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Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS)

by Mindy Ely and Sandy Ginther
January 29, 2014
Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Four Rivers Special Education
936 West Michigan Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois

Description: How will the revised standards affect me as an Early Childhood Professional? This workshop provides an introduction to the newly revised Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (3-5) and how using them focuses on developmentally appropriate practices. There will be discussion about using the revised standards in lesson planning and other connections in early childhood programs. For this training the presenters ask that you please come with access to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards either by printing them or downloading to an electronic device and bringing them with you. These documents will be used during the training. You can find the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards by following this link:http://illinoisearlylearning.org/ields/ields.pdf

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. 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 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. 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.

This training will provide 6 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 is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
Four Rivers Special Education District

Registration form for this workshop.
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