Early Education Webinar Part 2 - Assessing Spiritual Development of Young Children presented by Dr. Milt Uecker

May 23, 2019 2:00 pm–May 23, 2019 3:00 pm EST

Faith development and matters of the heart (dispositions) are areas where assessment is either viewed as too difficult or not possible to assess. However, like matters critical to one's mission not only is assessment of the expected outcomes an important exercise but it IS possible. After a brief introduction of some early childhood assessment principles, Dr. Milt Uecker will share information on how to set up a spiritual assessment plan and the means whereby the assessment data can be collected during early childhood. Participants consider the answer to these critical questions: What are some examples of measurable faith related outcomes? Can worldview be measured in young children? How can valid and reliable data be collected? What are the benefits of the data?

This webinar is ideal for early education leaders and teachers.

About our presenter: Dr. Milt Uecker, professor emeritus, currently serves as the director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University.  Prior to joining the faculty of CIU in 1995, Dr. Uecker served for four years as associate professor at Regent University in Virginia Beach where he directed the early childhood program.  His professional experience includes teaching within an International School in Seoul, Korea and administrating early childhood programs in both Texas and Virginia.  He received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (1969) from Concordia University, Chicago, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas (1975) and a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in early childhood from the University of Virginia (1989).

Dr. Uecker's professional interests include, early childhood instruction, activity centered mathematics, and reaching vulnerable and culturally diverse learners.  He has recently published, through Wheaton Press, the first in a series of three books on a Christ-centered approach to early childhood education.  

As an early childhood and Christian school consultant, his speaking ministry reaches both teachers and parents throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America.  He received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Christian Schools International for his forty years of advocacy and investment in early education.  


There is no cost to participate in the webinar.


ACSI members will receive .17 (one clock hour) of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for your participation in the webinar. To claim your CEUs, be sure to submit an assessment at the end of the webinar. Please allow two weeks for your certificate to be uploaded to your Virtual Professional Portfolio (VPP).

Can't attend the live webinar? No problem! We record our webinars for future trainings. Look for the recording in the Webinar Library in Community within the next month.

Questions? Contact earlyeducation@acsi.org.

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