•  January 30, 2025
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  February 20, 2025
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •  March 13, 2025
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Book Study: NAEYC Observation and Assessment, Volume 2 (webinars and assignments)

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators

Description – This webinar series will explore the most recent book on observation and assessment from NAEYC. We will spend time covering all three sections of the book: Purposes of Observation and Assessment; Strategies for Observing and Assessment; and Assessment Practices to Support Inclusion. We will include other resources to help with observation and assessment, such as example documentation forms, schedules for observation, and exploration of a system for taking documentation for students with IEPs. Participants will work on an action plan during each meeting to include ideas of strategies and methods they’d like to implement in their setting. Each registrant accepted into the book study will be provided with the book. The confirmation email will have detailed instructions for completing the first assignment which is due BEFORE the first meeting. The assignments, which account for a portion of the total continuing education hours, will include reading sections of the book and responding to guiding questions. They are designed to foster individual reflection and analysis of the content so that each member of the group feels ready to contribute to and benefit from productive meetings with the group.

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 6 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 7
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area C (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.


  • 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.
  • Sherial McKinney
    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.
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