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. WaKIDS 101 is the one-time training required for all kindergarten teachers new to WaKIDS. This includes Transitional Kindergarten and certificated special education teachers who provide instruction to kindergarten students with disabilities. The training introduces all three components of WaKIDS, including its purpose, structure, and possibility. Participants will gain a better understanding of how observation is foundational to effective instruction and learn practical strategies for collecting, using, and sharing evidence. Teachers must successfully complete WaKIDS 101 in order to administer WaKIDS.
WaKIDS 101 Teacher Training
Beginning July of 2020, the teacher training for WaKIDS 101 will be moved from a hybrid in-person and online course to a comprehensive online-only training course. Teachers will have two weeks from the start date of the online session they choose to complete the course and interrater reliability. There will be a separate online training course specifically designed for administrators. Look for that information here soon!
pdEnroller registration for the online WaKIDS 101 training will be available on May 26, 2020.
Teachers new to kindergarten should take the online self-spaced WaKIDS 101 course for Sept 15-30 or Oct 1-15. Registration is available by visiting the OSPI WaKIDS Events and Training page. If teachers have previously completed the WaKIDS 101 course, then the WaKIDS 101 Refresher courseis an excellent resource. Additionally, OSPI offers an Introduction to WaKIDS for Administrators.
For more ongoing supports, Whitney White, the PSED WaKIDS Coordinator, will be hosting a WaKIDS Q and A for teachers on Sept 10 and Sept 14 . This is the same session hosted at two different times to accommodate teacher schedules. The focus of these sessions will be on the whole-child assessment and its implementation in the virtual/remote format, and will allow teachers to connect, ask questions, and share ideas. Whitney will also be hosting a weekly WaKIDS Office hours from 9/10 until 11/12 to help support teachers throughout the Whole-child Assessment checkpoint period. Teachers can pop in throughout the office hours and stay for a couple minutes or the entire time.
If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: WaKIDS@K12.wa.us. Please note that PSESD no longer handles the registration process.
If you have WaKIDS Moodle or technical question, please contact:
P-3 Professional Learning Consultant and PSESD WaKIDS Trainer, LTFS
If you have WaKIDS district-wide implementation questions, please contact:
Manage P-3 Services and WaKIDS Coodinator, LTFS
Registration for the Second Annual Virtual Kindergarten Institute is Open
The Kindergarten institutes is intended for kindergarten teachers, coaches, paraprofessionals, and other staff supporting kindergarten children. The 2020 Kindergarten Institute will be hosted via zoom and all is open to all kindergarten staff statewide.
To learn more, check out the Kindergarten Institute Flyer.
Registration fee is $95 early bird (register by 5/31/20) and $110 (beginning 6/1/20).
Please email Elisabeth Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions