TARSS trainings

TARSS offers professional development opportunities for Minnesota’s trainer and RBPD specialist community. These events are listed below and in Develop. Trainers and RBPD specialists can search in Develop for additional professional development offerings.

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Exploring Instructional Design: Considerations for Trainers

Learn about instructional design in this online course. Trainers in the early education field are expected to understand concepts of instructional design as outlined in the Trainer Knowledge and Competency Framework. This course reviews the overall concept of instructional design, reviews the expectations of trainers according to the Knowledge and Competency Framework and gives participants a chance to practice applying their knowledge. This course introduces considerations for instructional design for online and in person settings.

  • Self-paced
  • 3.5 hours Develop-approved
  • Your emailed receipt will include login instructions. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder and/or email Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu.

Cost: Free


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Adult Learning Modules

These classes help trainers meet the 12 hours of training about adult learning required for trainer approval in Minnesota. You must complete both Adult Learning Modules 1 and 2 to meet this requirement. For more information about trainer approval requirements, see the Trainer Approval Process Guide.

Both modules include self-paced online coursework and Zoom meeting sessions. TARSS uses a learning management system called Canvas where participants can access all the module materials.

Adult Learning Module 1: Delivery Skills

  • Blended online design: self-paced modules with a live Zoom session
  • 8 clock hours Develop-approved
  • You will receive emailed instructions for logging in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

In this module, participants will become well equipped to deliver pre-designed curriculums. The module discusses trainer competencies, adult learning basics, and facilitation skills. It also considers the impact of culture, communication, and presence on training effectiveness. The module design also includes a Personal Development Plan (PDP) built into each section to enhance the transfer of learning and encourage self-reflection.

Students will complete activities and assignments each week as well as attend a weekly live Zoom session. Activities include readings, videos, discussion board, and reflections.

Cost: $100
This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

More trainings will be scheduled soon, so check back.

Adult Learning Module 2: Design Skills

  • Blended online design: self-paced modules with a live Zoom session
  • 8 clock hours Develop-approved
  • You will receive emailed instructions for logging in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

This module will introduce the principles of content-based training design. Participants will develop training objectives, discuss the use of the learning cycle in training design, and consider evaluation strategies for measuring the effectiveness of a training session. Participants apply their knowledge using Achieve’s Course Approval process.

Students will complete activities and assignments each week as well as attend a weekly live Zoom session. Activities include readings, videos, discussion board, and reflections.

Cost: $100
This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

More trainings will be scheduled soon.

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Minnesota Trainer Orientations

Minnesota Trainer Orientation Module 1

2 clock hours, self-paced online, no prerequisites

Module 1 will help you to identify the components of the Minnesota Professional Development system as it relates to training and trainers. Participants will discover more about the partners that made up this system and the audiences they serve. This is an online, on-demand course offered through the Canvas platform. After you complete the course, your attendance will be entered in Develop within 3 business days.

Cost: Free

Intended Audience/Who Should Register: Individuals who would like to become an approved trainer in Minnesota or those who are renewing their Trainer Membership. This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

Your emailed receipt will include login instructions. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder and/or email Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu.

Minnesota Trainer Orientation Module 2

2 clock hours, self-paced online, no prerequisites

Module 2 will help you define the requirements of the trainer agreement and what it means to be an approved trainer in Minnesota. Participants will identify the supports available to trainers and how to be successful and competent. This is an online, on-demand course offered through the Canvas platform. After you complete the course, your attendance will be entered in Develop within 3 business days.

Cost: Free

Intended Audience/Who Should Register: Individuals who would like to become an approved trainer in Minnesota, or, those who are renewing their Trainer Membership. This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

Your emailed receipt will include login instructions. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder and/or email Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu.


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Course Writer Trainings

Minnesota Course Writer Orientation

2 clock hours, self-paced online, no prerequisites

This online, on-demand course will explore the key elements in the Minnesota professional development system relevant to course writers and their role in instructional design. This is a self-paced course. You can work at this course at your own pace. After you complete the course, your attendance will be entered in Develop within 3 business days.

Cost: Free

Intended Audience: Current trainers, RBPD specialists and other early education professionals who would like to have a Course Writer membership. This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

Who Should Register: Early education professionals with a Career Lattice Step 9d or higher who would like to become a course writer. Course writers are approved to write approved training in the early education field. 

Your emailed receipt will include login instructions. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder and/or email Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu.

3 clock hours, guided online via Zoom, no prerequisites

Course Writer: Crafting and Drafting a Course

Participants learn how to describe activities involved in each of the five steps of the course writing process. They also learn how to link learning objectives directly to specific KCF indicators. In this training participants practice their skills by crafting an outline for a draft of a potential course.

Cost: $100

Intended Audience: This course is for early education professionals with a Career Lattice Step 9d or higher who would like to become a course writer. Course writers are approved to write approved training in the early education field. This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

Who Should Register: Individuals who would like to become an approved Course Writer in Minnesota. 

You will receive emailed instructions for Zoom in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, register by April 25:

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, register by May 4:

Course Writer: Design Skills

3 clock hours, guided online via Zoom, no prerequisites

Participants learn how the basic elements of adult learning theory impact course design, how to draft measurable learning objectives for adults and how to identify a variety of strategies and techniques that support adult learning acquisition and retention, and application. 

Cost: $100

Intended Audience: This course is for early education professionals with a Career Lattice Step 9d or higher who would like to become a course writer. Course writers are approved to write approved training in the early education field. This training is open only to those who live or work in Minnesota.

Who Should Register: Individuals who would like to become an approved Course Writer in Minnesota.

You will receive emailed instructions for Zoom in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, register by April 18:

Monday, May 2, 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, register by April 27:

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Coaching Strategies: Social-Emotional Supports for Children and Caregivers

  • 2 clock hours Develop-approved
  • This training is open only to RBPD Specialists
  • Guided online via Zoom
  • You will receive emailed instructions for logging in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

Brainstorm effective coaching strategies to use to improve teaching and support families. Encourage educators to practice self-compassion and self-care. Identify signs of clinical mental health concerns in both children and adults. Link educators to essential organizations and websites for ongoing support. This online synchronous training is for RBPD specialists interested in deepening their coaching practice to include meaningful social-emotional content.

Cost: Free

You will receive emailed instructions for Zoom in a few days before the training begins from either Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu or the TARSS team at tarss@umn.edu. Please make sure those senders are on your safe list or check your spam folder.

Friday, April 22, 2022, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, register by April 18

THIS TRAINING IS NOW FULL.

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Questions about registration? Contact Karen Anderson.