Trainings

Pedagogical documentation is a powerful tool for understanding the meaning within children's play. Once we have documented, how do we truly use our documentation to assess and plan? In this workshop, we will encounter a variety of lenses we can take to help us find meaning.


Thursday, August 15, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Basic Specialized Care is a six-hour introductory training for early childhood and afterschool professionals who serve vulnerable children and their families in regulated child care and afterschool settings. This training is one of the requirements to become a Specialized Child Care Provider in Vermont. Topics covered include caregiving together with families; child abuse, neglect, and trauma; understanding differences in development; and understanding children's behavior.


July 24-31, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Are you seeking to reenergize your practice and connect with other early childhood educators? Join Laurie Metcalfe for an early childhood book club community of practice offered by Northern Lights at CCV. The first book will be Inclusion Includes Us: Building Bridges and Removing Barriers in Early Childhood Classrooms by Mike Huber. This book challenges us to look at inclusion in a new light and examine how we connect with children of all cultures and abilities and create a sense of belonging. Our book club sessions will use a community of practice format to discuss the reading and explore how it will inform our practice as early childhood educators. This series is FREE and includes a copy of the book.


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Your professional development is a journey, and you need to know the lay of the land. Topics will include: navigating your BFIS Quality & Credential account; identifying where you are and/or where you want to be on Vermont's Early Childhood Career Ladder; level certificates and bonuses; options for higher education; and professional development resources.


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Participants will engage in an in-depth exploration of the Children's Integrated Services (CIS) delivery model and services, including the roles and responsibilities of the CIS regional and state teams. Participants will explore how the CIS model supports clients and will practice activities such as referral and intake, One Plan use, and continuous quality improvement. Participants will discuss the many types of clients served by CIS and will enhance their understanding of client-centered, reflective, and ethical practice as it relates to CIS work.


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This training uses the medium of children's literature to explore dynamic identities such as race, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, and family composition in early learning settings. Participants will examine representation in children's literature, learn strategies for talking about difference with children, and explore tools to positively embrace students and families of diverse identities in their programs.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


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Join your colleagues to deepen your knowledge and practice implementing developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom. Participants will receive a printed copy of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (4th edition) released by NAEYC in 2021. Session topics will be determined by participants in partnership with the facilitator based on areas of the book you wish to explore. A community of practice is a multi-session, facilitated conversation among members of a particular group with a goal of creating positive change related to an area of common interest. This community of practice is designed for advanced practitioners with strong knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice.


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Contextual curriculum places strong emphasis on the idea that learning happens in a context. Learning happens in relation to and as a result of experiences, culture, and environment. If we believe that learning happens in a context, then no singular, predetermined, standardized path for learning could serve as an appropriate curriculum. A contextual curriculum challenges the belief that learning can be reduced to a specific list of objectives and outcomes. Together we will examine elements that come together to grow a contextual curriculum.


Thursday, July 11, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Do you have a solid understanding of what anti-bias education means, but need support integrating anti-bias practices into your program? Join a group of experienced colleagues for a Community of Practice with a focus on embedding anti-bias education into your curriculum. Session topics will be determined by participants in partnership with the facilitator. A community of practice is a multi-session, facilitated conversation among members of a particular group with a goal of creating positive change related to an area of common interest. This community of practice is designed for intermediate to advanced practitioners who already have working knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and want to embed anti-bias practices into their work. Each session is 1.5 hours by Zoom but you will receive 2 hours of professional development for each session attended to recognize preparation and reflection. This will count as Advanced Specialized Care training hours


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This training will explore the importance of emergency preparedness in child care settings and strategies for protecting children and staff members in the event of an emergency. Participants will review the Vermont child care regulations regarding emergency response plans and will practice developing a plan specific to their early childhood program.


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This training uses reflection and conversation to introduce critical concepts in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. Participants will practice strategies to effectively manage ethical dilemmas that arise in their work with children, families, and coworkers.


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This four-session training series uses the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves as a guide to embedding anti-bias education practices into early childhood programs. The four sessions align with the four sections of the book: understanding anti-bias education, tools for creating an anti-bias learning environment, and two sessions focused on how individual social identities shape children's development and learning. Participation in this series will require participants to engage in personal reflection on topics including implicit bias, microaggressions, gender identity and expression, economic class, and more.


