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Professional Development

Kodo’s Professional Development program enhances our overall vision and commitment to supporting educators. Our sessions create opportunities for educators to recognize, identify, and create implementation plans for thoughtful facilitation to support children’s learning and development.

In-Person Professional Development

Virtual Professional Development

Professional Development Bundles

Investigation Based Teaching Practices

Professional Development

Kodo’s In-Person Professional Development services include sessions and materials that inform and transform an educator’s practice by:

  • Translating theory into practice

  • Providing hands-on interactive experiences
    for adult learners

  • Using multimedia resources to observe
    and model successful practical strategies

  • Offering opportunities for professional reflection

Available Topics

Uncovering Stem Through Play

The core knowledge today’s students need is grounded in STEM subject matter. It includes literacy,
numeracy, scientific literacy, technology literacy, and cultural literacy. 

The ‘E’ in STEM: Demystifying Engineering

Engineering happens every day in early learning environments. In this session, we will demystify
engineering by clarifying what engineering is and identifying ways engineering is naturally incorporated in the industry and play of children.

Infant and Toddler engineering

Engineering in early childhood environments is often avoided simply because we’re not very familiar with engineering. We will demystify engineering by clarifying what it is and identify ways engineering is already happening every day in infant toddler learning environments. 

Fostering Meaningful Investigations

through play and provocation

Learn how intentional investigations support mature play and children’s natural proclivity to wonder, inquire, and explore. Understand the differences between activities, explorations, and investigations and how to encourage an investigation based learning approach.

Enhancing the environment to foster engineering

The physical learning environment can greatly impact how children learn. Educators should be empowered to think of themselves as the designers of their own classrooms. 

NEW! Tinkering, Playing and Problem solving to build relationships

The teachers within your program are integral to its success. When they work cooperatively and collaboratively, the benefits are far-reaching, affecting morale, interactions with children, communication with parents, and more.

NEW! Making sense of math

It is becoming evident that mathematics is an important piece of STEM play and learning for the early childhood environment. With this, though, many educators feel intimidated with the topic of math and what facilitation of this looks like. In this session, educators will explore how mathematics assists children in making sense of their world and the various ways that educators can facilitate math through STEM exploration.

  • Half day format for $1800*
  • Full day format for $2500*
  • Kodo Tour and Training (up to 2 hours) – $1500
  • Keynote/Special Event: Call for pricing

*plus travel expenses

Professional Development

To supplement our team of certified trainers, we offer virtual learning through our Kodo Community platform. Here, users receive a unique offering unlike any other online training systems. Not only will you be able to connect with our educational teams and other educators from around the world; you will enjoy exclusive virtual sessions and suggestions to bring your materials to life.

Live Virtual Sessions

Just like the in-person sessions, but over video! Interested in scheduling a live session led by a Kodo Certified Trainer? Please contact us through the form below with a desired date and topic.

Self Paced Modules

Kodo Community

Join us on our Community for instructional courses, teacher lead discourse, and tips and tricks from hundreds of our community educators. Access to the community is free, with courses starting as low as $12/course!

Benefits of Virtual Learning with Kodo Community:

  • Offered on an asynchronous schedule
  • Online portal allows learners to complete self-paced modules
  • Collaboration with a Kodo professional development specialist and others within the course discussion forums
  • Active/reflective learning through discussion board questions and independent play sessions
  • Continued support through a professional learning community (PLC)
Customized Program Product Bundle

Work with our educators to customize a program product bundle and professional development event that fits your philosophy needs.

Never Stop Learning.

At Kodo, we pride ourselves on feedback from past professional development sessions. We are proud to say our feedback speaks for itself with our overall approach to adult learning.

I loved the Kodo Kids trainings on STEM! I learned to think about STEM as a way of thinking and encouraging problem solving in the children I work with. We had a wonderful trainer, full of thought provoking anecdotes that really got me thinking. Her style was approachable and engaging. Everyone in my organization is buzzing about these trainings and left feeling inspired to teach STEM!

Kimberly Thai

Regional Education Coordinator, Bright Horizons

I am happy to share that our experience with Kodo has been excellent. We learned a great deal from the professional development training that we experienced. Specifically, the training helped us learn better strategies to edit our environment in a way that best encourages children’s engagement. We also love the materials! Children never grow tired of playing with the variety of Kodo loose parts!

Jasmine Boster

Program Director, University of Michigan Towsley Children's House

The Kodo program is not only educational, but fun and easy to use. It provides a platform that fits into any busy teacher schedule. The information is relevant, up to date and easy to apply to any classroom setting. I came away with new ideas and feel more competent for having taken the training.

Michelle Zemlicka

President & Center Director, Lily Pad Early Learning Center, Inc.

Kodo’s Investigation Based Teaching Practices™ are aligned with and strengthen Classroom Organization and Instructional Support strategies addressed in the CLASS™. These practical strategies support the responsive facilitation of children’s learning through investigative open-ended play. Kodo’s Investigation-Based Teaching Practices™ help educators recognize and establish habits of thoughtful responsive facilitation.

Investigation Based Teaching Practices™ are founded on the following concepts:

    Learning Approaches

    1. Deepen learning through reflective practice for adult and children

    2. Focus on process, in addition to outcomes

    3. Model design thinking and ideation

    4. Embrace mistakes, failures, and constraints as opportunities


    5. Provide intriguing open-ended materials, tools, and loose parts

    6. Adapt the learning environment, materials, and schedule to be responsive and relevant to children’s interests and investigations

    Adult Child Interaction

    7. Practice followership of child-initiated investigation

    8. Practice responsive teacher facilitation & provocations

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