Host a GDO-R Workshop


Often schools and early childhood centers prefer to hold a private group workshop for their staff only. This could be as a team building PD experience,  because it is more cost efficient than to pay for travel for multiple people, or because our scheduled dates do not match your availability. Private workshops also allow some customization options such as times for meetings or a focus on beginner vs. intermediate examiner skills. Consult with us to schedule a private HYBRID or ONLINE GDO-R or GES (or both!) workshop that better fits your needs. Note that travel and trainer availability requires booking a workshop at least 4 months in advance. 

The Private GDO-R Group Rate is $5,000 (plus $2000 for travel fees of the trainer for the HYBRID option) for up to 10 participants, and an additional $450 for each participant over 10. Most workshops require 2.5 days (fewer days can be accommodated if requested; fees will not be prorated in any case). 

The Private GES Group Rate is $2,000 (plus $2000 for travel fees of the trainer for the HYBRID option) for up to 10 participants, and an additional $250 for each participant over 10. Most workshops require a full day of about 6 hours (fewer hours can be accommodated or hours may be split over two days if requested; fees will not be prorated in any case).

NOTE: For the 2024 calendar year, Gesell is accepting Private GDO-R Workshop hosts only. (For general information about hosting a public workshop, scroll down past inquiry form below.)

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Host a PUBLIC HYBRID (live/online) GDO-R Workshop:

Our open to public registration HYBRID GDO-R workshops are hosted by partner sites across the country. We welcome inquiries from possible GDO-R workshop host sites. Public workshops are regularly scheduled a year in advance. Our annual public workshop calendar is often booked by November for the upcoming year. Please plan accordingly.

NOTE: Gesell is no longer accepting Public GDO-R Workshop hosts for the 2024 calendar year. Those interested in in-person events are advised to consider a private workshop (see above), seminar, or the New Haven public workshop.

As host, your responsibilities include:

  • A room that can accommodate up to 30 people comfortably, with air conditioning in the summer months, available for three days
  • Light snacks (coffee/muffins) for morning/afternoon break
  • Two children volunteers of differing ages between 2.5 and 6, for our demonstration, one each on the 2nd and 3rd days
  • A minimum number of participants is required to host, based on the lead time till the workshop date. Please see the chart below for minimum requirements.

Minimum* Participants by Lead Time to Host a Public Hybrid Workshop

Time in Advance of Requested Workshop Date that Registrations are Completed

Minimum # Required Registrants from Host 

1 Year or more


6-12 months  


3- 6 months  


1-3 months

Private Only (see below)

*For some remote locations a higher minimum may be required.


    To show our appreciation for hosting a public GDO-R Workshop, Gesell offers one free scholarship for a participant from the host site to attend, after 10 paid participants have registered (a value of $600). If 20 register, you will receive a 2nd free scholarship.