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Children's Literature Examination Center Open House April 21st and April 22nd

CLEC Open House

 29th Annual PreK-8 Science Update Conference

science conference flyerOn Friday, April 22, 2016 the WIU Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center will be sponsoring the 29th Annual PreK-8 Science Update Conference.   The theme of the conference is Science in the Classroom:  Linking the Nature of Science and NGSS  and will focus on the best strategies for linking the Scientific & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas; The Nature of Science, and the NGSS to their classroom instruction.   Du ring the more than 15 presentations organized into three different 50-minute morning sessions presenters will be sharing ideas, strategies, and activities reflecting the best methods of teaching NGSS science .  Some of the sessions already scheduled include "What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Starting a Journey with NGSS""The Scientific Practices - Be Explicit!""Science Surprises: Let's Explore the Nature of Science""Science A to Z - Our Favorite Lessons""Science Spotlight - Technology in the Science Classroom""Tips for Starting a Science Olympiad Team"; and "The Science of Fairy Tales and Fables" plus other engaging sessions.  At noon participants will have the opportunity to attend their choice of minisessions.  The conference lunch will be at 1 pm followed by announcements and the drawing for numerous door prizes.  The WIU's Children's Literature Examination Center (CLEC) will again be a part of this year's conference allowing participants the opportunity to examine the latest in children and young adult literature.  A number of science related exhibitors will also be in attendance to share their products and materials.  

 

The cost of the entire conference is $40 including lunch ($50 after April 14th).  You may access registration forms and other information about the Science Conference at  http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/curriculum_and_instruction/science_center/update.php .  

 

 

WIU's 2nd Annual Assistive Technology Conference to be Held Friday, January 22, 2016

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WIU's second annual Assistive Technology Conference will take place in Horrabin Hall Room 1 on the Macomb Campus on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This conference is being sponsored by WIU's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student organization and is being made possible by an ISBE grant to the group that will provide the training, Infinitec .

There is no charge to attend this conference. CEUs and CPDUs will be provided for all educators who attend.  Parking will be available at no charge in the faculty/staff lots surrounding Horrabin Hall. To register for this event, click here.

Following is an description of the sessions being offered:

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Overview of Assistive Technology

Under IDEA 2004, there are five areas that must be considered for students with disabilities.  While most are related to a specific disability (e.g., visual impairment or behavior), only one of the five must be considered for all students, regardless of the type or severity of disability:  Assistive Technology.  This presentation will introduce participants to a range of assistive technology.  Whether it is communication, access to the computer and curriculum, writing, reading, mobility, or activities of daily living, this presentation will highlight how and when technologies become assistive technology.  We'll provide an overview of the legal requirements related to assistive technology, as well as define assistive technology device and assistive technology service.  In addition, the new Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual and technical support website will be shared.

10:00 AM-10:15 AM Break

10:15 AM- 12:15 PM Get From Point A To Z With A Little Help From AT: Assistive Technologies and Executive Functioning

In this session participants will learn about AT tools which support students who struggle with Executive Function Skills. During the presentation a variety of technology tools will be demonstrated which support skills in the areas of time management, information management, and material management, all of which help support executive functions and are necessary for school success.

12:15 PM-12:45 PM Lunch On Your Own

1:00 PM-3:00 PM Web Resources to  Build Your Universal Design for Learning Tool Kit (For Elementary Students)

This hands-on presentation will introduce participants to websites and web tools that support Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The three basic tenants of UDL, multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression and multiple means of engagement will be defined in terms of the practical application of the internet.  These web-based supports will include reading, writing and math for your elementary students. 

 

Faculty and Students to Participate in "Dickens on the Square" Annual Holiday Event, December 4 & 5

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Dr. Melissa Stinnett and G.A., Caitlyn Fink work to decorate a store front window in preparation for "Dickens on the Square".  Dr. Frances Steward will have her undergraduate students from the children's literature class read to children from the community at this event.  The event takes place on the Macomb Downtown Square on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

  

CEC to Host Scholastic Fall Book Sale, November 9 - November 16, 2015

bf sbfThe Council for Exceptional Children is sponsoring their Fall 2015 Scholastic Book Sale Monday, November 9 through Monday, November 16 in Horrabin Hall outside of Rooms 40, 41 and 42 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Profits will go to purchase books for the WIU Infant/Preschool Center. 

Come by the book sale to get the latest titles at great prices for ages newborn through teenager.  They make great holiday gifts!

 

 

Lori Evans to Speak at CEC's Autism Workshops, Thurs. Oct. 29, 2015 and Thurs. Nov. 5, 2015


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will be hosting two workshops on Autism. The workshops will take place on Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 5 from 1:00pm - 1:50pm in Horrabin Hall Room 44. Lori Evans from the Autism Consultant from West Central Illinois Special Education Cooperative will be the guest speaker for this event. 

