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Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems (2012)

Photograph: A child care worker reads to a group of preschoolers. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)


Session 1: Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems (featuring Iowa and Wisconsin)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Presenters From Iowa:

  • Mary Schertz, Early Childhood Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
  • Dr. Cathy Swackhamer, Early Childhood Specialist and Manager Iowa Head Start TTA Center

Presenters from Wisconsin:

  • Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, Program Director, EC Professional Development, UW Madison Waisman Center
  • Ann Ramminger Professional Development Specialist, UW Madison Waisman Center

Session Overview

In this session, presenters from Iowa and Wisconsin share their experiences in building and sustaining cross sector early childhood professional development systems. They describe:

  • Overview and decisions made for their cross sector professional development system design.
  • Accomplishments to date.
  • Lessons learned and tips for others embarking on this path.


Additional Resources: Iowa

Additional Resources: Wisconsin

Additional Resources: NPDCI

Below are selected resources from NPDCI's Tools and Resources for Planning Cross-Sector Professional Development in Early Childhood.

Session 2: Developing and Implementing Cross Sector Competencies for Early Childhood Personnel (featuring Florida)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


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Alisa Ghazvini, Ph.D.
Early Childhood Consultant
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Amanda Moore
State Inclusion Network Coordinator Florida's Office of Early Learning
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Kim Galant, Ph.D.
Regional Facilitator Florida Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)
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Crystal Bishop
Ph.D. Candidate University of Florida Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies

Session Overview

The Florida Expanding Opportunities for Early Childhood Inclusion Initiative collaborated in the development of Florida's Core Competencies for Early Care and Education. In addition, the group created Targeted Competencies for Specialists Supporting Inclusion. Participants will learn about how the state of Florida has aligned and integrated their cross-sector competencies to promote a comprehensive 'family' of resources supporting early childhood personnel that promotes inclusion.

This presentation covers Florida's:

  • Process for developing core competencies for practitioners and TA specialists and the benefits of using a cross-sector approach
  • Targeted competencies for specialists supporting inclusion (e.g. PT, OT, SLP) that will guide personnel practices for working in inclusive settings and how they are aligned with the core competencies


Additional Resources