Instructor Resources

This list of resources for instructing adults is continually being updated. Please contact Northern Lights to share other instructor resources that you have found useful.

How Adults Learn

Writing Learning Objectives

Training Design

Assessment and Evaluation

Professional Development

  • Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach any subject
  • Workshop Essentials: Planning and Presenting Dynamic Workshops, Bloom, Paula Jorde. New Horizon’s Press, Illinois, 2000
  • Dialogue Education – Training and resources based on the work of Jane Vella, that structures and promotes  an effective interactive learning
  • Jossey Bass – This publisher distributes the works of Jane Vella and Dialogue Education  (sited above) and also has hundreds of titles on adult education, and learning.
  • Best Practices for training early childhood professionals Bergen, Sharon.  Red Leaf Press, St. Paul MN 2009

Clips of children/adults to use in training

  • Every Child a Treasure (video; UVM – VT Center on Disability and Community Inclusion) information from families who have a child with special needs.
  • Videatives : email@videatives.comget on their emaillist and regularly receive emails of short clips of young children in group settings, with discussion points for each clip
  • Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect  (PCAN) curricula from Zero to Three; includes supplemental DVD(housed at Community Child Care Support Agencies)
  • Illinois Early Learning videos of developmental benchmarks
  • Developmentally Appropriate practice (NAEYC) companion DVD(at Community Child Care Support Agencies)- video clip examples
  • Frank Porter Graham: CONNECT’s module on early intervention: embedded interventions, transitions etc.
  • CSEFEL ( Center for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning) see also in  the side bar of that page Training Modules preschool and infant;  within those are additional short videos of children in child care settings, without narration.   See also DVD’s distributed at Foundations of Early Learning train the trainer: Promoting Social Emotional Competence and Practical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional Skills
  • PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers) (on-line resource library including training DVDs  to purchase ; Northern Lights has the curriculum to loan)
  • Afterschool Training Tool kit – National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, WGBH Educational Foundation (housed at Community Child Care Support Agencies)

Results Matter:  from the Colorado Department of Education provides illustrations of children participating in typical activities that can be used for practicing observation, documentation, and assessment skillsin professional development programs. You can watch the videos online or download the free clips for use in educational and professional development activities. The clips are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/resultsmatter/RMVideoSeries.htm   All previous issues are available online in the Natural Resource Archive at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~scpp/nat_allies/na_archive.cfm go to the Archive and scroll down or search for key words by using the search function (CONTROL + F) in your browser.

The series includes:

  • Early Care and Education: videos in which teachers share stories and illustrate the ways in which they are using video in their work. Be sure to watch Watching Video Documentation with Children.
  • Early Intervention: Stories.  Note: Reflections During the Final Home Visit.
  • Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills: children participating in typical preschool routines and activities. These clips were produced to be used in professional development activities to give early care and education providers an opportunity to practice observation, documentation, and authentic assessment skills. Five of these clips are in a Spanish speaking classroom.  The run times are one to six minutes.
  • General Interest: overview of “What is Authentic Assessment”  and other clips
  • Using Technology for Authentic Assessment: clips illustrating how teachers are using digital video, iPhones, and iPods to document children’s learning and progress. Illustration of sharing digital video with families in Aurelius Reading at Naptime. Tutorial, Using MPEG Streamclip to Edit Video Files, that shows step-by-step instructions for using a free application to edit and compress digital video files.
  • Practices Here and There: Practices used by programs that participate in the Results Matter Video Project.