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Intensive Professional Learning Opportunities

Intensive Professional Learning

These year long opportunities require a team commitment and system level supports from the Administrative Unit. A selection process occurs based on an annual needs assessment conducted by the CDE Preschool Team in consultation with the Administrative Unit. Components of this professional learning can include:

  • Coaching and mentoring support to teams
  • Formation of a professional learning community (PLC) or Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Workshops with follow-up team meetings

CDE Preschool Special Education Tiered Model of Professional Learning: Access, Participation and Supports are at the base. Highlighted third level is Customized Learning Opportunities, Quality is at the top.

Evaluation, Assessment and Service Delivery Related to Preschool Aged Children and Emotional and Social Development

Teams are selected through an application process to study social emotional development in preschoolers through a series of workshops, webinars and a Community of Practice (CoP). Strategies to assess and support young children exhibiting concerns in social-emotional and behavioral development are presented and explored in depth. For more information, contact Marcia Blum.

Evaluating Dual Language Learners for Special Education Eligibility

Identifying Dual Language Learners for Preschool Special Education

In-depth, across the year support to child find teams to examine current processes and procedures and explore alternatives that will benefit children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse background and accurately document eligibility and determine strengths and needs for IEP planning with families. This across the year support includes a Fall workshop, an onsite visit to observe and provide feedback on the team’s evaluation process, and a Spring workshop to review outcomes and plan for sustaining changes. Workshop topics include Distinguishing Second Language Acquisition Processes from Language Impairments: Forming & Documenting Your Clinical Opinion Using Multiple Sources. 

Child Find teams interested in this intensive support should contact Chris Miller.

Masterminds for Colorado Early Childhood Leaders

Masterminds help create resonant ECE leaders with strong emotional intelligence skills, and ECE leaders with high EQs have a positive impact on the programs and staff they oversee. If you are interested in joining a Mastermind Cohort to explore and enhance leadership skills, contact Marcia Blum.

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, 2nd Edition (TPBA-2) Certification and Coaching

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, Second Edition (TPBA2) is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow process for assessing four critical developmental domains—sensorimotor, emotional and social, communication, and cognitive—through observation of the child's play with family members, peers, and professionals. These trainings are for AU leadership teams who are already practicing TPB Assessment to fidelity and are interested in advancing and sustaining their practices.

Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, 2nd Edition (TPBA-2), Play Facilitator Training
This is a customized training for those who have already been trained and are implementing TPBA practices as a play facilitator. There will be greater intensity focused on practicing these skills during the training with children who are receiving a child find assessment. Coaching and feedback is provided as necessary to become certified as a Play Facilitator. As a result, the training will be limited in participants and preference will be given to those individuals who can attest to their current TPBA-2 skill set and commitment to continued practice through the application process.
 
Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, 2nd Edition (TPBA-2), Parent Facilitator Training
This is a customized training for those individuals who have already been trained and are implementing TPBA practices as a parent facilitator. Similar to the play facilitator training, the focus of this training is for participants already implementing TPBA-2 and acting primarily as the team’s parent facilitator. There will be opportunities to practice parent facilitation skills and receive coaching and feedback from peers as well as the trainer. Coaching and feedback is provided as necessary to become certified as a Parent Facilitator.As a result, the training will be limited in participants and preference will be given to those individuals who can attest to their current TPBA-2 skill set and commitment to continued practice through the application process.
 
Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment, 2nd Edition (TPBA-2), Coaching and Demonstration Site Certification
This is a customized training for AU teams that have progressed through all TPBA-2 trainings through CDE and Early Learning Dynamics. The outcome of participation is that teams will sustain and lead TPBA practices.

Contact Chris Miller for information about any of the TPBA-2 opportunities.

 
 

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