young children by providing “once in a lifetime workshops – every time” with the goal of elevating educational practices and life-long outcomes for children beyond expectations!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
School Readiness: Preparing Families

In this webinar, Dr. McManis, President of Early Childhood Research Solutions and Parent in the Know, will explore the underlying beliefs, motivations, expectations, and concerns of parents when their child begins kindergarten. The valuable information in this webinar will help Pre-K programs to prepare their parents and give kindergarten programs a deeper and fuller framework to more successfully design transition and engagement activities for families.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Multicultural Education: Beyond the Classroom

Celebrating multi-cultural education in the early childhood classroom is a desire of most educators. But what does multi-cultural education really mean and how can teachers implement it in their classrooms? In this webinar, Dot Hill will draw from her 30 years of experience in education to clarify common misconceptions and provide strategies for early childhood educators to nurture the next generation of culturally aware leaders.

Melissa Burkhardt
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Autism in Early Childhood: Evidence-Based Practices for an Inclusive Classroom

In this presentation the most common learning characteristics of children on the autism spectrum will be discussed. Evidence-based practices to help the child with autism experience success in the general and special education classroom will be shared. Real-life examples will be used from the presenter’s 20 years of experience teaching in an early-intervention classroom. Strategies to promote a positive, inclusive classroom environment will be taught. Practical, easy-to-implement and effective strategies that can be utilized in the early-childhood and early elementary classroom will be shared!

Susan Gunnewig
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
STEM-sational Learning: What to Look for in Early Childhood Programming

If you’re a children’s or youth services librarian or early childhood professional this webinar is for you! In this Hatch Early Learning-sponsored webinar, Susan Gunnewig, Vice President of Product Development, draws from her extensive background in early childhood education to give you insights on the importance of STEM curriculum for our youngest learners.

Jenne Parks
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
60 Activities in 60 Minutes: A Treasure Chest of Teaching Wisdom

Presented by: Jenne Parks, M.Ed. 

This webinar provides its participants the opportunity to spend 60 minutes with Jenne Parks, an experienced early childhood educator who is always on the lookout for tips, tricks, strategies and solutions to enhance every teacher’s collection! Ms. Parks understands the importance of sharing innovative, yet easy-to-implement learning ideas, and participants will leave the webinar armed with 60 hands-on, road-tested, activities.

Unlock this treasure chest of teaching wisdom to discover a fun, inspirational and engaging journey of discovery!  

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
School Readiness: Why the 'Buzz' and How to Implement It

Presented by: Sid Gilford, Ed.D.

School readiness has been center stage in recent years in the United States as well as globally. In the U.S. it has shifted from preparing students for first grade to being ready for kindergarten and beyond. What is school readiness and how is it accomplished?

This webinar includes a quick historical review, background information, definition, and action steps.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
What Educators Need to Know: NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Young Children and Technology

Presented by: Sue Polojac, Michael Robb Ph.D., Tanya B. Smith

This webinar will focus on the key skills and knowledge that educators need to have in order to implement technology in effective, developmentally appropriate and intentional ways. We will explore what it takes for teachers to become good technology implementers with the knowledge, skills, and digital literacy needed to select, use, integrate and evaluate technology tools and interactive media in classrooms with young children.

A newly developed checklist for technology use will also be discussed and provided.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Authentic Art Experiences in Early Childhood Education

Presented by: Dawn Braa, M.A.

Pablo Picasso’s famous quote, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”, should cause us to reflect on what role we play as teachers and providers in the creative potential of the children in our classrooms and homes. How can we be sure that we offer the right environment, the right materials, and the right instruction?

Join this interactive discussion about authentic art experiences!


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Family Engagement Through Music: Using Music to Support Parent Involvement in Children's Learning at School and at Home & Build Stronger Home-School Connections

Presented by: Lili Levinowitz, Ph.D. & Lauren Guilmartin, M.A.

