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Page to share announcements with members of the Community related to PD opportunities, upcoming events, etc.



Added 5-13-21 by Sarah Nichols


DEC Committee Calls:(apply before June 1st, 2021 and must be DEC/CEC member):



Added 3-11-21by Sarah Nichols



Added 1-13-20 by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


Hi everyone - just a quick note that we only have a few seats left for the "Growing Anti-racist Communities: A Sustainable Model for ECE PD Providers". This is a series for EI and ECE leaders and PD providers that I'm doing in February and March with Ijumaa Jordan.  


Register here and/or share within your networks...particularly with colleagues who are White. It's time we do more than reflect, listen, and learn. It's high time to take action. Here's the link to share: https://kristiepf.com/register/anti-racism-one.


Click here to learn more and to register. You can pay by company or personal CC, PO, or across time. Contact me directly.






Added 12-5-20 by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak



First, TY to all members of this community who participated in our PD 4 PD providers series. 


Second, Julie Causton and I will be doing a repeat performance (with some upgrades and longer sessions) each Friday in January of 2021.

You can learn more here or by clicking on the image below.



Third, a quick reminder...Ijumaa Jordan and I are hosting a series called "Growing Anti-racist Communities: A Sustainable Model for ECE PD Providers".

Click here (or on the image) to learn more and to register. Space is limited.



Lastly, Julie and I have a new handout that you may enjoy! 

Going virtual?? Here are 100 tips and tricks [pdf]


Click here for a summary of all the PD 4 PD provider opportunities.





Added 10/26/20 by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

  1. Registration for our PD 4 PD providers series will close soon. Learn more about the series here. You can also check-out a FB live I did with Julie Causton on some of our favorite ways to open up a staff meeting, course, and/or conference session here

  2. Dates for our anti-racism PD design and delivery have been set. Space is limited and open to members of this community first. Learn more about the series here

  3. If you have questions, need bulk discounts, etc. email me directly at Kristie@Kristiepf.com.







Added 9/17/20 by Sarah Nichols



Live Training (4 Part Series) in November!

This series will demonstrate how to set significant learning outcomes, give your video-conferencing a makeover, and increase engagement from staff meetings to day-long events. The ZOOM app will be the focus of demonstrations, with opportunities to practice new technology skills along the way.

  • Thanks again to Sarah and Cori for prompting us to create these PD for PD provider opportunities. There are three in all. Go to https://kristiepf.com/pd-overview for a review of all three.
  • The first offering, as Sarah noted, starts in November. It's all about how to transform virtual PD, teach adults to get results, and create community among adult learners. Click here to learn more and register today.
  • FYI, dates for the session with Ijumaa Jordan on decolonizing your PD will be posted very soon and applications for a spring Mastermind can be submitted now. 



Added 8/14/20 by Johanna Higgins


Hi Everyone! DEC's Personnel Preparation Committee Needs Your Feedback by next Friday, August 21st!

If you are in Higher Educator, Professional Development/TA Provider, Grant administrator, Program administrator, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Provider, Graduate student, or Service Coordinator please complete this survey: http://form.jotform.com/201906066231043 to help DEC's PPC gather important information. This survey will help guide the development of materials to support you!


DEC's PPC recently held an interactive discussion: Planning for the Fall? Refresh, Recharge, and Renovate Professional Development and Courses. The survey above followed this presentation. You can access the discussion and presentation recording here if you are interested: https://divisionearlychildhood.egnyte.com/fl/gCqYXVHcvr#folder-link/


Added 8/5/20 by Ted Burke & Sarah Nichols


EI Inquiry - Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges:  As we try to find ways to continue to support one another as a community during COVID-19 we'd like to inquire about how/where you are identifying challenges and room for improvement within your Part C system. Information gathered through this short survey will be used to help us think about future discussion topics, conversations with guest speakers and activities we may want to explore. A response by Friday, August 14 would be greatly appreciated!


Added 7-24-20 by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


During the July meeting, I shared about a Summer Leadership Institute hosted by Inclusive Schooling. This four-day virtual event is for Pre-K through post secondary leaders and educators who want to ensure inclusive practices.


While there isn't a direct focus on EI, there are several sessions that will be of interest to you all. In particular, sessions on race and equity, inspirational stories from self-advocates, and opportunities to network with others who are working to engage learners virtually. Our aim is to model inclusivity and how to connect with one another virtually. 


You can save almost $200 by using this link to register.


If you have questions - contact me directly Kristie@Kristiepf.com.


TY all so much!


