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Work Sampling System Illinois (Workshop + Webinar)

by Sherial McKinney
August 7-8 + November 4, 2013
Day 1 (8/7/2013): Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Day 2 (8/8/2013): Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Day 3 (11/4/2013): Log-in 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Central Time)

Bright Futures Preschool at Lincoln Education Center - Board Room
932 Harrison Street, Galesburg, Illinois

Description:Review the Illinois Early Learning Standards for ages 3-5; analyze and discuss purpose of assessment and current assessment practices in early childhood education; determine effective observation tools and strategies for early childhood classrooms; learn techniques to develop portfolios to provide documentation; examine various methods of documentation using WSS IL and the Illinois Early Learning Standards; discuss evaluation of documentation and development of methods to report to parents and administration; and participate in work groups to identify, create, and share effective and practical techniques for implementing WSS IL. This workshop is for those interested in beginning and implementing the Work Sampling System Illinois assessment system. It is recommended that participants have completed and/or are strongly familiar with the use of the Illinois Early Learning Standards and First Steps to Authentic Assessment prior to attending this workshop. Participants interested in attending the Illinois' Tool for Early Childhood Excellence/Educators (I-TEACHe) workshop, may register after completing day two of Work Sampling System Illinois.

Presenter Bios: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.

This training will provide 15 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 for the workshop portion AND full participation in the webinar is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
Meeting space provided by: Galesburg CUSD #205 and Bright Futures Preschool

Registration form for this workshop.
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