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178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Professional Development

The college is committed to supporting professionals working in education and human development through professional development opportunities. Choose a topic from the side of this page to see upcoming events for a particular area, or look below for a list of the next events from all areas.

For current professionals interested in academic programs, the college offers both the M.Ed. Professional Studies and certificate programs. For University-wide opportunities, please visit the Digital Campus or the College of Continuing Education .

Upcoming Professional Development Events

2014 Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature Featuring Author Jane Yolen

Thu, April 17, 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Break through into Faerie: A meditation on the Surprising Rise of Faerie Tale Related Books, Poetry, Magazines,Conventions, TV, Movies, Games, and Ephemera

Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over 300 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels, graphic novels, and story collections for young adults and adults.

Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among others. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal, and named a Grand Master for both the Science Fiction Poetry Assn., and the World Fantasy Assn. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. 

Pedagogy Spotlights For Online Teaching & Learning

Mon, April 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sarah North
Thursday, February 13
6:00-7:00 PM (CT) at the LT Media Lab

Jolie Kennedy
Wednesday, March 12
6:00-7:00 PM (CT) completely online via Adobe Connect

Derek Schwartz
Monday, April 21
6:00-7:00 PM (CT) at the LT Media Lab

You are invited to participate in this free professional development series to learn more about practices and principles for effective online teaching and learning.  Each of these fun, interactive sessions will feature a variety of the successful practices of innovative Learning Technologies instructors as they share specific examples of activities and strategies they use to meaningfully engage students in online learning environments. Time will also be reserved for dialogue and idea-sharing about how to integrate these things in your own professional practice.  Whether you’re an education professional or just simply curious about online learning, we would love to have you join us!

This session will be held onsite at the LT Media Lab, 210 Learning & Environmental Sciences Building in St. Paul.  If you aren't able to attend in person, you can also participate from a distance via the live video webstream:

Use this link to join the onsite sessions and to share comments and questions via live interactive chat.  

Register here.

For more information, contact Dr. Angel Pazurek at

Two-day PreK CLASS™ Observation Training

Thu, April 24, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The CLASS™ is a multifaceted observation system that requires training to use it appropriately. This two-day in-person training offered by certified CLASS™ trainers covers the instrument and provides opportunities to score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing. Additionally, participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings and schedule one half day to complete the reliability testing after the training. Passing the online test is necessary to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.

CEED offers the Pre-K and K-3 versions of this training and, coming in 2014, the Toddler version will also be offered.

This training is available to Minnesota residents only.

Maximum audience size: 17

Dates: April 24-25, 2014

Cost: $300 per person

More information on the CEED website

Register online


The Other Side of Poverty in Schools

Tue, May 13, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Led by Dr. Mark Vagle (Curriculum and Instruction) and project associates Angela Coffee and Colleen Clements.

In this exciting, stimulating, and intensive one-day workshop, teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher educators will:

  • Learn about the five principles for change to better meet the needs of working-class and poor students
  • Develop research-based teaching practices sensitive to working-class and poor children and families
  • Reflect on formative assessment of working-class and poor students across the curriculum
  • Take away powerful classroom ideas for incorporating social class-related content
  • Get ideas for establishing positive relationships with working-class and poor families
  • Earn 5 continuing education credits

Cost: $125 general admission, $75 for University of Minnesota staff and faculty, and $25-$50 for University of Minnesota students.

University of Minnesota Staff and Students please contact Colleen Clements at for a special promotional code to receive a discounted rate and more information about the event.




For more information contact Colleen Clements at

Co-sponsored by the CLASSroom Project and the CEHD Office of Professional Development

Two-day Training: CLASS™ & Coaching: Putting CLASS™ into Practice Training

Wed, May 14, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

May 14-15, 2014

Putting CLASS™ into Practice is a two-day session intended for those who work in early childhood professional development and are already trained as a CLASS™ observer. This training equips supervisors, coordinators, trainers, and consultants to work with teachers on CLASS™ concepts and practices. The training covers a review of CLASS™ dimensions, practice defining the dimensions in teacher-friendly language, practice giving feedback based on CLASS™ dimensions and observations, problem-solving around CLASS™ coaching dilemmas, and a range of options for inserting CLASS™ into professional development strategies (e.g., training, coaching, and professional learning communities). A follow-up online training program and resources are also available to participants after the training.

Registrations from outside of Minnesota are also welcome.

Possible audience size: Up to 30

Cost: $200 per person

Those participating in select Minnesota Department of Education, Head Start and Department of Human Services Initiatives may be eligible for training scholarships.

Read more and register on the CEED website.




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