P.S. Ijumaa Jordan and I will be hosting a six-part series for PD providers who want to examine how their current practices are upholding the White Dominant Culture. I'll have more details to follow.




Added 3-17-20 by Sarah Nichols


Training Magazine Network - Free Webinar titled: URGENT: Moving Presentations Online: Coronavirus, Training Sessions, and Events

March 19, 2020 3pm-4pm ET


Early On Center for Higher Education Coursework Connections Webinar

March 24, 2020 1-2pm ET

Assignment Makeovers: From Hearing and Seeing to Doing and Reflecting by Camille Catlett, FPG Child Development Institute



Added 3-13-20 by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


WHAT: FREE ZOOM sessions to learn tips and strategies for teaching and delivering PD through distance learning

WHEN: March 18th, 19th, or 20th

HOW: Click here and there are three dates to pick from. Click on the date and register for the ZOOM session. That's it.




Added 12/4/19 by Sarah Nichols

A webinar to highlight some of the concepts shared in "Growing Together: Developing and Sustaining Communities of Practice in Early Childhood" will be on 12/10/19 from 2-3pm EST.  Here is a link to register if you would like to join: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/bookchats20191210/


Registration is now open for the AUCD EI SIG webinar titled: "The Current State of Service Coordination Across the Country" which is a repeat session from the DEC Conference in October.  The event is on 12/17/19 from 3-4pm EST.  Visit this link to register: https://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=8596&id=379&parent=379


Added 10/18/19 by Sarah Nichols

The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) Conference is going to be in Chicago, IL in August 2022.  If you are not a member of the ISEI and want to receive alerts about this conference then please visit the ISEI website and sign up for a free membership: http://depts.washington.edu/isei/.  This is a great conference and a place to hear about early intervention research and practices around the world.  I encourage CoP members to think about what they are doing in their states and consider submitting a proposal for the conference when the call for proposals come out.


Added 9-27-19 by Sarah Nichols

  1. Meet and Greet in Dallas! - We will have and informal "meet and greet" at the DEC Conference in Dallas.  I will do my best to secure space for us at Gossip Bar (in the hotel) for Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:15pm-7:15pm CT and if for some reason there is a change of venue it will be posted on this page.  If you are attending the conference and would like to stop by to say hello we would love to connect with you in person.
  2. Meeting Room Change for 11/19/19 - Our next virtual meeting is on 11/19/19 and we will have a new meeting room for this meeting only.  Dana Childress (VA) will be our lead facilitator as I have a potential conflict on this date and this is her zoom room: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/156288477  which will also be posted on the meetings page and the agenda prior to the meeting.
  3. November 19 Discussion Topic: Nancy Surbrook-Goins has a conflict in her schedule so we will postpone our discussion with her on mindfulness in EI.  Thankfully, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is free to participate so she will do a follow up to our discussion from 9/17/19 and help us dig deeper into managing complex change.
  4. Coming Soon! - Kristie Pretti-Frontczak and I are working to develop a new interactive page on our workspace to help us keep the conversations going and resource sharing as we work to manage complex change.  Until then, please review our meeting notes from 9/17/19 to get caught up on what you missed or to explore one of the many resources shared before/during that meeting. 



Added 7-30-19 by Sarah Nichols

The newest installment of Faculty Finds just came out and I encourage you to explore this issue as it includes information about how to access PD Packages and videos that are free and accessible to anyone who registers for an account with EarlyEdU Alliance. 


Added 6-19-19 by Sarah Nichols

I am not sure how many people attended the SCRIPT - NC Webinar on 6/11/19 titled"Best Practices in Online Instruction" so here is a link to the recording if you missed it: https://scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/resources/script-nc-webinar-online-instruction-ppt-and-archived-recording

Here is a link to the handout with a bunch of resources for online instruction and engagement with online learners: https://scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/Webinar%20handout_0.pdf

Here is a link to some resources/suggestions shared by participants during the live webinar: https://scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/scriptnc.fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/Community%20Sourced%20Strategies%20and%20Tools%20for%20Online%20Course%20Delivery.pdf

I will also add this information to our Webinar Recordings Page and encourage others to share links/resources related to archived webinars that you think would be of interest to this community.


Added 6-18-19 by Sarah Nichols

DEC has an open call for Personnel Preparation Committee members: https://www.dec-sped.org/single-post/2019/06/13/Call-for-DEC-Personnel-Preparation-Committee-Members.  I am the current PD Strand Leader of this Committee and would love to see some of the people from this CoP who share my passion for PD apply to become a member.  Click the link above for more info about what the commitment entails.  Applications are due by June 24, 2019 and you must be a DEC member to apply.


