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Zooming in on Number Sense for Preschoolers

by Sherial McKinney and Anna Owen
February 28, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Butterworth Education Center
701 12th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

Description:Early childhood professionals and parents of children ages three to five years old will participate in hands-on mathematic activities. Participants will be involved in an in-depth study of number sense which is the foundation of all areas of mathematics. With this knowledge, we will explore a variety of hands-on activities and materials to help children develop an understanding of number sense. A portion of the day will be designated for make-it take-it activities to provide participants materials that they can use immediately in their classrooms/programs.

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.

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) A, D

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Rock Island ROE Partnering with Parents/Early Learning Quad Cities

Registration form for this workshop.
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