Professional Development & Training

For more than 30 years, ETR has been building the capacity of organizations, schools and government agencies through our training and technical assistance services.

Our Approach

ETR uses a holistic approach to professional development and capacity building, tailored to address the goals of organizations and the communities they serve. Our research-based professional development model is designed to achieve sustained learning and is rooted in cognitive science, neuroscience, implementation science and adult learning theory.

With thousands of participants in our network, we have an exceptional pool of trainers and content experts, and an impressive research-to-practice resource bank. Learn more about how we support individuals and organizations through our distributive learning process.

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Our Services

Our services span the professional development continuum from one-on-one consultation to large event planning and delivery to management of national professional development centers. All of our services are customized to support the unique circumstances of each organization and its staff.

  • Interactive, skills-based trainings: One- to multi-day sessions on a single or several related topics. Conducted in person, online or through a blended format. Choose from our list of existing designs or request a topic specific to your needs.
  • Training of Educators (TOE): Build the knowledge and skills of participants to implement a program, curriculum or strategy with fidelity. We offer TOEs for evidence-based programs and evidence-informed programs (e.g. HealthSmart, FLASH) and TOE booster sessions.
  • Training of Trainers (TOT): Build the knowledge and skills of qualified trainers to provide training and TA to adult learners who intend to implement a program, curriculum or strategy.
  • Tailored technical assistance and consultation: TA/consultation is tailored guidance to meet the specific needs of an individual or group on one or multiple topics.
  • E-Learning services: Full-service, secure and scalable Learning Management System (LMS) hosting and administration, as well as online course design, development and evaluation.
  • Organizational development: Customized consultation for organizations, such as strategic planning, group dynamics, teaming, problem solving and solution generation and meeting management.
  • Capacity building: Available through grant-funded initiatives serving national and regional organizations who work with youth and communities.
  • Keynotes and presentations: ETR scientists, professional development specialists or content experts are available for one to three hour keynotes or presentations in our areas of content expertise.

For more information, please complete a Training & TA Request Form »

Our Team of Experts

Debra Christopher, MSM
Director, Professional & Organizational Development Services

Cody Sigel, MPH
Professional Development Consultant

Michael Everett, MHS
Project Director

Tracy Wright, MAEd
Project Director

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