This presentation will provide an overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. As of October 1, 2016, the McKinney-Vento amendment enacted through ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act is now in effect. Main themes to be discussed will be: Identification, School Stability, School Enrollment, Support for academic success, and Child-centered, best interest decision making. Beginning the educational journey in the early years and “pushing up” through high school can provide structure and help build resilience in a homeless child’s future.
Establishing and implementing a Multi-tiered System of Support framework provides the opportunity for programs to sustain evidenced based practices that improve student and teacher outcomes. Participants will receive guidance and strategies on ways to determine how to embed Multi-tiered Systems of Support into their daily practices, curriculum and assessment to meet the whole child in early learner settings.
Presenters use the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
Framework as a springboard to discuss Strengths-based Attitudes and
Relationship-based Practices that can build and grow relationships with
families, a key to successful communication.
In this workshop participants will be given a brief history of yoga.
Specific yoga poses will be presented and participants will try them so
they will be able to use them with young children. Throughout this
process participants will discover the purpose of the pose and how it
relates to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and
children's overall development (Social, Emotional, Cognitive and
Physical). This is a very interactive workshop and participants will
spend the majority of their time learning appropriate yoga poses. There
will also be small group work, where participants will practice putting a
few yoga poses together that they can begin using with children
immediately. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and wear
The workshop will consist of lecture, demonstration, discussion and
hands-on activities to assist participants in understanding how
activities can be best integrated into early childhood settings.
Small Wins are Big Wins! Attendees will boost their skills to achieve successful outcomes as parent educators. Attendees will learn alongside their peers about best practices in engaging families, collaboration, and building impactful relationships with families and community partners. Session will be interactive. Attendees will practice applying techniques that will support their program implementation as well as ongoing communication with families.
*Attendees are strongly encourage to attend follow-up webinar on October 23, 2017.
Understand the five essential organizational supports empirically linked to improving the performance of educational settings; review definitions of the five essential supports adapted for early education settings; and identify school-wide organizational practices and systems that strengthen the five essential supports and support teachers so they can continuously improve their practice.
New to engineering? What's the connection to science? Just how do young children use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems? This engineering and science webinar will feature work and play with balls, ramps, blocks, and other materials familiar to early childhood educators. Learn how you can bring engineering and physical science into your classroom and connect the experiences to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.
Describe what the IELDS are and how using them focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for preschool children; Identify the guiding principles, purposes and recommended uses of the IELDS; Determine how the IELDS were developed and how they fit into the Birth - 12 continuum; Recognize ways that the preschool benchmarks can be incorporated in every aspect of the preschool program including the environment, e.g. daily routines, meaningful play experiences, and large and small group times; Explain strategies to effectively connect the preschool benchmarks and play-based curriculum in the preschool environment; Articulate ways to involve families in understanding the IELDS and to work in partnership with families to help their child grow, develop, and learn.
This webinar is designed for school district staff and practitioners interested in learning about early childhood expulsion and suspension, highlighting the gender and racial disparities, the current policy and legislative landscape, best practices, and how staff can implement strategies to address the problem. Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the issue, including identifying the problem, existing research and statistics, and how different systems are addressing the issue, as well as be able to identify best practices around how to address early childhood expulsion and participate in advocacy on an individual client, staff, and program level. The webinar will include case and policy examples and time for interactive discussion and questions.
Participants will be introduced to a collaborative approach to engaging families in order to jointly support student learning and healthy development. Paramount to this work is the ability to include parents in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of family engagement efforts. This training is designed to promote personal development, improve communications, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team development, and inter-group relationships so that team can work effectively in cross-cultural situation.
*It is recommended to attend ISBE Family Engagement Framework - Oct 10, 2017 before attending this webinar.
Have you ever asked yourself, "How can I individualize the curriculum? How can I use assessment information to guide planning? What are the state requirements for lesson planning?" If so, this webinar is for you! This training is an introductory statewide webinar that provides guidance specific to those teaching in Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool for All, and Preschool Expansion grant programs. This workshop will focus on the inter-relatedness of observation, assessment and curriculum in order to plan meaningful group and individual experiences for children. A step-by-step process with guiding questions will be modeled, so participants will have the tools they need to individualize lesson plans.
Recognizing and responding to the needs of students is what we do best as early childhood practitioners. Establishing a Multi-tiered System of Supports framework as best practice increases the capacity for programs to effectively recognize, respond, monitor and document the support children and teachers need to be successful in high-quality learning environments. This webinar will provide an overview and discussion of defining a Multi-tiered System of Supports framework in early learning settings.
*It is recommended to attend this webinar before attending Implementing Early Childhood Multi-tiered System of Supports Best Practices - Nov 14, 2017.
Defining what is mental health in early childhood? When to seek consultation, and how to find support.
Mathematizing is the process of understanding the math occurring within children's daily lives; The quality of materials dictates the quality of the mathematical thinking children will process; The exploration of materials builds the logical-mathematical skills required for understanding mathematics; The investigation of math concepts within real-world applications develops the understanding of the mathematical relationships found within structures and their function; Play is an opportunity to use math language and inquiry to communicate and express one's understanding of the world around us.
Understanding of the research-based benefits of incorporating mindfulness into personal life and early childhood classroom; Increased familiarity with mindfulness practices supporting adult development; Knowledge of mindfulness strategies supporting child development within early childhood classroom environments.
Parent Advisory Councils create meaningful opportunities for programs to build connection together with families. Dialogue is essential to successful family and community engagement. Learn about the power of two-way communications, collaborative decision making, and meeting facilitation.
will explore how administrators effectively embrace a concept of
high-quality early learning from age three to grade three as the
foundation for children's developmental growth.
will explore how administrators effectively ensure quality teaching,
supported by a system of standards, developmentally-appropriate
curriculum and assessments that work together to help foster children's
learning and growth.
will explore how administrators effectively provide personalized
learning environments through the use of developmentally appropriate
technology tools that support individualized and differentiated
instruction for students
This webinar will explore how administrators effectively use multiple measures to assess student progress and support student learning growth.
will explore how administrators effectively build collaborative working
environments that support the professional growth of all who work in
will explore how administrators effectively work with families,
prekindergarten programs and community organizations to build strong
Focus: The value of inclusive decision-making and collaborative routines to engage staff, create buy-in and promote a more positive working climate in programs.
Goals for the Leader Learning Exchanges: Explain the role of the instructional leader as the driver of change and the collaborative routines as the strategy to make the change that the program wants to make. Define positive working climate and organizational conditions for early childhood improvement in teaching and learning.
Focus: Building Skills for Peer Learning Communities
Goals for the Leader Learning Exchanges: Discuss the frameworks and protocols for effective early childhood peer learning communities. Engaging program instructional leaders as presenters in the training to practice and share skills for facilitation.