TAALC 101: Listen Up Series

The TAALC Modules and Webinars below have been created by the Low Incidence Initiative-Teaching Academic Age-appropriate Learning via Communication (TAALC) program. The underlying premise of TAALC is all students can and do communicate, and TAALC presentations are designed to provide training and experience in identifying communicative competence for students with complex communication needs. The Listen UP series of modules was created to equip school teams and families with the skills needed to increase a student’s communicative competence.

Training Goals

Through video examples we will help you learn how to: ​

  • Recognize communication in students with complex communication needs​
  • Implement strategies for change for students with complex communication needs​
  • Understand factors that can limit communication​
  • Foster early communication with Alternative and Augmentative Communication ​
  • Utilize effective teaching behaviors​
  • Provide access to the curriculum by including communication throughout the day, and ​
  • Address communication implications for challenging behavior.  ​

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Congratulations!  You have completed FET 1-11 and all 17 hours of the Fundamentals of Effective Training hybrid course!  Give yourself a round of applause!

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We know that you have spent many hours working hard on learning how to become a more effective trainer and we greatly appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put in during the process.

We hope that your process was smooth and that you are excited to become a trainer and share your knowledge with the Early Childhood Education field.

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When the training is over, it is not really over! This section of FET is going to explore how participants and trainers move beyond the training setting to more completely fulfill the impact that effective training is to have – which is to ‘lead to a change in behavior that provides improved quality of services to children and families.’ This transfer is commonly referred to as the Transfer of Learning.

Effective Training: instructional experiences designed to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviors that are expected to be applied immediately upon or within a short period of time after arrival on or returning to the job.

Transfer of Learning: the intentional and ongoing application of knowledge and implementation of skills and behaviors in the workplace, gained in the training session’s learning experiences.

If trainers design an effective training that includes activities to support the transfer of learning, and participants follow through back in the workplace, the end result is:

  • More involvement from the director.
  • Lasting change in behavior of the staff.
  • Improved outcomes for children and families.

FET 3: Group Training Days Details (Fall 2020)

Fundamentals of Effective Training: Virtual Training Sessions

Thank you for your flexibility in joining us virtually for our group training day!!! 

We are excited about this opportunity to offer FET in this format.  We look forward to “meeting you” and hope the following information is helpful as you plan for our upcoming group training day.

There are two dates for the virtual sessions and you must attend both sessions.  Between the sessions, there will be an assignment for you to work on and turn in prior to Session #2. This assignment will involve practicing writing your very own training plan. The Training Coaches will all host optional Office Hours in between the sessions should you need some additional assistance.

If you have difficulty connecting to the group training day please contact Christine Hausman at 859-519-0401.


October 9, 2020 – Group Training Day #1 ( Required)

Tech check in: 9:00- 9:30 am ( Eastern Daylight Time)

Open for tech check in to make sure you can log on OK. No need to stay on the full time. For those new to Zoom you may want to make sure you can connect and know how to use the basic features of Zoom so you can actively participate. Our two hour session will require you to be actively engaged so we want to be sure you know how to use your audio and video features.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile device: https://uky.zoom.us/j/94605039753

Telephone Dial:  877 853 5257 (US Toll Free)

    Meeting ID: 935 6492 8920

Session time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ( Eastern Daylight Time)

Training Agenda: Implementation of Training Design

Opening Component

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Housekeeping
  • Opener

Content Delivery Component

  • Training Design Review
  • Outlining Content
  • Create Training Plan Using PACES™
  • Game
  • Next Steps

October 12, 2020 – Training Coach Office Hours (Optional)

10:00am EST – 12:00pm EST


Your Training Coach will have open office hours via Zoom to answer any questions and help with assignments.
A direct link will be sent to you by your Training Coach.

