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

Voices from the Field: Reopening Inclusive and Equitable Classrooms

April 28

Join us for an interactive panel discussion around reopening schools with inclusion and equity. We will hear from a group of special educators, working in preschool through elementary settings. Panelists will share their experiences supporting learners in person and providing instruction while maintaining COVID safety plans. We will also spend time in break-out groups, discussing reopening plans and practices based on age and grade level.

District Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

PLC Book Study: Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students

January 18 to February 15

An opportunity to discuss, share, and dive deeper into Leading Equity-Based MTSS for All Students, as independent colleagues or as a school team.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders, Special Education Professionals

Protecting the Promise Book Launch & Celebration

April 22

Join us for the launch and celebration of Protecting the Promise: Indigenous Education Between Mothers and Their Children by Timothy San Pedro in partnership with College of Education doctoral student Alayna Eagle Shield, Micheal Munson, Faith Price, Tara Ramos and Kristina Lucero and their families.

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

Modifying the Creative Curriculum

January 19

Join us as we discuss strategies to modify the Creative Curriculum lessons for neurodiverse learners.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders

Codesigning Educational Justice Institute

June 30 to July 1

The FLDC Codesigning Educational Justice Institute is a 2-day engagement to support systems-based formal leaders and family/community leaders of color in collaborating together in justice-based systems change. We will take up solidarity-driven codesign as a collective practice to reimagine education this summer and into next fall.

Community Leaders, District Leaders, Families, School Leaders

PLC Book Study: Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

February 3 to March 10

Join us for an opportunity to discuss, share and dive deeper into Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders

Formative Assessment in Elementary Mathematics: Interviewing Children About Their Mathematical Thinking (PreK-1)

August 3 to August 17

After the tumultuous 2020-2021 school year, many teachers are wondering what mathematical knowledge and experiences their students will bring in fall. Despite concerns about “learning loss,” we know that all children bring important social, linguistic, cultural, and mathematical knowledge to their work in the math classroom. So, what do our students know and what is next on the horizon for them? This three-session course, designed for PreK-1 educators, provides practical guidance for teachers seeking to take an asset-based approach to formative assessment.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders

Early Learning Anti-bias Education Strategies & Resources

April 6

Join us as we discuss the importance of Anti-bias Education in Early Childhood classrooms! 

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders

Formative Assessment in Elementary Mathematics: Interviewing Children About Their Mathematical Thinking (Grades 2-5)

August 3 to August 17

After the tumultuous 2020-2021 school year, many teachers are wondering what mathematical knowledge and experiences their students will bring in fall. Despite concerns about “learning loss,” we know that all children bring important social, linguistic, cultural, and mathematical knowledge to their work in the math classroom. So, what do our students know and what is next on the horizon for them? This three-session course, designed for educators working with grades 2-5, provides practical guidance for teachers seeking to take an asset-based approach to formative assessment.

Elementary Teachers, School Leaders

Disability Justice in Schools Mini Course

March 9 to March 23

In this three-sesion course, participants will take a deep dive into the tenets of Disability Justice and explore applications within their unique school contexts.

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

Student Accommodations and Modifications in the Tier 1 Setting

Ongoing

This webinar will provide participants with a working understanding of accommodations versus modifications, as well as when to implement either and for whom. 

Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

Healing and Rehumanizing Ourselves As/For Racial Justice (In Person)

August 29

The National SEED Project partners with communities, organizations, and institutions to build capacity for change toward educational equity and social justice. In this session, we will explore what it means to believe that Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) wholeness and wellness are possible. We will self-reflect to cultivate our own stories. We will share with one another in culturally-grounded and critically-conscious ways. We will dream about what it is that we individually and collectively might do to heal and rehumanize ourselves and our racial justice work moving forward. 

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

Culturally Responsive Strategies for Building Relationships with Families

Ongoing

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.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

Healing and Rehumanizing Ourselves As/For Racial Justice (Online)

September 13

The National SEED Project partners with communities, organizations, and institutions to build capacity for change toward educational equity and social justice. In this session, we will explore what it means to believe that Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) wholeness and wellness are possible. We will self-reflect to cultivate our own stories. We will share with one another in culturally-grounded and critically-conscious ways. We will dream about what it is that we individually and collectively might do to heal and rehumanize ourselves and our racial justice work moving forward. 

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

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

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

Ongoing

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 distanced learning.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders, 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

Early Childhood Education in the Time of COVID: Voices From the Field

Ongoing

This webinar will center the voices of early childhood special educators (teaching in Birth-Grade 3 settings) with the goal of learning from strategies, practices, and supports that have effectively and efficiently supported families and young children

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers

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

Early Childhood Education in the “New Normal”: Strategies for Supporting Preschooler and Early Elementary Students with Online Instruction

Ongoing

This webinar will share strategies for supporting a range of learners, with and without disabilities, in online settings.

Elementary Teachers, Families, Informal Educators, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

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

Supporting Parents with Challenging Behaviors at Home

Ongoing

This training will explore current practices in the implementation of online parent coaching for challenging behaviors at home. The focus is for early childhood staff working with families around behavior support.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Education Professionals

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

Designing Culturally Responsive and Challenging Inquiries: Connecting Curriculum to Real Life

August 23 to August 25

How do we encourage and nurture student growth in areas that motivate them to make a difference in the world around them? This course focuses on ways teachers can “flip” their required curricular units into “Project Investigations” that engage children in real world problems. Educators should come to the workshop with curricular units in mind, and with the goal of preparing inquiry activities for students to do when they come back to school in the fall.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers

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

Supporting Preschoolers and Families as They Return to School

September 22

We will be discussing strategies to support the trickiest parts of the preschool day, including transitions, following behavioral expectations and building friendship skills. We will also be sharing strategies for building relationships with families.

Early Childhood 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

Culturally Responsive Family Partnerships

October 20

As students and families re-enter schools, it is crucial to establish collaboration between teachers and families. This requires new approaches that address racial inequalities, while focusing on racial equity and the collective trauma of the pandemic. This session will share strategies for partnering with families, building equity focused school communities, and creating strong alliances with families.

Community Leaders, Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers, School Leaders, 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

Supporting Dual Language Learners and their Families in Early Childhood

November 17

Join us as we discuss the stages of second language acquisition for preschool students, and effective strategies to support Dual Language Learners and their families in early childhood settings.

Early Childhood Professionals, Elementary Teachers