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
- October 29-30, 2014: CLASS™ & Coaching--Putting CLASS™ Into Practice
Wed, October 29, 8:00 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
- November 5-6, 2014, CLASS Pre-K Observation Training
Wed, November 5, 8:30 AM - 5:00 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 approximately 8 hours additional time after the training to complete the reliability testing. Passing the Teachstone 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.
As a Parent Aware partner, CEED offers the Pre-K version of this training in order to build capacity for CLASS™ observations and coaching. Parent Aware is the Minnesota Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
Maximum audience size: 17
8:30 am to 5:00 pm for two days
$300 per person
- SSW "Conversations with the Community": Metro Meals on Wheels
Fri, November 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The third in a series of SSW Conversations with the Community: Metro Meals on Wheels. Metro Meals on Wheels provides technical, fundraising, outreach and volunteer recruitment assistance to 35 member Meals on Wheels programs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
SSW Conversations with the Community provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with the work of community organizations and to learn about how to support their work. The conversations are also excellent opportunities to connect with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Free CEUs and a delicious lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Beth Cutter-Wilson.
- 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