Resources & Activities – Professional Development & Teacher Training

The Decade of Difference: 2020 Initiative is committed to enhancing student learning through high quality professional development and teacher training across Humboldt County. Initiative sponsored professional development opportunities will be developed and facilitated utilizing best practices around specific areas deemed to be important by participating schools and districts. The Initiative will further Humboldt State University's goal of creating a clinically based teacher training program in an effort to ensure our future teachers have the knowledge, experiences to successfully navigate our students through the 21st century.

Below is a list of resources and activities supported by the Decade of Difference in the Professional Development & Teacher Training Impact Area. You can filter the list by using the dropdowns below.



Community Giving Opportunities (All businesses, organizations & institutions)
Contact: Heidi Moore | 707-441-4502

Opportunity for organizations, businesses, and institutions to provide financial support, staff time, and/or other resources that promote the services and activities of the Decade of Difference.


Core Growth Early Learning Assessment Suite (Grades TK-K)
Contact: Cindi Kaup | 707-441-3912

The Core Growth Early Learning Assessment Suite was developed by a team of local teachers with the support of the Humboldt County Office of Education and the Decade of Difference. It was designed to provide teachers with snapshots of a child's skills as they enter either Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten. The Suite includes assessments that can be easily completed on a computer or tablet that articulate into progress reports/report cards.

The assessments are evidence informed, based on readiness skills outlined in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Four areas of development are screened: Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Social/Emotional, and Self-Portrait Development.

The suite includes:
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KST)
  • Transition Kindergarten - Full Year Inventory (FYI-TK) English and Spanish
  • Kindergarten Full Year Inventory (FYI-K) English and Spanish (Ages 0-8)
Contact: Cindi Kaup | 707-441-3912 is a website dedicated to the development of children ages 0-8. It is designed to be a resource for both parents/caregivers as well as early educators.


Early Literacy Partners Teacher Training (Early Learning Partners Teachers)
Contact: Olivia Kernen | 707-445-7007

Training for TK-2nd grade teachers who participate in the Early Literacy Partners Program in an effort to acquaint them with the purpose and process of the program.


Early Literacy Partners Tutoring Program (Reading: Grades TK, K, 1; Math: Grades 1-2)
Contact: Olivia Kernen | 707-445-7007

The Early Literacy Partners Program trains and places volunteers to assist students who are struggling with, or reluctant in, reading and math. Volunteers are placed in a classroom and work with up to three students.


Financial Aid Counselor Training (Student Support Services Professionals)

Providing comprehensive training in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Cal Grants, Dream Act, and other post-secondary funding resources to those who provide academic counseling services and advising to high school youth and their families.


Kuder Navigator Teacher Training (Teachers - Grades 6-12)
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

Providing training and coaching to local 6th-12th grade teachers who are interested in implementing the on-line Kuder Navigator college and career exploration tool into their curriculum.

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