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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

Winter 2021 Schedule of Classes

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

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:
January 6, 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 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: January 20, 2021 from 6:00 PM-8:30 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: 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:
January 21, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
February 18, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
March 18, 2021 from 6:15-8:15 PM Register Here!
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 per session
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per session

About: This training is the first 10 hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning, or EQEL. EQEL is a 20-hour training that can be completed over 2 years. This first 10 hours includes: Culturally Responsive Practices, Brain Building, Executive Function, 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:
February 2, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 PM
February 16, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 PM
March 2, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 PM
March 16, 2021 from 5:30-8:30 PM

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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, 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: February 10 from 6:00 PM – 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 series can be seen as a place to begin dialog, 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: care giving (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:
February 16, 2021 from 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM Register Here!
April 20, 2021 from 6:15 PM – 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
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per session

About:

Session One: Math is Racial Equity- Participants will learn how focusing on early math is racial equity and learn how to use Zeno’s 5 Practices to engage families and children in early math.
Session Two: Math is Literacy- Participants will learn how to evaluate books to ensure they have positive representation and do not perpetuate unconscious racial bias AND how to mathematize any book.
Session Three: Math is for Everyone- Participants will learn how to reach different learning styles and preferences, how to ensure we are not perpetuating unconscious racial bias, and how to individualize and scaffold math for early learners.

When:
February 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
March 1, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
April 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Register for the Series Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: FREE
Credits: 6 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: March 4, 2021 from 6:15 PM – 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 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: March 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
Cost: $12.50

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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

Samantha Stevens

Relationship Based Professional Development Manager

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3361

Email: samantha.stevens@esd112.org

Mandi Niehaus

Secretary II

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3614

Email: mandi.niehaus@esd112.org

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