Birth to Five Trainings

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Birth to Five Trainings

Training for EEC Educators, Directors, and Family Child Care Providers

Why take advantage of this?

  • High-quality CEU trainings are reasonably priced and are available in every region of the state. 
  • Educators who develop their skills in observing and assessing young children are better able to promote children's growth and development.
  • Prioritized Early Education and Care programs may receive a free ASQ-3 Starter Kit.
  • These assessment trainings will help meet requirements of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

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Upcoming Trainings


Teaching Strategies GOLD

12 hours (1 CEU or 12 PDPs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

Prerequisites: participants must have already completed a formal professional development course (at least .5 CEU or college credit) in observation and documentation of young children; intermediate computer skills; valid email address

Información en Español: Haga clic aquí para ver la información del evento en Español

Registration / Inscripción

This twelve-hour training introduces teachers to Teaching Strategies GOLD, a Web-based, developmentally appropriate assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. Through video clips, small-group work, and facilitator-led discussions, teachers will explore the structure, features, and functionality of the tool and practice using it to follow the four-step assessment cycle.

Hands-on activities include observing children and writing objective observation notes, evaluating a child portfolio, and communicating assessment information with families. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills they need to begin implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD in their classrooms.

Free one-year Teaching Strategies GOLD subscriptions/portfolios are available to programs that are new GOLD subscribers and who:

  • Complete the 12-hour training, and
  • Attend a 4-part Professional Learning Community focused on hands-on practice with the tool

Since Teaching Strategies GOLD is a web-based tool, and because we want the optimal experience for you, we require you to take a short survey that will tell us if this course is the right fit for you. Click on the Registration / Inscripción button above for more information.


GOLD Refresher Workshop for Educators who are Currently using Teaching Strategies GOLD

​Training hours available

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

Prerequisite: experience using Teaching Strategies GOLD and current access to an active Teaching Strategies GOLD subscription.

Early educators have been requesting a refresher course that will help them understand and use all the new features of Teaching Strategies' GOLD on-line documentation tool since the platform upgrade was introduced last summer. In response, Teaching Strategies has designed a workshop for current GOLD users, and will premiere this training in the five Massachusetts regions.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

Details and Registration


Getting to Know GOLD: Resources and Guidance for Coaches, Licensors, and Early Childhood Support Specialists

​Training hours available

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

This workshop is designed for those individuals who coach/supervise/support early educators who use the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system. An overview of how GOLD Online works will be provided, and participants will learn about the various resources available through the TSGOLD website.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Using Observation Skills for Planning and Assessment

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

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Informação em Português : Clique aqui para ver as informações do evento em Português

Observing children in the daily life of their early childhood classroom is a powerful way to assess them.  By observing children, you can get a rich understanding of the whole child’s development over time.  In this course you will learn ways to observe children and document your observations during a busy day.  You will have the opportunity to further develop your skills by practicing observation and documentation using video vignettes and by participating in small-group discussions and reflection.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Assessing Diverse Learners

5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

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A child’s language, culture, and ability have an important impact on the assessment process.  Through this course you will gain skills and understanding for fairly and effectively assessing children who are diverse in terms of culture, language, and ability.  To enhance your ability to assess diverse learners, the course will present and incorporate the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) as well as important information on first and second language learning.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Engaging Families in the Assessment Process

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation; Partnering with Families and Communities

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning; Family and Community Engagement

In this course educators will learn ideas, tools, and tips for engaging families in child assessments in order to make families strong partners in their child’s education.  You will also learn ways to gain information from families to deepen your understanding of the child.  Among the topics addressed will be attention to culturally responsive interactions, ideas for gathering information from families, and family-friendly ways of sharing data.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Understanding and Implementing Developmental Screening

​5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning; Safe Indoor and Outdoor Environments; Family and Community Engagement

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In this course you will learn why developmental screening is so important when working with young children. You will also learn what to look for when choosing a screening tool, ways to implement a screening program, how to involve parents in the screening process, and how to follow-up when screening results indicate children may need further evaluation. This course will also provide an introduction to using two screening tools: The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and the Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC).

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Utilizing Data for Administrative Decision-Making

5 hours, .05 CEUs

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

Prerequisite: experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have been trained in a formative assessment tool, how do you use all the data that teachers have entered in it?  In this course you will learn how to view and interpret the data in the assessment tool to support teachers, share information with parents, and inform decision-making for your program or school.  You will learn about the variety of reports that can be created from the assessment tool and will have practice in interpreting the data in these reports.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning: for Educators

5 hours, .05 CEUs

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

Prerequisite: Experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling

Once you have learned how to use a formative assessment tool, how do you interpret and use all the data you have entered into it?  In this course you will learn how to use the data to plan individualized learning for children.  You will also learn how to create reports to help you share information with families and colleagues who could help you make decisions around the child’s learning.

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Improving Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Programs

5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Core Competency: Observation, Assessment and Documentation; Partnering with Families and Communities

QRIS Standard: Curriculum and Learning

Prerequisite: Professional development and experience in using a developmental screening tool

This course is designed to help administrators and program directors improve the way they implement screening in their programs. Topics covered include state and federal regulations that impact developmental screening; ways to strengthen involvement of families and staff in the screening process; ways to adapt screening procedures to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of families; monitoring and re-screening children when scores are near cut-off points; and guiding staff in using assessment results to modify the environment and curriculum. It provides an introduction to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social/Emotional 2 (ASQ: SE2) and the Social-Emotional Assessment/Evaluation Measure (SEAM™). 

Before starting the registration process, please have your PQR #, Program #, and QRIS level available.

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Technical Assistance

On-site and online assistance is provided to help you use the assessment tool well and to analyze and use the data you collect. 

 

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

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 the Collaborative staff, not the instructor.

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 ckenneally@collaborative.org 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.

 

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
EC-ART Project Director
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5573
Email: 
nward@collaborative.org