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Current Professional Learning Opportunities


The Ashland RTC is excited to announce an exciting professional learning opportunity for state-funded teachers and Head Start/state-funded blended teachers only.  It is Full STEAM Ahead: Incorporating STEAM in Block Play.


  • Up to $1300 of block play materials for the classroom
  • Lunch provided on-site

Session Description:

This interactive session will equip participants to foster developmentally appropriate, high quality block play and cooperative learning.  Participants will learn the importance of block play, how to set up and equip a block center, the developmental stages of block play, and how to incorporate the “big ideas” of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in block play.

Dates/Locations: (select one of the three dates to attend)

  • January 27, 2017 – Ashland Independent Schools’ Central Office, Ashland *SESSION IS FULL*
  • February 17, 2017 – Ramada Inn and Conference Center, Paintsville
  • February 24, 2017 – Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard

Time: (5 hours of EILA or ECE-TRIS credit will be provided)


Required Commitments:

  • Complete a brief pre-assignment
  • Complete a pre-assessment and a post-assessment
  • Participate in a 1-3 hour session follow-up (e.g., on-site visit, video recording, and/or webinar). 
  • Attend the 5 hour face-to-face session

Sessions will be capped at 50 participants. 

Participants MUST be registered to attend.

To register, click here.




The Ashland RTC will be hosting a professional learning session on the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS).  The session will be offered on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 9:00-3:00 at the Ashland Ind. Schools’ Central Office.  It will be facilitated by Rebecca Crawford.


The session description is below.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (Bricker, 2002), an approved curriculum-based assessment for Kentucky's prekindergarten and early intervention programs. The focus of the training will be on how to score items. Participants will have an opportunity to practice scoring.


To pre-register for this session, click here.




The Ashland RTC will hosting a 3 hour professional learning session, Math in Your Classroom Through an ECERS-3 Lens.  The session will focus on practical strategies and real-life examples of how teachers can (1) enhance use of math materials during center time, (2) incorporate math throughout the day, and (3) use strategies to help children understand written numbers. The session will be facilitated by Nicki Rowe.

This session will be hosted at two different locations.

  • February 3, 2017- Ashland Independent Schools Central Office, Ashland
  • March 24, 2017 - Hazard Community and Technology Center, Hazard

Each session will be from 9:00-12:00.

To pre-register, click here.



The Ashland RTC will be hosting a January Preschool Coordinator PLC on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Ashland at the Ashland Ind. Schools Central Office. The January Preschool Leadership PLC will be from 9:00-12:00. During this session, information will be shared related to the ECERS-3, Kentucky All STARS, etc. A Q&A time will be provided.  Shannon Hankins, Christie McKenzie, and Stacey Stevens will be facilitating.

To register, click here.



A new, free web-based training course, Kentucky Strengthening Families: Overview for Service Providers, is now available. Early Childhood professionals can earn 3 clock hours for completing the course in ECE-TRIS. Use your ECE-TRIS username and password for login. This can also be found on the ECE-TRIS calendar page by clicking here:  Once you are on the Calendar page, you'll need to click on the "Independent Study and Web-Based Trainings" tab to see this training on the calendar.  The face-to-face trainings and web-based trainings appear on different tabs to allow users to search per delivery method.   The training also displays on the "DCC Training Approval" list on the tab for "online training course."  If you are searching the DCC approved tab, you'll want to make certain that you select the "Online training courses" tab within that area. If you need assistance with logging in, you can learn more on the ECE-TRIS website at  https://tris.eku.edu/ece 


Contact Blair Haydon at blair.haydon@ky.gov with any questions.   



An Introduction to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards

An Introduction to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards, a 3-hour course provided by KET, is currently available.  The course desctiption is below.

The Kentucky Early Childhood Standards describe what children should know and be able to do from birth through age 4. In this course, we will examine the standards and their essential components: standards, benchmarks, developmental continuum and example behaviors. You will see videos of infants and young children and hear from teachers and educators regarding the purpose and benefits of using the standards. This is a three-hour course. Plan to spend a minimum of three hours on this course.

To access the link to the course, click here.


The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood has announced the latest online course developed as part of Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. The free course is made possible through the work of a dedicated group of Early Childhood Professionals.

To access the free web-based training, Kentucky Early Childhood Standards 102,click here. Use your ECE-TRIS username and password for login. Once you are on the Calendar page, choose DCC Training Approval Lists and then choose Online Training Courses.  Search for Standards 102; the link will be included in the training details.     If you need assistance with login, you can learn more on the ECE-TRIS website at https://tris.eku.edu/ece . Once the training is complete, 1 clock hour for the session will automatically transfer to your ECE-TRIS Training Record for proof of completion. 

For more information, contact Hazel Combs (hazel.combs@ky.gov).




Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bully Prevention, a free, online professional development training course, is now available! This year's training is two (2) hours in length.  The content provides simple strategies for implementing evidence-based, school-wide instruction to prevent bullying behavior. This practice is embedded within the positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) content previously presented and does not represent a separate focus. As with previous modules, videos featuring Kentucky schools are presented to provide clear examples of the simplicity with which this instruction can be implemented. 


At the start of the 2013-14 school year, all Kentucky school personnel were required to have annual training in positive behavioral interventions and supports pursuant to 704 KAR 7:160, The Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools, Section 6(1). While there is no requirement for districts to use this specific training, it satisfies the requirements of the regulation and is free to districts.  


To enroll in PPBIS III: Bully Prevention, go to http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/LEAD1103 and click on the enroll button.  You will need a PBS TeacherLine or PBS LearningMedia login to enroll.  If you do not already have a PBS account, you will be directed to create one. 


You may also continue to access previous trainings. 

Year 1 training may be found at http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/LEAD1101

Year 2 training may be found at http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/LEAD1102


If you have questions, please contact Gretta Hylton at Gretta.Hylton@education.ky.gov or at (502) 564-9850, ext. 4109.   


The Healthy Child: Assembly Required, is a video by Kathleen Gallagher.  She is one of the TEDxUNC 2015 Faculty Speakers.  She talks about about the assembly required in order to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.

To access the video, click here.


The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning is a link on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center website created and maintained by Head Start.  This site shares a variety of qualtiy teaching and learing strategies.  There are many short video clips, templates, etc.

To access the link, click here.


Like a Footprint in Wet Cement: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences, is a webinar presented by Mr. Victor Vieth from the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center.  It details  the impact of childhood trauma throughout the life cycle including its correlation with hundreds of medical and mental health conditions.  The webinar helps equip participants in recognizing and responding to these signs of trauma.  The webinar was originally shared on January 14, 2015.  It was hosted by the National DEC.

 To access the webinar, click here.


Please feel free to contact the Ashland RTC with any questions or concerns.