August 8, 2019

PQAS Instructors Invited to Apply for New Cohort

To help professionals build knowledge, skills, and confidence in facilitating professional learning, WIDA recently established their Early Years Professional Learning Cohort.


The Early Years Professional Learning Cohort is a long-term professional learning program that helps participants build the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local professional learning.

This program is intended for professionals who:

    • are PQAS-certified;
    • currently work in the early care and education field;
    • can design, develop, and facilitate professional learning;
    • have the ability to offer professional development through the PA PD Registry; and
    • have access to early learning programs where they can facilitate professional learning for ECE educators.

Selected participants will be asked to sign an acknowledgment and agreement document.

Face-to-Face Sessions

Selected participants will be required to attend four face-to-face sessions in State College, Pennsylvania on the following dates:

    • September 10–12, 2019
    • October 8–9, 2019
    • November 13–14, 2019
    • March 11, 2020


With 20 available spaces, applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Application quality and geographic location will be considered. Applications must be submitted by August 16, 2019. To apply, visit the online application form.

More Information

To learn more about the cohort, read the program overview document. For more detailed information, read the program participant guide.

For questions, contact Barry Wiestling at

PQAS Certification Workgroup

This fall, Trying Together will launch a workgroup to help early care and education, and other interested professionals achieve their PQAS Instructor Certification. Once certified, these individuals will be able to deliver professional development training through the PA PD Registry. To receive more information about the Workgroup, complete the form below.

For questions, contact Jasmine Davis at or 412.567.3933.


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