April 14, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Inclusion: Supporting Friendships (Webinar)
Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application
Intended Audience: ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Social Workers, SLP’s, OT/PT’s
Inclusion: Supporting Friendships is the third in a three-part intermediate series focusing on utilizing research-based practices to support high-quality inclusive programming. This webinar will focus on developing strategies and being intentional in supporting the development of friendship skills and promoting sustained peer interaction. Participants will have the opportunity to apply research-based strategies and reflect on current practices.
Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 1.5 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 participation is required to receive a certificate.
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.
Emily Ropars has worked in the field of early childhood education for 20 years. She worked as a developmental therapist and holds a type 04 with a special education endorsement. Emily’s career has spanned all early childhood settings: a Reggio Emilio inspired university lab early learning center, home visiting as a developmental therapist, early childhood special education teacher in rural Oregon, and Child Development Specialist for Head Start serving DuPage County. Emily started an inclusion program at a private school in Chicago, that is still operating and used as a model for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s inclusion initiatives. She currently is an LRE Specialist for Early Choices.
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