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Summer Camp for Early Childhood Educators: Children Who Challenge... Changing Our Perspective

by Elizabeth Frisbie, Tammy Notter, Sandy Valentine, Connie Shugart, and Carol Weisheit
July 24-25, 2013
Day 1 (7/24/2013): Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Day 2 (7/25/2013): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Villa Maria Conference and Retreat Center
1903 East Lake Shore Drive, Springfield, Illinois

Description:The STARNET Region I & III team is excited to offer another Summer Camp experience at the lovely Villa Maria Retreat & Conference Center on Lake Springfield! Come and learn about strategies that will assist you in meeting the needs of children with challenging behaviors. We are excited to have Elizabeth Frisbie as our keynote speaker. She will provide very valuable information and ideas on this topic. There are many activities and sessions planned for this two-day event.

On Tuesday, July 23th, for those staying at the Villa Maria that night, we will have some fun with Tammy Notter doing Yoga from 7-8 pm. Then on Wednesday, July 24th, Elizabeth Frisbie will do a morning keynote and in the afternoon there will be breakout sessions that will be repeated. We are pleased to have Sandy Valentine presenting on Sensory items; Connie Shugart presenting on Environments; and Carol Weisheit presenting on Conflict Resolution. These sessions will be repeated twice on the 24th and once on the 25th. Everyone will get all the great information. There are fun activities for the evening including a cookout, zumba, and much more.

On Thursday, July 25th, Elizabeth Frisbie will do another morning keynote with continuing information on challenging behaviors for young children. In the afternoon we will have the 3rd breakout session followed by the closing keynote given by Tammy Notter.

All the food will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday. When registering, please indicate if you will be joining us for the evening activities and dinner (cookout) on Wednesday, July 24th.

Villa Maria Retreat & Conference Center has a limited number of sleeping rooms available at a cost of up to $35 per night. To make reservations (on a firstcome, first-serve basis), please email Mary Smith at or call 217/602-0124. Please see for room descriptions. There are multiple hotels nearby including - Hampton Inn - 217/529-1100, Hilton Garden Inn - 217/529-7171, or Holiday Inn Express - 217/529-7771.

Presenter Bios:Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator for STARNET Regions I & III, has close to 30 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. Her experiences include teaching and/or training of early childhood and early intervention professionals and families. She has done presentations at many regional, state and national conferences. A few of her topics include curriculum, assessment, standards, environments, child development, and play. Connie is also one of the Executive Producers and hosts of Apples Magazine training videos. Her passions include educating professionals and families on play and the impact that the early childhood environment has on teaching and learning.

Sandy Valentine lives in East Peoria, IL with her husband, Stan, and youngest son, Jack, who is still at home. She also has a son, Doug, and daughter-inlaw, Chandra, who live in Missouri. Sandy has always been very active in supporting child causes because of the challenges her children presented. She actively supports St. Jude, TOUCH (The Organization for Understanding Children's Hearts), Dream Factory and various Autism groups. Sandy's favorite presentation involves "typical" children talking about their peers in school, that may be in "that class."

Carol Weisheit is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with Illinois STARNET, a federal project funded through the Illinois State Board of Education. An Early Childhood Specialist since 2002, Carol provides technical assistance and support to teachers who work with children birth to age eight, focusing primarily on children with special needs. Carol also consults with agencies and programs on a variety of topics and is a HighScope certified teacher and trainer. Carol was the former state director of Illinois CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), served on the National CASA Curriculum Advisory Committee, and was a trainer for National CASA. Carol has directed child-care programs for low-income families, coordinated and taught in an at-risk prekindergarten program, and served as a parent educator providing home visits to families at-risk. Carol also served as a NAEYC validator, visiting programs all over the United States and abroad. She has a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and a Master's degree in Child and Family Studies. In her spare time, Carol is working on a book about the perils of praise. Her husband, Ralph, is a distinguished professor at Illinois State University in the Criminal Justice Department and their son, Ryan, is a budding jazz musician in New York City.

Elizabeth Frisbie has worked with young children and their families and teachers for over 20 years as a behavior specialist, psychotherapist, educator, parent educator and naturalist. She holds masters degrees in clinical psychology and education and has completed post-graduate work in special education, play therapy, and early childhood assessment. Currently Elizabeth provides professional development training, parent education and behavioral consultation through her private practice and serves as the Parent Coordinator for the Preschool For All Program at Northwestern CUSD #2.

Tammy Notter has worked in the field of Early Childhood & School Age Care and Education for approximately 32 years. She has worked as a Lead Teacher, Trainer, Education Coordinator and an Assistant Director. Along with working in the Early Childhood Field, Tamara has a second job as a Group Fitness Instructor and has been teaching for 29 years and has been teaching a yoga hybrid class for approximately seven years.

This training will provide 12 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) E

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Registration form for this workshop.
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