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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:


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: STEM can be a daunting curriculum for early learning teachers. This training will cover the basics of what is entailed with the STEM acronym, as well as how much of this curriculum is regularly happening within early childhood classrooms. We will look at inviting activities to do with children, how to use observation skills when interacting with children in programs and support programs in what they are already doing that is STEM related.

When: December 6th, 2022 from 6:15-8:15 PM

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Location: Virtual Offering (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.

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Location: Hybrid
Cost: $75.00 for the full series
Credits: 21 STARS Hours for the full series

Kickoff: 10/03 5:30-7:00pm

Module One- Business Plans

10/6/22 5:30-7:00pm live webinar

10/20/22 6:30-8:00pm In-person Training (ESD 112 Conference Center)

10/27/22 5:30-6:30pm Follow-up Coaching Zoom (Optional)


Module Two- Marketing Strategies

11/3/22 5:30-7:00pm live webinar

11/17/22 6:30-8:00pm In-person Training (ESD 112 Conference Center)

11/22/22 5:30-6:30pm Follow-up Coaching Zoom (Optional)


Module Three- Leadership & Management

1/5/23 5:30-7:00pm live webinar

1/19/23 6:30-8:00pm In-person Training (ESD 112 Conference Center)

1/26/2023 5:30-6:30pm Follow-up Coaching Zoom (Optional)


Module Four- Smart Finance

2/2/2023 5:30-7:00pm live webinar

2/16/2023 6:30-8:00pm In-person Training (ESD 112 Conference Center)

2/23/2023 5:30-6:30pm Follow-up Coaching Zoom (Optional)


Module Five- Project Days

3/2/2023 5:30-7:00pm live webinar

3/16/2023 6:30-8:00pm In-person Training (ESD 112 Conference Center)

3/23/2023 5:30-6:30pm Follow-up Coaching Zoom (Optional)

About: In this four-class series taking place from October to April, we will dig into the “how” and “why” of play-based learning. Understand what skills children are building when they play in the blocks area, design your dream learning environment and then make it a reality, show children you value the work they do and practice planning fun and engaging play activities for your students. Each class takes place via Zoom and has a brief, optional homework element for extra STARS credit.

When: 10/5, 12/7, 2/1, 4/5 Plus Homework Assignments – 6:15-8:15 PM

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

Session 1 (10/5/2022): Never Say “Just” Play

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147666

Session 2 (12/7/2022): Designing Your Perfect Learning Environment

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147672

Session 3 (2/1/2023): Making Learning Visible: Documentation and Assessment in Play-Based Learning

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147676

Session 4 (4/5/2023): Planning for Play: Lesson Planning in Play-Based Learning

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147703

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: 10/20, 11/17, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20 from 6:15-8:15 PM

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

10/20 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147776

11/17 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147780

1/19 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147782

2/16 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147784

3/16 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147785

4/20 Registration: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147787

About: Join other infant and toddler teachers for this four-part series covering a variety of topics relating specifically to infant and toddler classrooms! Discuss the power of rich, meaningful interactions, navigate tricky behaviors that come along with toddlerhood, and explore fun ways to engage infants and toddlers in literacy, math, and science activities!

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

11/2 Session 1: Meaningful Interactions with Infants and Toddlers

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147794

1/4 Session 2: Positive Behavior Support for Infants and Toddlers

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147797

3/1 Session 3: Making Math and Science Fun with Infants and Toddlers

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147799

5/3 Session 4: Making Language and Literacy Fun with Infants and Toddlers

Register here: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147801

About: This training will focus on the book Courageous Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Taking a Stand for Social Justice, by Long, Souto-Manning, & Vasquez, editors. This training is mainly discussion based, with learners focusing on 2 chapters per session (to be determined by the group prior to each session). Participants will be asked to reflect on 4 questions during the 1st session to help me assess their comfort/knowledge/experience level in talking about social justice/equity issues; These questions are:

  • What are you looking for in this training series?
  • How can I help make this series meaningful for you?
  • Have you done any work on equity or social justice before now?
  • What is your comfort level about discussing topics of race, bias, and inequities?

My hope is that the group develops into a safe space to discuss issues of social justice for participants’ own personal development/growth, as well as in their professional roles in early learning environments.

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

*Register for 4 sessions and get the 5th session FREE! Contact Yolanda Rivera for the discount code before registering: yolanda.rivera@esd112.org

1/24 Registration Link: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147822

2/28 Registration Link: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147824

3/28 Registration Link: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147825

4/25 Registration Link: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147826

5/23 Registration Link: https://www.pdenroller.org/esd112/catalog/147827

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Great News! Each STARS credit is now just $5

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.


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.
Yisbely Torres
Yisbely Torres
Yisbely Torres (She/Her) is a Bilingual Advanced Early Learning Trainer at ESD 112. She graduated from Skidmore College with a BS degree in Elementary Education and Psychology and moved to the Pacific Northwest from New York upon graduating. Prior to working at ESD, she completed student teaching and practical hours in public school districts in New York State both in 1st and 4th grade classrooms. She has also served as a teaching assistant in both preschool classrooms and higher elementary classrooms. Her previous work and education have focused on constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, play-based learning, and environmental and cultural influences on the performance of children in the classroom. She strives to promote inclusive and welcoming methods in education as well as in her trainings.


Who to Contact

Yolanda Rivera

Secretary II


Phone: 360-952-3305

Email: yolanda.rivera@esd112.org

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