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Making Math Meaningful and Fun with Numbers and Measurements

by Sherial McKinney and Anna Owen
September 23, 2014
Log-in 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

Description: This is an opportunity to explore number sense and measurement for young children ages 3-5 years old. Participants will be introduced to hands-on activities that will help lay the foundation for number sense and measurement. These are two focal areas in early childhood mathematics. Many ideas, strategies, and activities will be shared. Materials that are common everyday items, as well as commercial materials, will be displayed.

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.

Anna Owen, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I & III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. Her previous jobs include regional training coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral, as well as parent educator and preschool teacher for the Rock Island Regional Office of Education. 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, Art, Literacy, Social/Emotional Development, Conflict Resolution, Praise vs. Encouragement, Transitioning Throughout the Day, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and more. When she is not working she enjoys photography and spending time with her husband and two young children.

Continuing Education - This training will provide 2.5 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.

Black Hawk College Click here to register for this face-to-face workshop

Making Math Meaningful and Fun with Geometry, Algebra, and Data Analysis

by Sherial McKinney and Anna Owen
September 30, 2014
Log-in 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

Description: This is an opportunity to explore geometry, algebra, & data analysis for young children ages 3-5 years old. Participants will be introduced to hands-on activities that will build upon children’s mathematical knowledge that will strengthen these three content areas. Many ideas, strategies, and activities will be shared. Materials that are common everyday items as well as commercial materials will be displayed.

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.

Anna Owen, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I & III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. Her previous jobs include regional training coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral, as well as parent educator and preschool teacher for the Rock Island Regional Office of Education. 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, Art, Literacy, Social/Emotional Development, Conflict Resolution, Praise vs. Encouragement, Transitioning Throughout the Day, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and more. When she is not working she enjoys photography and spending time with her husband and two young children.

Continuing Education - This training will provide 2.5 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.

Black Hawk College Click here to register for this face-to-face workshop
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