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Little Ripples Teacher Training

In June 2013 the i-ACT team traveled to the Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer. One main purpose of this trip was to train and select teachers for the first Little Ripples preschool. This video clip shows a few of the highlights captured during the training.  A strong emphasis was placed on consistent routines, as well as, exploration and active learning through play accompanied by strong adult support and expansion on language. As you can see in the video, the teachers enjoyed exploring the new learning materials.  While the teacher trainees explored learning materials, Expert Teacher Advisors Jocelyn Tucker and Melissa Holcombe discussed and modeled how each activity could be used to teach children skills from 5 important learning domains: Social-emotional, language and literacy, cognitive, mathematical, and physical development. Following the intense four-day training, teacher prospects had the chance to put their newly learned skills to the test with a mock classroom of children…they passed with flying colors! The teachers were successful at incorporating play and language into their instruction. I have such confidence in the teachers chosen to instill a love of learning in each and every future Little Ripples student.

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Melissa Holcombe

Melissa Holcombe is currently working as a My Teaching Partner Coach and Assessor in collaboration with First 5 California, the Child Development Training Consortium and Teachstone, Inc. Additionally, Melissa enjoys her adjunct position as a Child Development Instructor at San Bernardino Valley College. She holds a Masters of Education degree with a focus on early education and care. Melissa has twenty years of experience in the child development and education field. She is a member of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program and serves as a local/regional trainer. One of Melissa’s passions is developing and facilitating fun, interactive ECE workshops to teachers on topics related to increasing the quality of teaching in early child development classrooms. Melissa is excited to serve as an Expert Teacher Advisor on the Little Ripples project and is honored to be part of a wonderful project that will provide preschool services to thousands of children in Darfuri refugee camps.


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