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August 6, 2016 
Vol. 46 No. 9
Cooperatively Speaking
The Latest News from PCPI

Hello Again! 

August is here, which means it's time to get ready for a new school year.  This edition of Cooperatively Speaking includes some resources that may be useful as you prepare to have students back in your classroom, as well as information about the recipients of the 2016 Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary.

Happy reading!

Dianne Rose
Editor, Cooperatively Speaking

Resource Round-Up

Since we're gearing up for the start of a new school year, it seems like a good time to update classroom resources.  Here are a few reader recommended resources to add to your collection:

Brad's Deals offers a list of 90+ stores that offer discounts to teachers and educators

Early Intervention and Conflict Resolution
Center for Parent Information and Resources Effective Practices in Early Intervention

The Big Book of Conflict Resolution Games includes activities to improve communication, trust, and collaboration.

Getting to Know Each Other
Supporting Diversity, Equity and Justice in Education
The Children's Peace Education & Anti-Bias Library book search

Online Networking
Twitter Chats (scheduled for weekly and bi-weekly sessions)
Want to know what a twitter chat is and how to join? Click here.
Mobile .pdf creation
Scanbot scans anything and turns it into a professional looking PDF file.  It is free but you can upgrade for a fee. Available for iPhone or Android.
Library Management
Book Buddy creates an electronic data base of all your books by scanning the bar code.  You can also manually enter each book.  The books can be categorized by personal, professional, loaned out, favorite, genre, and author.  Available free for iPhone.
Continuing Education
edWeb.net offers free webinars on Early Childhood Education.  The courses are an hour long.  The presenters are excellent and usually offer lots of resources on the topic the are presenting.   You will receive a link to print out your CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar.

Thanks to Lesley Romanoff and Sheri Kelleher for sharing some of their favorite resources!  

Have a great new resource that you'd like to share?  E-mail info to pcpinewsletter@gmail.com for inclusion in a future newsletter.

Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary Awarded
The Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary is a scholarship named in honor of Dr. Katharine 
Whiteside Taylor, a founding member of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI). 

The bursary provides financial support to assist in the continuing education of parents and  teachers currently participating in a Canadian cooperative or parent participation preschool.  The bursary committee was very pleased with the strong response to the bursary competition  this year. There were candidates from several regions of Canada and applications from both  teachers and participating parents. Many of the applicants had outstanding qualifications and  were well supported by recommendations from their schools. 

This year we had two very equal candidates so we have shared the award between them.  Madelaine Hittos, is a teacher at Countryside Preschool in Saanichton, B.C. and Andrea  Undseth, is also from British Columbia. Andrea teaches at Inglewood Parent Participation Preschool in West Vancouver. 

Both teachers will be using the award to fund their continuing education goals and we are very  pleased that the KWT Bursary will help support their efforts. 

For further information on the Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary please check our website or  contact Catherine Shaver. Applications for the next year's bursary  will be available in January, 2017.  

More information about grants offered by PCPI can be found on the website.

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