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Maintaining Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP): From the Screen into their World

by Mindy Ely, Sandy Ginther, and Sherial McKinney
April 16, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Macomb City Hall Community Room
232 East Jackson Street, Macomb, Illinois

Description: Screens are prevalent in the world of even our youngest children. How can we, as preschool teachers and families, use these tools effectively to engage our children? Recommended Practices are in place which provide a guideline for how and when we use various devices. In this workshop we will explore Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) and suggest strategies that teachers, families and caregivers can used to evaluate their use of such devices to promote learning.

Presenter Bios: Sandy Ginther left the medical field 28 years ago when her daughter was born with Down syndrome. She became active in endeavors related to children, education, and disability. She has been employed with the state's Project CHOICES, directed an Early Intervention Program, served as an Early Intervention Statewide Trainer, and is currently a Family and Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I & III. Sandy has a B. S. in Communication from Illinois State University and graduate hours in Early Childhood from Western Illinois University, Portland State University and University of Colorado. Trained in various early childhood approaches, she brings a family's experience to the content. In addition to presenting early childhood topics, she frequently speaks on the need for an accepting society and the benefits of inclusive opportunities for all. Sandy has a long history of serving on boards, task forces, and other volunteer entities.

Sherial McKinney, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I and III. She has taught and worked in the field of early childhood education for over 35 years. Sherial has taught Early Childhood Special Education in a self-contained setting and in a blended program with students enrolled in the Pre-K at Risk program. She has also taught Kindergarten, Title I Reading and Math for grades K-8, and in a federally funded child care program. Sherial has provided staff development and training opportunities for teachers, support staff, administrators and family members at a variety of local, regional, and national conferences.

Mindy Ely is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I & III. She received her BS. Ed. from Illinois State University with an endorsement in the area of visual impairments in 1993. Mrs. Ely began her career as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired and then as a Developmental Therapist for Vision. Later she worked as the Vision Specialist with Hearing and Vision Connections where she planned and provided training and technical assistance to families and professionals on issues related to blindness. Mindy has served on the Illinois Vision Leadership Council since 2001 and the International Blind Preschool Summit Group since 2006. She was a board member-at-large and then president of the Illinois chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). She currently serves on the National AER board. In 2012 she was honored with IAER's Distinguished Service Award and the American Foundation for the Blind's Spungin Fellowship. Mindy was recognized as an Honored ISU Alumni in 2008 for her contributions to the field of Special Education. She served on the ISU Department of Special Education Board in 1998, 2009, and 2010. Considered one of Illinois' leading experts in early childhood and vision loss, Mindy has become a sought after speaker and consultant.

This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) D


Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Meeting space provided by: Macomb City Hall

Registration form for this workshop.
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