Session 1 (October 29th) Characteristics of Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Session 2 (November 5th) Managament and Teaching Strategies

To attend you must RSVP to Cari Sheppard cs-sheppard@wiu.edu or sign- up on the CEC Bulletin Board by Horrabin Hall 40

 

 

 

WIU Infant Preschool Center "Cookout for Kids" Fundraiser, Fri. Oct 2, 2015

cookout The WIU Infant Preschool Center will host a "Cookout for Kids" Fundraiser this Friday, Oct. 2 from 11 am to 5 pm on the east side of Horrabin Hall to raise money for their planned playground equipment.  The Knights of Columbus has volunteered to do the grilling, and volunteers will be donating butterfly pork chops, ribeyes, brats, hot dogs, buns, chips, cookies and drinks as well as their time to serve and sell food. 

Everyone is welcome to attend!  Stop by and purchase some yummy food, with all proceeds going toward the new children's playground equipment.  Volunteers and donations are being accepted as well!  Donations of hamburger/hot dog buns and individual bags of chips are still needed, and volunteers are needed to sign up for 30-60 minute shifts to help manage the cookout.  Please contact the Infant/Preschool Center at 309-298-1250.

 

 

Kappa Delta Pi Annual "Educational Essentials" Fall Conference, Sat. Sept 26, 2015

kdp WIU's Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education will hold their Annual "Educational Essentials" Fall Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm in Horrabin Hall Room 1 on the Macomb campus.  All area teachers, pre-service teachers, administrators and other area education professionals are invited to attend. 

The Conference is free of cost to students, and $5.00 for professionals and teachers. 3 1/2 CPDU's offered. 
Click here for registration form. 

This year's Conference will feature the following presenters:

Keynote Address - "The Extraordinary Teacher:  Because Ordinary Isn't Working"  Caitlin Watson, Principal, West Prairie Middle School, Colchester, IL

"The Horizon of EdTech in K-12 Education"  Dawn Sweet, Instructional Technology Systems Manager, College of Education and Human Services, WIU

"Challenge Based Learning"  Shawna White, West Prairie Middle School, Colchester, IL

"Digital Inquiry:  Motivate/Build Content"  Dr. Frances Steward, Literacy Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Department, WIU

"Trends in Academic Literacy Instruction:  Deep Conceptual Understanding"  Dr. Lisa Ortmann, Literacy Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Department, WIU

Door prizes, a sandwich lunch and snacks will be provided. 

For more information contact Dr. Abha Singh at (309) 298-3013 or A-Singh@wiu.edu or Marissa Werner at MM-Werner@wiu.edu .

 

2nd Annual C&I Open House to Feature 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year - Sept 10, 2015

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The 2nd Annual Curriculum & Instruction Open House will take place Thursday, September 10 from 4-6 pm in Horrabin Hall Room 1 on the Macomb Campus.  2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year Steven Elza will be the guest speaker.  Representatives from several C&I outreach centers, student organizations and academic programs will be handing out information and talking to attendees about the services our department has to offer to WIU and to the community. 

Tours of WIU's newly remodeled, hi-tech Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMM Lab) and WIU's Infant/Preschool Center will be offered after Mr. Elza speaks.

Refreshments will be provided, and parking will be free in faculty/staff lots surrounding Horrabin Hall. 

All WIU faculty, staff and students are invited, as are all area teachers, educational professionals and anyone interested in learning more about the Curriculum and Instruction Department. 

For more information:  http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=12820

 

Final "Sensory Saturday" of the Spring Semester

This Saturday, May 2, Speech and Language Pathologist Kerri Mohnsen will be in Horrabin Hall 44 from 10am-12pm, leading the last "Sensory Saturday" of the spring semester. The event will include a presentation, followed by a sensory crafting activity. Please rsvp to Brooke at bl-schafer@wiu.edu as materials may be limited.

Sensory Saturday

 

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"Western Round Up" Professional Development Conference

The WIU Student Education Association is hosting a one day conference April 18th, from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM in Horrabin Hall. It is free for all students, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be three workshop sessions focusing on a variety of topics in the education field, including a "Sensory Session" by the Council for Exceptional Children. For more information contact Robert Eaton at RG-Eaton@wiu.edu.

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 WIU Infant and Preschool Center Holds Fundraiser for Playground Equipment and Outdoor Toys

cat The WIU Infant and Preschool Center is holding a fundraiser to raise money to purchase playground equipment and outdoor toys for the Center.  Lots of interesting items are for sale, including food, desserts, candy, gift items, items for pets and jewelry.  Please consider buying your Mothers Day gifts with us! 

Fundraiser catalogs can be found around Horrabin Hall, or items can be purchased online here . For more information Contact Sherri Moon at SR-Moon@wiu.edu or view the flyer.

