EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION “HABITS OF A SYSTEMS THINKER SEMINAR”

May 1, 2019 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION “HABITS OF A SYSTEMS THINKER SEMINAR” 

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) in conjunction with the Pacific Resources for Educational Learning (PREL) Pacific Regional Comprehensive Center (PRCC) will be hosting a one-day “Habits of a Systems Thinker Seminar” for early childhood education stakeholders. The training session will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the GDOE Tiyan Headquarters Building B, 2nd floor conference room. 

The seminar will describe the foundations of systems thinking, which involves encouraging individuals to look at the big picture rather than focusing on individual parts, and which encompasses problem solving, decision making, and communication within groups that are made up of diverse perspectives. The training will also utilize a spectrum of strategies that encourage flexible thinking as well as the appreciation of multiple perspectives. 

The training is intended to increase the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators who shape children’s developmental stages of learning during the first eight years of life. The seminar will increase participants’ understanding of the components of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of young children. The training will focus on a birth through 3rd grade continuum with participation from early childhood education specialists, GATE, PreGATE, Head Start, Guam Early Learning Council, and the Department of Public Health and Social Services Bureau of Social Services Administration. 

The training will be facilitated by Hawaii Department of Education Project Manager with the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, Ms. Kim Guieb, and President/CEO of Waters Center for Systems Thinking in Tucson, Arizona, Ms. Tracy Benson.