•  January 16, 2025
     10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •  January 30, 2025
     10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •  February 6, 2025
     10:00 am - 11:00 am

Using the Preschool Inclusion Toolbox as a Framework for Advancing Inclusion in your Program (webinars)

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs,

Description – This three-part series will encourage leadership teams to begin developing their journey to preschool inclusion. We will dive through evidence-based practices that support an inclusive model in early childhood classrooms. We will explore resources that will help program administrators implement small changes that can have a big impact. Participants will be encouraged to assess their current model for inclusion through a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis and will have time to reflect on ways leadership can support their teachers on their journey to inclusion. Presenters will connect with individual participants to provide follow-up support to inclusion through TA/ITA opportunities.

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 3 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 E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Early CHOICES

Presenter(s)

  • Alisabeth Hopper
    Alisabeth Hopper is an Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, an Inclusion initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. Alisabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and is currently finishing her master’s degree in child and adolescent development. Alisabeth received her board certification as a music therapist (MT-BC) in 2015 and practiced for four years with children of all ages and support needs to succeed in their home and education environments. The majority of Alisabeth’s time as a music therapist was spent providing support services for pre-teens and teens with high support needs at The Hope School in Springfield, Illinois. This work advocating for children from a therapeutic perspective led Alisabeth into advocacy work and the significant, lifelong impact of inclusive placements for all children.
  • Tammy Wrobbel
    Tammy Wrobbel has a Master of Science degree in Developmental Therapy from Henderson State University and Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is also a parent of young adults who are uniquely abled. She is an Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES and recently worked with Head Start/Early Head Start agencies coordinating specialized services and performing systems work. With nearly 20 years of experience as a Child Development Specialist and Developmental Therapist, Tammy Wrobbel has served children, families, and staff specializing in care for children ages birth to five. Tammy Wrobbel has specific training and education related to cognitive delays, extreme prematurity, genetic abnormalities, atypical tone, sibling involvement, family communication, pervasive developmental disorders and sensory processing disorders. She also has experience collaborating with myriad community agencies and serves on multiple committees including the Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership, Children’s Home & Aid Early Childhood Advisory Council, and the Illinois Statewide Systemic Improvement Leadership Team. Tammy Wrobbel is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, a Youth Trauma Yoga specialist, and a Family Advocate.
  • Sheila Yates
    Sheila Yates, M. Ed Early Childhood Administration, is an ECSE Family and Professional Development Specialist for STAR NET Regions I and III. She has experience teaching preschool as well as leading teams of early childhood professionals in community-based organizations. Sheila is passionate about providing resources and education to professionals and families on the impact that quality environments and relationships have on young children.
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