April 9 & 10, 2019



Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM CDT
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM CDT

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IHSA Training Room 
3435 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

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Registration Fees:

$395.00 per person includes lite breakfast items with coffee and lunch both days


Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 

Barbara Becker   STG


If you need a sleeping room, the following hotels are close to the Training Facility:

Courtyard by Marriott / 3462 Freedom Drive / 217-793-5300

Fairfield Inn / 3446 Freedom Drive / 217-793-9277

Staybridge Suites / 4231 Schooner Dr / 217-793-6700

Hampton Inn and  Suites / 2300 Chuckwagon Dr. / 217-793-7670



The CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) is an observational instrument to assess quality in preschool Head Start classrooms. The CLASS assesses interactions between children and teachers in three broad domains of classroom quality: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. The Office of Head Start believes that the domains of quality measured by the CLASS remain central to its approach to child development and education and serve as important indicators of the future school readiness of all Head Start children.  The two days will focus on CLASS Observation Training with Reliability Assessment offered online.

Who should attend? Are you interested in learning how to observe classrooms using the CLASS? This training will guide you through the CLASS Observation tools and prepare you to become a reliable CLASS Observer in our two-day Pre-K CLASS Observation Training.  This training is open to Education Managers, Curriculum Specialists, Master Teachers, and Program Directors in Head Start agencies, school districts, and other early childhood agencies that serve preschool age children.  Important Note: Attendance is required for both days to be eligible for reliability testing. 


Verlinda Sims

Verlinda has worked in the early childhood field for 30 years 24 of them have been with Head Start. Her experience in Head Start includes being a teacher, director and Education manager. She has been part of Region V TTA system for 7 years. She holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University.