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(Full)Building Brains through Intentional Interactions and Conversations(Full)

by Mindy Ely, Sherial McKinney, and Anna Owen
March 20, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Rock Island Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois

Description: As teachers, we desire to excite our students to explore and learn. As they engage in this active play, they are learning to problem-solve and reason. But, are your interactions fueling this fire? In this workshop you will learn strategies that you can use to help children reach further to promote higher level thinking, independence, and positive peer-to-peer relationships.

Presenter Bios: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.

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.

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 5 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) E


Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Rock Island ROE Partnering with Parents/Early Learning Quad Cities

Registration form for this workshop.
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