What’s New

Register for Winter PD

Happy New Year!

There is still time to register for our Winter professional development offerings. Classes begin on Monday, January 13.

Highlights of this semester include:

  • Multiple Offerings on the ECERS-3 and ITERS-3 Tools — We have separate series for program administrators and for classroom teachers! Learn what is new in the latest versions of the ERS tools and how to improve quality in your program and classroom.
  • Autism Thinking: Perspective of the Child — This new series—offered in partnership with The Autism Project—will help teachers better understand autism thinking, developmental disabilities, and sensory processing disorders, and learn strategies to support children’s learning and development.
  • PD for Infant-Toddler Administrators and Teachers — We have a series for administrators on responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers and a series for teachers on infant and toddler development.

Our website includes a new searchable database for finding PD that meets your individual or program needs. Before you register for a PD series, please check the dates carefully to make sure you can commit to attending all of the sessions.

If you need help finding or registering for a PD offering, call the Center at 401-736-9020

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Center Launches New Website Design

The Center is pleased to unveil our redesigned website to help early learning professionals in Rhode Island find the training and resources they need.

The new website allows visitors to search for high-quality professional development (PD) opportunities by their professional role, by the PD type (online or in-person), by language, by topics, and by keywords. The site also includes new information about required Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) trainings and national and state-based organizations that support high-quality care and education for Rhode Island’s youngest children.

Watch the video tutorial for a brief overview of the new site. Send your feedback to info@center-elp.org or call us at 401-736-9020.

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Center Names New Director

We are pleased to announce that Brenda Potter has been named the Center’s Director, following the retirement of longtime leader Sue Washburn.

Brenda has served as a technical assistance specialist since the Center opened in 2014. For the past two years, she has led our technical assistance and quality improvement work with programs. She has extensive experience in higher education, center-based and home-visiting programs serving high-risk populations, public school inclusive early childhood classrooms, family engagement programming, and systems development.

Before joining the Center, Brenda was the Title I Program Officer of Early Childhood, Family Education, and Engagement and a Program Manager with the North Kingstown School Department Office of Family Learning for over 16 years. She is a Certified Family Life Educator, served as a professional development trainer and technical assistance consultant with the Rhode Island Department of Education for over 10 years, and was an instructor at the University of Rhode Island for 14 years.

Brenda holds an M.S. in Child Growth and Development and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

In taking on this new role, Brenda is most excited about the Center’s distinction as the workforce development hub for the early care and education workforce in Rhode Island. She looks forward to working with the Center’s talented team of early childhood specialists as they continue to provide high-quality professional development and technical assistance to support our state’s early childhood administrators, teachers, and family child care providers. You can contact Brenda at 401-734-1282 or bpotter@edc.org.

We would like to thank Sue for her dedicated leadership over the past several years, and for her commitment throughout her career to improving early care and education for Rhode Island’s youngest and most vulnerable children. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement!

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Fall PD Registration Is Open

Our Fall 2019 professional development (PD) calendar is now online. Browse our offerings, and register for a series that aligns with your PD goals.

Our offerings include a wide range of high-quality PD opportunities for all early learning professionals, including administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and family child care providers. We also offer PD specifically for infant and toddler teachers and for preschool and Pre-K teachers. Classes begin on October 5.

Before you register for a PD series, please check the dates carefully to make sure you can commit to attending all of the sessions. Each individual may register for no more than two series each semester, so choose wisely!

Highlights of this semester include:

    • New Offerings on the ECERS-3 and ITERS-3 Tools — We have separate series for program administrators and for classroom teachers!
    • Enhance Daily Routines and Transitions Using Math, Language, and Library Resources — This three-hour training is offered in English and in Spanish.
    • Supporting Teachers’ Professional Development — This series for education coordinators helps them strengthen teacher practice and improve classroom and program quality.
    • Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviors — This popular series is for preschool educators, Pre-K teachers, and family care care educators.

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Conscious Discipline Comes to RIDE Pre-K

This school year, Center staff will be working with the Rhode Island Department of Education to train RIDE Pre-K teachers, teacher assistants, and education coordinators in Conscious Discipline, which is a social-emotional learning and classroom management program that uses everyday life events to teach children self-control, conflict resolution, and social skills.

