Professional Development Options through the Preschool Development Grant

With the Support of the Indiana Preschool Development Grant (PDG), Early Learning Indiana created asynchronous, online training modules designed for for mid-career and experienced early childhood professionals like you. All seven of these modules are searchable through I-LEAD, on Indiana Learning Paths.

To learn more about the PDG modules, read below. Training descriptions include duration and additional opportunities for expanding your knowledge on these topics. To enroll in any of these courses, log in to ilead.in.gov and search for the name of the course in Indiana Learn Paths.

 

Module 1 

Intermediate: Let’s Talk Strengths – An Asset Based Approach to Supporting Multilingual Learners

In this one-hour professional development course, participants learn strategies to support multilingual learners in early childhood education program environments and the importance of supporting multilingual learners is discussed.

This course is appropriate for early childhood educators who: (1) work with children birth through age 5 and (2) have limited experience working with multilingual learners.

 

Advanced: Let’s Talk Strengths – An Asset Based Approach to Supporting Multilingual Learners

In this one-hour professional development course, participants learn strategies to advance learning and development opportunities for multilingual learners in early childhood education.

Participants gain an understanding of the implications necessary to support multilingual learners’ unique needs through curriculum, interaction, observation and assessment strategies.

This course is appropriate for early childhood professionals who: (1) work with children birth through age 5, (2) have completed Let’s Talk Strengths intermediate course, (3) and have limited experience working with multilingual learners.

 

 

Module 2 

Intermediate: What do you see? – Creating Culturally Responsive Programs through an Anti-Bias Lens

In this 1.25-hour intermediate professional development course, participants gain knowledge and understanding of multicultural education and practices in an early childhood setting. This course is appropriate for early childhood professionals who: work with children birth through age 12 and have limited experience within a multicultural program.

 

Advanced: What do you see? – Creating Culturally Responsive Programs through an Anti-Bias Lens

In this 1.5-hour advanced professional development course, participants gain knowledge and understanding of multicultural education and practices in an early childhood setting. This course is appropriate for early childhood professionals who: work with children birth through age 12 and have limited experience working within a multicultural program.

 

 

Module 3 

Intermediate:  Opportunity’s Knocking: How creating high quality programs benefit the whole community

Over the course of this two-hour intermediate e-learning session, you will learn the value of high-quality programs and their impact in reducing the opportunity gap. The causes and impact of the opportunity gap will also be explored, as well as strategies to support improved outcomes for children, the early childhood workforce, and the community.

This module can be broken down into two chapters: the first focuses on exploring the opportunity gap and its effects, and the second examines how educators can work to close the opportunity gap.

 

 

Module 4 

Advanced: Hear My Story: A strengths-based approach to addressing poverty in the classroom

Over the course of this two-hour advanced e-learning session, you will learn the value of a strengths-based, two-generation approach to working with families in programs who are experiencing generational poverty. This session will also explore the effects of poverty as well as the offsetting impact of accessing high quality early education on children and families.

 

 

Module 5 

Intermediate: It Takes a Village – Empowering Families through Strengthening Communities

Over the course of this 2.5 hour intermediate e-learning session, you will learn about the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework and understand the impact protective factors have on children, families and the communities in which they live.

Participants will explore the importance of creating safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments to help mitigate and prevent the consequence of Adverse Early Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). This session will also discuss the Parent Café Model that can support implementation of protective factors for programs, families and communities.

 

 

Module 6 – Available on Indiana Learning Paths late-December

Intermediate: Maintaining Professional Boundaries Training Series: Part I

Over the course of this one-hour intermediate e-learning session, you will learn how values, morals and ethics effect our decision making as early childhood educators. We will explore some case studies as well as complete personal reflections on how our own personal views may influence our beliefs and actions.

 

Advanced: Part II: Understanding and Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Over the course of this 1.5 hour advanced e-learning session, you will learn about the importance of setting and maintaining professional boundaries, examine guidance from other fields which outline standards for boundary setting, and review strategies for strengthening professional boundaries.

Participants will explore case studies related to areas of professional boundaries and examine the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as it relates to maintaining professional boundaries.

 

 

Module 7 Available on Indiana Learning Paths late-December

Intermediate: Every Child Deserves to Be Included: Supporting Early Childhood Inclusion

Including children with special needs in early childhood programs supports the rights of all children to participate actively in natural settings within their programs and communities. Over the course of this 2-hour intermediate e-learning session, you will examine the legislation related to inclusion, learn strategies to adapt the environment and materials to meet the needs of individual children, and recognize the importance of effective collaboration among professionals to support inclusion. Throughout this module when you hear and read children with disabilities this also incorporates children with developmental delays.