Welcome to Kodo Online Professional Development

Kodo has positively impacted thousands of teachers and countless children through our In-Person Training and we are pleased to offer this online version to you now.

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Investigation Based Teaching Practices™ is aligned with and strengthen Classroom Organization and Instructional Support strategies addressed in the CLASS™. These practical strategies support the thoughtful facilitation of children’s learning through investigative open-ended play. Kodo’s Investigation-Based Teaching Practices™ help educators recognize and establish habits of thoughtful responsive facilitation. This course bundle includes the following courses: Learning Approaches to Foster Engineering Adult and Child Interactions to Foster Engineering Enhancing the Environment to Foster Engineering Note: This learning bundle allows for 30 days to complete each course. Once a course is completed, the learner automatically gets access to the next course with 30 days to complete.  Read More

The core knowledge today’s students need is grounded in STEM subject matter. It includes literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, technology literacy, and cultural literacy. These subjects are typically taught individually through direct instruction. Many higher education and industry leaders recognize that young adults entering colleges, universities, and the workforce have a core knowledge base, however, they lack the ability to “flex” their thinking. 21st-century learners approach complex challenges and unknown situations fluidly, through critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration. They apply curiosity, initiative, persistence, adaptability, leadership, and social awareness to their changing learning and work environments.   Looking through the lens of 21st-century learning and the skills children need to succeed, we will provide educators with an understanding of how STEM is naturally occurring in children’s everyday play, exploration, and investigation of their world. We’ll look at how STEM domains overlap, how children best experience STEM early on, and ways to foster a deeper level of thinking in children’s play. Further, we will assist in the discovery of how educators can support and enhance children’s cognitive, social, and emotional play through STEM investigations. Through hands-on experiences with Kodo’s exclusive STEM-based products and loose parts, a reflection of their learning through play, and enhanced engagement from experienced trainers, participants will have the knowledge and tools to uncover and incorporate STEM thinking and skills in the classroom environment. Read More

In this course, participants will be introduced to the history and philosophy of the internationally acclaimed infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Course participants will explore the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach and learn about Reggio concepts such as the image of the child, the negotiated curriculum, the environment as the third teacher, the offering of provocations, and the importance of making learning visible. The core concepts of Reggio-inspired practices will be described and demonstrated through the work of an American early childhood program -- Preschool of the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Course participants will be invited to imagine and articulate how the philosophy and practices of the Reggio Emilia schools might inspire their own work with young children. Read More

In this course, participants will be introduced to the different approaches to the arts used in curriculum and how the creative process supports the STEM domains. Further, the ability to understand the various types of art that are supported and how to easily incorporate STEAM in all areas of the early childhood environment. Read More

Computational thinking, which includes the ability to analyze and solve problems in a logical and organized way, is an emerging priority in education. The importance of computational thinking extends across disciplines in our increasingly technologically advanced world. But where do we begin? In this course, we will present the foundational concepts of computational thinking and explore developmentally appropriate activities and tools (such as blocks, loose parts, and natural materials) that nurture computational thinking in early childhood. We will focus on the concepts of computational thinking that children first encounter in early childhood, including patterns, algorithms, and decomposition, and explore the many ways teachers nurture the development of computational thinking through play and conversations. Read More

Engineering happens every day in early learning environments.  In this session, we will demystify engineering by clarifying what engineering is and identifying ways engineering is naturally incorporated in the industry and play of children. We will examine how providing intriguing loose parts and facilitating problem-solving using the design process are at the heart of engineering. We will introduce Kodo’s TMI Design Process to engender problem-solving skills, support children’s growing methods of communication, and introduce a framework for collaboration. Participants will learn how to foster engineering mindset in children by focusing on process, in addition to outcomes when facilitating their play and investigations. Come tinker with materials, experience engineering first hand, and the importance of reflecting, expressing and representing both our own work and the work of children. Read More

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