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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 training series explores anti-bias education (ABE) with the film Reflecting on Anti-Bias Education in Action: The Early Years (2021, Lee Keenan, D., & Nimmo, J.) as its foundation. Anti-Bias Education builds on the strengths and knowledge children bring to school and encourages teachers to observe carefully, think critically, and reflect deeply in their programs. The film is organized around the 4 interconnected goals of anti-bias education (Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action). These goals build on each other and are relevant to all children and adults. Each session in this 4-part study will include viewing a selected section of the film; defining and discussing ABE goals; discussion built from reflection questions. We will also review the recent NAEYC Advancing Equity Position statement, FAQs from the film study guide, and participant questions concerning putting this into practice in their own programs.

*If you register for all 4 sessions you will receive a coupon to get the 4th session FREE. Contact Denise Medina-Castro for this code after registering for the 3rd session: (360)-949-1569 denise.medina-castro@esd112.org

When:

March 15th, 2022 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!

March 29th, 2022 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!

April 12th, 2022 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!

April 26th, 2022 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 per session or $30 for the full series
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per session

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

When: March 23rd, 2022 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:

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: Join us in exploring the new OSPI Social-Emotional Pathways document and learn how you can help support your students as they grow and develop in their social and emotional skills while also building your own capacity and reflecting on your social and emotional skills. Each class will focus on one of the six domains.

When:
March 30th, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 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: As early learning professionals, our work is centered on relationships. At its core, those relationships are built on mutual trust, respect, and care.  That care is customer service. Each child care provider, in every classroom, or in a leadership role, is in the business of providing a service to families and children.  What does your customer service look like? Together, we will explore and examine what good service looks and sounds like!

When: 4/16/2022
Time: 10:00 am–12:00 p.m. Register Here!
Location: In-person at the ESD 112 Conference Center – 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: $10
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

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

When:
May 21st, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: In person
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: In this training, participants will learn about the importance of social-emotional learning in creating a strong foundation for school readiness. Learn how to help kids become resilient, kind, community-oriented people ready to take on school and all of its challenges.

When:
June 18th, 2022 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
Location: Zoom
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

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

When: June 15th, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 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: 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: June 29th, 2022 from 9:00-12:00 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 year one of Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, or EQEL. EQEL is a 20-hour training that can be completed over 2 years.  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, and DCYF-recognized college/credit bearing alternative credentials for the ECE Short or State Certificates.

When: 4/13/2022, 4/27/2022, 5/11/2022, 5/25/2022 from 5:30-8:00 PM

Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
Credits: 5 STARS Hours

About: This training is part 2 of the Enhancing Quality of Early Learning, or EQEL. EQEL is a 20-hour training that can be completed over 2 years. 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, and DCYF-recognized college/credit bearing alternative credentials for the ECE Short or State Certificates.

When: 4/20/2022, 5/4/2022, 5/18/2022, 6/1/2022 from 5:30-8:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
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

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