November 2, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hey! Geometry IS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN – Shapes & More! (webinar)
Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness
Intended Audience – ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators
Description – Geometry is all around our children. In this session, we will explore how geometry can be introduced to young children and give them many opportunities to learn about shapes and spatial relationships. We will discuss ideas, strategies, and materials that can help children understand geometric concepts in developmentally appropriate ways. We will discuss adaptations of materials and strategies that can meet the needs of ALL children, including children with disabilities.
Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 1.5 contact hours for the following:
- Educator License Renewal
- 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 D (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )
Full participation is required to receive a certificate.
Marc Baxter, B.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STAR NET Regions I and III. He has been a preschool teacher for 14 years, working four years as a lead teacher at the St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus in Davenport, IA and then ten years as a lead teacher at the MacArthur Early Childhood Center in Macomb, Illinois. Marc has worked with a diverse population of students across many cultural, socioeconomic, and inclusive backgrounds. While in Macomb, Marc worked in a variety of committees dedicated to improving the school and district, including serving as a parent-teacher coordinator, team leader, union representative, and mentor teacher. He also worked with and instructed several students from Western Illinois University looking to complete field hours in the classroom.
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 40 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 and Preschool for All programs. 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, state, regional, and national conferences. She provides trainings on various topics such as Math, Literacy, Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, Early Learning Scale Assessment, Work Sampling System-Illinois, and several other topics.
Roseann Slaght has worked as a Family Resource Specialist for STARnet for 23 years. Her goals are to embrace inclusive practices, and find ways to support each child in order to develop their full potential, and include parents as partners in the learning process. She is a parent of two adult men with significant disabilities. In her spare time, she is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Rose earned her degree in Child Development.