STAR NET Region IV Training Calendar 2020-2021

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STAR NET Region IV Training Calendar At-A-Glance 2020 – 2021
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Upcoming Events

December 2020

Our Successful Toilet Training Journey – Webinar

December 8 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar.  No Credit will be given for this training. Description: Toilet training can sometimes be a difficult task of knowing when your child is ready, how to begin the process, and what tips and tricks would be helpful to know. In this one hour training, you will be introduced to some ideas and strategies. Resources will also be shared. We welcome you to join us on “Our Trip to Successful Toilet Training”.…

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Paraprofessionals and the Preschool Environment – Webinar

December 9 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: Paraprofessionals will spend time learning about the different areas of the Preschool Classroom and the teaching strategies they can use to lead play in a developmentally appropriate way. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions that should be viewed prior to the day of the session. Presenter(s): Stephanie Herling Webinar Log-In: 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM   Webinar…

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Deeper Dive Into the Blocks Area-Webinar

December 10 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: In this training participants will explore all the different requirements of the interest area. We will look into different curriculum suggestions, state requirements, and research around development in each area.  Participants will define what materials are needed, what interactions and strategies can be used to support growth and learning. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions…

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January 2021

Book Study: Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children’s Thinking-Webinar Series (1/6/21, 1/13/21, 1/20/21)

January 6, 2021 @ 3:30 pmJanuary 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Registration deadline is December 11, 2020 so we have time to mail the participants the book to look over before the book study begins in January.  There are only 15 spots available for this books study.  Registration priority will be given to persons in Southern Region IV who are professionals working with children ages 3, 4 or 5 with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).   Description: In this book study participants will discuss sections of the Book Big Questions for Young…

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Supporting STEM Learning for Young Children with Autism – Webinar Series (1/14/21 & 1/28/21)

January 14, 2021 @ 3:30 pmJanuary 28, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: Learn three strategies you can use to help young children with autism be more engaged and involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. The three strategies include: using visual supports to structure activities, incorporating strengths and interests of children, and considering sensory needs. Activity ideas and case examples will be shared. Participants will develop a plan for how to use these strategies in their work with young children.…

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Use of Child Portfolios in Authentic Assessment – Webinar Series (1/22/21 & 1/29/21)

January 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: During this training participants will assess and identify authentic, high quality portfolio samples. This workshop will allow participants’ hands on experiences in assembling samples that create a picture of growth or development over time; develop time-saving strategies for collecting and organizing portfolio samples; practice writing objective narratives for portfolio items; and identify how to use portfolio items to individualize instruction. Participants will also review how the IELDS and portfolio items…

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Introduction to Prompting! – Webinar

January 27, 2021 @ 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This workshop will go over the basics of what prompting is, what it looks like, what is best practice, and different types of prompts. Providing prompts within instruction and natural environment will be discussed as well. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions that should be viewed prior to the day of the session. Presenter(s):…

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February 2021

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool: Implementation for Teachers – Webinar Series (2/4/21, 2/11/21, 2/18/21, 2/25/21)

February 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pmFebruary 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This highly interactive 4 day, totaling 12-hours, training prepares teachers to implement The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, 5th or 6th edition, in their classrooms. Teachers will learn about the Creative Curriculum framework, which includes guidance on what and how children learn, the physical environment, caring and teaching, and partnering with families.  Teachers will become familiar with the 38 objectives for development and learning that inform every aspect of teaching. They will…

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Deeper Dive Into the Art Area-Webinar

February 9, 2021 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: In this training participants will explore all the different requirements of the interest area. We will look into different curriculum suggestions, state requirements, and research around development in each area.  Participants will define what materials are needed, what interactions and strategies can be used to support growth and learning. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions…

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Promoting and Protecting Mental Health in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Special Needs – Webinar

February 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: Mental health is essential for successful life outcomes. Focusing on mental health in childhood helps create mentally healthy adults with ASD. Mental health is the goal for all children with ASD to help them reach their potential, cope with the stressors of life, work productively, and contribute to family and community. The pandemic presents additional mental health stressors but also opportunities to improve the mental health of our children. Note:…

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An Introduction to the Ages & Stage-3 Questionnaires (paper version) – Webinar

February 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am11:00 am
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This introductory level training will provide an overview of the Ages and Stages-3 Questionnaires. Participants will learn the benefits of screening, scoring procedures and considerations, interpret results as well as discuss follow-up recommendations, including making referrals. Additionally, participants will consider protocols for successful implementation of a screening program. A variety  of case studies will be used to deepen understanding of the tool. Participants will need to bring their ASQ-3 User’s Guide if…

