December 7, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Teacher Workshop: Everyday Adaptations to Create Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Classrooms
THIS TRAINING WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 26, 2023, BUT WAS RESCHEDULED. IT IS NOW PLANNED FOR DECEMBER 7, 2023.
Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness
Intended Audience – ECSE Educators, Paraeducators, Family Educators
Description – Are you new to the early childhood classroom? Need help creating a universally designed environment? Then we have the workshop for you! Join us for a day filled with practical strategies on how to individualize for children with disabilities by providing supports that can be accessed by any child who needs them. We will discuss how these strategies can be used to reduce behavior concerns by setting the classroom up with visuals that support children in knowing what to do and expect. We will also have some make-it-take-it items that can be utilized every day and adapted to meet the individual needs of children.
Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:
- Educator License Renewal
- CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
- CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
- Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )
Full attendance 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.
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, 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.