 

 

 

CEC TShirt Sale, NOW through April 11.

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The Council for Exceptional Children is selling shirts to help fund the organizations various activities. T-Shirts and Tank Tops are $20, Long Sleeve Tees and Crewneck Sweatshirts are $25, and Hooded Pullovers are $35. All proceeds support CEC operations and activities such as; "Stevie Speaks," "Assistive Technology Conference," and "Stuff the Bus" promotions. Get yours today and show off your CEC pride!

                                               ORDER YOUR SHIRTS HERE
 

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CEC to Host Scholastic "Buy One, Donate One" Book Fair, March 30 - April 3

cec The Council for Exceptional Children will be sponsoring their spring "Buy One, Donate One" Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 30 through April 3 in Horrabin Hall outside of Room 42.  TLC Logo This year, everyone who buys a book will be able to donate another book to either the WIU Infant/Preschool Center or to the Too Little Children Foundation serving children in Kenya, Africa who have lost their parents. 

Click here for more information on the Scholastic Book Sale.  

STARLAB Planetarium Workshop Changed to April 3 in Kellogg Science Education Center

slThe Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center STARLAB Planetarium Workshop will now take place on Friday, April 3, 2015.  It was previously scheduled for Friday, March 27.  It will run from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm in the Science Education Center in Horrabin Hall 62.  To register, please stop by Science Education Center, or contact Dr. Powers at DT-Powers@wiu.edu.

 

 

WIU Student Education Association Invites You to Chapter Meeting on Bullying on March 26

seaEducation students are encouraged to attend the next WIU Student Education Association chapter meeting on March 26, 2015.  The focus of this meeting will be bullying, and how to handle bullying as a teacher.  Snacks, drinks and raffle prizes will be provided. 

This meeting will provide a good opportunity to meet other college students in a variety of education majors, and to learn a bit more about the benefits of becoming a member of the WIU Student Education Association.

Kappa Delta Pi Membership and Scholarship Applications Due March 20, 2015

kdpsIf you are a graduate or undergraduate education major with a GPA of 3.6 or higher, you are invited to become a member the WIU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.  New members are required to attend the New Member Initiation Ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Horrabin Hall 1 on the Macomb campus.  Applications must be received by March 20, 2015. 
Click here to apply for membership.

KDP is also taking applications for the Dr. Pamela Godt KDP Scholarship.  Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled at WIU, pursuing a degree in an education major, and a current KDP member.  If you are not a KDP member but would like to apply for this scholarship, complete the membership form at the link above.  Applications must be received by March 20, 2015.   Click here to apply for the scholarship.

Please visit our website for more information on WIU's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

WIU Assistive Technology Conference Set for Friday, February 13

tieWIU's first ever Assistive Technology Conference will take place in Horrabin Hall Room 1 on the Macomb Campus on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.  This conference is being sponsored by WIU's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student organization and is being made possible by an ISBE grant to the group that will provide the training, Infinitec.

There is no charge to attend this conference. CEUs and CPDUs will be provided for all educators who attend.  Parking will be available at no charge in the faculty/staff lots surrounding Horrabin Hall. To register for this event, click here.

Following is an description of the sessions being offered:

 

8:00 am - 10:00 am  OVERVIEW OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Under IDEA 2004, there are five areas that must be considered for students with disabilities.  While most are related to a specific disability (e.g., visual impairment or behavior), only one of the five must be considered for all students, regardless of the type or severity of disability:  Assistive Technology.  This presentation will introduce participants to a range of assistive technology.  Whether it is communication, access to the computer and curriculum, writing, reading, mobility, or activities of daily living, this presentation will highlight how and when technologies become assistive technology.  We'll provide an overview of the legal requirements related to assistive technology, as well as define assistive technology device and assistive technology service.  In addition, the new Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual and technical support website will be shared.

10:15 am - 12:15 pm  AAC'S AND 1, 2, 3's: AN INTRODUCTION to AUGMENTATIVE and ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION for EDUCATORS

This session is designed for educators working with students with communication disorders who use or may benefit from the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The definitions pertaining to Augmentative and Alternative Communication will be discussed and participants will learn which students will benefit from AAC. This workshop will introduce learners to the categories of AAC, and provide examples of items within these categories. Access to communication devices will be discussed and participants will gain exposure to associated research.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  VIDEO MODELING AND iTECHNOLOGIES

The body of research is growing in support of video modeling as an effective practice to address a multitude of skills for students having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Given the built in camera and apps to capture/edit video, the iPad gives users a simple means to develop video modules. This session will discuss practical considerations in developing video modules, specific apps to edit video, and apps a student can access to view video modules.

To register for this event, click here.

Questions regarding this conference may be directed to Dr. Mary Jensen at (309) 298-1778 or MM-Jensen@wiu.edu.

