Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Good News

The official Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C. website is now up and running! Please visit our new site at to view our products and services. Our former site, the site you are on now, is being repurposed as The Professor Patty Cake ® Blog. Starting in January 2017, we will post monthly career coaching and professional development resources specially designed for aspiring and practicing educators here on our blog. Be the first to receive these resources by subscribing now!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from The Professor Patty Cake ® Team! Wishing you Peace, Joy, and Happiness in 2017!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Professor Patty Cake ® Approved Merchandise Coming Soon!

Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C. is happy to announce that we will be soon selling specially curated educator focused  merchandise via our new online store (set to launch in December) and at educational conferences, onsite professional development events, and our main office.  All of  our new merchandise has been tested and "Professor Patty Cake ® Approved." We are looking forward to becoming your one-stop-shop for unique inspirational merchandise for aspiring and practicing educators. Contact us today to learn more!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Annoucement- Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C. Fall 2016 Recap

Our CEO, Dr. Erica Vernold Miller has been very busy these last few months leading our company through our expansion and working with our ever-growing client base. Despite having a packed schedule, she still managed to find time to present at various academic conferences across NY State. This fall she had the privilege of presenting at both the New York State Communication Association (NYSCA) annual conference and the New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) annual conference. Details about her presentations are as follows:

Miller, E. & Wieczorek, K. (2016, October) False starts and missteps: Navigating the ever changing accreditation landscape. Round table presentation at the Annual New York State Association of Teacher Educators/New York State Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Miller, E. & Coyle, T. (2016, October) Assessing the professional dispositions of teacher candidates: How accurate are teacher candidate self-assessments? Paper presentation at the Annual New York State Association of Teacher Educators/New York State Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Miller, E. (2016, October). Challenging normalcy: Reframing the language regarding disability. Panel presentation at the New York State Communication Association Annual Conference, Callicoon, NY.

Dr. Erica Vernold Miller will also travel to Boston in April 2017 to presents at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference. Details about that presentation will be posted as soon as they become available.

Update- New Growth and Opportunities at Professor Patty Cake Consulting, LLC

As previously mentioned, Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C. has undergone tremendous growth recently which has required us to increase our capacity and infrastructure. We are happy to announce that our move to new office space has been successful. We are now located at:

404 Oak Street
Suite 267
Syracuse, NY 13203

With our new office space comes the opportunity to offer additional services to our existing clients and expand our outreach to a new client base by adding in-person and virtual career coaching services to our offerings. Now aspiring (education majors), transitioning (former educators who left the field of education and are ready to come back/ Out of state educators wishing to obtain a position in a NY school), retiring (retired or soon to be retiring educators searching for their "what's next" position), and practicing (current) educators can work with us directly to move their careers forward and achieve professional success. Our new career coaching services have been designed by our CEO, award winning educator Dr. Erica Vernold Miller, to help educators leverage their skills, improve their marketability, increase their resiliency, and successfully navigate the field of education from preservice to retirement. Our new career coaching services include:

*Career Mapping/Planning
*First Year Teacher Support
*Stress Management
*Job Search Support
*Resume and Cover Letter Writing
*Interview Prep and Image Consulting
*Graduate School Application Assistance

Additionally, we have also updated our professional development services. Our current on-site professional development workshops are as follows:

Improving: Cultural Competence
Effectively Meeting the Needs of Diverse Families In Our Early Childhood/Elementary Schools- Many of today's young children are now being raised in homes by same-sex parents, grandparents, stepparents, and non-related adults. This workshop provides guidance to early childhood/elementary teachers and administrators for how to best create and maintain policies/procedures which are respectful to the needs of the diverse families that they serve.
What's Hiding In Your Classroom Libraries- The educational texts that we use in our classrooms communicate messages to our students. This workshop takes a critical look at the quality of the children's literature found in our classroom libraries and the unintended hidden messages that the inclusion and/or exclusion of particular text send to our students and their families.
The ABCs of Teaching Social Justice In Our Early Childhood/Elementary Classrooms- It is never too early to teach children about the importance of social justice. This workshop teaches educators simple and highly effective ways to teach and promote social justice in their classrooms.
Challenging Normalcy: Reframing the Language Regarding Disability- Discussions about disability are often framed within a context of tragedy and misfortune; whereby people with disabilities are characterized as pitiable individuals in need of fixing because they do not fit the accepted standard of what constitutes "normal."  This workshop will teach participants the importance of adopting practices in their schools and communities which challenge normalcy and reframe the language regarding disability. It will also provide them with strategies for how they can effectively create a more inclusive environment where both individuals with and without disabilities have the opportunity to thrive.  

Improving: Instructional Practice
Looking Outside the Box: How Grants and Creative Partnerships Can Enhance Preschool Instruction-  Do you have a great instructional idea but struggle with how to fund and/or provide the labor to make your idea a reality? This workshop chronicles the evolution of one "great instructional idea" from the planning stages to its implementation and gives participants a roadmap for how to :1) formulate an action plan, 2) obtain funding, and 3) establish productive partnerships that will help them make their idea a reality.

Too Cool for School: Motivating Students Who Engage In Intellectual Downplaying Behavior- Have you ever encountered a student who acted too cool for school by playing down his/her intellectual ability? Chances are you were left wondering why she/he chose to engage in such behavior and struggled with how you could motivate him/her to ascend to his/her academic potential. Teachers who attend this workshop will walk away from this session with: 1) an understanding of intellectual downplaying,  2) knowledge of the factors contributing to intellectual downplaying behavior, and 3) strategies for how to effectively encourage students to embrace their true intellectual abilities.
High Yield Assessment Strategies for Student Success- The word "ASSESSMENT" often strikes fear in teachers and students. This workshop is designed to ease educators' fears about assessment and teach them how to implement high yield/minimal effort assessment strategies in their classrooms.
Improving: Resiliency & Wellness
Promoting and Sustaining Change- The ARC Method- Change is hard and is often resisted. This workshop is designed for early childhood administrators and teacher leaders who wish to promote and sustain change in their schools. The ARC Method provides educational change agents with a systematic approach for how to overcome resistance and achieve lasting change in their schools.

Boosting Teacher Resiliency and Managing Stress In Times of Change- Today's educators are under more stress than ever before. Prolonged stress can lead to burnout and decreased job performance. This workshop is designed to provide teachers with strategies for how to build their resiliency and manage their stress in times of change.

Please contact us at 1-866-932-4454 or if you are interested in learning more about our new career coaching and professional development services.
Our new website is currently under construction and is set to launch by January 1, 2017. Our new website promises to not only be more visually appealing but it will also be more user friendly with a lot of added features. Please check back periodically for continued updates about our company!

Educationally Yours,
The Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C. Team

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