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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

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

Wed, April 1, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Two-day training: April 1-2, 2015

Putting CLASS™ into Practice is a two-day training that equips supervisors, coordinators, trainers, and consultants to work with adults on CLASS™ concepts and practices. This training is intended for those who work in early childhood professional development and have attended a two-day CLASS™ observation training and passed the reliability test with Teachstone. Participants will:

  • Translate CLASS™ terminology into teacher-friendly language
  • Participate in an in-depth dimension study that deepens understanding of CLASS™ Instructional Support dimensions
  • Explore a strengths-based coaching model of observation, feedback, and goal-setting
  • Practice strengths-based strategies using video, reflection, and feedback

A follow-up online training program and resources are also available after the training. Contact CEED for more information.

Out-of-state participants are welcome at this training.

Possible audience size: Up to 30

Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm for two days

Cost: $200 per person

Read more and register on the CEED website.


Two-day Training: Desired Results Developmental Profile

Mon, April 13, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

April 13-14, 2015

The Desired Results Developmental Profile is a Parent Aware recognized child assessment tool for use by family child care providers, teachers in child care centers, school districts, and special education programs for measuring child development, curriculum planning purposes, communication with parents, and monitoring child growth. The DRDP (2015) is an all-inclusive assessment instrument for use with children from birth through kindergarten entry and is completed twice a year. The same layout and terms are used for all ages and allow educators to share and use the assessment information across settings to improve the quality of early child care.

The training introduces the four new English Language Development measures for English language learners. Day 1 (Desired Results Developmental Profile-2015) introduces practitioners and administrators to the DRDP (2015) use, terms, and layout. Day 2 (Meaningful Observation) focuses on strategies to document and rate child growth using the DRDP (2015).

Cost: $140 per person

Read more and register on the CEED website.



May 1, 2015: Instructional Support for Coaches

Fri, May 1, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop is designed for coaches and others who are responsible for facilitating educators’ interaction skills as described in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool. The session prepares coaches, consultants, supervisors and trainers to aid teachers in strengthening concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling in interactions and activities. The session includes analyzing key characteristics of each dimension, identifying interaction opportunities, and practicing coaching strategies for supporting teacher growth in these key interaction qualities.

Maximum number of participants: 30

Cost: $100

Hours: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Read more and register on the CEED website.

The Other Side of Poverty in Schools

Tue, May 12, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Coffee and breakfast baked goods included in registration fee.


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

Hip Hop/Hip Hope: The (R)Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Wed, May 13, 8:00 AM - 2:23 PM

Speaker: Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.

For more than 20 years, Ladson-Billings has been focused on helping teachers learn from the pedagogical expertise of those teachers who have been successful with African American students. She coined the term “culturally relevant pedagogy” to describe their work. More recently, she has come to see how the culture that invigorates and enlivens today’s students—hip hop—is a primary driver in helping maintain culturally relevant pedagogy’s viability and usefulness. In this lecture Ladson-Billings will describe how hip hop provides a hope for engaging students in a culturally relevant way to ensure their academic, cultural, and social-civic success.

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 ( for more details.


Presented by the Office of Professional Development (OPD) and the Urban Leadership Academy.



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