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(Cancelled)Introduction to the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R)(Cancelled)

by Sandy Ginther and Sherial McKinney
August 5, 2014
Reg. 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lincoln Land Community College - Trutter Center
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois

Description: Participants will discuss the basic knowledge about the ECERS-R tool, a research-based evaluation tool; explore the ECERS-R conceptual framework that is used to evaluate quality and consistency in early childhood programs; learn strategies as well as be presented visuals to help view the ECERS-R as a tool for constant, continual growth in the prekindergarten classroom; and gain insights into what the Illinois State Board of Education's Monitors/Assessors will be evaluating when programs are visited.

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.

Continuing Education - 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) 7
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) C
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center
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