West Region Network Meeting: Grace Lutheran, Loves Park

Upcoming Conferences: & Professional Development Opportunities     
·         ELCA National Conference-  Feb 14 & 16, 2017 in Norfolk, VA
·         ISBE online Webinars  https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ISBE-Webinars.aspx  (for Illinois State Licensure)
·         Gateways  https://registry.ilgateways.com/   (for DCFS Licensed Centers)
·         Concordia Chicago  Early Childhood Conference   Friday, August 4, 2017  Information will be on the Concordia University website within the next few months.
Upcoming Special Event
·         Immanuel, Belvidere’s annual Literacy Fair…a great outreach event to the community
o   Thursday, February 16, 2017
o   Author Erik Litwin  (Pete the Cat books)
o   9:00 – 9:45 AM geared at preschool through grade 1
o   10:00 – 10:45 AM geared at grades 2-4
o   11:00 – 11:45  AM geared at 11:00 – 11:45 AM
o   Call Immanuel for more details and to RSVP:  Judy Schaefer
Topic for the Night:  Technology in Early Childhood Settings
Much discussion was shared regarding the
o   Value of using technology in the early childhood classroom
o   The amount of technology in early childhood classrooms
o   The developmentally appropriateness of technology in early childhood classrooms
o   The types of technology used in early childhood classrooms
o   The types and amounts of technology which young children are exposed to in their homes.
o   How technology in early childhood classrooms affect the types of other materials being used in those classrooms
Technology Materials Shared:
o   “What Are Some Of The Advantages/Disadvantages For Using Technology With Young Children”
o   “50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About”
o   Book:  Glow Kids   It talks about some of the screen addictions that our children have
Other materials discussed:
o   “Ready, Set, Go”  -  Kindergarten readiness materials developed by the early childhood faculty of Rockford Lutheran Academy .  It was developed to help preschool parents with better understanding kindergarten readiness.  Contact  Curtis Wudtke  815-226-4947 ext 278 or cwudtke@rockfordlutheran.org  for more information about this program.

Featured West Region Early Childhood Center of the Month:  Grace Lutheran, Loves Park

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