Effective teachers are the most important asset of a quality early childhood program. One goal of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is to increase and enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers by providing a wide array of professional development opportunities.
Professional Development Opportunities.
Ohio Early Care & Education Conference - April 25-27, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Over 120 Workshops Featuring Solution Experts - Up to 19 hours!
All workshops are approved for ODJFS in-service training. Approval pending for ODJFS - Step Up to Quality, ODE/ELSR Professional Development Credit, Education IACET CEUs, Help Me Grow, ODMH and various categories of Social Work Hours and ODDD CPD Units.
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Q-Net Professional Development Opportunities The early childhood Quality network (ecQ-net) has professional development opportunities throughout Ohio. The APPLE Ohio research study is looking for 600 participants for the final year of the study. More information on the PD content, dates and locations as well as the APPLE Ohio study can be found here.
ODE-Approved Professional Development Policy and Process Overview (Rev. June 2011)
Requirements for Attendance at Revised ODE-Approved Professional Development Orientation
Trainers and other providers of professional development seeking to offer ODE-approved credit must attend an orientation to become familiar with the requirements, the approved PD formats, Ohio’s new Early Learning and Development Standards, and application process via the Ohio Professional Development Network Registry. To register for the three-hour orientation, download, complete and submit the Registration Form. 2012 Orientation Registration Form
Study Groups/Communities of Practice as Professional Development
The study group - or community of practice - is one way to accomplish job-embedded professional development to increase participants’ knowledge and skills around a selected topic of study.
ODE-approved professional development credit will be issued for a maximum of 10 clock hours per year. It is expected that the group meet face-to-face for at least this number of hours. Credit may be pro-rated or denied participants for attendance at fewer than the number of scheduled meetings.
For ODE-approved professional development credit, prospective facilitators must attend an ODE-approved Professional Development Orientation, complete the application process, and conduct the group using prescribed, standardized forms and evaluation materials. The application materials are available on the ODE website and include:
o Study Group Application
o Memorandum of Commitment
o Sign-in Sheet
o Meeting Minutes Template
o 3-part Study Group Evaluation
o Attendance Summary Report
Please direct questions to Linda Norton-Smith, Consultant, at (330) 819-1803 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the electronic PD application, please go to www.opdn.org and click on the upper red tab named Registry.