Haring Center

Haring Center Professional Development

Our skilled team of professional development specialists work with educators and leaders to provide expert training on a range of content related to inclusive education, special education, early learning, applied behavior analysis, and related disciplines. The Haring Center is a resource to any school or organization seeking assistance with staff training, coaching, program review, curriculum development, and implementation of inclusive programs.

How can the Haring Center help your organization?

Organizations that work with the Haring Center benefit from the Center’s extensive knowledge and experience in the field of inclusion. The Haring Center’s professional development team uses a comprehensive, research-based framework to guide our work with schools who seek to build inclusive educational programs and use best-practices in their classrooms. Our professional development specializes in the use of strategies for children who need highly individualized teaching or specific behavior supports.

Our expert trainers work with teams to develop individualized professional development plans and use cutting-edge training practices designed to impact maximum change in the classroom. Our trainers use techniques that are based on the science of adult learning and the most current research in teacher training.

We use a range of training strategies to ensure that teachers are able to use target teaching practices as successfully as possible in their classrooms, which doesn’t always happen with traditional training methods. Among other methods, our staff are experts in practice-based coaching, a training strategy that has been shown to be effective in increasing teacher knowledge, skills, and use of target strategies in their classrooms.

The Haring Center professional development team offers a range of training services, including:

  • Trainings and Workshops: Short-term, individualized presentations to develop knowledge and awareness of specific skills or concepts. Trainings include group lecture, small-group discussions and skill demonstration. Workshops offer a more advanced training format that targets skill development with demonstration, practice, and evaluation skill mastery.Our services range in scope to meet your needs and include, but are not limited to:
    • Teaching social-emotional skills
    • Selecting and adopting a curriculum
    • Building a community of learners
    • Benefits of inclusion for children with and without disabilities
  • Consultation: Professional development to evaluate current use of target practices, including classroom, curricular, and organizational practices. Consultation results in a plan consisting of current strengths, areas of need, and recommendations to address those needs.Our services range in scope to meet your needs and include, but are not limited to:
    • Behavior or instructional plans for individual children
    • Program review for individual students and whole school programs
    • Development and support with individualized educational programs (IEP)
    • Program design and curriculum development
    • Data collection and progress monitoring
  • Coaching: Ongoing professional development that uses the practice-based coaching method to ensure that teachers are able to successfully new skills they’ve learned in their classrooms. Our practice-based coaching model was developed by the Haring Center’s National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL). Our coaches meet with your teachers to plan individual goals and action steps, engage in focused observation, and reflect on and share feedback about teaching practices. Coaching is a collaborative model working to improve teaching quality and student achievement. Our coaches, experts in providing evidence-based practices for children with developmental disabilities and early childhood education, can provide support with:
    • Inclusion of children with developmental disabilities in early childhood and elementary education classrooms
    • Implementation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) strategies in classrooms for children with autism
    • Classroom management support
    • Classroom environmental design
    • Preschool curriculum-based assessments such as: Teaching Strategies GOLD and the Assessment, Evaluation Programming System (AEPS)
    • Preschool curriculum such as Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and the AEPS
    • Assessment of teacher-child interactions using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
  • BCBA Supervision: We provide supervision for individuals fulfilling requirements for the BACB© (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). This supervision is offered for all Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) experience categories including independent field work, practicum, and intensive practicum experiences. Our goal is to provide supervision to meet an individual’s professional needs for becoming a qualified behavior analyst. The Haring Center is an ACE provider and offers continuing education opportunities for BCBAs. These opportunities include a monthly journal club, speaker series, and workshops designed to help working professionals stay up to date with current research.

Our Partners Include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Best Starts for Kids
Child Care Aware of Washington
City of Seattle
Department of Child, Youth, and Family Services
Educational Service District 123
Ellensburg School District
Kids Co.
King County Library System
Lake Washington School District
Monroe School District
Olympia School District
Port Townsend School District
Puget Sound Educational Service District 121
Samis Foundation
Seattle Opera
Seattle Preschool Program
Seattle Public Schools
Shoreline School District
Snoqualmie Valley School District
Special Needs Foundation Cayman
Suquamish Tribe
Woodland Park Zoo