Faculty and Students to Participate in "Dickens on the Square" Annual Holiday Event, December 5 & 6

Dickens on the Square Students

Students from Dr. Frances Steward's reading classes, Dr. Megan Lyons' special education classes and the Mortar Board Society met yesterday to pose for photographs for a front page story which will be featured in Macomb's local newspaper to promote this year's Dickens on the Square annual holiday event.  This year's theme with musical books is "Jingle Bells."  The event takes place on the Macomb Downtown Square on Friday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Kathy Waters of the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation was on hand to take photos of the students and faculty in the beautiful Victorian costumes that the Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Steward have kindly loaned for this event. 

Dickens Photo Shoot

dickensThirty students from Dr. Steward's Parent and Community Involvement C&I 476 and Corrective Reading RDG 433 classes have volunteered at this event. Faculty members Frances Steward and Megan Lyons will assist as well, along with students from the Mortar Board International Honor Society.  Students and faculty will dress up in the Victorian costumes to read winter and holiday stories to children and their parents. Then, they will stroll around the Square enhancing the Victorian square atmosphere, inviting parents and children to come and read stories, and taking part in two living windows with live home displays depicting Victorian times. 

d Dickens on the Square will also feature horse driven trolley rides, visits with Santa Claus, carriage rides, American Girl doll teas, a festival of trees, a children's shopping mall, and various other activities and musical entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Dickens on the Square is sponsored by the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation and Key Realtor Agency. 

Click here for more information on this year's Dickens on the Square.

 

 
Council for Exceptional Children to host Scholastic Book Fair in support of the Too Little Children foundation.

Monday, November 10 through Friday, November 14, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm in Horrabin Hall near room 42.

Book Fair

The Council for Exceptional Children will be sponsoring the Scholastic Book Fair in an effort to provide high quality books at a reasonable price. There will be an active online site available to purchase books from Scholastic that are not in our sale stock. There will also be the opportunity to purchase eBooks that can be read on an E-Reader.  

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The Scholastic Bucks profits, in the form of books, will be donated to: the WIU Preschool - AND - the Too Little Children Foundation, a small organization set up to benefit children in Kenya, Africa who have no parents but now have wonderful caretakers who are looking out for them.

 

 
Students to Read to Children at "Moon Over Macomb" Saturday, October 18

Moon Over MacombC&I Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Special Education students will read fall seasonal stories to children at the Moon Over Macomb community event taking place Saturday, October 18 on the Macomb Courthouse Square.  Approximately 200 children participated in last year's event.

Classes participating this year will include Dr. Frances Steward's C&I 476 Parental/Community Involvement class and Reading 433 Introduction to Corrective Reading classes.  C&I faculty members Megan Lyons and Monica Wright as well as Dr. Steward will be there to assist with the activities. 

Students will also help children decorate tiny gourds and pumpkins and make bookmarks while listening to music.  

This event will be in conjunction with the Macomb Farmer's Market, and will take place between 7 am and 1 pm.

Photo:  Dr. Melissa Stinnett casting spells at last year's Moon Over Macomb.

mom Click here for WIU3TV's video of last year's Moon Over Macomb 

Click here for more information about this year's Moon Over Macomb

  

 

 

 

 

 

"Stevie Speaks" Co-Founder of 3E Love, Tuesday, October 14 in the Union Grand Ballroom

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Curriculum and Instruction alumnus, retired professor and Kellogg Science Education Center namesake to serve as Grand Marshal Oct. 4, 2014

If you're a teacher seeking a role model, make sure you're present at this years WIU Homecoming Parade Saturday, October 4. Dr. Maurice G. Kellogg serves as the prototype of a life long teacher and learner.  Joining the WIU family as a freshman in 1944, Dr. Kellogg has been actively involved in the WIU community for 70 years. The Curriculum and Instruction Department is honored to have benefited so much from Dr. Kellogg's unwavering dedication to WIU and to education. 

See WIU News' press release for Dr. Kellogg's biography and contributions.

                                                                 Maurice and Alice Kellogg

                                                                       Maurice and Alice Kellogg.

 

Illinois Teacher of the Year Pamela Reilly Inspires Attendees at our First Annual Open House Sept. 4, 2014

We were honored to have Ms. Pamela Reilly, 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year, to speak at our first ever Curriculum & Instruction Department Open House.  Thank you Ms. Reilly for inspiring us with your uplifting presentation!  Approximately 100 area educators, faculty and aspiring teachers attended this very successful event.  Faculty and student representatives were on hand at informational displays dispersing information on our Department's various activities, organizations and programs. 

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COEHS Dean Dr. Erskine Smith and C&I Department Chair Dr. Anne E. Gregory welcome Ms. Reilly to WIU.