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In-Person Training: Classroom Organization for Teachers

November 30, 2017
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center Room 110

This workshop will place classroom organization in the overall context of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) tool and analyze the dimensions of behavior management, productivity, and instructional learning formats.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Identify strategies that strengthen classroom organization.
  • Practice strategies with other attendees.

Who should attend

  • Preschool educators
  • K-3 educators
  • Child care providers
  • Family child care providers

Participants should have a basic understanding of CLASS™ prior to registering.

Read more and register

 

In-Person Training: CLASS™ Pre-K Observation Reliability Training

December 6, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, Room 110 St. Paul Student Center

Two-day training: Wednesday and Thursday, December 6 and 7, 2017   |   8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

Cost: $300

Register by November 22.

Participate and learn how to become a reliable observer from certified Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) trainers. We offer training for the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of CLASS™.

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainersession offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Pre-K CLASS™ Observer Reliability Training

January 17, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center, Room 110

Two-day training: January 17-18, 2018

Participate and learn how to become a reliable observer from certified Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) trainers. We offer training for the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of CLASS™.

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Read more and register

 

Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Training

January 18, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center, Room 202

Two-day training: January 18-19, 2018

8:00 am to 4:00 pm for two days

High-quality early education and child care helps children achieve success in school later. The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) is a Parent Aware-recognized child assessment tool that measures a child’s development across time. It’s used with children from birth to kindergarten and is completed twice yearly.

The tool covers all areas of development, including language, cognitive, motor, and social and emotional development. The DRDP (2015) is an all-inclusive tool and can be used with children with disabilities and English language learners.

What to expect

This training is 14 clock hours.

Our two-day trainings give participants an overview of DRDP and how it can be used to document child development.

  • Day 1 (Desired Results Developmental Profile-2015) introduces practitioners and administrators to DRDP use, terms, and layout.
  • Day 2 (Meaningful Observation) focuses on strategies to document and rate child growth using the DRDP.

The training introduces four new English language development measures for English language learners.

Who should attend

  • Family child care providers
  • Teachers in child care centers
  • School districts
  • Special education programs

Learn more and register

 

In-Person Training: CLASS™ K-3 Observer Reliability Training

January 31, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center, Room 110

Two-day training: January 31 and February 1, 2018

Participate and learn how to become a reliable observer from certified Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) trainers. We offer training for the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of CLASS™.

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Learn more and register

 

In-Person Training: Reviewing the CLASS™--Minnesota Pre-K and K-3 CLASS™ Recertification Refresher

February 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, CEED, 1954 Buford Avenue, Suite 425, Blue Room, St. Paul, MN, 55108

This refresher training is designed to support reliable CLASS™ observers as they prepare for their annual reliability recertification test.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Review the pre-K Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) tool.
  • Practice coding with video.
  • Share tips for recertification.

Who should attend

  • Reliable CLASS™ observers who are preparing for their annual reliability recertification test

Prerequisite

Before registering, participants must complete CLASS™ observation training and pass the Teachstone reliability test.

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Toddler CLASS™ Observer Reliability

February 8, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center, Room 110

Two-day training: February 8-9, 2018

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: CLASS™ and Coaching: Putting CLASS™ Into Practice (PCIP)

February 15, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, St. Paul Student Center, Room 110

Two-day training: February 15-16, 2018

This two-day training prepares participants to work with adults on Pre-K and K-3 Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) concepts and practices.

This training is free for Parent Aware Coaches and Professional Development Advisors. Choose Participant type “Parent Aware Coach or PD Advisor” when registering.

What to expect

This training is 14 clock hours.

  • Translate CLASS™ terminology into simpler language.
  • Take part in a study that deepens understanding of CLASS™ instructional support dimensions.
  • Explore a strengths-based coaching model of observation, feedback, and goal-setting.
  • Practice strengths-based strategies using video, reflection, and feedback.

Participants who complete this training may be eligible to join our CLASS™ Online Learning Community. The community offers advanced learning opportunities for coaching and the CLASS™ for Parent Aware CLASS™ coaches.

Who should attend

Individuals who work in early childhood professional development, including:

  • Coaches
  • Supervisors
  • Coordinators
  • Trainers
  • Consultants

Prerequisite

Before registering, participants must complete a two-day CLASS™ observation training and pass the Teachstone reliability test.

New to coaching and relationship-based professional development? We offer a Coaching 101 course as a prerequisite to this training. Fill out our request a training form to learn more.

Do not register for this training if you have not completed these prerequisites.

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Instructional Support for Coaches--Putting CLASS™ Into Practice

March 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, Room 110 St. Paul Student Center

The session prepares coaches to help teachers strengthen concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling in interactions and activities.

What to expect

This training is six clock hours.

  • Analyze key characteristics of each instructional support dimension.
  • Identify interaction opportunities.
  • Practice coaching strategies for supporting teacher growth.

Who should attend

  • Coaches
  • Consultants
  • Supervisors
  • Trainers
  • Others who are responsible for facilitating educators’ interaction skills as described in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) tool

Prerequisites

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Instructional Support for Teachers

March 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, LES Building, Suite 425 Blue Conference Room

Two-day training: March 19 & 26, 2018

You must attend both days.

This workshop will prepare educators to implement the classroom interaction strategies of concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling.

What to expect

This training is four clock-hours.

  • Review Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) dimensions.
  • Gain an understanding of the instructional support dimensions.
  • Identify strategies that increase instructional support interactions.
  • Practice strategies with others.

