Interested in a topic not listed? Contact the instructor, Karen Rucker, regarding the possibility of customizing a session to address your center's specific professional development needs or to address a specific age group. For additional information, click on the Contact tab or send an email to  or call 717-314-8368.

All Age Groups

Observing Young Children (2 hrs - K4.14 C1 & K4.15 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8):  Observation provides a window into the child's thinking  processes, interests, skills and abilities.  Learn how to use anecdotal notes  to record observations of young children and discuss how this valuable information can be used to inform program decisions and the assessment of children.  Video clips used to practice observation skills.

Honing Observation and Assessment Skills (2 hrs - K4.14 C1, K4.15 C1, K4.16 C2 & K4.16 C3 and STARS SQ.3.4.8)  Designed for the practitioner who is already conducting observations and assessment, this professional development session focuses on exercises to hone observation and assessment skills, including activities to promote detailed, objective observations that reflect children's experiences and developmental progress in multiple domains.

Methods of Observation (2 hrs - K4.14 C2 & K4.16 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8):  Designed for the practitioner with a working knowledge of observation, this session focuses on a number of observation strategies, including lesser used observation methods, such as time sampling and tallies.  Practice observation methods through video clips and case studies. NOTE:  This session is only available as a face-to-face event.

Using Portfolios to Document and Support Children's Development (2 hrs - K4.16 C1 & K4.17 C2):  A portfolio captures children's development over time and provides concrete evidence of their thinking processes.  Participants will learn how to set up portfolios and how they can be used not only as a tool to illustrate development, but also as a guide to program planning and partnering with families.

What Teachers Need to Understand About Assessment (2 hrs - K4.7 C1; K4.8 C1 & K4.11 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8): The process of assessment has the power to help teachers become more effective and intentional in their work.  We will recognize how evidence answers questions about children's development and learning, while serving as a tool to partner teachers and families.  Based on a NAEYC training module, this session utilizes multiple methods of instruction, including video clips. 

Collecting Authentic Evidence of Children's Development and Learning (2 hrs - K4.08 C1 & K4.02 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8):  A whole-child focus when using classroom-based assessment is optimal when it reflects authentic evidence about all domains of development and learning.  In addition, it is critical that observers differentiate between judgmental or interpretative evidence; and objective or factual evidence.  The participant will be able to describe how factual strengths-based evidence can guide decisions about children's learning.  Based on a NAEYC training module, this session utilizes multiple methods of instruction, including video clips.

How to Plan For, Organize, and Manage the Classroom-Based Assessment Process (2 hrs - K4.10 C1 & K4.09 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8):  Successful assessment includes the establishment of an organized, mindful system of data collection and analysis.  Topics include planning for assessment on a daily basis, being strategic about carrying out classroom-based assessment and using a team approach.  Based on a NAEYC training module, this session utilizes multiple methods of instruction, including video clips.

Karen Rucker, M.S.
ECE Master Trainer


K4:  Assessment