This orientation has 3 sections including:Background InformationKey TermsActivities, Services and Products of OPDN
Let’s get started with section 1 – Background Information.
The Ohio Professional Development also known as OPDN
provides an open forum for Ohio’s early childhood and afterschool professionals, their agencies, associations, and other affiliated partners
to promote the development of a high quality, comprehensive system of professional development for the early childhood and afterschool workforce.
Through the network, members examine professional development initiatives,
research promising practices and
make recommendations toward the development of Ohio’s system.
Ohio’s Professional Development system was not created in a vacuum, but was modeled after the National Child Care Information Center’s Framework of professional development which pinpoints five elements as represented by this tree – The roots of the system are funding, The trunk represents core knowledgeThe branches on the left represent qualifications, credentials and pathwaysThe leavers are access & outreachThe branches on the right represent quality assuranceOhio has diligently worked over the past decade to incorporate these elements into it’s professional development system.
Ohio’s Early Childhood leaders considered another national model to enhance Ohio’s professional development system. The National Association for the Education of Young Children published a policy report detailing the components of an integrated early childhood professional development system. The system is represented by this house. There are four policy making principles that are at the foundation of the system:IntegrationQuality assuranceDiversity, inclusion & accessCompensation & parityThe structure of the house comprises six essential policy areas:Career pathwaysDataAdvisory structureArticulationFinancingAnd professional standardsBy aligning with NCCIC’s framework and NAEYC’s integrated system, Ohio has become an advancing professional development network.
Click the graphics on the slide to access and download the resources. Consider each element, principle or policy of the tree and house. Which ones stand out to you? Write them down. Then make a commitment to learn all that you can about each element, principle or policy.
Knowing the key terms used by the Ohio Professional Development Network will prepare you to make informed decisionsAbout your professional development and help you navigate the OPDN web site.
These key terms also unify the early childhood and afterschool community by providing professionals with a commonlanguage. Click each term and take note of the definition.
The Career Pathways model uses one framework to integrate the pathways of formal education, training, experience, and specialized credentials and certifications for all early childhood professionals. You can accumulate "Points" along each of four pathways. Total points assign you to one of 6 professional designations.
The Registry provides a centralized, coordinated system for Ohio early childhood and afterschool professionals to track and be recognized for their experience, education, credentials and training.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Ohio®can help you pay for college classes for you, or your staff, to earn a: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child DevelopmentChild Development Associate (CDA) CredentialT.E.A.C.H. can also help pay for your CDA Assessment Fee.
PDTrackis a system on the OPDN web site that allows you to search and register for professional development opportunities throughout Ohio.
Now that you are familiar with background information about OPDN and some of the key terms, let’s explore the activities, services and products of the Ohio Professional Development Network. Let’s look at activities first.
For the past several years, the Ohio Professional Development Network has convened a bi-monthly meeting for network members to share information, learn about national, state, and local initiatives, develop work plans and conduct committee work in small groups
There are many different groups and organizations that participate in the bi-monthly meeting. Which organizations can you name? What do their acronyms stand for? What other organizations do you think participate? When you are done, click on the hands to reveal the names of the organizations represented.
Here are a few of the key stakeholders involved in OPDN. Once you have reviewed this slide, click the button to go back to the presentation
The meetings are held in Columbus at the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association.
In the morning, members network and receive updates about early childhood professional development initiatives from across the wide span of organizations. The afternoon includes a networking lunch (which is available for a small fee), and committee work to carry out the activities of the OPDN strategic plan. Once the committees are done, the entire group reconvenes for a report out from the committees.
The Workforce Development Committee consists of subcommittees that developed an online training for the Core Knowledge and Competencies Instructor Guide and the Administrator’s Core Knowledge and Competencies. Another subcommittee is developing a tiered PD self assessment for participants to identify their specific PD needs.
The Quality Assurance Committee consists of sub-committees that developed a training evaluation to be used by trainers in the Registry. They were also responsible for developing this orientation for potential members. This committee addresses marketing and outreach as well as continuous improvement and sustainability of the network.
Now that you know a little about what the OPDN meetings are like, what interests you about them? Click the option that interests you the most.
If you chose a. the morning session will be your best option.
If you chose B., you should also attend the afternoon session.
If you chose C., you should stay for the networking lunch. Remember there is a small fee for lunch!
That's ok if you are not sure. Take a little more time to consider your level of interest.
The Ohio Professional Development Network wants to you to be connected, informed, involved and inspired. The services that they provide will do just that.
Email updates are distributed on a regular basis from various organizations. Request to sign up for the email distribution list, or list serve, by sending your email address to Donna Ruhland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click her email address to send her a request now.
The Registry is another important service of OPDN.
Located on the OPDN web site, the registry allows all types of early childhood and after school professionals to track their professional development and
search and register for training
Professional development providers can submit training for Step Up to Quality and the Ohio Department of Education approval and market their training to the early childhood and afterschool community.
