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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Illinois STAR NET Statewide Webinar At-A-Glance 2020 – 2021
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Amanda Montes

Amanda Montes works in Lombard School District 44 and is an early childhood blended teacher and has been working there for 5 years. She has her Masters in Teacher Leadership and completed her master’s thesis on transitioning from early childhood to kindergarten. Her program won the Award of Excellence for Inclusion. She recently opened up a new state of the art early childhood center and received the Gold Circle of Quality in the state of Illinois receiving high scores on the ECERS.

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November 2020

I Can Do it, Too! Supporting STEM Learning for All Preschool Children – Webinar

November 4 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This webinar will include an overview of STEM learning and descriptions and examples of STEM teaching practices for preschool-aged children.  The use of STEM teaching practices will be explored through a case study.  Resources will be shared, and participants will be encouraged to make their own […]

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Deeper Dive Into the Dramatic Play Area-Webinar

November 5 @ 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 […]

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STAR NET Super Family Saturday – Virtual Conference

November 7 @ 8:30 am4:00 pm

No Credit will be given for this conference. Registrations will only be accepted by filling out the "Registration Form (PDF)" (Link is above.) That link will take you to the flier.  On page 2 of the flier, you will see the Schedule.  Click on "Register Here" next to each session that you would like to […]

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Sign Language Basics: Talking With Your Hands – Webinar

November 12 @ 10:00 am11:00 am
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge behind Sign Language of who, what, where, when, and why sign language is used. Participants will learn basic signs that will help them when working with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have not […]

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It’s Mine! Social Problem Solving-Webinar

November 18 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: During this workshop, participants will discuss social emotional development with problem solving being the main focus. Participants will learn strategies to help build conflict resolution. This workshop will also look at state requirements and research based on social emotional development. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, […]

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December 2020

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

December 3 @ 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 […]

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Children, Trauma, and the Brain-Webinar

December 3 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Registration deadline is three business days before the webinar. Description: This presentation will examine the psychological, emotional, and behavioral impact and manifestations of exposure to trauma in children.  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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

January 22, 2021 @ 9:00 amJanuary 29, 2021 @ 12:00 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 @ 4:00 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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