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July 20 and 21

8:30 am-5:00 pm



Online Event-Link will be sent before event 


For Registration Questions:
Jackie Kilkeary

For Content Questions:
Dawn Hendricks
Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator


PreK CLASS Observer Training: July 20 and 21

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is supporting school divisions in building capacity to use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) in all pre-K classrooms. School divisions must be building capacity for local, trained, reliable observers to conduct CLASS™ observations, which are required twice a year in all Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) classrooms beginning in 2020-2021. This includes VPI classrooms serving children with Individualized Education Programs (IEP). All pre-K children benefit from the components of high-quality instruction that are measured by the CLASS™ tool. While local CLASS™ observations are not required for early childhood special education (ECSE) classrooms in 2021-2022, they are encouraged to be conducted in order to give actionable feedback to early childhood special education teachers.   

To support these goals, the VDOE is pleased to announce CLASS™ trainings for the purpose of building local capacity to implement CLASS™ observations in classrooms with children with IEPs.  Training is available for school division leaders who have administrative responsibilities in local ECSE programs.  Since each division is different, this may include directors, coordinators, specialists, lead teachers, or others serving in this capacity. Individuals going through the training are to conduct CLASS™ observations twice a year in classrooms with children with IEPs.  Results of the observations are to be used to provide individualized feedback and professional development.

Anyone participating in this CLASS Training must complete observations in self-contained early childhood special education classrooms.  Virtual CLASS™ observer training results in the same certification as in-person CLASS™ observer training. The training is two-days in length. During training, participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS™ observation methodology and prepare to reliably assess quality of teaching teacher-child interactions.  Participants are to take the online reliability test after the training to become eligible to conduct local CLASS™ observations. Participants must attend both days of training to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and to take the reliability test.

Requirements:  The CLASS™ trainings will be held virtually. To participate, users will need:

  • Access to high-speed internet. The minimum speed is 600kbps, however 1.5Mbps is recommended.
  • A computer.  A tablet may also be used.  Training over a phone is not allowed.
  • A camera for video and a more interactive experience.
  • A microphone.

Registration: Space for each training session is limited and will be filled on a first come basis.  Registration is limited to two individuals from a school division unless additional space is available. If registration is full, please email Jackie Kilkeary  at to be added to the waitlist.

There is not a registration or material fee for trainings.  Materials will be mailed to participants prior to the training date; please provide your summer address to ensure you receive the materials.

PreK CLASS™ Observer Training -Prek CLASS™ is to be used in classrooms with children ages 3-5.

Dates:  July 20 & 21, 8:30 am-5:00 pm

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Dawn Hendricks, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, by email at To be added to the waitlist, email Jackie Kilkeary at