Added 4-16-19 by Sarah Nichols


One of the top priorities identified by group members in our last needs assessment was related to engaging learners in online formats.  The TrainingMagNetwork is hosting a free webinar on Thursday 4/18 from 3:00 -4:00 PM ET titled: What I Learned After Over 100 Webinar Presentations in TrainingMagNetwork - Lessons on How to Be a Super PresenterEven if you can't attend in person you can get the recording just by registering.  If you are not already a member of the TrainingMagNetwork you may be asked to join that as well.  

The topics of this webinar will include:

  • "What the heck, we didn't know what was a webinar 10 years ago."
  • "The smoothest way to training from classroom to virtual learning."
  • "5 Rules of Learners Engagement"
  • "Why webinar participants want a selfie with me when I see them in person."
  • "I'm a webinar rock star. My mother-in-law, now sees how great her son-in-law is."
  • "My personal wake-up calls."
  • "I will never look back again .. to travelling United, Delta, Southwest, nasty attendants, long waits, and noisy passengers."
  • "Webinars are heaven like - Look I am in my pajamas."



Added 3-13-19 by Sarah Nichols:


I recently learned of this virtual book study through a colleague in MN who is also a new member of our CoP (Betsy Rust).  They have Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden coming 2 different times between May and August. In order to prepare practitioners and teams they are doing a virtual book study with their "Coaching in Early Childhood Handbook".  They would LOVE to have participants from outside of MN join them in this virtual book study!  They asked that we share this invite with you so you can share it with your teams or with your ECSE leaders to share with their teams.   We are invited to participate as well and they would love our feedback (good and bad) and ideas for improvements or as we are going through the book study!  Please note:


  • There is no minimum level of participation or engagement in order to participate
  • They have a book study via email group going in tandem (to support those that are not on Facebook)
  • Participants are welcome to invite their general ed/community education partners as well


Here is a link for more info: http://eieconlinelearning.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/132485724/MN%20EC%20Coaching%20Handbook%20Virtual%20Book%20Study.pdf



Added 3-6-19 by Sarah Nichols:


Many people in our community have expressed an interest in engaging adult learners within online learning.  People who subscribe to Faculty Finds recently received this flyer with information about 2019 webinar series: http://eieconlinelearning.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/132358794/SCRIPT-NC%20webinar-flyer-rev%20%281%29.pdf


On June 11 from 2-3pm EST there is a free webinar titled "Best Practices in Online Instruction" which may interest some people in this CoP.  Check out the flyer for more information and the registration link.



Added 7-7-17 - Another Pop-UP Facebook Invitation from Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


On July 10th, along with my colleague Barbara Avila, I'm launching a 21-day challenge all about how we approach challenging behaviors. The 21-day challenge is particularly for home visitors, therapists, and others who support families of young children...including those with ASD. Families are encouraged to join, along with other members of their team.


Each day for 21 days, we'll be sharing practical tips and inspiration for creating curiosity, strengthening relationships, and learning how to reduce stressors that impact early development and learning.


Directions to access the FB pop-up group 21-day challenge:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/c2ubeforethepeak/ or click here.
  2. Answer 3 quick questions
  3. Learn along with a community of others seeking to reframe how they approach challenging behaviors


You and others can join any time during the challenge...which again, formally begins July 10th, 2017, but is open NOW. If you have questions, contact me directly.


Also, please feel free to share this opportunity with others in your networks. And for those who aren't on FB but who would like a summary of the tips shared during the 21-day challenge, invite them to go here and complete the form. At the end of the challenge, I'll send them an ebook with all the tips.


Lastly...if you aren't sure about what we'll be covering and if it is right for you or if you want to share with others in your network, you can request access to our three-part training video series called Teach Before the Peak. In this video series Barb covers many of the messages and methods we'll be sharing in the 21-day challenge. Click here to request access to the free training series.




Added 6/24/17 (Updated 6-30-17) - Pop-UP FaceBook Invitation from Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

As I mentioned the other day, this summer, I launched a pop-up FB group dedicated to the topic of professional Development and learning.


Directions to access the FB pop-up group:


  1. Click HERE to learn more and be taken to the group's landing page
  2. If you want to join, click the orange "Join Our FB Community" Button - the direct URL is https://kristiepf.com/changing-ece-practices-social
  3. This will take you to the FB group where you will be promoted to answer three simple questions - submit your responses and you'll be admitted


There isn't a cost, and anyone interested in transforming PD can request access. At the end of each week, I'll summarize what is shared and email it out to those who request summaries. Click HERE for a sample of the summary I created for the 1st week of activity. Lastly, I'll being doing a few FB live broadcasts as a way of expanding upon the tips and/or to answer questions posted by members of the community. 


