IEPD Trainings

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Please read below for newly developed training programs.  Please don’t forget to scroll down the page to read what is being offered currently by IEPD in each region.

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IEPD is pleased to be offering the following NEW courses:

The Outdoor Classroom – 5 hours .5 CEU – available now!
It is no surprise to educators of young children that time spent outdoors is good for children.  Outdoor play offers a wealth of benefits for children – fresh air, room to run and develop gross motor skills, and opportunities to engage with the natural world in wondrous and surprising ways.  Yet, children are not spending as much time outdoors as they could. As educators, we have the opportunity to create learning environments that take children back outdoors, creating spaces where children have the chance to learn in and from the word around them.  This training will support educators in understanding the importance of an Outdoor Classroom, reviewing guidelines and best practices for outdoor learning, and designing a curriculum that utilizes the outdoors as a

Curriculum for Infants? Yes! – 5 hours .5 CEU – available February 1, 2018!
During the first years of life, infants are growing exponentially in all areas of development.  During this time, a baby’s brain will grow and develop more than any time in his/her life.  Experiences and interactions influence the quality of this growth and development.  During this training, participants will explore multiple ways to support an infant’s development through the provision of relevant and engaging learning experiences, materials, and responsive interactions.

Engineering for Preschoolers – 5 hours .5 CEU – available now!
The field of education in general, and early education in particular, is placing greater and greater emphasis on the importance of STEM education, which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  This training focuses on the E in STEM, the areas of STEM curriculum that focus on including engineering concepts: design, tools and machines, problem solving, and critical thinking.  During this training, educators will build a foundational understanding of engineering concepts and importance in child development, and then apply their understanding to designing their own developmentally appropriate engineering activities.

Proactive Approaches to Managing Challenging Behavior – 5 hours .5 CEU – Available now!
Many educators in early childhood programs list concerns about challenging behavior among their greatest struggles in their work.  Early childhood education programs have a unique opportunity to support children in their social-emotional development, to provide a positive and supportive environment that encourages pro-social behavior, and to give young children the chance to begin their school years with the tools to be successful learners.  In this session, participants will reflect on personal experiences with managing challenging behavior, discuss social-emotional development of young children, and learn about and plan innovative ways to support pro-social development in their learning environments.

Play Opportunities to Promote Development for Preschool Webinar  – 5 hours, .5 CEU – Available Now!
Play is critical in supporting a child’s health growth and development.  While interacting with Children during play educators can facilitate and reinforce specific skill development. This course will provide guidance on intentional practices educators can use to scaffold children’s learning through play.

Children and Bias – New 2-hour Workshop – available now!
Children notice differences in others starting at birth. This includes awareness of variances in physical appearance and abilities, gender, culture, and families (Derman-Sparks, L., 2009 & York, S., 2016).  Teachers may notice that children use stereotypes and social labels when interacting with others (or avoiding them).  As cognitive abilities advance, children question differences regarding race and culture.  During this time, a child’s experiences and perceptions influence the development of acceptance or prejudice.
In this workshop, we will explore stages of children’s developing awareness of differences from infancy through age 5. This will include discussion on children’s developing awareness of diversity, attitudes toward race and culture, and their tendency to exclude and include others based upon certain stereotypes.  Participants will explore strategies to teach children about diversity and a respect for differences.

IEPD offers a variety of workshops covering a wide-range of topics.  These workshops are 2-3 hours in length and will provide you with training hours.   Please check our catalog for more information.  


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Region 1
March 16, 2018 –Designing a Child-Centered Curriculum Location: Holyoke
March 16, 2018 –Directrices de educación temprana en Massachusetts para bebés y niños pequeños (Using the MA Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers in Spanish) Location:  Holyoke

Region 2


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Region 5

March 21 & 28, 2018 Children Under Stress Location: Brockton


Region 6


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The Institute for Education and Professional Development is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU