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The Creative Curriculum for Preschool 5th Edition (Workshop + Webinar)

by Mindy Ely and Sandy Ginther
July 9-10 + August 14, 2014
Day 1 (7/9/2014): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Day 2 (7/10/2014): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Day 3 (8/14/2014): Log-in 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education/Charleston ROE #11 Boardroom
5837 Park Drive, Charleston, Illinois

Description: Participants will be introduced to The Creative Curriculum for Preschool 5th Edition. This interactive workshop will focus on how to plan and implement a successful program using developmentally appropriate practices. Please bring your own set of books. Please note: This workshop is a multi-day workshop. Participants must attend both days of the face-to-face training, fully participate in a follow-up webinar, and complete a one-hour assignment to receive a certificate.

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 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 workshop and webinar will provide 15 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) D
Full attendance for the workshop portion AND full participation in the webinar is required to receive a certificate.

Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood
Eastern Illinois Area Of Special Education
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