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Professional Development and Continuing Education

ESD 112 offers professional development and continuing education classes for the PreK–Third Grade Community of professionals working with children and families. Topics address WA State Core Competencies for Early Learning Professionals and School Age Professionals. Classes are instructed by experts in the field who are Washington State approved trainers. Courses include the following topics:

Courses

Winter 2020 Schedule of Classes

About: Join your colleagues in the field for networking and establishing a professional community of learning. Through discussion, reflection, and exercises, this series will encourage you to look at your practice along with professional colleagues. Topics will vary per sessions, through experiences of member participants. Program will also use the Directors Toolbox series from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.

When:
January 9th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (III) Register Here!
February 6th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (IV) Register Here!
March 12th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (V) Register Here!
April 16th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (VI) Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: In this training, participants will cover the basics of guiding behaviors in the early learning classroom. We will discuss setting up the environment for success, setting developmentally appropriate expectations, de-escalation techniques for those difficult moments, and engaging in the kinds of nurturing interactions that help children build social-emotional and self-regulation skills.

When: January 22nd, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: FLIP IT is a four-step supportive strategy to help young children about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. FLIP IT teaches adults how to respond positively to every day challenges and challenging behaviors in children ages 3-8.

When: February 1st, 2020 from 9:00-3:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Longview ESD 112 – 1217 14th Avenue, Longview WA 98632
Cost: $25.00
Credits: 5 STARS Hours

About: This training series can be seen as a place to begin dialog and raise individual awareness and understanding around the various types of bias in early learning environments. We all have bias (often hidden from our consciousness) or beliefs we are unaware of. Are you eager to engage in meaningful, but safe, interactions around bias?

Series topics may include: care-giving (parenting/child rearing, childbirth, and teaching), race, ethnicity, and culture, gender, children’s literature, and media. Our aim is to help create an environment for learning and understanding the many aspects of bias. Join us for one or more of this series of four trainings.

When:
February 11th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
April 21st, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: Early childhood educators recognize, at varying levels, the importance of self-care in providing a nurturing and effective education for our youngest learners. Lack of adult self-care not only impacts the individual, but all those within their sphere of influence. This workshop sets out to show that self-care is more than simply a “nice to have” component in busy teaching lives, and offers an opportunity for participants to reflect on their current self-care habits to find areas of strength as well as areas for possible growth.

When:
February 11th, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Vancouver ESD 112 Location) Register Here!
March 25th, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Longview ESD 112 Location) Register Here!
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: In this two-hour training, participants will learn how to define and recognize challenging behavior and how to respond and intervene as well as how to use observation to create classroom behavior plans. Participants can take this class on its own, but it is suggested to take “Guiding Behaviors in Early Learning” prior. This training is suggested for teachers with students who have not yet entered kindergarten, though K-3 teachers may take for clock hours when paired with Part One: Guiding Behaviors.

When: February 19th, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: In this 4-hour training, directors and teachers will learn the history and basics of emergent curriculum, stemming from Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as how to implement it in their classroom and across their early learning program. The training will touch on developmentally appropriate practice, the stages of play, observation and documentation and lesson planning. This training meets the Early Achievers guidelines for being trained in using an emergent curriculum.

When: February 22nd, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (with 1-hour lunch break) Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $20.00
Credits: 4 STARS Hours

About: Is your goal to encourage children’s creativity through developmentally appropriate art experiences? Join us for hands-on class that explores the importance of child-led process art experiences over the standard arts and crafts activities of yesteryear.

When: March 10th, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: This is one of six modules in the “Best Practices Series” that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by the ERS-3. This session will introduce the ERS assessment tools: what they measure, definitions of terms, and how to score the assessment. Participants will focus on themes in the tools and will examine what they already know about these themes: teaching and interactions, quality learning environments and best practice.

When: March 11th, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $12.50
Credits: 2.5 STARS Hours

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On-Site Training

Let us come to you! Your time. Your Place. Your Training.

Convenient for you and your staff

  • Schedule when and where it works for you. Trainings can take place onsite or at ESD 112.
  • Receive a customized professional development plan and meet with your personal coach to practice strategies and next steps.

Affordable rates

  • $100 per hour of training with a minimum of 2 hours – $10 per hour per person for 30 staff
  • Purchase 5 days of training for your program at a discount: $1000 for 10 hours of training – meet your required continuing education hours for the year at only $100 per hour of training

Family Child Care

Providers may coordinate a group to fund the cost of training. ESD can provide space and materials for training. Trainings can be held on Saturdays or in the evening during non-business hours.

Child Care and Preschool Centers

Training can be provided at your site and held during in-service days, Saturdays, or in the evenings.

Trainers

About Your Trainers

Tracy Collins
Tracy Collins
Tracy Collins comes to the field with a love for working with children and families. Tracy has over 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood education and has worked in a wide variety of settings. Tracy earned advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education/Child Development and Human Development and Psychology. Tracy taught in early childhood education programs in Massachusetts, Texas, and Maine, returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2014. In addition to her love of young children, Tracy is an avid fan of dogs and volunteers in the early childhood program at Oregon Museum of Science (OMSI).
Jesi Sucku
Jesi Sucku
Jesi was born in central Minnesota. After a brief time spent in Chicago going to school for journalism and film, she found a passion for early learning while working as a photographer. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Relations at Saint Cloud State University, then spent a few years as a toddler teacher, in addition to teaching music from infants through Pre-K. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2015 where she spent some time as an infant and toddler teacher in a Reggio-inspired center before taking a job as a coach for early childhood teachers. She has a passion for Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori education as well as working to create culturally competent schools and advocating for teachers in the field. Currently she is working on completing a Master’s degree in Constructivism in ECE at Portland State University. Her favorite thing about her work is knowing she is helping to make the world a better place for kids. She lives with her husband Matt, young daughter Norah and dog Archer in Oregon.

Contacts

Who to Contact

Samantha Stevens

Relationship Based Professional Development Manager

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3361

Email: samantha.stevens@esd112.org

Mandi Niehaus

Secretary II

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3614

Email: mandi.niehaus@esd112.org

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