Sign up for the registry by requesting a username and password.
Once you have signed up, you will receive an 8 digit OPIN number that is unique to you.
Here are a few examples of how various professionals use the Registry.
Now let’s learn about products of OPDN.
One product that you have seen during this session a few times already is the OPDN web site. It has become the virtual gateway for OPDN members across the state.
Additionally, core products of OPDN are the five Core Knowledge and Competencies documents. Each define what all adults who work with young children need to know, understand and be able to do in order to ensure that children have the best possible environments, experiences and relationships in which to grow and learn.
It is time for you to explore the OPDN web site. Click each location on the scavenger hunt path and complete the activity as instructed.
On the home page, find the area to sign up for opdn.org. Click the link, and follow the instructions to request a user name and password. If you have one already, you can skip this step. If you are a Center Director, you can also click the link for Center Director’s to request access to the Director’s Information Portal. Director’s Information Portal allows directors to manage their program’s registry information.
Find the PDTrack tab from the home page. Click Basic Search. Leave the date range as is and do not put in a training title. Select no for select all counties and scroll down the menu of counties to select the county where you live. Click search and note the number and types of trainings that will be conducted in your area.
Find the Core Knowledge tab from the home page. Scroll down to the bottom of the web page and click Ohio Professional Development Core Knowledge Uses. Read the document and identify one way that you can use any of the CKC documents. Download one of the documents by opening it and clicking on the save button at the top of the menu bar.
Click the Scholarship tab from the home page. If you are planning on pursuing an AA or CDA, scroll down to find T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Ohio and click the T.E.A.C.H. web site link at the bottom of the web page. Find out if you are eligible for any TEACH scholarships.
Click the Network Meetings tab from the home page. Find the next meeting date. Click the registration link and complete the form, if you would like to attend the next meeting.
Congratulations, you have successfully navigated the OPDN website.
Now let’s recap what you have learned. OPDN is modeled after a national model and framework of professional development; their common elements have been incorporated into Ohio’s professional development system.There are several key terms that you need to know to help you navigate the OPDN web site and prepare you to make informed decisions about your professional development journey.OPDN provides activities, services and products that help to advance professional development in Ohio. By taking advantage of these items, you are benefitting in a variety of ways. In fact, here’s what OPDN leadership has to say about the benefits of OPDN.
Donna Ruhland, the Director of Professional Development and Program Coordination of the Oho Child Care Resource and Referral Association and a leader of OPDN points out…
Another OPDN leader, Terrie Hare, Chief of the Bureau of Child Care and Development of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, says…
There are four additional benefits that we want you to remember. The Ohio Professional Development Network will benefit you by …
Connecting you to other professionals who recognize the benefits of professional development for themselves, other professionals, and ultimately the children in their care.
Keeping you informed about what’s happening in the field of early childhood and how the early childhood professional development system works in Ohio
Making a way for you to be involved in exciting and worthwhile efforts to enhance professional development for early childhood and afterschool professionals in Ohio
Encouraging you to be inspired as you grow in your respective field.
Download and Print:• NCCIC - Elements of a Professional Development System for Early Care and Education: A Simplified Approach• NAEYC - A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems• OPDN Orientation Internet Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet• OPDN Potential Member Questionnaire
To not only keep informed onwhat is happening across thestate, OPDN membership alsoprovides a venue forprofessionals to have a chanceto make a difference in the field. Donna Ruhland Director of Professional Development & Program Coordination Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association
The benefit of OPDNmembership is that is provides anetwork of local and statestakeholders working on behalfof the early care and educationprofession to advance thesystem. Terrie Hare Chief, Bureau of Child Care and Development Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
OPDN POTENTIAL MEMBER QUESTIONNAIRELet us know your general level of interest in OPDN by completing this briefquestionnaire. Take a moment to consider each statement and check any statementthat applies. I am interested in receiving updates through the list serve. I am interested in receiving updates and attending the morning session of the bi- monthly meeting only. I am interested in receiving updates, attending the morning session and contributing my expertise during the committees in the afternoon. I am interested in receiving updates and contributing my expertise during committees in the afternoon only. Check the committee you are interested in joining. Workforce Development (building professional development systems, designing training, and supporting administrator roles) Quality Assurance (conducting program evaluation and continuous improvement efforts, supporting potential new members, marketing) I am not quite sure of my level of interest; I still need more information. Here’s what I would like to know. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Contact Information: Name: _______________________ Organization: ___________________ Phone: _______________________ Email Address: __________________Submit this form to: Donna Ruhland via email at email@example.com or by fax to 614-396-5960.If you indicated that you are interested in attending the next meeting, someone from theQuality Assurance Committee will contact you about a brief meet and greet prior to themeeting. Thanks for your cooperation!