Early Teaching and Learning Academy

Professional Learning Experiences for Pre-K Through 3rd Grade

Erikson’s Early Teaching and Learning Academy provides comprehensive learning and development programs for schools, districts, and systems in developmental areas of social emotional learning, early literacy, early math, and technology. These programs are intended for early childhood teachers and administrators both nationally and internationally.

Erikson works with educators and learning communities to transform early childhood programs through a developmentally informed approach that is relationship-based, marked by reflective practice, and is designed to be culturally and linguistically responsive.

Project Connect offers year-long professional development for kindergarten teachers, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is a required, annual assessment of all children entering public school kindergarten in Illinois. Using KIDS as a reference point, Project Connect aims to improve kindergarten teachers’ ability to observe, document, interpret, and make use of assessment data to inform instruction. 

Through self-paced online modules and PLCs, teachers work with peers and Erikson facilitators to connect rigorous content knowledge to powerful instructional routines and rich opportunities to engage in formative assessment using targeted KIDS measures. Learn more about Project Connect.


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