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
- Two-day Training: CLASS™ & Coaching--Putting CLASS™ Into Practice
Tue, December 9, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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.
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm for two days
- Looking Under the Lamp Post: Why “Assessment of Intercultural Competence” Uses the Wrong Criteria
Fri, December 12, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D.
Bennett will lead participants through a discussion of assessing developmental readiness for intercultural education and will cover some new applications of traditional methods for evaluating intervention effectiveness. He will cover applications of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity.
University students, staff, and faculty can register at a discounted rate of $75.
Additional early bird and multiple workshop registration discounts are available for non-U of M personnel. Contact Sara Najm (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Presented by the Office of Professional Development (OPD) and the Urban Leadership Academy.
- January 21-22, 2015: Pre-K Observation Training
Wed, January 21, 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 only available in Minnesota for the purpose of building partnerships for CLASS™ observations and coaching in Parent Aware, Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Maximum audience size: 17
8:00 am to 4:30 pm for two days
$300 per person
- 9-week online course: Parent-Infant Pathways--An Educator's Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents
Mon, February 2
February 2 to April 6, 2015
84 clock hours or 2 academic credits
There are predictable times when parents will benefit from specific information, insights, and support. New parents are especially eager to understand their infant's growth and development. The period following the birth of a child offers a special opportunity for professionals to reach new parents with important information and to build relationships. Parent-Infant Pathways captures the key information needed by new parents, has effective strategies and materials to impart this information, and explains how to empower parents and demonstrate support.
The Parent-Infant Pathways course is designed to enhance the work of professionals in the fields of early education, early intervention, parent education, nursing, pediatrics, social service, and health care by providing specific training around early infant development, parent education, and parent-infant relationships.
Each pathway of information is supported by current research and reflects best practice. Upon completion of the course, participants will be better able to address new parents' questions, thoughts, and concerns as well as help parents more easily identify infant communication cues and capabilities.
For clock hours: $580 plus required materials
For academic credit: $700 plus required materials
- 9-week online course: Working with Parents--Considerations for Special Populations
Mon, February 9
February 9 to April 13, 2015
84 clock hours or 2 academic credits
Participants will examine the transactional role of parents and parent-child relationships in child development as well as interdisciplinary childhood mental health principles and strategies for working with parents of young children. Participants will understand special considerations of how infant mental health research informs work with parents with mental illness, chemical dependency, trauma, and cognitive delays, as well as adolescent parents, foster, adoptive and kinship parents, and parents of children with special needs. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their professional role in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health and how strategies and principles will inform their professional role.
For clock hours: $580 registration fee plus required textbook
For academic credit: $700 plus required textbook