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Wow, Look What We Can Do! - Child Development, Standards, and Outcomes

by Joan Leff, Anna Owen, and Rose Slaght
January 17-18, 2013
Day 1 (1/17/2013): Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Day 2 (1/18/2013): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Central Time)

Sauk Valley Community College, Room 2K2
173 IL Route 2, Dixon, Illinois

Description: This workshop will be a two-day presentation. The first day will be a review of the principles and domains of development and is intended to provide a basic introduction or review of child development, ages birth to five. The second day will expand on day one by providing opportunities for observation of children, applications to the Illinois Early Learning Standards, and the Early Childhood Outcomes. Case studies will be presented and discussed.

Presenter Bios: Joan Leff is currently a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with numerous years of experience with STARNET Regions I & III. Her past experiences have been in the early childhood profession, working with professionals as well as young children and their families in Early Intervention, preschool, and primary grade settings. Joan has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and has been the Executive Producer of numerous Apples Video Magazine programs (a monthly in-service training program designed specifically around early childhood issues for professionals and families). Joan also has been a mentor for the Preschool for All programs. Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Roseann Slaght has 32 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. She has worked as a Family Resource Specialist with STARNET for 18 years, and is a licensed massage therapist.

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 10 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, B
  • PARTIAL (4.5) EI Credit in the area of 0.5 Atypical Development, 2.0 Intervention, 2.0 Typical Development

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: 4-C Community Coordinated Child Care
Sauk Valley Community College

Registration form for this workshop.
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