• Day 1
     July 24, 2019
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2
     July 25, 2019
     9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Summer Camp for Early Educators: Early Childhood Revolution: Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes – They Teach

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLP’s, OT/PT’s

Wake Up! We’ve been lulled into a slumber of waiting for those in power to do the right thing for children. It’s time to take action. We know what’s in the best interest of the young children in our care. It’s time to rise up and begin a Classroom Revolution! Join us, along with our featured speaker, Jennifer Rosinia, as we explore exactly what a Revolution in Early Childhood looks like. We are the teachers. We are the caregivers. We work in the classroom, the child care setting, and in the home. We’ve been following the rules, doing things with which we disagree for too long. But, Early Childhood Education cannot exist without us! It’s the only solution – it’s a Classroom Revolution! It’s an evidence-based science revolution. By the light of the campfire’s glow, we will begin to share our vision. The Revolutions begins!

Summer Camp is an opportunity for you to invest in your personal and professional growth as you network with colleagues, attend engaging workshops and participate in fun activities in a relaxing camp-like atmosphere! Interactive sessions will include topics such as: Guardians of Play, The Classroom Revolution, Nature Exploration, A Closer Look at the Science Area, and the Superpower of Movement.

Villa Maria rooms are limited and you will be asked to share a room with another camper. Please be sure to let us know if you have a preferred roommate when you email your request for a Villa room to starnet@wiu.educreate new email. While we prefer to have you stay on site for the entire camp experience, there are also several hotels nearby including: Holiday Inn Express (217) 529-7771, Drury Inn (217) 529-3900, Hilton Garden Inn (217) 529 – 7171

Continuing Education – This training will provide 11.5 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 D (Org. ID# B40093)

Full attendance 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.
  • Anna Owen
    Anna Owen, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I & III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. She received her Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in 2013. Her previous job titles include training coordinator, parent educator and preschool teacher. In her role as an Early Childhood Resource Specialist, she provides technical assistance and training to early childhood professionals and families. She is passionate about the arts and serves as the co-chair for the Creative Expressions Art Gallery that takes place biannually at the statewide Sharing A Vision conference. She provides professional development on a variety of topics related to curriculum, assessment, lesson planning, intentional interactions and much more. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spending time with her husband and two young children.
  • Jennifer Rosinia
    Jennifer Rosinia is an Occupational Therapist and Child Development Specialist. A master clinician and a gifted teacher, Dr. Rosinia has taken a stand for the body specifically the ways in which the neurobiological systems impact relationships, development, and learning. Areas of specialization include sensory processing, the stress response system, adverse childhood experiences and the ways in which experiences in and with nature impact development. Dr. Rosinia is on faculty at the Erikson Institute. Jennifer has a growing national reputation as a powerful speaker and consultant. Dr. Rosinia brings a healthy balance of humor, passion, and expertise to all of her presentations. She is the president of Kid Links Unlimited, Incorporated a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals and kids with their optimal potential.
  • Connie Shugart
    Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator STARnet Regions I & III, has over 30 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. Her experiences include teaching and/or training of early childhood and early intervention professionals and families. She has done presentations at many regional, state and national conferences. A few of her topics include curriculum, assessment, standards, environments, child development, and play. Connie is also one of the Executive Producers and hosts of Apples Magazine training videos. Her passions include educating professionals and families on play and the impact that the early childhood environment has on teaching and learning.


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