PreK-3rd Grade Systems Supports
The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. OSPI is offering four types of WaKIDS Trainings for the 2021-22 school year:
- WaKIDS 101
- Introduction to WaKIDS for District and School Administrators
- WaKIDS 101 Refresher
- WaKIDS for Support Staff (information coming soon)
Registration for all WaKIDS trainings is available on the OSPI WaKIDS Events and Training page.
WaKIDS 101 is the one-time asynchronous online training required for all kindergarten teachers new to WaKIDS (including Transitional Kindergarten and certificated Special Education teachers who provide instruction to kindergarten children with disabilities). This training is self-paced and takes approximately 12 hours to complete. Participants will have approximately two weeks from the start date of the online session to complete the course and an optional Interrater Reliability (IRR), for additional compensation.
Teachers must successfully complete WaKIDS 101 in order to administer WaKIDS. Teachers new to WaKIDS may be eligible for compensation for taking WaKIDS 101.
There are five available WaKIDS 101 trainings:
- July 7 - July 20
- July 26 - August 9
- August 11 - August 25
- August 30 - September 15
- September 20 - October 4
Introduction to WaKIDS for District and School Administrators
The Introduction to WaKIDS for District and School Administrators course is designed for district and school administrators, including principals, assistant principals, early learning coordinators and district office administrators. This three-hour asynchronous course provides contextual information for the three components of WaKIDS (Family Connection, Early Learning Collaboration, and the Whole-child Assessment), as well an overview on how to leverage MyTeachingStrategies® report functionalities to support teachers, data collection, and analysis.
Introduction to WaKIDS for District and School Administrators course is asynchronous and does not contain any in-person meetings. Participants can complete the three-hour course anytime between August 11, 2021 and December 3, 2021. Clock hours are not offered for this course.
This course is intended to prepare administers to support teachers with WaKIDS. Completion of the course does not allow the participant to administer the Whole-child Assessment component of WaKIDS. If you need access to MyTeachingStrategies® please contact your District Assessment Coordinator.
WaKIDS 101 Refresher
The WaKIDS 101 Refresher course is a five-hour, self-paced asynchronous course designed for kindergarten teachers, Transitional Kindergarten teachers, certificated special education teachers who provide instruction to kindergarten children with disabilities who previously completed WaKIDS 101 but wish to refresh their knowledge. This five-hour online course offers a light review of Family Connection, Early Learning Collaboration, and components of a high-quality full-day kindergarten classroom. The WaKIDS 101 Refresher course offers a deeper exploration into the Whole-child Assessment, collecting and leveling documentation, and leveraging components of MyTeachingStrategies®. Teachers who complete the WaKIDS 101 Refresher course will receive five clock hours.
Completion of WaKIDS 101 is required for course enrollment. Please note that the WaKIDS 101 Refresher course is asynchronous and does not contain any in-person meetings. Participants can complete the five-hour course anytime between August 11, 2021 and October 1, 2021.
WaKIDS for Support Staff
Additional information coming soon.
If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: WaKIDS@K12.wa.us. Please note that PSESD no longer handles the registration process.
For all other inquiries, please contact:
P-3 Professional Learning Consultant and PSESD WaKIDS Coordinator
Registration for the Third Annual Virtual Kindergarten Institute is Open
PSESD is pleased to announce the third annual Kindergarten Institute. The theme of this two-day virtual event is welcoming children and families back to school. Kindergarten Institute will feature two keynote speakers and afternoon breakout sessions that offer interactive learning, strategies and, resources for starting the 2021-22 school year strong. Kindergarten Institute is designed specifically for kindergarten teachers, Transitional Kindergarten teachers, kindergarten paraprofessionals, and coaches/admin who support kindergarten teachers throughout Washington State.
Presenter line up to be announced end of May.
Registration fee is $125 early bird (register by 5/31/20) and $150 (beginning 7/1/20).
Please email Elisabeth Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions