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Making Math and Science FUN and Meaningful

by Sherial McKinney, Anna Owen, and Connie Shugart
April 18, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, MidAmerica National Bank Conference Hall
2500 East Jackson Street, Macomb, Illinois

Description:Early childhood professionals and parents of children ages 3-5 years old will participate in hands-on mathematic and science activities. The first portion of this workshop will focus on incorporating math concepts such as geometry, numbers, and measurement into your daily experiences. The second portion of this workshop will explore ways to use scientific processes, skills, and concepts with young children. Ideas presented are based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and current research. The engaging activities in this workshop will make exploring math and science fun, easy, and meaningful!

Presenter Bios:Sherial McKinney is a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I & III and has taught and worked in the field of early childhood education for over 35 years. She has taught Early Childhood Special Education in a self-contained setting and in a blended program with Pre-K At Risk students as well as teaching Kindergarten and Title I Reading and Math for grades K-8. She worked in a federally funded child care program as a teacher and as the director. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty at the junior college and university levels. She has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on various topics. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator for STARNET Regions I & III, has close to 30 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. Her experiences include teaching and/or training of early childhood and early intervention professionals and families. She has done presentations at many regional, state and national conferences. A few of her topics include curriculum, assessment, standards, environments, child development, and play. Connie is also one of the Executive Producers and hosts of Apples Magazine training videos. Her passions include educating professionals and families on play and the impact that the early childhood environment has on teaching and learning.

Anna Owen is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I & III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. She began her career as a Regional Training Coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral. In that position, she coordinated and oversaw professional development opportunities for child care providers within 24 counties. Anna has also worked as a Parent Educator, providing home visits to families with children ages 0-5 years old, offering support and information about child development. In addition, she coordinated family education nights and parent/child activities for six preschool classrooms while spending time in each classroom weekly. After participating in a Graduate program through Western Illinois University, Anna received her Type 04 teaching certificate and began teaching for an Illinois state-funded preschool program in 2008. Anna has been with STARNET Regions I and III since November 2009. In her role as an Early Childhood Resource Specialist, she provides technical assistance and training to early childhood professionals and families. Throughout the years, she has served on several conference planning committees and has presented workshops on topics such as: Math, Science, Literacy, Social/Emotional Development, Conflict Resolution, Praise vs. Encouragement, Healthy Habits for Preschoolers, Transitioning Throughout the Day, Response to Intervention (RtI), Creative Curriculum and more.

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, #8
  • 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.

Registration form for this workshop.
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