Jacky and Graciela can provide workshops, seminars, keynote presentations, on-site consulting and technical assistance to your program!  Jacky currently works as an on-site consultant to a variety of programs in the Washington, DC area including DC PreK programs, small non-profit programs, government programs, and programs focused on serving children with special needs.  Graciela currently works as a consultant in programs, teaches at Montgomery College in Maryland, and presents workshops and seminars in Spanish and English.





Jacky Howell's style of presenting is highly interactive and real.  Her experience working with children, staff, and families shines through. She shares stories of our work in a humorous and informative way that keeps participants engaged.  She offers ideas and resources you can take back to your setting                                     and use immediately!
—Former 90-Hour Student and ​Current Teacher


JACKY will be presenting a series of 4 workshops on Reflective Discipline and Social/Emotional Growth!!

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**Talk to us about presenting workshops online with your staff!**

I am excited to announce that Jacky and her colleagues, Sabina, Makai and Magy from School for Friends, will be presenting at the NAEYC Conference this November 2019!

Our session is

"Creating a culture that connects us all in our diverse world: From incorporating skills of empathy and kindness to establishing meaningful rituals and traditions that build a strong, connected community"

It will be held on 11/22/2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM,  in the Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom Salon C3.


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Jacky is a co-author of a book, Rituals and Traditions: Fostering a Sense of Community in Preschool, published by NAEYC in Fall of 2015. In addition, she has written articles for early childhood professional journals, and had an ongoing column for NAEYC’s Teaching Young Children called “Intermission”.  She has also presents webinars on various topics through Early Childhood Investigations Webinars.  Workshops can be individualized for your program or organization. For specifics on a workshop or training, please contact Jacky at azspire@gmail.com


Come on In! How Directors and Teachers Can Use Rituals and Traditions to Create Community!
by Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard
, December 2, 2015

Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard, co-authors of the new book Rituals and Traditions: Fostering a Sense of Community in Preschool, looked at ways that administrators and lead teachers can create community and develop relationships with children, families and staff by rituals and traditions. Tangible ideas on how to start creating rituals and traditions that are daily, monthly, annual events, special days as well as connecting rituals. Stories and examples were shared from not only the authors programs, but many others who have discovered the importance of creating rituals and traditions. Attendees left with many ideas to use both classroom and program wide that will leave lasting memories for children, families, and staff.

For more information, visit: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/come-on-in-how-directors-and-lead-teachers-can-use-rituals-and-traditions-to-create-community-by-jacky-howell/

Using Books for Social-Emotional Development: Literature that Helps Children Explore Feelings

by Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard, March 16, 2016
Being a little one can be an emotional roller coaster! There are lots of big feelings and relationships with highs, and lows, twists and turns. Early educators need all of the tools and strategies they can get to help children manage the ride!  Books are the perfect tools to engage and inspire children with stories that include social-emotional concepts. Books with themes related to big feelings open doors for conversations and help children grapple with issues that might ordinarily go unaddressed. This unique webinar presented by expert educators and teacher trainers, Jacky Howell and Kimberly Reinhard, included a roundup of some of the most captivating children’s books that encourage social emotional development and spark children’s play. The webinar explored some of the best children’s literature that is focused on exploring social and emotional themes.

For more information, visit:http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presenters/jacky-howell-ma/

Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World; It All Starts in Your Early Childhood Program!

by Jacky Howell, March 27, 2017

In a time where there seems to be many negative messages in the media and beyond, we in early childhood programs experience the effects on young children.  The webinar shares a variety of ideas and strategies to use in your programs that embrace a culture of acceptance and kindness.

For more information, visithttps://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/create-culture-acceptance-kindness-challenging-world-starts-early-childhood-program-jacky-howell/

Wonder-Filled Environments: Engaging All Children in Learning
by Jacky Howell, Derry Koralek and Julia Luckenbill,  September 26, 2018

You’ve probably seen a photo of something that made you think, “What a great environment.” For example, for one of the presenters of this webinar, it was a photo of a baby lying inside a hula hoop reaching for the many colorful ribbons and fabric swatches tied to the hoop. One could imagine this simple part of the environment being used today for this baby and at a later date for another child as he or she becomes ready for tummy time.  This webinar looks at environments for infants-toddler places and preschool places.

For more information:  https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/wonder-filled-early-childhood-environments-engaging-all-children-in-learning/

Kind, Empathetic Classrooms that Build Bridges and Create Community in a Diverse World

by Jacky Howell

Kindness and empathy are two of the most important social skills we can teach children that can build meaningful connections in a diverse world. We want to help develop compassionate people who can bridge divides. This webinar will explore ways we can create experiences, use children’s social emotional competence and self-regulations skills, and share information that support children to be kind and empathetic towards each other and in the world.

For more information: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/kind-empathetic-classrooms-that-builds-bridges-and-creates-community-in-a-diverse-world-by-jacky-howell-ma/

Facilitating Meaningful Online Experiences With Young Children: Unexpected Challenges and Joyful Opportunities in Action

by Jacky Howell

As early childhood educators, our personal interactions with children have always been rooted in the physical classroom with real objects and close proximity. Now, due to COVID-19, we are scrambling to find ways to stay connected and continue to care for and educate the children in our programs. We find ourselves using online meeting systems to offer “classroom-like” experiences. But are they really meaningful? Do they proximate the hands-on, interactive, developmentally appropriate and meaningful experiences we strive to offer?