Again, you can go HERE to learn more and to join. "Voyeurs" are welcome...so no worries if your plate is full. Just another way to get, share, and expand thoughts around PD. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact me at kristie@kristiepf.com



Added 6/20/17 - EI Curriculum Workgroup Update

The EI Curriculum Workgroup has a few important updates that could impact online learners if you are embedding links from the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum into your online offerings.  We are also seeking your input as we prepare for two presentations at national conferences over the next few months.  See below for more info on these important updates.


  • UPDATE # 1: All of the links to the interactive online modules for Mission and Key Principles and Foundational Pillars of EI have been updated because the free feature we have been using through dropbox for viewing the modules is no longer being supported and eventually will no longer allow for playback.  If you have any of these links embedded in your curriculum please update them as soon as possible to prevent any interruptions for your online learners.   Minor edits were also made to the modules based on feedback gathered from online participants.  One of those edits was the development of a "Learner's Guide" for the mission and key principles module.  The Learner's Guide is a place for learners to take notes and document their individual reflections if they choose to keep a record of the responses they submit in the interactive module.  The updated links can be found on the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum landing pad: http://universalonlinepartceicurriculum.pbworks.com/w/page/79643207/Online%20Curriculum 
  • UPDATE # 2:The EI Curriculum Workgroup will be presenting on the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum at the upcoming OSEP Leadership Conference in July and the DEC Conference in October.  We'd love to gather some updated information about how you are using the curriculum so we can share that with the field.  We appreciate your feedback on this very short survey no later than Friday June 30th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UniversalEICurriculum-June2017 
  • UPDATE # 3: The EI Curriculum Workgroup continues to work on the development of the Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention module which will be the next installment of the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum.  This module will include 4 lessons that cover what authentic assessment is in EI, why it is important, how it is done and who does it along with when it is done.  Our goal is to have this finished in the Fall of 2017.  We are also adding a new "closing summary" to the Foundational Pillars of EI module which will direct learners to additional resources pertaining to each pillar and will also ask them to share their feedback with us upon completion of the online module.  It is through this feedback that we are able to address necessary updates and assess the ongoing needs of online learners as well as administrators, trainers, TA providers, faculty and anyone else that is using the materials we develop.


Added 11/21/16

Recent DEC announcements:

  1. The call for proposals from DEC for the 2017 conference has been posted and the deadline to submit is January 31, 2017: http://www.decconference.org/call-for-proposals-2017
  2. If you are a DEC member and have not yet cast your vote for the Executive Board there is still time to vote as the deadline is December 1st: http://www.dec-sped.org/eb-nominations



Added 4-26-16

  1. Please remember to check out the Requests for CoP Input and Shared Content pages when you get a chance as we have had some members post requests and new resources on those pages in recent weeks.
  2. Please remember to visit the Check for Understandings page and provide feedback (if you have any) to the EI Curriculum Workgroup either on the page dedicated to this topic or by email to eicurriculumworkgroup@gmail.com by Monday, May 2 2016.
  3. See below for info about a great new resource that Larry Edelman just sent out as it connects to some of our discussion from last week:


Info from Larry:

To My Early Childhood/Early Intervention Colleagues,


I’m pleased to let you know about a series of eight videos that I had the pleasure to produce in partnership with the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, a grantee of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the Bridging the Gaps in Ohio Part C Service Delivery Project, the BHN Alliance (Belmont, Harrison, and Noble County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and, most importantly, families and early intervention practitioners in Ohio. The series, “Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention,” illustrates how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. A big shout out to Susan Jones, Beth Popich, Bev Smith, Holly Weatherson, and BJ Henry for their partnership in producing these videos and their tireless efforts to deliver high quality early intervention services in Ohio.


You can watch all eight videos on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council web site: http://ddc.ohio.gov/video-ei-series


It is suggested that you watch the videos in order:


1. An Overview of Using Technology to Support Families in Early Intervention

2. Using Video to Enhance Play, Communication, and Relationships

3. Using Instant Messaging and Video for Just-In-Time Support

4. Using Video and Video Conferencing to Enable Team Meetings over Distances

5. Using Facetime to Enhance Team Collaboration

6. A Virtual Home Visit with Liam's Family

7. A Virtual Co-Visit with Straton's Family

8. Using Video as a Foundation for Reflective Supervision







Added 4-6-16

  • The EI Curriculum Workgroup has posted the draft versions of the "Check for Understandings" that can be used with the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum that has been developed and would love some feedback from this community before they get posted on the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum landing pad.
  • To review the check for understandings click here: Check for Understandings
  • Feedback can be provided by editing the page (and saving it of course) using the space provided on the wiki page.  Please note you must be logged in to edit/save info added to one of these pages. 
  • If you are unfamiliar with the editing process within the wiki and would be more comfortable using the comment feature on the wiki page you can share feedback that way or you may email the EI Curriculum Workgroup directly at eicurriculumworkgroup@gmail.com 
  • All feedback would be greatly appreciated by Wednesday April 20th, 2016


