Early Learning Professional Development
Early Childhood Professional Development at Greenbush
There are many educational opportunities for early childhood professionals. Below we’ve shared information on upcoming professional development as well as other administrative services you as an early childhood professional can use as a member of the Early Learning Services Consortium member.
Professional Development Services
Early Childhood Forums
Provides early childhood professionals with opportunities to network, engage, and collaborate with others from across Kansas. These quarterly meetings provide a professional network to help establish a collective voice in defining best practices in early learning. Forum topics may include literacy instruction, play-based learning, effective family engagement practices, STEAM in the early childhood classroom and other evidence-based practices and supports.
Format: Virtual & In-Person at our Girard and Lawrence campuses
Guided PD Focused on Purposeful Play
Play is the primary way in which children explore their surroundings. Purposeful play involves intentional planning and facilitation of children’s play to achieve learning standards. The book ‘Purposeful Play’ by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler will guide this virtual or onsite professional development.
Format: Book Study – Virtual or In-Person
Instructional Coaching for Early Childhood Teachers & Paraprofessionals
Instructional coaching supports teachers’ professional development and improves the quality of instruction. Teachers will work one-on-one with an assigned coach to assist with individualized teaching goals, focusing on skills and knowledge they can put into practice in their classroms.
Format: Virtual & In-Person coaching – 10 contracts a year for up to five staff members
Reboot Your Childhood Development Understanding
Refresh your knowledge of the full scope of skills a child develops over time including cognitive, social and emotional, speech and language, physical and sensory awareness. Developmentally appropriate practices as defined by NAEYC spell out will be reviewed and examples provided.
Assistance Aligning Curriculum, Data Collection, Data Analysis, & Budgeting
Supports will provide teachers and administrators with the knowledge of how most effectively to utilize data that is gathered through multiple evaluation measures. Analysis of the data will help guide the budgeting process for early childhood programs.
Complete District Profile for 0-5 (use in KESA & for Early Childhood Planning)
Each district participating in the Early Learning Services Consortium will receive a district profile which will include data with the number of children who received services through Part C, Tiny-K programs, Parents as Teachers, Head Start, or other preschool programs. The data may be incorporated in a needs assessment when planning for early childhood programs and will also fulfill requirements for KESA.
Technical Assistance for Early Childhood Budgeting & KSDE Early Childhood Grants
Receive technical assistance with the completion of grant application questions and support in creating a budget for the early childhood programs.
Technical Assistance in Implementing the Kansas Family Engagement & Partnership Standards for Early Childhood
The Kansas Family Engagement & Partnership Standards for Early Childhood were developed in 2014 and revised in 2019 by a team of early childhood professionals to establish a framework for implementing high quality family engagement programs. Technical assistance will offer an overview of the standards, assessments of current practices, and methods to build family engagement capacity in the early childhood classrooms.
Technical Assistance in Implementing the Kansas PreK/K Guidelines
The Kansas PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Guides are resources developed by KSDE with prekindergarten & kindergarten professionals from throughout the state. They provide teachers, principals, and other district personnel assistance with implementing high quality, developmentally appropriate PreK/K programs.
Early Childhood Online Professional Development outside of greenbush
Greenbush isn’t the only agency that provides opportunities for early childhood professionals to learn and grow. In the following dropdown menus we’ve provided a list of trainings through outside agencies, helpful resources, and organizations known for their support on both the state and national levels.
If you are enrolling for any of these classes to count towards inservice points for KSDE recertification, you may want to receive prior approval from your local district professional development chair.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5 CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Join a community to connect with early childhood educators, attend/view edWebinars, earn CE certificates, get advice from experts, exchange ideas and resources, ask questions/get answers, and discover ways to improve teaching and learning.
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is proud to offer a range of evidence-based resources and tools to support families and caregivers, children and adolescents, early childhood and special education professionals, and other human services professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hatch prepares early learners for success by creating play-based technologies that engage and instruct children while providing teachers with data and curricular experiences to help each child succeed.
Creating child-centered learning environments filled with engagement, exploration, and enthusiasm.
Kansas TRAIN is your gateway to a comprehensive catalog of training opportunities for public health, healthcare, safety, and partner workforce in Kansas.
Kansas Traffic Safety Training Resource Office
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma is a complex set of symptoms with varying levels of outcome. Professionals from multiple disciplines are involved through different stages of the process. We provide support and services for the professional by providing education that focuses on scientifically sound literature and the best practice evidence available.
We support parents and caregivers, community groups and childcare workers with basic information about shaken baby syndrome and how to prevent it. Our course outlines provide you with information about the content and who the course was designed for. We will continue to offer other training opportunities and hope that you find a course that applies to your level of interest.
Council for Exceptional Children
Division for Early Childhood
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
Kansas Parents as Teachers Association
We are a 501(c)3 statewide organization that supports early childhood education programs in Kansas with a parent education component. We provide leadership, professional development, and advocacy to build quality programs throughout Kansas.
National Association of Early Childhood Educators
We are all from across the United States and countries around the globe. We are joined together by our common interest in Early Childhood Teacher Education.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.
National Head Start Association
The Knowledge Center helps curate, communicate, and connect knowledge about Head Start to the world. These resources are used by families, communities, programs, researchers, and policymakers to support the future of our nation’s most at-risk children.
Zero to Three
Our systems for supporting the health and well-being of young children and families are threadbare to practically non-existent. Here is how we move forward this year.
Family/Community Engagement and Early Learning Consultant