Professional Development Week

Gonzaga University School of Education

"Professional Development Week 2018"


Thank you for your interest in attending Professional Development Week at Gonzaga! Unfortunately, unexpected scheduling conflicts have necessitated we postpone the conference until Fall 2018. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay tuned for the Fall conference dates. We hope you will join us at that time.


All events held in the John J. Hemmingson Center Ballroom, Gonzaga University


Early Childhood Workshops

Best Practices for Educating the Minds of Our Youngest Boys and Girls with Michael Gurian, The Gurian Institute

$200 for professionals; $90 for students

Michael GurianIn this practical and at times quite humorous workshop, renowned educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian (The Minds of Boys, The Minds of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently) and co-author of It’s a Baby Boy! and It’s a Baby Girl!, explores how the young minds of boys and girls develop distinctly, and provides best practices for caregivers, educators, and parents who support the behavioral, academic, and emotional needs of children across the gender spectrum.

Based on thirty years of research in brain science and early childhood development, this training day brings to life the developmental science of sex and gender from perspectives of nature, nurture, and culture. Mr. Gurian will be joined by a Gurian Certified Trainer and who will also focus on learning and life difficulties that our boys and girls suffer as distinct groups in early childhood.  The Gurian team will offer proven strategies and tools to help each child. Gurian has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to dynamically combine cutting-edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives.

Mr. Gurian will be joined by a Gurian Certified Trainer who will also focus on learning and life difficulties that our boys and girls suffer as distinct groups in early childhood. In her dynamic afternoon presentation, Dr. Adie Goldberg will demonstrate strategies that participants can use the next day in their early childhood environments. She will explore kinesthetic and other learning techniques, as well as problem-solve “tough cases” with participants. As she helps participants understand and implement brain-based and gender friendly tools, Dr. Goldberg will focus on complex issues regarding why and how boys, especially, find themselves at odds with some preschool environments, including the greater likelihood of young males to "fail" early childhood assessments and evaluations. Dr. Goldberg will also get participants up and moving in various modalities, including brain breaks, that can be used at home and in preschool with both girls and boys.


“I’m Feeling Calm Today” – Enhancing Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms with Craig Bailey, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

$185 for professionals; $75 for students

Craig Bailey
This workshop will focus on the role that educators play in children’s social and emotional learning with an emphasis on:

  • educator skill building
  • the way educators model and support the skills they want children to have
  • the pedagogy educators can use to target specific social and emotional learning outcomes.

Educators will be provided practical tools for personal and professional growth as well as ways to enhance classroom pedagogy by integrating social and emotional learning into everyday practice. Feelings are welcomed and encouraged!


  • Participants will understand their role in children’s social and emotional learning
  • Participants will be able to think concretely about the social and emotional skills they want children to have
  • Participants will learn tools for personal and professional growth
  • Participants will learn ways to enhance classroom pedagogy by integrating social and emotional learning into their practice

Annual Assessment Conference

$185 for professionals; $75 for students

The Assessment of Diverse Individuals: Cultural and Language Considerations

This one-day conference provides continuing education for education professionals who administer assessments in the school setting. School psychologists, special education professionals, counselors and others will learn new assessment techniques and considerations from three renowned professionals in the assessment field. 


Keynote Presentation

Translating Cultural Neuroscience into Assessment Practice featuring Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, The Chicago School

Elaine Fletcher-JanzenSince the “decade of the brain” in the 1990s, technological advances in brain imaging have prompted neuroscientists to translate research findings into real-world applications. Where do these applications intersect with psychological assessment of children and adolescents? How does what we know about neuropsychological aspects of cultural and linguistic differences affect test design and evaluation? The subject of neuroscientific applications to assessment is rapidly evolving and we must frequently ask the right questions to keep assessment relevant and culturally competent.


  • Participants will be aware of multiple research studies that examine neuropsychological aspects of culture and/or language.
  • Participants will be able to name several features of test design that may reduce cultural bias.
  • Participants will know three questions that may assist in the illumination of cultural/linguistic aspects of test selection and use in comprehensive evaluations.


Specialty Sessions

Culturally Responsive Assessment Feedback: Sharing Results with Culturally Diverse Families featuring Janine Jones, University of Washington

Janine JonesCulturally responsive assessment engages clients in a collaborative, exploratory process for articulating strengths, challenges, and generating solutions that fit within the client's cultural context. This contrasts with the traditional information-gathering model in which assessment is viewed primarily as a way to collect information that will guide subsequent treatment.  Caregivers and children are included as collaborators as the foundation for a therapeutic approach to giving written and oral feedback. The model includes interpreting the results of a psychological assessment verbally with the client in a dialog format that is skillfully anchored in the client’s own life. This session addresses strategies for providing results of psychoeducational assessments in a culturally appropriate manner.  Participants will learn cultural factors that are important for consideration in planning and delivering content in the feedback meeting. The session will incorporate techniques for providing assessment feedback to caregivers and children by applying culturally responsive assessment principles to feedback practices.


  • Participants will learn how to plan and implement a culturally responsive assessment approach from the initial interview to the final feedback meeting.
  • Participants will learn cultural factors to integrate into reports prior to the feedback meeting.
  • Participants will learn strategies for demonstrating cultural sensitivity and empowering families before and during the feedback meeting.

The ELL Critical Data Process featuring Steven Gill

Steven GillThe session will include an introduction and overview of the ELL Critical Data Process. This process is widely used within Washington and is being used across the United States as a practical method for differentiating language learners with normal language acquisition struggles from language learners who might also have a disability.


  • The participants will become familiar with the components and purpose of the ELL Critical Data Process.
  • The participants will know where to access further information regarding the ELL Critical Data Process.


All conference days include breakfast and boxed lunch.

QUESTIONS:  Please email Jenna White at or call 509-313-3495