Added 3-7-16

  • This is a friendly reminder that the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum Workgroup is considering their next project and would appreciate your input to help guide our work.  Please note that we are seeking responses from individuals involved with in-service and pre-service professional development for Part C Early Intervention including but not limited to Part C Administrators, Training and Technical Assistance Providers, Professional Development Consultants and Faculty.  This survey should take approximately five minutes or less to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YNDB5JW
  • Please feel free to share this survey link with other professionals in your state who fulfill the aforementioned roles pertaining to professional development for Part C Early Intervention.  We would appreciate a response no later than Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.


Added 2-8-16


Added 1-6-16

  • A new page has been added to store meeting information for the 2016 calendar year (2016 Meetings).  All meeting information from previous years can still be found on the home page via a link titled Archived Meeting Notes.
  • Please register for the 2016 meetings if you think you would like to participate in some or all of them.  More information about meeting agendas and future topics for discussion will be posted as meeting dates approach.


Added 7-14-15

  • Given our recent discussions on webinars I thought I would share info about this upcoming webinar that folks might be interested in on Thursday (August 6, 2015) titled: Family Development Webinar Early Intervention Webinar – Promoting Positive Relationships 
  • For more info please click here:Military Families Learning Network Webinar 8-6-15.pdf (Please note that once you click on this link you will be taken to a new page that will ask you to click the "download" tab to open it for more information.  That tab looks like a file folder tab towards the top right corner of the new page that opens.)


Added 5-22-15

  • Please complete the annual EI-EC PD CoP evaluation before Friday June 5, 2015.
  • Click here to complete the evaluation


Added 5-19-15


  • Division for Early Childhood Learning Deck: Deliver Effective Professional Development and Support Inclusion: 3 Tips for Blending Practices
  • July 22, 2015
  • Click here to learn more 

As we try to find ways to continue to support one another as a community during COVID-19 we'd like to inquire about how/where you are identifying challenges and room for improvement within your Part C system. Information gathered will be used to help us think about future discussion topics, conversations with guest speakers and activities we may want to explore.

As we try to find ways to continue to support one another as a community during COVID-19 we'd like to inquire about how/where you are identifying challenges and room for improvement within your Part C system. Information gathered will be used to help us think about future discussion topics, conversations with guest speakers and activities we may want to explore.

Comments (3)

Sarah Nichols said

at 8:51 am on Jun 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete the annual evaluation for the Early Intervention-Early Childhood Professional Development Community of Practice (EI-EC PD CoP). If you have not yet completed it please do so at your earliest convenience.

Here is the link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EI-ECPDCoP-2015Eval



David Munson said

at 12:07 pm on Oct 22, 2015

Dear CoP Friends,

As DEC members, voting is our right and responsibility. This year, DEC members are electing one vice president and one member-at-large and the election window is now open (10-22-15). I urge all members of our CoP to take a few minutes to review the profiles and videos then VOTE!

Thanks, David Munson

Kristie Pretti-Frontczak said

at 3:31 pm on Mar 13, 2020

Hey everyone...not sure you can see the explanation of my addition to this page...so I'm including the note here as a comment as well. Added an event that I hope you'll share with colleagues in your network. Backstory: I've been wanting to find a way to help alleviate the overall sense of dread that so many citizen around the world are experiencing. I truly believe that it is through hope, compassion, and mindfulness that we overcome challenges vs. fear and worry. Though it's a challenge for sure. So last night when I couldn't sleep, I came up with something I could do. Since I have years/decades of experience teaching EI/ECSE/ECE content across formats from asynchronous to on-ground and even hyflex...I thought maybe I could be of use. Click here to learn about three ZOOM sessions I'm offering next week. They are free and for faculty and PD providers alike. I'll be sharing some tips. brainstorming around challenges participants bring up, and hopefully having a few guests experts join the conversation. I don't know if this is something that would be helpful and/or if anyone will register...and that's ok. I'm getting good at living with uncertainty (ha). Contact me if you have questions. Thanks so much!

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