Research emphasizes the developmental benefits and importance of parental engagement in children’s learning both at home and in school. Although early learning programs understand the importance of family involvement, it is often difficult to find enjoyable, quality, yet realistic ways to engage parents in school and at home. Participants will be introduced to the ways in which enjoyable and accessible adult-child music activities and materials can connect children, teachers, and parents and provide educators with easy and fun ways to engage parents in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement in school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
STEM in Early Childhood Education Round Table

Join us for a rousing discussion of policy, implementation, challenges and success from our panelists as they discuss their own experiences with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in regards to policy, research, and incorporating STEM curriculum in the classroom. They will also answer your questions and address challenges of teaching STEM in an early education setting.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Learning with New Technologies: Encouraging and Scaffolding Activities & Explorations

Presented by: Nicola Yelland, Ph.D.

In this presentation professor Nicola Yelland will discuss the ways in which new learning can be promoted using digital technologies. The seminar will focus on the ways in which teachers might scaffold new learning in investigative contexts that incorporate the use of new technologies.  Examples from working with children from aged 4 to 9 years of age will be provided.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Understanding How to Use Real Time Assessment as a Tool in Curriculum Design

Presented by: Cathy Grace, Ph.D.

As more technology becomes integrated in early childhood classrooms as a way to track student progress, teachers face an increasingly common problem: what to do with all that data! It can be overwhelming for educators to develop curriculum that not only takes full advantage of the technology at their disposal, but is also flexible enough to change as the data changes. In this presentation, Dr. Grace will provide helpful insights into the power of data provided on children’s progress on a weekly basis in determining possible changes in daily lesson plans and overall curriculum design based on her experiences with the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative.

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
What’s REALLY Happening with Technology in Early Childhood Programs?

Presented by: Dale McManis, M.Ed., Ph.D., Karen Nemeth, Ed.M., & Fran Simon, M.Ed.

There is speculation and opinion but until now very little data about how technology is actually used in early childhood education classrooms and programs. To address this gap, the Early Childhood Technology Collaborative conducted theVoices from the Field: National Early Childhood Technology Survey” with approximately 500 early childhood teachers and administrators. Focusing on interactive information processing technologies, this session presents findings on teacher and administrator beliefs and practices regarding devices, time children engage with technology, activities using technology, learning domains/content addressed, outcome measures, funding, and professional development. Recommendations for policy, planning, purchasing, and professional development for programs serving early learners from Prek-grade 3 will be discussed.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Math & Reading Difficulties in Young Children: Early Risk Factors and Intervention Approaches

Presented by: Marcia Barnes, Ph.D.

Early childhood educators must face a variety of issues when trying to support both typically developing children and children with developmental and learning disorders. Dr. Barnes will present findings from longitudinal studies of the development of math and reading skills in both of these groups of children which will shed some light on these issues. Learn how these findings demonstrate similarities and differences in the developmental precursors of ability and disability in both mathematics and reading. Dr. Barnes will also share what this means for early assessment and how this can guide successful intervention in early childhood programs.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
On The Road to Reading with E-Books

Presented by: Kathleen Roskos, Ph.D. and Jeremy Brueck

E-books are rapidly spreading into the early childhood classroom, inviting young children to interact with books in ways they have not done before. But what does this mean for learning to read in a digital age? This webinar takes a close look at the emerging role of e-books in the teaching of early literacy. It explores the design quality of e-books as children’s first readers; describes the potential of good e-books for learning to read and reading in P-2 classrooms; and presents an e-book instructional routine that guides the use of e-books in early literacy instruction. It also offers a peek (and poke) into the future of digital reading with e-books.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Making School Great for Young Children

Presented by: Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D.

Despite research that tells us that children’s educational trajectories are well-established during the first year or two of school, for too many children the first years in school are not “great”.  The gap children experience as they transition between PreK and K is large, children in kindergarten through third grade are too often passive rather than active learners, boys struggle to comply with classroom rules and expectations, and minority children are over-represented in special education, discipline referrals and retention rates. All very real problems that teachers encounter on a regular basis. Wanting to create substantive change and faced with these realities Dr. Ritchie and her team asked themselves some very hard questions…

Dawn Braa
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Empowering Young Minds Through Signs

Presented by: Dawn Braa, M.A.

Interested in learning how to increase communication effectively with children?  Language acquisition research has shown that the use of sign language, when used correctly and consistently, can do just that.  Although sign language is effective for preverbal children, there are many benefits for older children as well, including using sign language as a bridge between English and other languages. This introductory webinar will guide you through the process of introducing and using sign language successfully in your classroom or home. Learn how simple it is to incorporate sign into daily routines. Sign with you soon!

