• Meeting 1
     August 30, 2023
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Meeting 2
     November 1, 2023
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Meeting 3
     January 24, 2024
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Meeting 4
     April 10, 2024
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Teacher Community of Practice (online)

Intended Audience – ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators

Description – This is an opportunity for new early childhood educators who work with students who receive special education services to come together and share ideas on how to support effective practices in the classroom. Some of the topics we will discuss include family engagement, setting up the environment to increase access and participation for all students, and additional topics that will be decided by the group as they come up.

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 4 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 5
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals

For CoPs only, participants may miss a meeting and still get a certificate for partial credit for the other meeting(s) they attend. However, full participation within each meeting is required.

Facilitator(s)

  • Marc Baxter
    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.
  • Bridget Meis
    Bridget Meis, M.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. During her time with STARnet, she has presented on a variety of topics including: Apps and Assistive Technology, Social/Emotional development, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Portfolios, Lesson Planning, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Science and Mathematics, STEAM and Family Engagement. Bridget has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Bridget has worked in a variety of early childhood programs with diverse groups of children from as young as six weeks old to children in fifth grade. Bridget has served children and families in private childcare programs and most recently with Head Start.
  • Cecilia Mintz
    Cecilia Mintz, B.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Cecilia has worked with a diverse population at Head Start. While working with Head Start she guided children with Project Approach. Cecilia worked at engaging families in their child’s education by encouraging their input on family goals involving their child. She collaborated with local education agencies on IEPs.
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