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April 2019

  • Tue 2

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Educating Students with Special Needs In Inclusive Schools

    “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Educating Students with Special Needs In Inclusive Schools Presenter: Paula Kluth Date: April 2, 2019 Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago Alsip 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803 Check-In: 8:30 AM Workshop: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting, teaching, and including young children with special needs. Come and learn why students avoid eye contact, how to use student interests to teach new concepts, and where to get helpful visual supports for the classroom. Topics addressed include inclusion of children with special needs, understanding autism from the "inside out," fascinations, supporting communication differences, creating visuals & video modeling, and more. Video clips, collaborative exercises, examples, stories of success, and classroom-tested ideas will all be featured in this workshop.

  • Thu 4

    Thursday, April 4, 2019  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Greater Expectations for Children with Disabilities

    Greater Expectations for Children with Disabilities - April 4, 2019 Location: The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning 2626 S Clearbrook Dr, Arlington Heights Nancy Kuglin This workshop focuses on "raising the bar" to promote greater expectations for students in early childhood who have multiple disabilities. Research based data, as well as practical instructional strategies that are aligned to the IELDS, will be explored. Developmentally appropriate activities and age appropriate materials will be described for setting up the environment for success. Adaptations, from low to high tech, will be identified and discussed. 8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration:

  • Fri 5

    Friday, April 5, 2019  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Navigating the Roadblocks, U-Turns & Speed Bumps of Classroom Team Relationships

    Navigating the Roadblocks, U-Turns & Speed Bumps of Classroom Team Relationships Presenter: Evelyn Green & Mary Wonderlick Date: April 5, 2019 Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Alsip 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803 Check-In: 8:30 AM About This Workshop: Workshop: 9:00AM - 3:00PM The relationships amongst classroom teaching teams [including teachers, co-teachers and teacher assistants] can make or break the quality of a classroom and children’s experiences. Building and fostering team relationships at work can be a serious challenge. After all, just like family, you generally don't get the opportunity to pick your partner! This session will focus on the importance of classroom team communication in improving and maintaining those relationships. We will examine some of the common barriers to effective teamwork and strategies for meeting those challenges in the Early Childhood classroom.

  • Sat 6

    Saturday, April 6, 2019  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    IFLC 13th Annual Family Conference: Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

    IFLC 13th Annual Family Conference: Resources and Inspiration for Adult Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Disabilities Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness Intended Audience: The Conference is for adult family members & caregivers of children (birth-21) who have developmental delays or disabilities. Service providers & educators are also welcome. Kathy Morris will present, “Help! What Do I Do With This Child Now That We Have a Diagnosis.” This seminar is designed for families of children/adolescents birth-21 years old. An overview of developmental disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cognitive Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other disabilities will be highlighted. Strategies to support the manifestations of the disabilities will be presented. In addition, an overview of the grief process parents experience will be presented to aid in understanding and to support parents during the early years and beyond the diagnosis. CHILDREN CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE CONFERENCE. REGISTRATION: There is a $15 per person (non-refundable) registration fee for family members and a $25 (non-refundable) registration fee for professionals. Breakfast and lunch are included. Checks should be payable to “Family Matters,” but mailed to Starnet I & III, WIU Horrabin Hall 32, Macomb, IL 61455 (after completing this online registration). Registration is limited. Registration will not be complete until payment is received. For information or financial assistance, please contact Deb Einhorn, Family Matters, at deinhorn@fmptic.org or Mary Smith, STARnet Regions I & III, at mk-smith@wiu.edu. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: MARCH 23, 2019 Address: 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria, Illinois, 61603, United States

  • Tue 16

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019  10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Building Your Inclusion Toolbox: Community of Practice (COP) Making Placement Decisions

    Each COP workshop webinar will feature a different chapter of the Building Your Inclusion Toolbox book, consecutively. This COP will focus on Quality, Challenges, Solutions. The COPs will provide opportunities to engage with peers from across the state, and to hear from guest speakers who have effectively put recommended practices into place in programs programs just like yours. For more information, please review our Flyer on our Community of Practice series. Registration Form *Although not all sessions are required, the COP was designed as a complete series.

  • Tue 23

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Planning for an Inclusive Classroom Using the Inclusive Classroom Profile Webinar

    Presenter(s): Ann Kremer & Emily Ropas Date(s): April 23, 2019 Location:Webinar Format Check-In: 3:30 PM Workshop: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Contact Hours: 1.5 Click Here to Register Online About This Workshop: Join us for the unique opportunity to explore the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a research-based assessment tool designed to look closely at the ways inclusive programs accommodate the learning needs of young children with disabilities. This training will explore twelve indicators of high-quality inclusion as described in the Inclusive Classroom Profile. In addition to reviewing the practices, strategies to use the ICP for self-reflection and improvement of high-quality inclusive practices will be shared. About the Presenter(s): Ann Kremer is the Project Director for Early CHOICES whose mission is to increase high quality inclusive opportunities for young children. She has been working towards inclusive education her entire career. Early CHOICES works with districts in Illinois to increase inclusive opportunities and increase the quality of inclusion. Ann has a bachelors in elementary education and masters in early childhood education. Ann is committed to this work as a professional and also as a parent of a young man with Down syndrome. Her son, now out of school, was included in general education classes from preschool through to his graduation and continues to be an active participant in his community. Emily Ropars has worked in the field of early childhood education for 20 years. Emily has a master of special education, focused on early intervention/early childhood special education. She worked as a developmental therapist and holds a type 04 with a special education endorsement. Emily has worked in all early childhood environments as a teacher, coach and administrator: lab preschool, child care, Head Start, and private schools. She currently is LRE Specialist for Early Choices. Content Level: Intermediate Level – Applying/Analyzing Topic Area: SN = Special Needs/Inclusion Gateways Content Area: E. Interactions, Relationships and Environments CDA Content Area: Social/Emotional 

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