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An Introduction to the Ages & Stages Social-Emotional-2 Questionnaires (paper version) – Webinar

February 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This introductory level training will provide an overview of the Ages and Stages Social-Emotional-2. Participants will learn the benefits of screening, scoring procedures and considerations, interpret results as well as discuss follow-up recommendations, including making referrals. Additionally, participants will consider protocols for successful implementation of a screening program. A variety of case studies will be used to deepen understanding of the tool. Participants will need to bring their ASQ:SE-2 User’s Guide…

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March 2021

Promoting Mentally Healthy Communication with Your Child’s Educational Team – Webinar

March 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

This training is only for family members of children with special needs.  No Credit will be given for this training. Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: Communication between parents/care givers and educators and therapists (the educational Team) is more important than ever! This presentation will identify what parents/caregivers CAN do to share information, needs and strategies with their child’s educational Team. Participants will learn how to improve the relationship between children and school staff while promoting the…

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Real Talk: The Impact of Diversity, Privilege and Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Settings – Webinar

March 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: What does implicit bias impact in the early childhood world? Everything! Explore how implicit bias and culture is at play within ourselves and our programs and how you can re cognize and disrupt implicit biases, shift your practices and build a program climate and culture that recognizes and celebrates equity for all. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration…

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Teaching Strategies GOLD®: Introduction for Teachers – Webinar Series (3/10/21 & 3/17/21)

March 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pmMarch 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This session is an introduction to Teaching Strategies GOLD® Online, a web-based, developmentally appropriate assessment system for children birth through 3rd grade. Through video clips, small group work, and facilitator led discussions, participants will explore the structure, features, and functionality of the tool and practice using it to follow the four-step assessment cycle which links assessment and curriculum to strengthen classroom practice and improve outcomes for children. By the end…

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Family Engagement – Webinar Series (3/15/21 & 3/22/21)

March 15, 2021 @ 9:00 amMarch 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: 3/15/21-This session will define family engagement, core beliefs related to family engagement, its impact, and strategies to improve family engagement.  3/22/21-This Family engagement session is ideal for all family services staff or anyone linked to serving families in any capacity. This session will help identify the role of family service worker’s subconscious mind and how it impacts the outcomes for the families and the programs. The session will bring awareness about…

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Deeper Dive into the Manipulatives Area – Webinar

March 18, 2021 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: In this training participants will explore all the different requirements of the interest area. We will look into different curriculum suggestions, state requirements, and research around development in each area.  Participants will define what materials are needed, what interactions and strategies can be used to support growth and learning. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions…

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Our Successful Toilet Training Journey – Webinar

March 23, 2021 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar.  No Credit will be given for this training. Description: Toilet training can sometimes be a difficult task of knowing when your child is ready, how to begin the process, and what tips and tricks would be helpful to know. In this one hour training, you will be introduced to some ideas and strategies. Resources will also be shared. We welcome you to join us on “Our Trip to Successful Toilet Training”.…

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April 2021

Book Study: Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered – Webinar Series (4/7/21, 4/21/21, 5/5/21, 5/19/21)

April 7, 2021 @ 2:30 pmMay 19, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

Registration deadline is Friday, March 12, 2021 so we have time to mail the participants the book to look over before the book study begins in April.  There are only 15 spots available for this books study.  Registration priority will be given to persons in Southern Region IV who are professionals working with children ages 3, 4 or 5 with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).   Description: Participants in this book study will discuss sections of the book Lisa Murphy on…

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Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Services: Roles and Responsibilities- Webinar (Formerly the Building Bridges Training)

April 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services developed this standardized training to address the requirements of the federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) to ensure a smooth and effective transition process is in place for children and their families who will be transitioning from Early Intervention into Early Childhood Special Education. This training will cover requirements regarding timeline, role responsibilities, transition…

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Teaching in Trauma (TNT) – Webinar

April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: The world is filled with trauma. Natural disasters, abuse, human trafficking, slavery, poverty, and many other events impact the daily lives of children throughout the world. Teachers are tasked with the complex work of teaching children who are enduring trauma. This webinar will help them be up to the task. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important…

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May 2021

Deeper Dive into the Outdoor Area – Webinar

May 4, 2021 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: In this training participants will explore all the different requirements of the interest area. We will look into different curriculum suggestions, state requirements, and research around development in each area.  Participants will define what materials are needed, what interactions and strategies can be used to support growth and learning. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their registration request and important instructions…

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