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Read All About It: Using the IELDS and ECERS Guidelines to Embed Literature Throughout the Early Childhood Curriculum

by Angela Searcy and Antionette Taylor
October 3, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington, Illinois

Description: When using literature in early childhood classrooms, it is best practice to intentionally embed books and pictures across the curriculum. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to incorporate literature into activities using manipulation and fine motor materials. Join us as we explore ways to use the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and the ECERS in creative, interesting ways that are developmentally appropriate for young learners regardless of ability, disability or twice exceptionality. Please note: This workshop does not fulfill any requirements for ExceleRate II.

Presenter Bios: Angela Searcy M.S., D.T. holds a B.A. degree in English and secondary education with teacher certification though the state of Illinois and a M.S. degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in Infant Studies and a credential in developmental therapy. Angela is a Diversifying in Higher Education in Illinois Fellow at Argosy University in the Doctor of Education Program. Angela is the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services a professional development company that services all levels of education, including early intervention, early childhood, middle school and high school. Angela has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, is an approved professional development provider by the Illinois State Board of Education, and Texas ECI. She acts as an educational consultant for Lakeshore Learning, Carson CA and Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) at Vanderbilt University. Angela is also a professor at Rasmussen College, a PDI coach with the Ounce of Prevention and is the host of Angela Searcy's Simple Solutions radio show on www.globalnewsforum.com.

A former associate at the Neuropsychology Diagnostic Center in Orland Park, Illinois, Angela has specialized training in the neurosciences and is a nationally recognized speaker with extensive experience working at all levels of education. She has been featured on Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Matters, Chicago Parent and Chicago Baby Magazines and is a regular speaker for the Learning and the Brain Conference Sponsored by Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities.

Antoinette Taylor has over 15 years of experience in Special Education and Disability Services and Policy. She consults with Parents, Professionals and Policymakers on behalf of the Community of individuals with exceptional needs. Antoinette has worked with individuals with Special Needs from six months to adult in the Mild to Profound range with Autism, ADHD/ADD, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Developmental Delay, Learning Disability, Social Emotional Disturbance, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Impairment and more. She has worked with support groups, community centers and churches throughout the Chicago area since 1999. Antoinette previously worked with Title XX Day Care, Provider Connections (Early Intervention), as a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher, Autism Classroom Instructor and in the CPS Office of Specialized Schools and Services. In addition, Antoinette was the Exceptional Needs Consultant for the University of Chicago's USI/UEI Network from February 2006 – June 2010.

Continuing Education - 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) D
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Click here to register for this face-to-face workshop
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