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This advanced-level training explores the impacts of culture and temperament on infant and toddler social-emotional development. Participants will explore strategies to support self-regulation for infants and toddlers that consider the child's developmental stage, temperament, and culture. Participants will practice differentiating between typical and atypical development on the path toward self-regulation, and identifying which supports are most appropriate for infants and toddlers with regulatory challenges. This training meets Advanced Specialized Care criteria.


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This training includes broad introductory content designed specifically for early childhood professionals related to eight core knowledge areas: child development, families and communities, observing and assessing, how we teach, what we teach, healthy safe environments and nutrition, professionalism, and program organization.


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Have you been thinking about reaching a new level on the Early Childhood Career Ladder or completing a college degree? Did you know that you can get credit for the college-level learning you've gained through your work, self-study or other trainings to help you reach your goals more quickly?Join us for a Prior Learning Assessment Informational Workshop designed specifically for Early Childhood Education Professionals to learn more about getting college credit for what you already know. For more than 40 years, the Vermont State Colleges System has been helping adults get college credit for their on-the-job learning. Now more than ever, Early Childhood Education Professionals are accessing these resources to save time and money. Attend this workshop to learn about the options, ask questions, and hear testimonials from those who have made use of these options.


Tuesday, July 30, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Participants will identify what they are inspired to learn more about and how to document their goals within their Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). Participants will review the elements of an IPDP, practice how to complete a self- assessment related to the Core Knowledge Areas and create three professional development goals based on this assessment. Participants will also learn how to update their IPDP in their BFIS account.


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Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy highlight the many ways young children communicate: through movement and materials, words and actions, and most of all through joy. Often we teach children to forget their hundred languages as they go through the journey to adulthood. Adults also have access to these languages, even if we have forgotten. In this workshop, we will examine strategies for engaging adults in joyful participation alongside children.


Friday, August 23, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training by the Child Development Division Licensing Unit will provide a review of the Vermont child care regulations and discuss how they are linked to developmentally appropriate practice.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Thursday, August 22, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training provides an introduction to the Strengthening Families Framework and the five Protective Factors. This training is appropriate for individuals who are new to Strengthening Families and have not taken any previous training on the topic.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment


July 9-16, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Get to know what is required to earn the Program Director Credential and how this pathway of professional recognition supports best practice for program directors. Each Step of the credential is discussed in detail as participants explore the Program Director Core Knowledge Areas.


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Participants who work in child care or afterschool programs will demonstrate procedures for receiving, storing, preparing, administering, and documenting administration of medications for children; describe and demonstrate what to do for signs and symptoms of an asthma attack and allergic reaction; and describe symptoms of adverse reactions to medication and actions to take when they are observed.


Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, July 17, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, July 24, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Wednesday, August 14, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Geared primarily for family child care home providers and professionals caring for multiage groups of children, this training examines the many ways to create engaging environments that include children infant to school-age. Considerations for settings, culture, and the individual provider style will be addressed. Participants will explore a variety of real-life examples that address how to remove barriers and successfully allow all ages of children to engage in activities together. Participants will leave the training with strategies to use right away in their daily practice.


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Step into the enchanting world of 'Music in the Garden,' a transformative workshop designed for early childhood educators. Delight in the harmony of nature and rhythm as we explore innovative ways to integrate music into outdoor learning environments while also addressing the Vermont Early Learning Standards(VELS). Learn how engaging music activities can help foster early learning including creative arts & expression, cognitive development, and social & emotional well-being in young learners. From exploring melodies with natural materials, ways to develop a sensory-rich outdoor space, and ideas for building a music wall, this workshop promises to inspire educators to cultivate musical gardens where children can flourish and grow.


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Open to all Northern Lights trainers, facilitators & sponsors, members of the Instructor Registry, and MATCH professionals. Join us for a day of networking and workshops related to delivering high quality training and support to the early childhood field in VT. The day will feature 2 keynote speakers - April Zajko and Arlynn Poletta - focusing on strategies for engaging learners and embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into your work. There will be options to attend morning and afternoon workshops. No cost, lunch provided.


