Children Need Critical Thinking Skills for Success


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, child care training online institution, is proud to announce the addition of COG101: Critical Thinking in the Preschool Environment to the online child care training course catalog.

Teachers often hear that children need to learn “critical thinking skills,” but what does that really mean? Critical thinking is the ability to use information and skills in a variety of ways in order to solve problems. The development of critical thinking skills involves a long process, and ultimately the goal is to build high-level skills involving analysis, evaluation, and creation. However, children need to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge first. CCEI’s Critical Thinking course focuses on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains and includes relevant classroom activities. Understanding the role of open-ended questions, developmentally appropriate practices, and strategies for incorporating critical thinking into the classroom are also covered within this one-hour online course.

COG101 is available for purchase through online enrollment now. Existing account holders with an active, annual training subscription may enroll in this course, and all other professional development courses, at no charge.

“Critical thinking skills are necessary to perform higher level functions,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “The increase in technology has allowed us to do many things that short-cut the thinking process, making it even more important to be deliberate about teaching critical thinking skills.”

New Leaders in Continuing Education and Training Elected


Maria C. Taylor, CEO and President of Childcare Education Institute, Elected to IACET Board of Directors

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) recently elected new members to the 2012-13 Board of Directors, who represent organizations that make a commitment to excellence in lifelong learning. Each board member is an expert in continuing education and training, a function deemed increasingly critical during challenging economic times and technology’s impact on our workplace.

Maria C. Taylor, who serves as CEO and President for Childcare Education Institute (CCEI), was elected to the Board of Directors for IACET. Taylor stated, “Since CCEI’s inception, our goal has been to raise the quality level of training for early care providers. I hope my experiences and input will benefit the organization.” Taylor added, “I look forward to working with the Board in 2013.”

“I believe Maria is a strong leader and advocate for high quality training programs, and I look forward to working in partnership with this new board to advance the awareness of the importance of continuing education and training,” stated Sara Meier, M.Ed., executive director of IACET.

New Board Executive Committee Members:

Michael Todd Shinholster (President)
Culture Bridge (Woodstock, GA)

Kristopher Newbauer (President-elect)
Rotary International (Evanston, IL)

Lori Schnaider (Treasurer)
RBF Consulting (Alton Parkway, CA)

Fran Johnson (Immediate Past – President)
Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division (Memphis, TN)

The 2012-13 Board Members:

John Bramblett
Tec-Masters, Inc. (Huntsville, AL)

Tom Creely
EthixFirma, LLC (Smyrna, GA)

Valerie Curry
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Atlanta, GA)

Mary Ellen Hable
Consultant, Adult Education (Miramar Beach, FL)

Tara Lynn Orlowski
North Florida Community College (Madison, FL)

Nancy Riebling
North Shore-LIJ Health System (Lake Success, NY)

John Marinaro
NASA Safety Center (Brook Park, OH)

Maria Taylor
Childcare Education Institute (Duluth, GA)

Sandra Williams
University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)

About IACET: The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET certifies education providers that meet strict continuing education guidelines originally created in 1968 and recently updated by the IACET Council for Standards Development (ICSD). IACET certification is the standard learners seek for quality when they choose a provider. IACET’s Criteria and Guidelines (now, “ANSI/IACET Standards”) are the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iacet.org or call 703.506.3295. For IACET Media Relations, please contact Sara Meier at 703.506.3275.

Effective Adult Education Requires Training


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited online training institution, offers new users the opportunity to try distance learning by taking the trial course PROF101: Adult Learning Theories and Strategies at no cost in September, in recognition of Self-Improvement Month.

Effective instructors must consider individual needs, learning styles, and communication styles of adults. Teaching strategies can be tailored to meet a particular audience, but only if instructors are aware of the specific and wide-ranging challenges involved in adult education. Upon successful completion, CCEI’s Adult Learning course provides professional trainers and adult educators with strategies for meeting the needs and preferences of individual students. Relevant topics in this one-hour online course include Gardner’s Theory of Multiple intelligences and the work of several other prominent adult learning theorists.

PROF101 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during September. Preexisting account holders without an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment at any time.

“Effective adult education requires more than just knowledge of the subject matter,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Instructors should be trained in the strategies of adult education so they know how to best accommodate individual learning and communication styles of the adults they train or manage.”