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
- 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
- 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