Networking and Program Improvement for Early Educators
Presented by Fran Simon. Sponsored by MYChild.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 2:00 pm CDT.
Networking and program improvement for early educators? Really? Yes, really! "Propersonal" networking is the unique blend of professional and social networking online. LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site in the world, and knowing how to use it to grow organizations is becoming essential in every field. Using Linkedin can have a profound impact on the size, scope, and success of the connections early education professionals have to help them be successful in their jobs, building their careers, and on behalf of their organizations.
Many early childhood professionals are experimenting with social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, but can't envision how LinkedIn can benefit their organizations. This session will help participants understand the value of professional networking for professional development, recruiting, building relationships with funders, project collaborators, and corporate partners, advocating, and building their organizations.
After a very brief overview of basic tips for building credibility on LinkedIn and using "propersonal" networking tactics, this session will include a live demonstration of LinkedIn and several social media "power tools" that make it easy to participate on social media networks. The participants will learn to:
• Search for and connect with the people who will help them build their careers and expand their professional development networks.
• Join, engage in, and start new “Groups”.
• Use basic engagement techniques that help them build connections, leverage their networks and support others.
Fran Simon, M.Ed. has been an early childhood educator and an educational technologist since 1981. After 15 years as a multi-site child care administrator where she used early social media to improve her program, she opened her consulting firm, Engagement Strategies. Through her company, she offers business and content development focused on the early childhood sector. She has become a leader in social media for early childhood education, is a contributing author for various early childhood journals, Co-Author of a book on technology in early childhood programs, and frequently presents at national conferences. She manages three early childhood-related groups on LinkedIn, has five heavily followed Twitter accounts, and manages many Facebook pages. She often provides training and coaching on social networking, and provides coaching and training on LinkedIn. She is the founder of Early Childhood Investigations Webinars and the Co-Founder of Early Childhood Technology Network and the NAEYC Consultants and Authors Interest Forum.
1 Administrative Training Hour Provided
On the morning of the webinar you will receive a separate email requiring registration - please follow the instructions so you will be ready!