Statewide Professional Development

ASK Conference. March 5, 2016. Chapel Hill.  

Growing In Place, NLU Conference. March 17, Raleigh.

NC CCHC Conference. April 6 and 7, Chapel Hill. 

National T.E.A.C.H. & WAGE$ Symposium.  April 26 & 27, 2016. Chapel Hill.

Smart Start 2016 National Conference. May 2 – 5. 2016, Greensboro.

2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute. May 10-12, 2016, Chapel Hill.

NCaeyc 63rd Annual Conference. September 15-17, 2016. Raleigh.

Membership Opportunities

Previous Institute Forums


June 5, 2014 1 – 4 PM — Online Lean In & Learn Series – The State of the Early Childhood Workforce: Who We Are, What Our Earnings Mean & How We Can Lead in NC.

This virtual seminar was hosted by the Institute for & UNC Wilmington Department of Educational Leadership.

Lean in and learn about…

  • Data from the just-released 2013 NC early childhood workforce study findings
  • Research results from UNCG linking compensation & quality and a Center for the Study of Child Care Employment findings detailing results from the SEQUAL study in NC
  • Cutting edge technology trends & strategies being used to support early childhood workforce professional development needs & goals
  • New graduate early childhood leadership degrees & tuition support available
  • Strategies connecting professional development strategies to advance the field
  • Tools we can use to leverage these opportunities & advance the field

Presenters included Anna Carter, Child Care Services Association; Dr. Deb Cassidy, UNCG; Dr. Chip Donohue, Erikson Institute; Dr. Susan Catapano, UNCW; Debra Torrence, NC Institute for Child Development Professionals & Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center.  

CEU Development Training

Nine sessions were held in 2011 in Asheville, Blowing Rock, Greensboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Statesville, Washington and Wilmington to provide participants who offer continuing education opportunities or college courses with (1) an understanding of how CEUs fit into the NC early childhood professional development system,  (2) information about how to apply for the Institute’s Adult Educator Endorsement, (3) a CEU development and review rubric to guide content development, (4) tools to support building skills as a CEU provider, and (5) support in developing an outline for a CEU session that once finalized back home, may be used to seek approval from a CEU granting body.

In addition, self-paced modules about learner assessment and online teaching were also developed and are available below and via the Institute’s Contininuing Education Library.

CEUs for attending this session were made available for sessions starting on 2/24/11 .  To receive .5 CEUs for session on or after 2/24/11, submit your CEU form to UNCW. Send $15 payable to UNC-Wilmington, Office of Professional Education Division for Public Service and Continuing Studies, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Session Materials

Additional Resources

Assessment Strategies Tools

Online Teaching Tools

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Professional Development (PD) Connections

Overview of PD Connections

PD Connections is a semi-annual gathering coordinated by the Institute’s Outreach & Support Task Group. It consists of a statewide team and three regional groups (East, Central, and West) which are coordinated by Regional Leads. Adult educators, professional development providers and coordinators, faculty, administrators, TA providers, program directors and a host of other colleagues gather to:

  • learn about new research and state efforts
  • address current issues and topics that are relevant to early childhood professional development
  • develop strategies to inform working with individuals and programs on professional development goals in their counties, and
  • provide input to the PD Connections Regional Leads to inform the work of the Outreach & Support Task Group.


Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 PD Connections Webinar will be offered on March 26, 2014 from 10 – 11:30 AM. Space is limited for this free update on the work of the Institute, Early Educator Certification and partner efforts at the state level.

The presentation slides and recording of the webinar are provided via the links below.



Summer 2013 – Guilford Child Development, Greensboro

  • Agenda
  • Presentations
    • Tech Tools – Amy Jo Johnson,  Amanda Vestal & Debra Torrence
    • TA & PD Strategies – Amy Jo Johnson & Amanda Vestal

Summer 2012 –  Greensboro Children’s Museum

Spring 2011 – Smart Start National Conference

  • Agenda
  • Presentations
    • Bridging the Gap from Good Ideas to Great Programs and Systems presented
    • The Future of Professional Development:  Effective and Inclusive Policy and Practice
  • National Implementation Research Network


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