•  March 31, 2022
     4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Children’s Book Review: Examining the Role of Characters with Disabilities (webinar)

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants

Description – You will not want to miss this intermediate webinar which will give participants the opportunity to evaluate children’s books featuring characters with disabilities. It can be hard to find high quality books, that feature characters with disabilities and do not include bias and stereotypes. Join us as we use an anti -bias and developmentally appropriate practice lens to explore children’s books featuring characters with disabilities and the messages that are being sent. Participants will leave the webinar with recommendations for book titles to include in their library. This webinar is limited to 30 people. Those 30 people will need to provide a current mailing address to receive a children’s book. Five different children’s book titles will be used in this training. During the webinar, participants with the same book will be put into groups to evaluate it using the information shared by the presenters in the beginning of the webinar.

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 1.25 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 participation is required to receive a certificate.

Presenter(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.
  • Emily Reilly
    Emily Reilly, Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I and III is a proven leader with 14 years of experience in early care and education. Emily has served in a variety of leadership roles in the field including master teacher, associate director, college instructor, trainer and IL AEYC board member. Emily presents on a variety of topics including anti-bias curriculum, project approach, inclusive practices, reflective practice, and portfolios. She is passionate about supporting adult learners in improving their practice, specifically when it comes to making sure all children and families feel a sense of belonging and community. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, trying new foods, and hanging out with her family.
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