Using Observation Skills for Planning and Assessment

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Assessment for Responsive Teaching
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Early ChildhoodAssessment for Responsive Teaching

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Observing children in the daily life of their early childhood program or classroom is a powerful way of assessing them. This course aims to convey the power of observational assessment for gaining a rich understanding of children so that you can use that information to plan how to meet their learning needs.  Participants will learn about ways to observe and document observations during a busy day.  The course will include viewing video vignettes, small-group activities, and reflection to develop participants’ observation and documentation skills.

Who can participate

Early Educators, including Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Family Child Care Providers, Directors and other Administrators


0.5 CEUs are available.

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Registration Policies

The following policies have been developed to ensure a positive training experience for all:

  • Registration is valid only for the person named (registration is linked to each individual’s PQR number). If the person registered cannot attend and a program director wants to send a replacement staff member, please call our office no less than 4 days in advance to arrange the substitution.
  • Phone registrations are not accepted, but we welcome phone inquiries.
  • Purchase orders are accepted.
  • Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail. If you do not use e-mail, please call 413.586.4900 x5571 or toll free 800.519.1882 x5571 for confirmation once you complete on-line registration.
  • Only preregistered participants may attend the training (no walk-in registrations). Unexpected additions interfere with timing, seating, materials, and activities that have been planned for those registered in advance.

Attendance Policies and CEUs

To earn any CEU credit you must be present for the entire course. Anyone arriving more than 15 minutes late for any session will not be considered to have been present for the entire course. If extenuating circumstances cause lateness, please inform your instructor, who will note your arrival time on the sign-in sheet. Final decisions about CEU credit in these cases are made by CES staff, not the instructor. CEU certificates are sent to educators by CES office staff after the course concludes and all attendance documentation has been reviewed.

If the course is divided into two or more sessions, you must attend each session not only to receive CEU credit, but also to get the most from the course, since each session builds on the previous one. Please do not come to a session if you have missed a previous session.

Withdrawals and Refund Policies

If you know in advance that you will be unable to complete a CEU course, please contact Christine Kenneally at or call 413-586-4900 x5571 at least 7 days in advance to apply your payment to another course in the Assessment for Responsive Teaching project.

Your credit must be used by June 30, 2018.

Refunds will be made if CES cancels a training. Refunds are not available if you withdraw after the deadline or miss a training.

Weather Cancellations or Postponements

Details of weather cancellations or postponements are posted on this website and are available by calling 413.586.4900 x5570 after 6:30am on the day of a morning training, and after 2pm on the day of an evening training.