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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 2020 Schedule of Classes

While schools are closed, we are committed to supporting you by continuing to provide valuable PD opportunities virtually through the month of May. Please contact Mandi Niehaus 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 8th, 2020 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 per class
Credits: 2 STARS Hours per class

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:
April 21, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
May 20th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
June 2nd, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 PM Register Here!
Location:
April 21st, 2020: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
May 20th, 2020: Virtual Offering (Zoom link, PowerPoint or Canvas Access link will be sent to registered participants)
June 2nd, 2020: Educational Service District 112, Longview, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: 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.

When: April 29th, 2020 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: 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: May 23rd & May 30th, 2020 (2-part class) from 9:00 AM – 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: In this training, teachers of infants and toddlers will learn fun ways to integrate math concepts into their daily routines.

When: June 3rd, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
Cost: $10.00
Credits: 2 STARS Hours

About: In this training, teachers and caregivers will learn about the importance of play and how and why children learn best through long periods of uninterrupted play. Come learn the best way to prepare children for school: by providing lots of opportunities to PLAY!

When: June 9th, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM Register Here!
Location: Educational Service District 112, Vancouver, WA
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 the ERS assessment tools: what they measure, definitions of terms, and how to score the assessment. Participants will focus on themes in the tools and will examine what they already know about these themes: teaching and interactions, quality learning environments and best practice.

When: June 27th, 2020 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: $12.50 per class
Credits: 2.5 STARS Hours per class

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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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