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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

Spring 2021 Schedule of Classes

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

About:The first few years of a child’s life are the most important for building connections and fostering development. In this training, we will discuss techniques for interacting with infants and toddlers to give them the best possible start.

When:
April 7, 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:

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.

When: April 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: 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 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:
April 15, 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:
April 17, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 AM
April 22, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
May 5, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
May 20, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
June 3, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 PM
June 17, 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 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: April 20, 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: In this two-hour training, infant and toddler caregivers will learn about developmentally appropriate expectations as well as strategies for guiding behavior in infants and toddlers.

When:
May 5, 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: 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. This first 5 hours includes: Brain Building and Executive Function and the second 5 hours includes: 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:
May 8, 2021 from 9:00-11:30 AM
May 22, 2021 from 9:00-11:30 AM
May 29, 2021 from 9:00-11:30 AM
June 12, 2021 from 9:00-11:30 AM
See if you’re eligible for this training series here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
Credits: 10 STARS Hours

About: In this training, infant and toddler teachers will learn how to reduce wait time and ensure transitions during the day are smooth and offer learning opportunities and positive interactions.

When:
June 2, 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: 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)

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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

Mandi Eves

Child Care Aware Specialist

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3614

Email: mandi.eves@esd112.org

Denise Medina-Castro

ECE Program Support Specialist

Contact

Phone: 360-949-1569

Email: denise.medina-castro@esd112.org

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