Building Mathematical Connections and Relationships that Promote School Readiness

Young children transitioning to Kindergarten will have to understand the relationships between multiple mathematical concepts in order to solve operations, fractions, equations, and other problems. This means that preschool children have to be provided with learning experiences that go beyond math activities in isolation. They need to experience play, project and problem-based learning experiences that provide the platforms children need to engage with multiple math concepts. This webinar will present some strategies to support teachers as they plan for incorporating powerful math experiences that help build children’s mathematical connections and relationships within the classroom.

Topic: STEAM

Pre-requisite: Participants must have attended Welcome to STEAM: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
and Understanding the Mathematics Found in Exploration, Investigation and Play.

Building Meaningful Strategies for Family Engagement

Participants will be introduced to a collaborative approach to engaging families in order to jointly support student learning and healthy development.   Paramount to this work is the ability to include parents in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of family engagement efforts.  This training is designed to promote personal development, improve communications, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, team development, and inter-group relationships so that team can work effectively in cross-cultural situation.

Pre-requisite: Participants must have attended ISBE Family Engagement Framework before attending this webinar.

Continuing the Conversation, More Than an MOU Building an Effective Pipeline for Children with High Needs

You asked for it and we listened.  You're invited to a follow-up webinar to the More Than an MOU Workshop with Leah Pouw. This webinar will start with a brief overview of what was discussed, then program success and challenges, and Q&A provided by you as you register for this event.  As time allows some F18 planning can be part of this conversation.

Creating a Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Dual Language Learners

Participants will:

  • Introduce collaborative principles for participants to practice in their school-based teams with their colleagues
  • Demonstrate and practice the solution-seeking process for multi-perspective teams considering DLLs performance from both an DLL perspective as well as special education perspective
  • Review of current research and resources to support participants in maximizing the use of students' home languages (even in multilingual settings) in instruction, intervention and assessment
  • Interactively practice crafting interventions for DLLs
  • Demonstrate use of the solution-seeking process as a diagnostic tool, incorporated into a culturally and linguistically responsive MTSS approach and to develop, implement and document instruction and interventions to present at case studies


Danielson Student Learning Objectives

A research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment system work together to strengthen classroom practice and promote positive outcomes for all young learners. This training will review state requirements for Student Learning Objectives and examine the purpose and intent of various assessment tools for preschool aged children. Examine the new Early Childhood Attributes created specifically for the Danielson's Teacher Evaluation tool to assist administrators with evaluating Early Childhood Special Education and Blended Preschool Teachers. Participants will connect authentic assessment practices and formative assessment to appropriately monitor preschool student's growth. This information will assist administrators to formulate developmentally appropriate Student Learning Objectives.

Pre-requisite: Participants must have attended Maximizing Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching for Evaluating Early Childhood Teachers and Accelerating Teaching Practice.

Defining Early Childhood a Multi-tiered Systems of Support Framework

Recognizing and responding to the needs of students is what we do best as early childhood practitioners. Establishing a Multi-tiered System of Support framework as best practice increases the capacity for programs to effectively recognize, respond, monitor and document the support children and teachers need to be successful in high-quality learning environments. This webinar will provide an overview and discussion of defining a Multi-tiered System of Support framework in early learning settings. 

*It is recommended to attend Implementing Early Childhood Multi-tiered Systems of Support Best Practices after attending this webinar.

Developing and Using Child Portfolios in Preschool Settings
Participants will: Understand the role of portfolios in authentic assessment; Define the characteristics of authentic, high quality portfolio samples that show growth over time; Review the relationship between IELDS and portfolio items; Use information from interpretation of portfolio items to create lesson plans,individualize instruction, and address program initiatives; Recognize ways to involve the family in the process of observing and learning about their child’s progress and development
Developmentally Appropriate Lesson Planning - The Teacher as Decision-Maker

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I individualize the curriculum? How can I use assessment information to guide planning? What are the state requirements for lesson planning?” If so, this webinar is for you! This training is an introductory statewide webinar that provides guidance specific to those teaching in Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool for All, and Preschool Expansion grant programs. This workshop will focus on the inter-relatedness of observation, assessment and curriculum in order to plan meaningful group and individual experiences for children. A step-by-step process with guiding questions will be modeled, so participants will have the tools they need to individualize lesson plans.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Description will be forthcoming.

Early Learning Scale (ELS) Assessment

Participants will: Explore the components of the Early Learning Scale Preschool Assessment system; Review the structure/components of the ELS; Discuss the domains and each of the items within the domains; Understand the assessment cycle; and practice scoring
Prerequisite: Participants must have already attended a research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum workshop (e.g., Creative Curriculum for Preschool or HighScope).
Workshop Note: Participants must have already purchased the online component of the ELS instrument or will purchase their ELS instrument as this workshop is for those programs ready to begin implementation of the ELS.