The training began on August 21 and 22, as part of the annual State Pre-K Kick-off Event. Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Lety Valero provided a two-day overview of the trauma-informed program’s philosophy and practice. From September through May, Center staff will facilitate 10 two-hour professional development (PD) sessions with Pre-K educators, each focused on a different online module that is part of the Conscious Discipline training curriculum. Center staff also will support teachers in implementing the Conscious Discipline practices in their classrooms. About 200 RIDE Pre-K teachers and administrators are participating in the training, and they have been divided into seven groups, or cohorts. Each cohort will work with two Center PD facilitators throughout the year.

RIDE increased the number of state-funded Pre-K classrooms from 60 last year to 78 this year, adding 320 new seats. The state currently funds Pre-K for 1,420 children in 13 communities.

Learn more about RIDE Pre-K PD

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Second Session on the ITERS-3 Is Now Available

Due to high demand, we’ve added a second session of our new, three-hour training, The ITERS-R vs. the ITERS-3: What Are the Key Differences?

This one-session offering is open to program administrators as well as teachers who have familiarity with the ITERS-R and have had a previous ITERS-R observation in their classroom.

Center staff will provide an overview of the most essential differences between the two versions of the tool. Participants will learn about key concepts, terms, and teaching practices in the tool, and discuss strategies to prepare for a BrightStars ITERS assessment within their program.

The new session is on Tuesday, September 10, from 1:30–4:30 pm, at our office in Warwick. If you are currently on the waiting list for the original session on August 20, you will receive priority for enrollment. However, you must register for the new session to guarantee your slot.

Questions? Email us or call 401-736-9020.

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We’ve Added a New ECERS-3 Training

The Center has added an additional session of our new training, The ECERS-R vs. the ECERS-3: What Are the Key Differences?

This one-session offering is open to program administrators and to teachers who have familiarity with the ECERS-R and have had a previous ECERS-R observation in their classroom. Center staff will provide an overview of the most essential differences between the two versions of the tool.

The new session will be held on Monday, August 19, from 1:30–4:30 pm at the Center’s office in Warwick.

Questions? Email us or call 401-736-9020.

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Summer PD Is Coming to Aquidneck Island!

The Center’s summer calendar is filled with a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities for all early learning professionals, but one series is coming directly to Aquidneck Island.

We are offering our popular PD series, Science Teaching in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Water, at Sandpiper’s Early Learning Center in Middletown. The series begins Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 to 8 pm, and includes three evening sessions and three application assignments.

Come explore the physical properties of water flow and build your skills in implementing an inquiry-based approach to science in the preschool setting. This fun, hands-on experience teaches strategies to maximize children’s science learning. You also can earn 12 PD hours.

This summertime offering is sure to get you and the children outside together!

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Register for Summer PD!

Our Summer 2019 professional development (PD) calendar is now online. Browse our offerings, and register for a series that aligns with your PD goals.

Our offerings include a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities for all early learning professionals — administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and family child care providers. Classes begin on June 20th.

Before you register for a series, please check the dates to make sure you can attend all of the sessions. Each individual may register for no more than two series each semester, so choose carefully!

Highlights include the following offerings that will get you and the children outside:

  • Science Teaching in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Water — Come explore the physical properties of water flow while learning how to implement an inquiry-based approach to teaching science.
  • The Outdoor Classroom: Creating Outdoor Learning Environments for Young Children — Learn how to design spaces, choose materials, and facilitate meaningful experiences in the outdoor classroom.
  • Developing a Standard of Care for Your Outdoor Space — Learn about the important role that child care facilities play in overall program quality. This two-hour session is back by popular demand!

We also have two offerings on the new ERS-3 Tools! Sign up to explore the key differences between the ECERS-R and ECERS-3 or the ITERS-R and ITERS-3. These sessions are open to program administrators as well as teachers who have familiarity with the ERS tools and have had a previous ERS observation in their classroom.

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Rhode Island Celebrates 10 Years of State Pre-K!

On Friday, June 7, teachers and leaders from State Pre-K Programs across the state came together at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick to celebrate 10 years of State Pre-K in Rhode Island! Each program put together an amazing poster display, where participants could see a sampling of the incredible growth that students have made in just 180 days!

Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins and Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Mary Anne Snider attended the Pre-K Wrap-Up event and spoke about the continued importance of the State Pre-K Program. We also heard from a group of programs and public school districts that have been working together to improve the transition from Pre-K to kindergarten for children and families.

Thank you to all who participated! We’re already looking forward to working with next year’s State Pre-K teachers and programs!

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