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

by Mindy Ely, Connie Shugart, and Joan Leff
November 13-14 + December 12, 2013
Day 1 (11/13/2013): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Day 2 (11/14/2013): Reg. 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Day 3 (12/12/2013): Log-in 3:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Central Time)

Rock Island Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, 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 plus a follow-up webinar to receive a certificate.

Presenter Bios:Joan Leff is currently a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with numerous years of experience with STARNET Regions I & III. Her past experiences have been in the early childhood profession, working with professionals as well as young children and their families in Early Intervention, preschool, and primary grade settings. Joan has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and has been the Executive Producer of numerous Apples Video Magazine programs (a monthly in-service training program designed specifically around early childhood issues for professionals and families). Joan also has been a mentor for the Preschool for All programs. Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

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.

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 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.

In collaboration with: Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood • Rock Island ROE Partnering with Parents/Early Learning Quad Cities

Registration form for this workshop.
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