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
“Plays Nice with Others”: How Educators Can Best Support Social Emotional Learning in Young Children

Presented by: Katherine (Kate) Zinsser, PhD

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) promotes well-being and school success for children. Join this compelling webinar to learn about the latest research on the development of social and emotional competence in young children, the role teachers play in children’s acquisition of these skills, and how SEL is related to school readiness and early school success.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Teachable Moments with Technology: Using Young Children's Words & Actions to Support Learning Experiences

Presented by:  Jenne Parks

The effective implementation of educational technology in early childhood classrooms creates limitless benefits for young children and teachers! Join us for the session, “Teachable Moments with Technology: Using Young Children’s Words and Actions to Support Learning Experiences” and explore methods proven to increase successful integration, implementation and extensions of technology in your classroom.

Kids say (and do) the darndest things when they are interacting with technology. Are you using those observations to deliver the best learning experiences for children, while also expanding and differentiating your curriculum?

Jenne Parks has seen it all–from her teaching experience to observational research studies, to field testing Hatch Technology and everything in between. She’s going to share the lessons she’s learned while also weaving in supporting research!

This session is jam-packed with actionable tips and scenarios that you can start using in your classrooms immediately. Be sure to sign up and get this one saved on your calendar!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Effective, Appropriate and Intentional Teaching with Technology:

Guidelines for Selecting, Using, Integrating and Evaluating Technology and Media in Early Childhood Programs

Presented by:  Chip Donohue, PhD.  & Roberta Schomburg, PhD.

You don’t want to miss this exciting webinar where Senior Fellows at the Fred Rogers Center, share strategies for using technology and media as valuable tools in early childhood programs! The enthusiastic pair will highlight hot issues surrounding early childhood interaction with technology and will advise educators how they should evaluate and integrate classroom technologies. Maximize the return on your on early educational technology investment by learning from the experts!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
New Technologies: Emerging Research on Classroom Practices and Outcomes for Early Learners

New Interactive touchscreen technologies have changed how children and their teachers use ‘computers’. Touchscreen desk/laptops, whiteboards, tablets, and tables are making their way into early education classrooms in record numbers. But what does this really mean for classroom practices? And what does the research say about their impact on children’s learning in early childhood settings? In this session we will share results from a recent national survey series with teachers and administrators about interactive technologies on areas such as how much time children spend using them, types of activities, the learning domains/content covered, and how technology is used to support all learners.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Building Bridges to support ELLS/DLLS into Early Childhood Programs: Connecting PreK and Elementary Strategies

Two experts on teaching children with different language and cultural backgrounds will partner to discuss the latest research and guidance in the field. What do ELLs/DLLs need in early childhood education? In home literacy? What does the latest research tell us and how can we use it to implement evidence-based, developmentally appropriate teaching strategies for young ELLs/DLLs?

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
How Educational Technology Can Support Math Outcomes

Dr. Sarama and Dr. Clements will share their knowledge of how educational technology can (and cannot) support positive outcomes for children. They will discuss what they view as positive outcomes and how they might be achieved. What is the role of technology in learning and development? Does the role of the teacher remain critical? If so, what is the teacher’s role in technological environments? Dr. Sarama and Dr. Clements will share ideas about the changing landscape of newer more interactive technologies such as touch capabilities, interactive whiteboards, and tablets impact learning for young children. Come and learn about what the challenges and best practices are for helping ensure technology is used in developmentally appropriate ways in early childhood programs.

Bob Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Classroom Practices that Really Make a Difference for Early Learners

Improving children’s preparation for school success has become a national priority. Hear from Dr. Robert Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education at UVA and creator of CLASS, how research is indicating the importance of the quality of daily classroom experiences such as interactions with teachers, peers, and learning materials.  

