(Cancelled)Introduction to the Early Learning Scale Assessment Instrument(Cancelled)
by Mindy Ely and Sandy Ginther
Pershing Early Learning Center
August 21-22, 2014
Each day: Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2912 North University Avenue, Decatur, Illinois
Description: Participants will explore the components of the Early Learning Scale Preschool Assessment system; review the structure/components of
the ELS; discuss the domains and each of the items within the domains; understand the assessment cycle; and practice scoring. Workshop Note: Participants must have
already purchased, or will purchase the Early Learning Scale Preschool Assessment instrument (developed by NIEER) as this workshop is for those programs ready to begin
implementation of the ELS.
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.
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 memberat-
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.
Continuing Education - This training will provide 10 contact hours for the following:
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
- 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
Decatur SD 61 / Pershing Early Learning Center
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