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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

Summer 2021 Schedule of Classes

We are committed to supporting you by continuing to provide valuable PD opportunities virtually. Please contact Yolanda Rivera with any questions.

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 best practices for teachers interacting with children individually, in groups, and among their peers. We will look at interactions that promote self-regulation and provide proactive tips to use every day. Interacting with the children outside,
both verbally and playing alongside them, we will come away with ideas on how to get the most out of gross motor time.

When:
July 15th, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offerings (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About:

FLIP IT is a four-step supportive strategy to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self control, and reduce challenging behavior. Flip It teaches adults how to respond positively to everyday challenges and challenging behaviors in children ages 3 to 8. Offered in 2, 2.5-hour sessions.

When: July 10 & 17, 2021 from 9:00-11:30 AM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $25.00
Credits: 5 STARS Hours

About: This training series can be seen as a place to begin dialogs, 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: caregiving (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 in bias.

When:
August 10, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offerings (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: The Business of Child Care is a comprehensive business training that provides participants with crucial business elements necessary to run successful child care programs. This program will help strengthen your business and help you plan for lending opportunities, quality initiatives, facility improvements, social media marketing, financial health, and program effectiveness. This training can help you turn your business dreams into reality.

When:
August 14, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 AM
August 19, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
September 2, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
September 16, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
September 30, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
October 14, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
Register for this series here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
Credits: 21 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 best practices for engaging in rich interactions to promote language and literacy development. We will explore what research says about how children learn, what adults can do to prepare the environment for success, and how adult-child interactions can complement children’s learning without interrupting it.

When: August 17, 2021 from 6:15-8:45 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $12.50
Credits: 2.5 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 best practices for maximizing children’s use of blocks, fine motor, dramatic play, music, and art materials. Come explore what research says about how children learn, what adults can do to prepare these specific play areas, and how adult-child interactions can complement children’s learning without interrupting it. This is a class for providers who are fairly new to the field or for those who want to review best practices in the ERS.

When:
August 19, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

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:
September 9th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 PM
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Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: This session will introduce best practices for engaging math and science learning in early childhood settings. Participants will explore what the research says about early math and science experiences, and how enriching materials and quality adult-child interactions can support math and science development throughout the day. This can ensure that children will gain the foundational skills and dispositions that will support their future success.

When:
September 14, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About:This training introduces participants into the world of early literacy. Training will review what is involved in early, or emergent literacy, including best practices around early literacy development. We will look at children’s books along with how children use develop visual literacy from signage, pictures, & symbols. The training also looks at TSGold literacy objectives, assessment of classroom literacy activities; & using & understanding literacy language.

When:
September 28, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: This training will use “Courageous Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Taking a Stand for Social Justice”, Souto-Manning, M., Vasquez, V. (Eds.) as the main book.  Occurring over 4 sessions, participants will read, share, and discuss insights gained through selected readings of text with fellow participants and the state-approved trainer. This text focuses on stories told by various “early childhood leaders who take action to challenge and change inequitable educational practices in preschools and elementary school.” Both discussion and reflection periods will allow participants to analyze and/ or compare their own beliefs and practices with ideas brought up by authors/editors.

When:
June 8, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM
June 22, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM
July 6, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM
July 20, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM
Register for the series here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00 (book must be purchased/acquired prior to first session)

Credits: 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

Denise Medina-Castro

ECE Program Support Specialist

Contact

Phone: 360-949-1569

Email: denise.medina-castro@esd112.org

Yolanda Rivera

Secretary II

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3305

Email: yolanda.rivera@esd112.org

ECE State Resources

Early Care and Education in the News

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet childhood educators earn so little?
(Child Care Aware of America, July 11, 2018)

Building a solid foundation
(Camas-Washougal Post-Record, April 11, 2019)

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