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Professional Growth Tools for Teaching: CDA Preparation/Part I

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Frank Scala |  Shirley Murillo |  Paola Murillo
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Professional Growth Tools for Teaching: CDA Preparation/Part I

The Child Development Associates Credential preparation /Professional Development program is designed to provide future and current early childhood teachers with the skills, understanding and tools to engage in further child development: cognitive, linguistic, physical and social emotional enhancement as well as knowledge of behavior, assessment and parent and community partnerships

After completing the first 16 hour module students will:

  1. Recognize the role of a teacher and describe the tools they use to enhance student learning.
  2. Apply the elements of Learning Stories to create meaningful learning outcomes of every child.
  3. Gain knowledge and education in specific child-care competency areas
  4. Describe how understanding their own emotional connection to childhood, enhances their ability to connect with children and their families.
  5. Create a learning environment rich in play and one that enhances the field of nature as the basis for a new curriculum model.




Frank Scala's Profile

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Union Institute & University

Frank Scala is currently an adjunct Professor at UI&U. Prior to that, he served as a full-time Professor of Undergraduate Education for thirteen years.  His undergraduate education started with a BA from the University of Massachusetts, a M.Ed. from U-Mass and a C.A.G.S. from University of Plymouth (NH).

Frank Scala has worked in public education for 30 years with roles as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, Director of Special Education, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools.

While at UIU, he has served and chaired many faculty committees including, Academic Review Committee, Faculty Council and COAT. As a faculty member, he was also able to offer a number of workshops and trainings including National Faculty Administrators of Florida, Future teachers of America and a symposium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Shirley Murillo's Profile

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Union Institute & University

Shirley Murillo’s career has taken her on many different paths. One path led her to become an Infant/toddler specialist for the Program for Infant Toddlers Caregivers (PITC). A much longer path crossed halfway around the world to New Zealand. There her exposure to “Learning Stories,” a widely used technique to assess children’s learning in New Zealand’s “Te Whariki” early childhood curriculum, inspired her to publish multiple books, including Observation and Infants and Toddlers Growth and Development. Ms. Murillo's books provide additional resources and content in Spanish to help expand the knowledge of providers, caregivers, and early childhood professionals in the Latinx and Spanish-speaking community, where Ms. Murillo is an active member.

Ms. Murillo has worked as adjunct faculty for multiple universities and community colleges across the country, including Union Institute & University, UC Davis Extension, UC Riverside Extension, Sacramento City College, College of Marin. She continuously creates opportunities to prepare professionals and Early Childhood Education students to enhance their ability to work effectively with Latinx families and their children.


Paola Murillo's Profile

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Union Institute & University

Paola Murillo is a bilingual graduate student currently working in higher education. She currently services students at Union Institute and University. specifically their Sacramento center. She handles aspects within admissions, advising and counseling, and outside recruitment on behalf of the University. Ms. Murillo is also certified by the VA, overseeing Veteran student’s educational benefits. She has been in higher education for almost 3 years, and was previously within the Child Development field as a head teacher for over 5 years.

Ms. Murillo is also an active artist in the Sacramento Community, speaking on topics surrounding culture, social change and mental health. She has recited in venues such as Harlow’s, Ace of Spades, Holy Diver, Hippy Tea and Coffee, as well as smaller venues under the organization called So Far Sounds. She has been featured as a writer in the following prestigious websites:,, and

Her love of art and mental health awareness has inspired her to seek her Masters in Health and Wellness. Her current thesis is concentrated on the use of art therapy. She will be graduating with her degree this July of 2021.