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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: In this training, teachers of infants and toddlers will learn fun ways to integrate math concepts into their daily routines.

When:
October 14th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 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: 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 to 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: October 19th, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: *In-person at the ESD 112 Conference Center – 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: 10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

*In-person training follows current Department of Health and CDC guidelines. This includes physical distancing, health attestations, and required masks regardless of vaccination status.

About: Join your colleagues in the field for networking and establishment of a professional community of learners. Now in our 5th year, this training uses discussion, reflection, and exercises, encouraging review of practices, and offers an environment of shared ideas. Topics will vary per session, guided by of member experiences. This training program utilizes curriculum from Directors Toolbox (from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership). We will look at what works, what supports directors need, and ongoing issues within the field of early childhood education.

When:
10/21/21 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

11/18/21 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

1/20/22 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

2/17/22 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

3/24/22 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

4/28/22 from 4:30-6:30 PM Register Here!

Location: Virtual Offerings (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $10.00 per session
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per session

About: This training is 10 hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, or EQEL. EQEL is a 20-hour training that can be completed over 2 years. The first 5 hours include: Brain-Building and Executive Function and the second 5 hours include: Culturally Responsive Practices and Responsive Caregiving. The following roles hired after August 1, 2019, must complete EQEL unless an approved alternative was met: assistant teacher; lead teacher; family home licensee; program supervisor; assistant director; and center director. Alternatives include an ECE Short or State certificate.

When:
PART 1 DATES: 10/6/21, 10/20/21
PART 2 DATES: 11/4/21, 12/2/21
TIME: 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Register for this series here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
Credits: 10 STARS Hours for BOTH parts

About: Motivate, Inspire and Lead will explore leadership motivation and inspiration for the work. It will help early learning leaders distinguish who they are as a leader, understand the strategies of appreciative leadership, explore the secrets of great teamwork, and learn ways to cultivate a team of collaboration.

When: October 28th, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: *In-person at the ESD 112 Conference Center – 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

*In-person trainings follow current Department of Health and CDC guidelines. This includes physical distancing, health attestations, and required masks regardless of vaccination status.

About: Play is the best way for any human to learn, but how can we be intentional in offering rich and meaningful play opportunities for children while also balancing the expectations of assessments and parents? Join us to explore strategies for implementing true play-based learning that sets the foundation for all future learning.

When:
November 3rd, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 PM Register Here!
Location: *In person at the ESD 112 Conference Center – 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

*In-person trainings follow current Department of Health and CDC guidelines. This includes physical distancing, health attestations, and required masks regardless of vaccination status.

About: We all want to create more inclusive learning environments where all children thrive and meet their best potential. In this course, participants will learn the fundamental concepts of Universal Design for Early Learning and get a chance to try applying inclusion concepts to their own practice.

When:
November 17th, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 PM
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Location: *In-person at the ESD 112 Conference Center – 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: $10
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

*In-person trainings follow current Department of Health and CDC guidelines. This includes physical distancing, health attestations, and required masks regardless of vaccination status.

About: Research shows that the most important school (and life) readiness skills are those in the social and emotional learning domain. Join us as we explore the new OSPI Social-Emotional Learning Pathways document and discover ways we, as adults, can build our own social and emotional capacity to better model and teach children how to manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, persevere in the face of life’s obstacles, and become a supportive and inclusive member of our local and global community.

When:
December 8th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 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: 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:
December 15th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 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

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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

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