SACERS-U: Getting U Ready 'Live' Virtual-2 part course January 26 & Feb 7 9:00:-11:30 am Caldwell County Wrap-Around Only)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2022

Start time: 9:00am


Monday, February 7th, 2022

Start time: 9:00am

Registration open through 1/12/2022 11:59 PM EST


SACERS-U: Getting U Ready 'Live' Virtual-2 part course January 26 & Feb 7 9:00:-11:30 am Caldwell County Wrap-Around Only)

1/26/2022 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM


This is a 2 part, instructor led course.

You must attend both sessions at the specified date and time in order to receive credit for attending.


CEU:IACET CEU: Credits - 0.5

A learning module that provides an in-depth look at school age environments, the importance of interaction, materials, and indicators in the SACERS-Updated assessment. Stop asking, “am I ready?” and instead feel prepared and equipped with knowledge, tools, and strategies to produce a successful SACERS-U score and create an environment that is both appealing and appropriate for the children and the staff. Scared of the dreaded interview? Fear no more!!! Practice here. Participants will engage in strategies and activities that relate their environment to the NC State Education Standards as well as meet the SACERS-U requirements.


Instructors: Jonathan Williams, School Age Initiative Program Manager; Karen Darby, Director of Learning & Development


Instructors have no proprietary interest in the development, design, or marketing of learning events.

Cost: $25.00

The registration period has closed for this event.
Registration Ends:1/12/2022 11:59 PM

Registration is $25.00

Continuing Education
IACET CEU: Credits - 0.5


Jonathan Williams is the School Age Program Coordinator at Southwestern Child Development Commission. He works in collaboration with statewide partners on the delivery of quality school age care in the state along with creating and delivering professional development for school-age facilities and technical assistance providers. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from Montreat College in Asheville NC. He received his Master’s in Arts Degree from Western Carolina University in 2013. He holds his Professional Development and Technical Assistance Endorsement, and is has a Level 12 ECEEE and SA certification with the NCICDP.


Jonathan has worked in early education for 15 years in a variety of roles. Prior to joining the SWCDC team, he was a lead teacher for 10 years and a center director for over two years. He has extensive R&R knowledge and has worked as a local partnership CCR&R Director. He has created and led trainings for a number of education organizations including the Association for Constructive Teachers and the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children.

Karen Darby is the Director of Learning and Development at Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc.  Creating and delivering continuing education learning events are a part of her duties.  Karen maintains assists participants with registration, assists instructors with course creations and reviews courses for accuracy and alignment policy.  Karen is an elected member of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs Board of Advisors and Karen also currently serves on the Bylaws Polcies and Procedures Commitee for IACET (the International Association for Continuing Education and Training) and PBS Teachers Advisory Group, and CLASS Advisory Panel..  She is a past member of  the Distance Education Taskforce  and  Badging Committe for IACET, to help create a distance learning resource guide to help clarify each of the IACET standards as well determine how each Continuing Education/Training standard applies in the world of distance learning.  Karen has also also served on the Program Committee of EdMedia 2017 - World Conference on Educational Media & Technology for AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) as a reviewer of conference papers. 

Karen holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Virginia University,  a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a MicroMasters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Maryland. 

She holds a Level 12 Early Educator Certificate in both the Early Care and School Age Fields  with endorsements in Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Administration.

Before becoming the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager at SWCDC, Karen was the School Age Education Specialist. Karen has also served as the Board President for the North Carolina Afterschool Coalition and worked as the Regional School Age Specialist for Region 7 providing technical assistance and training to afterschool professionals.

Karen has been employed with Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. since August of 2011. Karen’s work experience also includes More at Four Teacher with Gaston County Schools, Technical Assistant with the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties, Adjunct Instructor at Gaston College in Gaston County, Director at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, and lead teacher at Ashford Academy.

Contact Karen at

Caldwell County Schools Wrap Around Program -Education Center

1914 Hickory Blvd. Southwest
Lenoir, NC 2012

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