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Alaska SEED Trainer & Training Approval System

The SEED Trainer and Training Approval System is a voluntary system with the goal of ensuring the quality of professional development for early childhood and school-age educators in Alaska. 

Trainer Approval System FAQs

Q: What is the SEED Trainer Approval system?

A: The Trainer Approval System is a voluntary system that verifies and ensures high-quality trainers for the workshops, classes, and other trainings provided for early childhood and school-age professionals in Alaska. SEED believes that consistent standards for trainers promote higher quality training and help professionals find and choose the best training opportunities for their own professional development. By implementing this system, Alaska joins 25 other states that have a Trainer Approval System.

Q: How long is the application process?

A: The application is one page. To apply, you must have an active SEED registry membership, so it may be necessary to create a new account or renew a lapsed membership when applying as a SEED-approved Trainer. Trainer applications are processed within 30 days.   

Q: What are the benefits of the system?

A: The Trainer Approval System is a voluntary system but offers great benefits to early childhood and school-age trainers. This system allows you to be the best trainer you can be. It provides a framework to structure your training (such as aligning your training with the Alaska Early Care and Learning Core Knowledge and Competencies) and encourages/requires the use of best teaching practices to perform at the highest level. The system is built to support trainers and will help build your reputation as quality trainer.

Q: What are the requirements to become a SEED-approved trainer?

A: There are three trainer categories: Provisional Trainer, Basic Trainer, and Specialized Trainer. Learn more about the requirements for each type of trainer.

Q: Are there financial supports available to help trainers meet the requirements of being a SEED-approved Trainer?

A: Yes, SEED provides up to $1,500 in Professional Development Reimbursements (PDR) for eligible professionals. Learn more about PDRs.

Q: What are Specialized Trainers?

A: A Specialized Trainer is an individual who works outside of the early childhood or school-age education field who is licensed, credentialed, certified, degreed, or a Culture Bearer in an area beneficial to the field.   

Q: Do program administrators have to become SEED-approved Trainers?

A: The Trainer Approval System is a voluntary system, but we invite and encourage any administrator who is currently providing training for their staff to apply to become a SEED-approved Trainer. 

Q: Where can trainers get Principles of Adult Learning (PAL) training?

A: A list of SEED-approved PAL trainings is available on the SEED website, and thread will begin offering PAL training in the Spring of 2018.

Q: How fast can a trainer get approved? Can the process be expedited if necessary?

A:  Trainer applications are processed within 30 days, but an individual may submit an expedited application for review and approval within 2 weeks.

 


Training Approval System FAQs

Q: What is the SEED Training Approval System?

A: The Training Approval System is a voluntary system designed to ensure the quality of professional development for early childhood and school-age educators in Alaska. Ongoing education and training is essential to providing high-quality services to children and families. This new system ensures training contains high-quality content that reflects current research, aligns with the SEED Registry, is based on the Alaska Early Care and Learning Core Knowledge and Competencies and the Early Learning Guidelines, and is delivered in a way that reflects how adults learn best. By implementing this system, Alaska joins 20 other states that have a Training Approval System.

Q: What are the benefits of the system?

A: SEED-approved trainings are of higher quality and will improve the quality of your learning experience. If you have a professional development plan based on the Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs), you can feel confident that all SEED-approved trainings are tied to the CKCs and will help you advance on your plan. Educators can easily check the SEED website for a list of approved trainings and trainers.

Q: What is SEED and how is it related to thread?  

A: SEED is Alaska’s System for Early Education Development and is housed and managed by thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. One of thread’s services is providing professional development to the early childhood field. As a result, all thread training staff will apply to become SEED-approved trainers, as well as submit all trainings to be SEED-approved trainings.

Q: Are SEED-approved trainings only offered through thread?  

A: No, any SEED-approved Trainer can apply to have their trainings SEED-approved.

Q: How will SEED validate that an individual attended a SEED-approved training?

A: SEED Trainer and Training Approval System does not require proof that an individual(s) attended a SEED-approved training.  

Q: Do SEED-approved Trainers have to submit a training application for each training they are doing?

A: Each training is approved separately. Once a training is approved, it is approved for five years and can be offered numerous times. Within that time period, a new application is only necessary if there are content changes made to the training.

Q: Why is there a maximum of 15 training hours allowed for conferences?

A: The 15 training hours aligns with the 500-level/1 university credit Continuing Education Class offered at most early childhood/school-age conferences, which is the equivalent of at least two full days of conference, two face to face meetings, and the required writing assignments to earn the 1 credit CEU.

Q: What are some examples of an assessment tool (from the training application)?

A: A test, quiz, self-reflection or self-assessment tool, a written paper, or an observation of improved practice.

Q: Does SEED need to receive a copy of the assessment tool listed in the application?

A: SEED does not need to receive a copy of the assessment tool.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact Maria Cortina at info@seedttas.org or 907.265.3132.



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