ECHOS: Train the Trainer

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Can you hear the ECHOS?

The word “echo” conjures up thoughts of reverberating sounds and thoughts. At the Museum, ECHOS stands for Early Childhood Hands-On Science, but it also reflects the true meaning of the word, as recently, ECHOS team members Krista Kaiser and Ted Myers traveled west to Everett, Washington for a “Train-the-Trainer” ECHOS workshop. ECHOS is a comprehensive, research-based early childhood science curriculum and teacher professional development program, funded by the US Department of Education. The curriculum is now available for purchase, and schools and early childhood education programs are participating in training, so that they may echo the training with their own staff and students.

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ECHOS team member Krista Kaiser (right) leading an ECHOS creative arts activity

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Ted Myers, leading workshop activities

In Washington, county science professionals, community leaders from United Way, and 10 teachers from Snohomish County ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) attended the workshop. The group of 20 participants enjoyed two days of zany fun with hands-on activities and discussions about early childhood science education and developmentally appropriate practices. The group had been introduced to two ECHOS units prior to training, Beginning Botanist and Rainy Weather (the latter being no new learning topic for children who live near Seattle, a city that receives the largest amount of rainfall in the US), and they experimented with related activities focusing on math, language, and creative arts. For a city that is cloudy 201 days out of the year and partly cloudy 93 days, it came as no surprise then that during a math activity, most participants charted their favorite weather as “sunny.”

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Workshop participants learned lots of activities and best practices that they can echo with their respective staff and students

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If you lived in rainy Seattle, you may chart “sunny” as your favorite type of weather too!

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