Who should attend

  • Preschool teachers
  • Child care providers
  • Family child care providers

Participants should have a basic understanding of CLASS™ prior to registering.

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Pre-K CLASS™ Observer Reliability

March 22, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mankato City Center, 101 East Main Street, Mankato, MN, 56001

Two-day training: March 22-23, 2018

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Emotional Support for Coaches

April 6, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, School of Social Work, 145 Peters Hall

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) measures emotional support in four dimensions: positive climate, negative climate, teacher sensitivity, and regard for student perspective. This training will prepare coaches to support teachers in these areas.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Take an in-depth look at the four emotional support dimensions.
  • Explore ways to support teachers in everyday classroom routines.
  • Practice coaching strategies that build quality in this domain.

Who should attend

Anyone who supports teachers in their work, including:

  • Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Program leaders

Prerequisites

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Emotional Support for Teachers

April 11, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, McNeal Hall Room 10, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108

Two-day training: April 11-12, 2017

You must attend both days.

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) measures emotional support in four dimensions: positive climate, negative climate, teacher sensitivity, and regard for student perspective. This training will prepare teachers to review these areas through the lens of their own teaching practices.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Learn to identify and define interactions that fit in emotional support dimensions.
  • Recognize opportunities and barriers to emotional support interactions.
  • Set three action goals to support emotional support in the classroom.

Who should attend

  • Classroom-based teachers who work with preschool children
  • Family child care providers*

*While the tool is validated in center-based care, it's used nationally to support quality interactions regardless of setting. For this reason, family child care providers will also benefit, but some of the wording and video would be less applicable.

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Reflective Practice

April 26, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pier 55 Senior Center, 240 Harrison Street, Suite 2, Red Wing, MN, 56303

This training is free for Parent Aware Coaches and Professional Development Advisors. Use code “PAware” when registering.

Reflective consultation facilitates quality care for children by focusing on relationships. Relationships are where learning and change can take place.

Reflective consultation involves attending to the feelings and experiences of adults and children to improve services, as well as to address stress and prevent burnout in professionals working with infants, young children, and their families. It’s a partnership between the consultant and the child’s care provider, teacher, or other practitioner.

The partnership in turn serves as a model for other relationships. For example, it can be the model for a caregiver’s relationship with the infant or child they care for.

What to expect

This training will integrate theory and practice strategies in reflective consultation. The training is geared toward Parent Aware Quality Coaching but is open to other early childhood professionals.

Who should attend

  • Developmental specialists
  • Early interventionists
  • Home visitors
  • Family educators
  • Head Start teachers
  • Public health nurses
  • Child welfare workers
  • Other early childhood professionals who are interested in reflective practice

Read more and register.

 

 

In-Person Training: Motivational Interviewing

April 27, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pier 55 Senior Center, 240 Harrison Street, Suite 2, Red Wing, MN, 56303

This training is free for Parent Aware Coaches and Professional Development Advisors. Use code "PAware" when registering.

Motivational interviewing is a technique used to guide early education and child care providers toward improvement while also empowering them to change. Motivational interviewing coaches focus on curiosity instead of judgment. They use specific strategies to align themselves with the provider and to promote reflection.

What to expect

Our 4-hour, introductory workshop will educate participants about motivational interviewing principles. It also will give coaches the ability to experience and practice skills.

Who should attend

  • Relationship-based professional development providers

Read more and register.

 

In-Person: Classroom Organization for Teachers--Putting CLASS™ Into Practice

May 3, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
U of M St. Paul Campus, Room 155 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108

This training takes place on two days: May 3 and May 10, 2018. Participation in both days is required.

This workshop will place classroom organization in the overall context of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) tool and analyze the dimensions of behavior management, productivity, and instructional learning formats.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Identify strategies that strengthen classroom organization.
  • Practice strategies with other attendees.

Who should attend

  • Preschool educators
  • K-3 educators
  • Child care providers
  • Family child care providers

Participants should have a basic understanding of CLASS™ prior to registering.

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Classroom Organization for Coaches

May 24, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, Magrath Library Room 6, 1984 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108

This training is free for Parent Aware Coaches and Professional Development Advisors. When registering, choose Participant Type "Parent Aware Coach or PD Advisor."

Get an in-depth understanding of coaching considerations when providing feedback to teachers.

What to expect

This training is four clock hours.

  • Review the dimensions that fit in the Classroom Organization domain (Behavior Management, Productivity, and Instructional Learning Formats).
  • Identify strategies that lead to successful application of Classroom Organization dimensions.
  • Learn strategies for providing effective feedback to teachers.
  • Take part in mock coaching exercises.

Participants will dive deeper into several indicators, including clear behavior expectations, transitions, and clarity of learning objectives.

Who should attend

  • Relationship-based professional development providers
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) coaches

Read more and register.

 

In-Person Training: Pre-K CLASS™ Observer Reliability

June 11, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Comfort Suites Canal Park, 408 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802

Two-day training: June 11-12, 2018

Participate and learn how to become a reliable observer from certified Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) trainers. We offer training for the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of CLASS™.

What to expect

This training is 16 clock hours.

  • Receive comprehensive instruction about the tool.
  • Score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing.

Participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings.

Participants must pass the Teachstone online test to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. The test takes about 8 hours to complete.

Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

As a Parent Aware partner, we offer the Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, and K-3 versions of this training to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Who should attend

  • Anyone who lives and works in Minnesota

Read more and register.