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
- 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.
- 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.
Presented by the Office of Professional Development (OPD) and the Urban Leadership Academy.
- 2015 Harris Forum Visiting Scholar Program
Tue, May 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Developmentally Informed Foster Care for Young Children
Visiting Scholar: Charles Zeanah, M.D., Tulane University
Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. He also directs the Tulane Infant Team, a community-based intervention program for abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the New Orleans area.
Dr. Zeanah has been a longstanding leader in infant mental health. His research and clinical interests include the effects of adverse early experiences on the development of young children, attachment and its development in high-risk environments, psychopathology in early childhood, and infant-parent relationships. He is the editor of the frequently referenced Handbook of Infant Mental Health, published by Guilford Press.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota | Web broadcast to Greater Minnesota
Networking and refreshments from 12:30 to 1:00 pm | Forum from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations.
- 9-week online course: Parent-Infant Pathways--An Educator's Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents
Mon, June 1
June 1 to August 3, 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: Bridging Education and Mental Health
Mon, June 1
June 1 to August 3, 2015 (9-week session)
42 clock hours or 1 academic credit
The goal of this course is to find common ground between behavioral and therapeutic approaches to supporting children who engage in challenging behavior. The course material expands on both the functional behavioral assessment and relationship-based teaching to explore what causes and sustains maladaptive behavioral patterns in children's actions and interactions and how early childhood professionals can support the healthy social and emotional development of children. A continuum of intervention strategies are offered to address the varying needs of children: typically developing children, children with disabilities, and children with and without disabilities who have experienced trauma, neglect, and other environmental and relationships issues.
For clock hours: $290 plus required textbook
For academic credit: $350 plus required textbook