Early Childhood Book Study - Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs: Third Edition


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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 3/22/2021 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 3/19/2021 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Karen Russell
Agency Assistant: Kayla Kolstad 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
3/22/2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
4/19/2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
5/17/2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
6/14/2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenters: Nicole Aldworth & Karen Russell

Cost: Free

Description: The focus of this book study is supporting high quality inclusionary opportunities for all students. We will use the book Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs: Third Edition to focus our inclusion work. Teams of regular and special education staff are encouraged to attend together focusing on preschool through 1st grades. Google folders and resources will be used to organize and share resources and graduate credit/continuing education hours are available upon request.

This is a statewide offering. You will access the book study itself through the on-line format Schoology and can complete this learning at your own pace. Opportunities to connect through Zoom meetings will deepen knowledge, understanding and support your use of strategies within your own work. Once registration is complete we will be in contact with how to support you with these zoom connections throughout the state. The dates listed are a starting point and as we work to support you regionally these may/can shift based on the groups availability.

The schedule includes:

  • Monday, March 22nd Launch, Problem Solving and Schoology info
  • Monday April 19th-Section 1
  • Monday May 17th-Section 2
  • Monday June 14th-Section 3

You will need to purchase your own book on Brooks Publishing:


About the Presenters:

Karen Russell is the Early Childhood Program Support Teacher at CESA 2. She comes to this position with over 20 years of experience as a teacher working with children and families in a variety of settings as an ECSE teacher within school district programming, an Early Interventionist with Birth to Three Programming, and as a 4K and 5K teacher. Karen holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of early childhood education and special education.





Nicole Aldworth is an Early Childhood Program Support Teacher at CESA 2. She joins CESA 2 with almost 20 years of experience working with young children and their families. Nicole spent most of her career working in the Sun Prairie Area School District and Marshall Public Schools teaching Early Childhood Special Education, 4K, and 5K. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of early childhood education, special education. Providing rich and engaging early literacy opportunities for all children is a passion of hers, along with coaching and support of those working with young children.




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