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Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS)

by Sandy Ginther and Sherial McKinney
June 5, 2014
Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Early Childhood and Family Center
401 South 8th Street, Quincy, Illinois

Description: How will the new 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 they connect with the Common Core Standards in Kindergarten. There will be discussion about using these new 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 it or saving it to an electronic device and bringing it with you. These documents will be used during the training. You can find the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards by following this link.

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.

Sherial McKinney, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I and III. She has taught and worked in the field of early childhood education for over 35 years. Sherial has taught Early Childhood Special Education in a self-contained setting and in a blended program with students enrolled in the Pre-K at Risk program. She has also taught Kindergarten, Title I Reading and Math for grades K-8, and in a federally funded child care program. Sherial has provided staff development and training opportunities for teachers, support staff, administrators and family members at a variety of local, regional, and national conferences.

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.

Registration form for this workshop.
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