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CDE-Sponsored In-Person Training

The CDE Preschool Team’s regional preschool specialists offer intermediate to advanced professional development to all teachers and administrators in programs that serve children funded by Colorado Preschool Program or preschool special education. Topics include:

  • Understanding the classroom and program support needed for authentic assessment
  • Observation and documentation
  • Analyzing and interpreting assessment data
  • Using reports and data to inform instruction

Other topics can be customized to suit your needs and audience. Contact your regional support specialist to get started.

CDE does not provide basic trainings on how to start using an assessment tool for the first time, platform navigation, entering data, etc. These topics are covered in the online orientation modules. Programs are encouraged to contract directly with vendors for additional trainings.

Online Resources

From the Results Matter Professional Development library:

This module provides basic information about the uses of ongoing observation as part of an authentic assessment and child-centered planning system. This face-to-face workshop is designed for paraprofessional and entry level early childhood providers who have not yet taken a formal course in observation or assessment. It has also been presented successfully as a refresher for more experienced educators. All of the training resources including a comprehensive trainer’s guide, handouts, PowerPoint slides, video clips, and evaluation form are available for leaders to host the training on their own.

  • PDIS Courses: 
    • Introduction to Child Assessment
    • How to Use Child Assessment Data to Achieve Positive Outcomes

      Colorado’s Professional Development Information System (PDIS) offers a wide range of online professional development opportunities to any user. The two listed above are especially relevant to Results Matter assessment. The Introduction to Child Assessment course is a condensed version of the Observation module listed above. The second set of courses, available in different versions for teachers and administrators, covers foundational principles of data use; strategies for using child assessment data at the educator level such as planning, communication, self-monitoring, and self-reflection; and strategies for using child assessment data at the administrator level such as data analysis, reporting, program improvement, and support and monitoring. Click here for more information.
  • Writing Effective Observation Notes
    This brief 10-minute module on writing observation notes is great for new and experienced staff alike.
  • Monthly Job Targets
    These brief, handy calendars help you follow the most common recurring GOLD® job targets throughout the year. Download the calendars for teachers and administrators.

  • GOLD Self-Reflection Tools
    Know exactly what it takes to be a successful user of GOLD® in Colorado. Use our Self-Reflection Tools for Teachers and Administrators to assist with professional development and implementation planning. These tools identify discrete performance expectations for beginners as well as veterans.

  • Administrative Data Use Self- Assessment
    Designed to support early childhood program staff interested in building their capacity to use data to inform, plan, monitor, and make decisions for program improvement. The checklist is organized around three key elements: Planning for Data Use, Using and Communicating Data, and Self-Reflection and Monitoring.

From the CDE Preschool Team’s On-Demand Modules:

  • Formative Assessment
    This self-paced module makes the connection between preschool learning environments, formative assessment practices in the classroom, and Individual Education Programs (IEPs). It supports the learning of preschool teams such as teachers, practitioners, and families in understanding how authentic assessment data is used for instructional planning in the classroom for every child.

  • Preschool Outcomes: A Data Dialogue on OSEP Indicator 7 Reporting

This module is for special education administrators and early childhood personnel who are involved with OSEP Preschool Outcomes reporting. It is designed to promote understanding of the three functional child outcomes and how they fit into the Exceptional Student Services Unit's Results Driven Accountability system. Rating levels, progress categories, and data quality are also discussed. Sign in as a Guest when prompted.

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