Two different Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) Trainings have been planned. Pat Chamberlain and Julie Kallenbach will provide these in-person events where you will receive hands-on training and be able to network with others working to implement play-based instruction! Training materials and lunch will be provided.

Please note that topics for each of the days is different and registration is required for both events.

Play-based Learning: The What, Why & How

Friday, November 9
9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center
Mt. Vernon

An introductory workshop to deepen understanding and implementation of play-based learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of Birth to 3rd Continuity
  • What: Define features of play-based learning
  • Why: Apply brain-based principles to classroom design and instructional planning to improve student outcomes
  • How: Analyze observational data to refine the teacher’s role in scaffolding student play

Aligning PreK and Kindergarten Assessment and Instructional Practices and Learning

Wednesday, November 28
9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills

Teams of PK and K teachers are encouraged to attend together along with an administrator and other collaborative partners. PK and K will be asked to bring writing samples and let us know what PrK assessments are being used.

  Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of Birth to 3rd Continuity
  • Examine the components of Developmentally Appropriate Practice across the curriculum
  • Practice observational assessment (unpacking measures and evidence)
  • Compare curriculum framework/units of study  across grade levels
  • Share instructional targets in math and language arts (number sense and writing)
  • Understand Crosswalks between KIDS and Preschool Assessments (Gold, DRDP, COR, Work Sampling, ELS)


Please register by emailing Mindy Bolin and include the date and title of session in the subject field.


Did you miss the previous Developmentally Appropriate Practices training or want to share them at a training? Check out the B-3 Continuity Project’s website for previous training materials. Questions can be directed to Ashley Long at

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