Alaska SEED Trainer & Training Approval System FAQs

The Alaska SEED Trainer and Training Approval System is a voluntary system with the goal of ensuring the quality of professional development for early childhood and school-age educators in Alaska.

Trainer Approval FAQs

What is the Alaska SEED Trainer Approval system?
The Trainer Approval System is a voluntary system that verifies and ensures high-quality trainers for workshops, classes, and other trainings provided for early childhood and school-age professionals in Alaska. Alaska SEED believes that consistent standards for trainers promote higher quality training and help professionals find and choose the best training opportunities for their own professional development. By implementing this system, Alaska joins 25 other states that have a Trainer Approval System.
How long is the application process?
The application is one page. To apply, you must join or renew through the Alaska SEED Registry. Trainer applications are processed within 30 days, but an individual may submit an expedited application for review and approval within two weeks.
What are the benefits of the system?
The Trainer Approval System allows you to be the best trainer you can be. It provides a framework to structure your training (such as aligning your training with the Alaska Early Care and Learning Core Knowledge and Competencies) and encourages/requires the use of best teaching practices to perform at the highest level. The system is built to support trainers and will help build your reputation as quality trainer.
What are the requirements to become an Alaska SEED-approved trainer?
There are three trainer categories: Provisional Trainer, Basic Trainer, and Specialized Trainer. Learn more about the requirements for each type of trainer.
Are there financial supports available to help trainers meet the requirements of being an Alaska SEED-approved Trainer?
Yes, Alaska SEED provides up to $1,500 in Professional Development Reimbursements (PDR) for eligible professionals. Learn more about PDRs here.
What are Specialized Trainers?
A Specialized Trainer is an individual who works outside of the early childhood or school-age education field who is licensed, credentialed, certified, degreed, or a Culture Bearer in an area beneficial to the field.
Do program administrators have to become Alaska SEED-approved Trainers?
The Trainer Approval System is a voluntary system, but we invite and encourage any administrator who is currently providing training for their staff to apply to become an Alaska SEED-approved Trainer.
Where can trainers get Principles of Adult Learning (PAL) training?
A list of Alaska SEED-approved PAL trainings is available on thread's training calendar.

Training Approval FAQs

What is the Alaska SEED Training Approval System?
The Training Approval System is a voluntary system designed to ensure the quality of professional development for early childhood and school-age educators in Alaska. Ongoing education and training is essential to providing high-quality services to children and families. This new system ensures training contains high-quality content that reflects current research, aligns with the Alaska SEED Registry, is based on the Alaska Early Care and Learning Core Knowledge and Competencies and Alaska's Early Learning Guidelines, and is delivered in a way that reflects how adults learn best. By implementing this system, Alaska joins 20 other states that have a Training Approval System.
What are the benefits of the system?
Alaska SEED-approved trainings are of higher quality and will improve the quality of your learning experience. If you have a professional development plan based on the Alaska Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs), you can feel confident that all Alaska SEED-approved trainings are tied to the CKCs and will help you advance on your plan. Educators can easily check the Alaska SEED website for a list of approved trainings and trainers.
What is Alaska SEED and how is it related to thread?
Alaska SEED is Alaska’s System for Early Education Development and is housed and managed by thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. One of thread’s services is providing professional development to the early childhood field. All thread training staff are Alaska SEED-approved trainers, and submit their trainings to be Alaska SEED-approved trainings.
Are Alaska SEED-approved trainings only offered through thread?
No, any SEED-approved trainer can apply to have their trainings Alaska SEED-approved.
How will Alaska SEED validate that an individual attended a SEED-approved training?
Alaska SEED Trainer and Training Approval System does not require proof that an individual(s) attended a Alaska SEED-approved training.
Do Alaska SEED-approved trainers have to submit a training application for each training they are doing?
Each training is approved separately. Once a training is approved, it is approved for five years and can be offered numerous times. Within that time period, a new application is only necessary if there are content changes made to the training.
Why is there a maximum of 15 training hours allowed for conferences?
The 15 training hours aligns with the 500-level/1 university credit Continuing Education Class offered at most early childhood/school-age conferences, which is the equivalent of at least two full days of conference, two face to face meetings, and the required writing assignments to earn the one credit CEU.
What are some examples of an assessment tool (from the training application)?
A test, quiz, self-reflection or self-assessment tool, a written paper, or an observation of improved practice.
Does Alaska SEED need to receive a copy of the assessment tool listed in the application?
Alaska SEED does not need to receive a copy of the assessment tool.

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