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PreK and Toddler CLASS Observer Trainings Offered by the VDOE

July 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The VDOE is pleased to announce CLASS™ training for the purpose of building local capacity to implement CLASS™ observations in classrooms with children with IEPs. Participants must attend two days of training to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and to take the reliability test. Registration is limited to two individuals from a school division unless additional space is available. Each individual may sign up for either the PreK or Toddler training.

Anyone participating in this CLASS Training must complete observations in self-contained early childhood special education classrooms.  Virtual CLASS™ observer training results in the same certification as in-person CLASS™ observer training. The training is two-days in length. During training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS™ observation methodology and prepare to reliably assess quality of teaching teacher-child interactions.  Participants are to take the online reliability test after the training to become eligible to conduct local CLASS™ observations. Participants must attend both days of training to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and to take the reliability test.

Requirements:  The CLASS™ trainings will be held virtually. To participate, users will need:

  • Access to high-speed internet. The minimum speed is 600kbps, however 1.5Mbps is recommended.
  • A computer.  A tablet may also be used.  Training over a phone is not allowed.
  • A camera for video and a more interactive experience.
  • A microphone.

Registration: Space for each training session is limited and will be filled on a first come basis.  Registration is limited to two individuals from a school division unless additional space is available. Each individual may only sign up for either the PreK or Toddler training, and only one of the session dates. If registration is full, please email Jackie Kilkeary at jkilkear@gmu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

There is not a registration or material fee for trainings.  Materials will be mailed to participants prior to the training date; please provide your summer address to ensure you receive the materials.

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The Prek CLASS™ is to be used in classrooms with children ages three to five. Each training is two days in length, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
The Toddler CLASS™ is to be used in classrooms with children ages 15-36 months. Each training is two days in length, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
The Prek CLASS™ is to be used in classrooms with children ages three to five. Each training is two days in length, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
The Toddler CLASS™ is to be used in classrooms with children ages 15-36 months. Each training is two days in length, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.