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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

Fall 2019 Schedule of Classes

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: October 9th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: Join your colleagues in the field for networking and establishing a professional community of learning. Through discussion, reflection, and exercises, this series will encourage you to look at your practice along with professional colleagues. Topics will vary per sessions, through experiences of member participants. Program will also use the Directors Toolbox series from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.

When:
October 10th, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 PM (I) Register Here!
November 7th, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 PM (II) Register Here!
January 9th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (III) Register Here!
February 6th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (IV) Register Here!
March 12th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (V) Register Here!
April 16th, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 PM (VI) Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: FLIP IT is a four-step supportive strategy to help young children about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. FLIP IT teaches adults how to respond positively to every day challenges and challenging behaviors in children ages 3-8.

When: October 12th, 2019 from 9:00-3:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Centralia College, Centralia, WA (Walton Science Center, Room 109)
Cost: $25.00
Credits: 5 STARS Hours

About: This training series can be seen as a place to begin dialog and 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 bias. Join us for one or more of this series of four trainings.

When:
October 15th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
December 10th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: In this 4 hour training, directors and teachers will learn the history and basics of emergent curriculum, stemming from Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as how to implement it in their classroom and across their early learning program. The training will touch on developmentally appropriate practice, the stages of play, observation and documentation and lesson planning. This training meets Early Achievers guidelines for being trained in using an emergent curriculum.

When: October 19th, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Longview, WA
Cost: $20.00
Credits: 4 STARS Hours

About: The Counting and Cardinality module helps participants understand what children must learn in order to work with the counting sequence and understand the quantity associated with each number. Through the Geometry Module, participants will explore the early learning pathways for geometry and develop a deeper knowledge of how children progress in their understanding of geometry and spatial sense. In the Operations and Algebraic Thinking module, participants develop an understanding of how children connect different meanings, interpretations and relationships with the operations of addition and subtraction. In all three modules, participants will explore topics by doing hands-on activities associated with each. The classes work together, but there is no requirement to take all three sessions.

When:
October 23rd, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Counting and Cardinality) Register Here!
November 13th, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Geometry) Register Here!
December 18th, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Algebraic Thinking) Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

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: November 6th, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

About: FLIP IT is a four-step supportive strategy to help young children about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. FLIP IT teaches adults how to respond positively to every day challenges and challenging behaviors in children ages 3-8.

When: November 16th, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $25.00
Credits: 4 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: December 4th, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
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

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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