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Professional Development for All

PD for All is a series of free professional development workshops open to all early childhood professionals who serve young children, birth through Grade 3, in the Omaha metro area. The series introduces leading-edge research and innovative practices and also gives participants the opportunity to come together and learn from one another. Watch our highlight video to learn more.

Spring 2021 PD for All Series – Anti-Racist Early Childhood Education: Principles, Practices, and Possibilities

During the spring 2021 Professional Development for All series, principles of anti-racist theory and practice were discussed, providing educators, researchers, and community members with action-oriented strategies to address inequities and foster authentic and meaningful collaborations in the classroom, research practices, and family partnerships. Facilitated by Kerry-Ann Escayg, an assistant professor of education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in partnership with the Buffett Institute, the webinars in this progressive learning series featured national and local education experts, as well as local teachers and parents.


Webinar 1, What Is Anti-Racist Education?

The first webinar in the series was March 24, featuring Terry Husband, Ph.D., a professor of early childhood literacy at Illinois State University. Materials from Webinar 1 are below:

Presentation Slides


Webinar 2, Racial Socialization as Resistance to Racism

The second webinar in the series was April 28, featuring Dalhia Lloyd, M.S., a family and community program specialist at the Buffett Institute. Materials from Webinar 2 are below:

Presentation Slides


Early childhood professionals who participated in these webinars are eligible to receive in-service certificates approved by the Nebraska Department of Education. Learn more about the PD for All series here


Explore More: Using Technology in Early Childhood Education

Throughout 2020, young children engaged with digital technology like never before as early childhood professionals creatively adapted to a “new normal.” While this shift presents incredible opportunities for children’s learning and development, it also poses questions about appropriate and effective uses of technology in early childhood.

The Buffett Institute is proud to offer a new collection of on-demand resources for early childhood professionals in individual or group settings. Featuring Dr. Chip Donohue, founding director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute and senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media, these videos and learning guides offer specific and practical information for the equitable use of technology in classroom and child care environments.


Technology Integration in the Early and Elementary Years

  • This video session examines how intentional and appropriate use of technology supports healthy child development, promotes early learning and early literacy, and encourages social-emotional development while addressing the values of quality, continuity and equity.
  • The professional learning guide takes viewers through “bite-sized” segments of the video, providing opportunities to practice and apply concepts discussed in the recording.


Digital Storytelling: Technology Tools That Support Children’s Documenting, Demonstrating, Sharing, Saving, Reflecting, and Revisiting

  • This video session explores how children can use digital storytelling to “show what they know” and how it can support teaching, family engagement, and documenting learning for all students.
  • The professional learning guide offers a three-part plan to walk early childhood professionals through the knowledge and skills they need to effectively implement digital storytelling with children.

Although continuing education certificates are not available for individuals accessing and completing these pre-recorded sessions, certificate-eligible sessions will be included in the 2021 Spring PD for All series being announced soon. PD for All is a critical piece of the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan, developed by the Buffett Institute and funded by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Check back here soon for more details.



Click here for presentations, videos, and resources from our Professional Development for All institutes.


For more information about Professional Development for All, please contact Kimberlee Telford at

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