For more information: https://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/webinars/the-unexpected-reality-of-online-facilitating-experiences-with-young-children-by-jacky-howell/


**PLEASE NOTE!!  MANY of our workshops are now available to be done virtually!  IN addition, we have created NEW sessions that are specific during these times as we find BEST ways to work with children, families and each other!  CONTACT US!**

Jacky has MANY more topics in addition to the ones listed below.  She also can design a session based on your program's needs.                                                   

Graciela presents sessions in both English and Spanish (sessions in Spanish marked!)


The Spirit Whisperer: Looking at our Relationships with Young Children

Together We’re Better: Activities that Build Caring Connections Between Children  **can be done in Spanish/English
The Seven Essential Life Skills for Children: Looking at Ellen Galinsky’s book, Mind in the Making 
**can be done in Spanish/English
Mirrors, Windows, & Magnifying Glasses: Reflections on Our Relationships with Children
Starting Your Year Off Right: Building Classroom Community 
**can be done in Spanish/English
Understanding the Culture of Early Childhood: Growing and Improving the Quality of Our Work with Children
Partnering With Change: Keeping Afloat When Change Happens in Our Programs
Connections That Endure: Creating Community Using Rituals and Traditions
Community as Learning in the Infant/Toddler Program: Sharing Strategies 
**can be done in Spanish/English
Community as Learning in the Preschool Program: Sharing Strategies   
**can be done in Spanish/English
Talking with Young Children: For Learning and for Love

Learning from the Book, "The Importance of Being Little—"What Preschoolers Really Need from Adults”

Learning from the Book,  "Really Seeing Children."

Looking at the Goals of the Anti-Bias Curriculum: Creating a Kind, Caring, Compassionate Classroom that Respects Diversity

Creating Community that Reflects Joy and Kindness

Other topics by Request!!

Reflecting on Positive Discipline: Moving Beyond Time Outs to Learning Social-Emotional Skills  
**can be done in Spanish/English
Why Do They Do the Things They Do?”—Understanding Young Children’s Behavior
What Makes You Think So?”  Creating Conversations with Children
Helping Children Handle Their Feelings by Managing Our Own
Use Your Words: Reflecting on Communication
Using Six Core Strengths that Contribute to Children’s Social-Emotional Development
How We Can Stay Positive and Encourage Positivity in Children—Using the Energy Bus

Children That Challenge Us: Ideas to Consider   **can be done in Spanish/English
Promoting Kindness and Empathy: Skills That Benefit All of Us

Considering Reflective Discipline: Ideas that Work for ALL Children  **can be done in Spanish/English

Working with Boys in Early Childhood Classrooms

Other topics by Request!!


Note: Three-part series on Reflective Discipline available. Contact Jacky at azspire@gmail.com for more information!

Beyond Bert and Ernie: Puppets as Partners in the Classroom
Creating Active Circle Times
What’s Going to Happen Next?  Incorporating Storytelling Into Your Curriculum
Out of the Housekeeping Corner and Onto the Stage
Choosing and Caring for a Classroom Pet

Understanding Different Assessment Systems: ITERS, CLASS and more! **can be done in Spanish/English

Math and Science the Preschool Way!  **can be done in Spanish/English

Nature and the Great Outdoors  **can be done in Spanish/English

Note: Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness also available!

Other topics by Request!!

Strategies for Passionate Teaching:—Moving from Ho Hum to Excellence
Positive Teacher Talk: How Teacher Talk Helps Children Learn
Inspired Teaching: Starting the Year with Fresh Ideas

Creating Classroom Environments Designed for Childhoods 
**can be done in Spanish/English
It’s Still About Play: Keeping and Explaining Play as the Way Young Children Learn  
**can be done in Spanish/English
From Observations to Lesson Plans: How Knowing and Understanding Children Helps Us Plan  **can be done in Spanish/English
Starting Your Year Off Right: Beginning the New Year with Children at the Center **can be done in Spanish/English
Creating Lesson Plans that are Meaningful and Engaging for Children AND You!   **can be done in Spanish/English

How to Create Experiences WITH Young Children Rather Than Planning Activities FOR Them

Parents as Partners in Early Childhood Classrooms
Learning Through Play: What Does that Mean?  What Does It Look Like?

What is "Kindergarten Readiness" ?

Note:  A variety of Reflective Discipline topics available FOR  families upon request

Partners on the Path of Childhood
Being a Reflective and Intentional Teacher: Sharing Ideas and Strategies
Looking at the “Importance of Being Little” from a Teacher’s Perspective
We Can’t Care for Children Unless we First Care for Ourselves

"The Heart of Our Work: Stories of Our Children"

“Living Our Work with Joy, Inspiration and Kindness”

Lifesavers for Leaders: Tips for Growing as a Manager and Still Remain Sane!
Growing as a Leader: Lessons learned from the book, Powerful Interactions

Growing our Staff into Strong Teams through Communicating, Supervising, and Coaching 
**available in Spanish/English
Leading from the Heart

Taking Steps Forward as a Professional: Focus on Communication

Many Generations Working Together as a Team


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