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Brain Development in an iPad World

by Sandy Ginther and Mindy Ely
February 7, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Hilton Garden Inn
1501 South Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois

Description:Technology can be an effective tool in the way we lead our preschoolers to explore and learn, but we can't let it become the "worksheet" of the 21st century. Brain development research shows that movement, interaction, and self-regulation are all important building blocks to future success. So, how can we use technology to ensure that children are active and involved in our classrooms? And how can we use technology to maximize the benefits for ALL children, including those with disabilities? Using the NAEYC's Joint Position Statement as a guide, stretch your mind as we imagine the future and its effects on our teaching TODAY.

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.

Mindy Ely is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I & III. To that role she brings expertise in the area of visual impairment. Mindy received her formal training through Illinois State University obtaining her Bachelor's in Special Education with a certificate in the area of visual impairments in 1993. Mrs. Ely worked as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) and then as a Developmental Therapist for Vision (DTV) in the Illinois Early Intervention System. Mindy spent ten years working through Hearing and Vision Connections where she planned and provided training and technical assistance to families and professionals on topics related to blindness. She worked in a unique leadership position to those working in the state as a DTV. In that role, she not only recruited potential providers, but also offered credentialed DTVs high-level training and networking opportunities. Mindy has been appointed to a number of additional leadership roles both at the state and national level. She 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. This year she was honored with the Illinois AER Distinguished Service Award. Mindy is an involved Illinois State University Alumni and was recognized as an Honored 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. Since 2005, Mindy has provided 12 hours of education during "Senior Week"feb to each class working to become Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Considered one of Illinois' leading experts in the area of early childhood development as it relates to vision loss, she 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, #3, #8
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) A, D, E

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

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