• Day 1 (webinar)
     September 1, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2 (webinar)
     September 8, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3 (webinar)
     September 15, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4 (webinar)
     September 22, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Day 5 (webinar)
     September 29, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Children’s Books and Activities for Identity and Culturally-Relevant Pedagogy (webinars)

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members

Description – In this five-part webinar training, participants will gain knowledge on specific books for identity and culturally relevant pedagogy in the early childhood classroom or at home. Over the five weeks we will cover identity focused on names, gender, race, special needs, and overall family diversity. Participants will not only get ideas for books, but also ideas for activities to accompany the books.

Continuing Education – This webinar 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 D (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.


  • 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.
  • Anni Reinking
    Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D. is a Family Resource Specialist at STAR NET Regions I & III. She also sits on her local school board, Peoria School District 150. Prior to her current role, she was a full-time early childhood professor and early childhood classroom teacher. She specializes in early childhood education, family advocacy, and multicultural education. Additionally, Dr. Reinking has published and presented research in the areas of multicultural education, challenging behaviors, trauma informed practices, and creating positive school cultures, and more.
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