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The Center for Professional Learning, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute of Education Development and working with representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science and Teach for Ukraine, has developed free online professional development resources for early childhood educators, primary school teachers, and practical psychologists in Ukraine.
This initiative, funded by Porticus, seeks to help educators better support children through trauma-informed approaches to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), as well as social and emotional learning (SEL).
Professional Development Courses for Early Childhood Educators
A suite of four self-paced online courses have been developed with early childhood educators, primary school teachers, and practical psychologists in Ukraine.
These courses are highly contextualized – culturally, linguistically, visually, and pedagogically – to Ukraine and present the latest research and best practices in easily accessible and practical ways.
These Ukrainian-language resources are available free of charge to educators across Ukraine and in the Ukrainian diaspora. We appreciate you sharing them with your colleagues and in your networks to ensure every Ukrainian early childhood educator has access to courses built with their well-being and the well-being of the children they serve in mind.
Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practices (Intro to Trauma, Stress, the Brain, & Learning)
This three-hour course is an introduction to the importance of trauma-informed practices and supports educators in their interactions with children who have experienced or are experiencing stress and trauma. Click on the photo above to learn more.
Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning and Psychosocial Support for Quality Holistic Learning
This five-hour course focuses on building a safe and inclusive learning environment and explains the role of psychosocial support and social-emotional learning. Click on the photo above to learn more.
Child Well-being and Protection
This six-hour course focuses on children’s needs and rights, safe learning spaces, and positive discipline. It offers guidance on how to handle stress and difficult situations when interacting with children in and out of educational contexts. Click on the photo above to learn more.
Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Early Childhood Development
This five-hour course provides early childhood educators with a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma on early brain development and strategies for supporting children. Click on the photo above to learn more.
These resources are available to ministry, INGO, CBO, and school leaders and directly to teachers with an aim of reaching more than 5,000 educators across the country by the end of 2023. This initiative builds upon the already resilient, innovative, and caring capacities of Ukrainian educators to ensure holistic learning for every Ukrainian child and to support both educators’ and children’s well-being.
English Language Teacher Preparation and Social-Emotional Learning
In addition to this project, CE International is facilitating another initiative in Ukraine that supports the enrichment of English language teacher preparation programs at pedagogical universities and other higher education institutions in Ukraine through exploration of English language teaching (ELT) methodologies, teacher observation and feedback, and integration of social and emotional learning.
Learn more about this initiative