October 14, 2020 – Group Training Day #2 (Required)

Tech Check-in: 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ( Eastern Standard Time)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux: https://uky.zoom.us/j/99938790530

Telephone Dial: 877-853-5257 ( US Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 914 3124 8030

Session time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ( Eastern Standard Time)

Training Agenda: Implementation of Training Design

Content Delivery Component (Cont’d)

  • Training Plan Debrief 
  • Demonstration of Training Methods
  •  Organizational Strategies for Successful Training
  • Levels of Evaluation
  • Trainer Credential Application Process

 Closing Component

  •     Evaluation
  •     Question and Answers
  •     Implementation Plan
  •     Summary
  •     Next Steps

In preparation for the group training session #1 you will need: 

  • Completed needs assessment from FET 2, either printed out or accessible on the computer.  During Day 1 we will be addressing completing a training plan and have an opportunity to review the needs assessment and use in a practical exercise.   
  • Access to the Professional Development Framework (PDF) either printed out or accessible on the computer.  During Day 1 we will be review Core Content Subject Areas and will be using the PDF during a practical exercise. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact your Training Coach or Christine Hausman via e-mail: christine.hausman@uky.edu

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Welcome to Training Design: Training Methods.  In the previous lesson you learned about and worked with the needs assessment, identifying workplace and training outcomes, and outlining training content based on the outcomes.  In this Training Methods course, you will get to flex your creative muscle as you build engaging activities and exercises for learners.

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Fundamentals of Effective Training: Training Design is all about how to design a training session.  Training design will include the details, major tasks, and sub tasks that are necessary when designing a training.  Throughout this lesson you will gain information, strategies, and practical opportunities that will support and prepare you to create a focused, sequenced, and active training session.

 When developing a Training Plan there are 7 steps/questions to be answered in order to have an effective and quality training. 

Step 1 – Who?

Step 2 – Why?

Step 3 – When?

Step 4 – Where?

Step 5 – What For?

Step 6 – What?

Step 7 – How?

Each step in developing a training plan asks a question that focuses on an important part of the planning process.  By the end of FET: Training Design you will be familiar with all 7 steps.

The 7 steps for developing a training plan

FET 2: Training Design (Fall 2020)

In this course, you will learn about the Professional Development Framework (PDF) that includes the key components to address the needs for Education, Training, and Credentialing of Early Care, Early Intervention, and Early Childhood Education professionals in Kentucky.

Prior to starting the first lesson in this course you should have access to the Professional Development Framework. It will be utilized throughout FET.  Please note this document is 93 pages. If you do not have a pre-printed copy already, you have the option of printing it out or downloading the document for future reference.

To access the document please click on the following link. 

FET 1: Effective Trainers, Adult Learners, and Learning Environments (Fall 2020)

Welcome to the Fundamentals of Effective Training (FET)!

FET is a hybrid training that consists of several sections of content online plus two virtual Zoom sessions (in lieu of the one day of face to face training). All sections must be completed in order as this training is sequential, building on content from each previous section. The learning management system is set up to let you progress to the next section once you have completed the necessary prior assignment. FET is designed for flexibility, allowing you to work as your schedule permits and saving your work as you go.

However, it is important to start working through the courses as soon as they open and complete by the designated due date. This will allow you to pace yourself and move through the content at a comfortable rate. The time it takes to complete each course may vary for each participant due to previous experience with the content and/or their level of comfort with online training.

Each Course in FET will have a ‘Course Content’ table below its home page. Please start each course by clicking the first lesson.

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To be an effective trainer, one must know not only the specific content that training participants have signed up to learn, but also understand how the human brain is structured as well as how it develops from birth to adulthood and works to acquire, store, and use new information that it receives.

One must apply information about how these structures and processes impact adult learners. Our goal is to create optimal conditions for adult learning that create changes in workplace behavior to improve outcomes for children and families in early care and education settings.

CWTP 104: Forms

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This course is required for:

  • Returning Employment Specialists
  • CWTP Primary Contact
  • OVR

To begin, click on the first lesson below.

CWTP 103: Transition

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This course is required for:

  • Returning Employment Specialists

To begin, click on the first lesson below.

CWTP 102: Pre-ETS

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This course is required for:

  • New Employment Specialists

To begin, click on the first lesson below.

CWTP 101: Introduction

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CWTP 101 is required for everyone! To begin, click on the first lesson below.