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Leaders

Online professional development opportunities are beginning to emerge for leaders in early childhood programs. But how do you know which opportunities are worth your precious time and money? Learn about professional development sites every early childhood leader should have on their bookmarks list.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Autism in the Pre-School Classroom

Get your questions answered by the leading expert in the field of Pediatric Autism. What do parents and teachers most need to know about autism? What is known about the causes of autism? What are the indicators of a child with autism? What should teachers do if they feel a child might have autism? How does technology fit into the promising practices/interventions in working with early childhood education classrooms? What does all the popular press mean for the use of tablet technologies with children with autism? Get the answers to these and many more!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Guiding Teachers to Use Teachable Moments in Early Childhood Settings

Come learn how to use teachable moments as an approach to boost an early childhood program’s efforts and success in teaching and supporting social-emotional skills for young children. In this webinar, Jenne Parks, Content Specialist for Hatch Early Childhood, will talk about the key social-emotional skills of executive function, social competence, behavioral, and emotional; and how to implement techniques, cues, modeling tips, and hints to integrate into classrooms and programs to increase the social and emotional development of your young learners.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
How Administrators Can Plan for Technology Integration in Their Programs

Karen Nemeth, Ed.M., and Fran Simon, M.Ed, Co-Authors of Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education, (Spring, 2012, Gryphon House) will provide you with the straight-talk you have been craving. Don’t be overwhelmed with the big technology debate! Attend this webinar to hear practical advice about how to make digital decisions doable.

Dr. Dale Mcmanis
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5 Simple Steps for Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood Programs

Progress monitoring can be made simple and straightforward and have a big impact on improving outcomes for the children in your early childhood program. In this session you will learn the basics of progress monitoring and 5 simple steps to implement a progress monitoring approach that is easy to do, time efficient, and effective.

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education

Learn how effective teaching practices can make a difference in the lives of young children. Find out how to make research-based practices actionable in your classroom! Learn how the Common Core State standards might impact pre-k classroom. Join Sue as she provides insight into her recent book Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Early Learners

Brian Puerling will help early childhood educators explore the possibilities with technology in their classrooms. Sharing with us ways to embrace new technology in the classroom, how to integrate and how the use of technology can enhance and augment practices that foster development. Brian will share also share with you his insights into the development of the NAEYC Position Statement with the use of Technology in the classroom and its intention for implementation from the authors.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
KIDS FIRST - 5 Big Ideas for the Future of Early Childhood

In Kids First, renowned education policy expert David Kirp seeks to reshape America’s approach to supporting children. He proposes a “Kids-First” agenda that can benefit every child from cradle to college. Kirp’s guiding principle is a simple, powerful “Golden Rule:” Every child deserves what’s good enough for a child you love. Kirp will identify and share five potential game-changers in the lives of children and pinpoint programs that can bring those changes to life.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
How Screen Time Impacts Kids - What Do Scientists Really Know?

Lisa Guernsey will explore how technology and what has been traditionally called ‘screen time’ impacts toddlers and preschoolers – what do scientists really know? Lisa is in the process of updating her book “Into the Minds of Babes” and will share with you her latest findings. Research has shown that edicts about how to use computers around children cannot be black and white. To set reasonable limits, teachers and parents want answers. They want to know if there is any real scientific basis to alarms about the harm of technology. Lisa’s goal is to help you understand what the science is saying and explain it in a tangible and real world way.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Supporting Early Learners with Technology and the 21st Century Classroom

A growing research literature confirms educational technology has a major, positive impact on social-emotional, cognitive, language, and academic outcomes for young children. Supporting early learners means attention to good design, such as being success-based, offering a meaningful context for children, being developmentally appropriate through providing content needed for school success, and providing activities and approaches that match children’s development and readiness levels. Whether they come to the technology with fewer skills due to less opportunity, with a language other than English, or as young special needs children; educational technology can support young learners’ success in early schooling.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Research-Based Claims - Can You Trust What Businesses Say?

Recent trends in education have highlighted the need for evidence-based practices, and the use of materials that are research-based. This provides a strong incentive for businesses developing early childhood education resources to develop or claim a research basis for their products. In this webinar, Dr. Kyle Snow provides a framework for early educators to use in evaluating research claims associated with early childhood tools and products.

Dr. Dale Mcmanis
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
How to Evaluate Technology for Early Learners

Research supports that young children are developmentally ready and able to engage with educational technology in ways that promote positive outcomes in school readiness and success in early schooling. To fully realize the potential of such opportunities however means understanding why educational technology must be carefully evaluated by programs considering its use, and how they can skillfully do so. In this webinar, you will learn about the key components that influence educational technology including the theories that drive the field and best practices in designing for young learners.