Selected Content Updates in Q3 2023
The VLS integrates the latest research and best practices into its professional development system on an ongoing basis. Our content team reviews new research and updates made to national guidelines. Selected content updates over the last three months include:
Course and Activity Updates for Training & Curriculum Specialists
The Virtual Lab School team has been reviewing and updating the Training & Curriculum Specialist (T&CS) track to support T&CSs in their role as trainers and coaches for staff in their programs. Physical Development, Learning Environments, and Social Emotional Development are the latest foundational courses to be updated. These revisions include new content, updated resources, and online fillable program tools and reflective activities.
For specific update highlights, see the September 2023 Three Courses Updated in the Training & Curriculum Specialist Track announcement.
New Targeted Professional Development for School-Age Staff and Providers
Fostering Adult and Peer Relationships in School-Age Programs is a new Targeted Professional Development (TPD) module aimed at school-age direct care staff and family child care providers. This new TPD examines the importance of establishing and maintaining key relationships that are critical to school-ager's social-emotional well-being.
For specific details regarding the new content, see the August 2023 Newly Released Targeted PD for School-Age Staff and Providers announcement.
CDA Activities Available for Family Child Care Providers
Family child care providers who are interested in achieving their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential can now easily access the supports for building their CDA Professional Portfolio while simultaneously completing their foundational courses in the Virtual Lab School (VLS). The VLS team has intentionally embedded the required Resource Collection Items and Reflective Statements of Competence as Explore or Apply activities within the Family Child Care Track of our foundational courses. The VLS CDA Resources page will provide information and resources that will assist family child care providers in their preparation and application for the CDA Credential.
For specific details regarding the activities, see the September 2023 CDA Activities announcement.
New Focused Topics Course on Culturally Responsive Programs
Throughout your career as a child and youth professional, you will interact with children and families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Program staff and leaders should reflect on the unique identities of the children in your program, and incorporate culturally sensitive, anti-bias, and anti-racist practices into all you do. To support the expanding diversity found in child and youth programs, the VLS team developed a new Focused Topics course titled Creating Culturally Responsive Programs. It encourages child and youth professionals to identify, explore, and celebrate the diverse identities of children, families, and colleagues.
For specific details regarding this newest Focused Topics Course, see the June 2023 New Course on Culturally Responsive Programs announcement.