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Programs, organizations, and individuals that offer multiple trainings a year or recognized communities of practice are invited to review the responsibilities of being a BFIS Sponsor. Join a Northern Lights Resource Advisor as they describe each step of the Sponsor process, from planning to accurately submitting documentation to Northern Lights. Review the key role Sponsors play within the professional development system in Vermont.


Thursday, June 20, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Thursday, July 11, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Come join us for a fun and hands-on workshop guiding practitioners to examine their program's current Transition Planning practices while designing new and innovative ideas for engaging families in the transition process. In this training, participants will discuss and practice planning successful transitions from home to preschool, or preschool to kindergarten. Participants will come away with an action plan and a personalized calendar of events created for their families that can be used right away.


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The culminating experience of the Program Director Credential begins with a 2 hour training to prepare qualified participants for the multi-session community of practice. The community of practice is designed specifically for early childhood and afterschool program directors pursuing Step 3 of the Credential. The facilitated community of practice enables participants to engage deeply with the material and with their peers as they create their online Program Director Portfolio.


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What does it mean to design intelligently responsive environments, where children's voices are honored through democratic and co-constructive participation? In this workshop, we will examine the culture of designing responsive environments and share possibilities and inspirations for extending and deepening these practices.


Monday, July 15, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
What and how do we document? How do we choose what moments to document? What questions to ask? These are questions that often arise when considering the role of documentation in the early childhood classroom. We will examine a variety of uses and strategies for supporting the practice of documentation.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This 12-hour series provides a comprehensive exploration of the Strengthening Families Framework and the five Protective Factors. Participants will explore parental resilience, social connection, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence and practice strategies to effectively embed these protective factors into their early childhood programs. Prerequisite: All participants must have a working knowledge of the Strengthening Families Framework and Five Protective Factors before attending this training.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.


July 23, 2024 to August 27, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
This training provides strategies for early childhood and afterschool programs to welcome and support children and families who are experiencing homelessness. Participants will explore the impacts of homelessness on young children and their families, common stigmas and attitudes toward homelessness, and local and regional resources.


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Supportive Social Learning is a way of thinking and being, an applied philosophy that is based on a strong image of children and adults who are connected to one another within a community of learners and capable of initiating and building relationships in a place that fosters and develops these relationships. In this workshop, we will examine actions and attitudes that engage Supportive Social Learning in our everyday lives.


Tuesday, August 6, 2024, Northern Lights Online Real Time
Join a Northern Lights Resource Advisor for an overview of Northern Lights and the supports we offer. Participants will review Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) Quality Credentialing accounts and what needs to be submitted, discuss staff education requirements and pathways to meet them, and identify different types of trainings and how to make sure they count. Bring your professional development questions and learn some helpful tips and tricks to share with your staff.


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In this training, participants will explore the impact of early childhood trauma as it affects children, families and childcare providers. The training will include the definitions of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the characteristics of toxic stress and how it relates to child development. Participants will explore best practices in early childhood and afterschool settings.This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement.This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour Online Real Time training session; 2) two-hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) another two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.


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Northern Lights is delighted to offer a two-day virtual training, exploring the new edition of Assessment, Evaluation and Programming System for Infants and Children (AEPS-3). Participants will examine how this system is used to assess, set goals, plan teaching and intervention, monitor young children's progress and support participation and involvement with families. Participants will practice using observation and assessment tools through hands-on activities, video exercises and case studies. Participants will come away with the fundamentals of the AEPS-3, including the system's organization, 8 developmental areas and how to link AEP's data with teaching and intervention strategies. Early Intervention teams are prioritized for this training opportunity and other teams will be accommodated on a first come / first served basis while space permits.


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Voices of Learning offers a deep dive into effective instruction and training design for adult learners. Participants will explore the foundational principles of adult learning, identify learning styles and strategies for intentional design, and learn how to design achievement-based learning objectives. Participants will discover how to create training designs that are both meaningful and relevant to their audience while making the training engaging and immediately applicable. This course meets the requirements for formal training in adult learning and instructional design in the Instructor Registry (https://northernlightsccv.org/roles/instructors/). This is a completely online training. You must have an invitation to register for this training. Participants who successfully complete this training will earn 12 professional development hours.


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