Upcoming Offerings in Early Learning

Course Description Audience

Early Childhood Education in the time of COVID: Voices from the Field

November 18

Haring Center staff and Early childhood special educators (teaching in Birth-Grade 3 settings) will share strategies, practices, and supports that have effectively and efficiently supported families and young children during COVID. Please join us for a collaborative conversation around best practices and lessons learned as we all navigate this new normal!

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

SPEB Institute: Transforming Partnership in Education- A Learning Institute for Families and Educators

November 21

Community members will come together to co-create optimum learning environments that center students and their families. 


District Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, School Leaders, Secondary Teachers

Leveraging Technologies to Support Families during COVID: Strategies for Virtual Family Support and Home Visiting

December 16

Family support is a large part of a special educator’s role, but the shift to online learning has made this incredibly difficult. This webinar will cover ways of supporting families during COVID 19 and with the shift to distance learning. We will share resources for conducting virtual home visits and discuss ways school staff can connect with families, assess their needs, connect them with resources, and support them in meeting their child’s’ needs at home.

Early Childhood Professionals, Special Education Professionals

Virtual Social and Emotional Support: Zoom Social Skills for all Learners

January 27

In this webinar, Drs. RinaMarie Leon-Guerrero and Ariane Gauvreau will discuss concrete ways teachers and providers can provide social skills instruction, strategies for facilitating social skills groups online, and other means to increase social opportunities for students during distance learning.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, School Psychologists

Green Screen Workshop: Using a Green Screen to Create Active and Engaging Lessons for Learners of All Ages and Abilities

February 10

This workshop will cover everything you need to know about green screens. We’ll introduce tricks for setting your space and uploading photos for your background, show lots of examples of how you can teach a range of social and academic skills, and review how to use green screens in large, small and individualized settings. 

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators

Culturally Responsive Strategies for Building Relationships With Families

February 17

This webinar will focus on building parent-teacher relationships by increasing cultural awareness. We will share the importance of identifying cultural differences and strategies to address the needs of students and families. We will discuss strategies to manage and understand personal biases and their effects on family partnering. In addition, we will talk about how to determine the difference between equal and equitable practices.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators

Disability Justice in Schools Webinar

March 7

This 90-minute webinar is an introduction to disability identity, history, intersectionality, and movements for Disability Justice in school.  We will include activities that expose histories of ableism in schools and introduce you to disabled activist movements. Real-time captioning of the webinar will be provided. 

District Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, School Leaders, School Psychologists, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

Staying Safe Online: Teaching Elementary Students to Practice Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy

February 16 to February 19

In this course, participants will learn about why we need to practice media literacy when consuming, sharing, and creating print and digital media and how to stay safe as digital citizens. We will cover the core concepts of media literacy and digital citizenship and practice integrating them into existing lessons and pedagogical practices for in-person and remote instruction.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, Special Education Professionals

Grown-ups and Kids Together: Let’s Examine What We Consume and Create on Our Screens

February 18

This one-hour professional development course will engage elementary educators and their families in a personally meaningful experience with media literacy. What better way to learn about students’ thinking than with a young learner by our sides? Adults/caregivers and their elementary age children are encouraged to join together for an interactive and investigative experience. Please note that educators joining on their own are welcome, and will find the experience meaningful as well!

District Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, School Leaders, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

Leading for Educational Justice: Stories, Data, and Practices That Move Us Toward More Equitable & Humanizing Schools

February 22 to February 26

In this series of conversations we'll explore what it means to develop systems that truly center justice and equity for each student and the communities served by our education systems. Leadership for Learning (L4L) is a doctoral program at the University of Washington made up of practicing educational leaders focused on realizing educational equity.  Principle in this endeavor is authentic engagement with students and families, shared vision and collective action, and high quality teaching and learning for students and educators. As part of our ongoing work to reimagine and realize more just school systems, we invite school leaders, community partners, and anyone interested in joining us in these collective endeavors.

District Leaders, Informal Educators, School Leaders

Washington Early Achievers Institute: Promoting Inclusive Practices for all Children

December 1 to December 5

Join us for a week of inclusion. This free virtual institute will enhance the capacity of providers by sharing a research-based tiered approach to inclusive education. Sessions are designed for all childcare providers who care for children age 0-12 and want to learn research-backed strategies to promote accessible and inclusive learning environments. Plenaries will be led by disability self-advocates and experts in the field of inclusion with a focus on culturally responsive inclusion practices for early learning and school-age providers.

Early Childhood Professionals

Investigating Privilege and Access in Educational Systems: How to Avoid Being a “Karen” or “Ken” in the Workplace & with Students

March 17 to March 31

In this course, participants will investigate how privilege and access intersects within the educational system through unsuspecting or intentional/unintentional behaviors. We will discuss how people use their privilege as a form of entitlement to gain access, popularly known as being a “Karen” or “Ken.” Participants will dissect and reflect on how this denies others access and perpetuates stereotypes, bias, and racism using historical structures, systems, and institutions to oppress. Together, we’ll develop skill in navigating spaces in more culturally responsive ways in order to begin dismantling structures that gate-keep marginalized or under-represented populations.

District Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Informal Educators, School Leaders, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals