Mutt-i-grees National Trainer Judy Clay conducted a Mutt-i-grees Train The Trainers workshop for Child Care Aware of Northcentral Arkansas. The training consisted of an overview of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and of the recently published Mutt-i-grees at Home, for parents and other family members.
Judy has been involved with Mutt-i-grees since its inception. In her capacity as Director for Preschool Special Education, she led the implementation of Mutt-i-grees in school districts across the county. She received training at Yale, was certified as a National Mutt-i-grees trainer and conducted training workshops in several states. She recently retired from her position as Director of preschool Special Education but continues in her role as Mutt-i-grees National Trainer.
For the Northcentral Arkansas Workshop, participating preschool directors learned about the rationale and focus on the Curriculum, which leverages the transformative power of the dog to enhance children’s social and emotional skills. Working in small teams, each team reviewed and then taught a lesson to the whole group. Make-and-take activities were available and served to further demonstrate how to implement lessons within classroom settings.
After the training, the participants commented that they felt comfortable with the curriculum and were looking forward to implementing Mutt-i-grees in their centers. The Mutt-i-grees at Home was reviewed and well received and will serve as a resource for both parents and teachers.