STAR NET REGION IV TRAINING CALENDAR

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STAR NET Region IV Training Calendar At-A-Glance (printable)
July 1, 2024- December 31, 2024
January 1, 2025 – June 30, 2025

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July 2024

Our Trip to Successful Toilet Training – Webinar

July 23 @ 10:00 am11:00 am
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Toilet training can sometimes be a difficult task of knowing when your child is ready, especially when your child has a disability. When and how to begin the process and what tips and tricks would be helpful to know will also be discussed. In this one-hour training, you will be introduced to some ideas and strategies that will assist all children. Resources will also be shared. We welcome you to join us on “Our Trip to Successful Toilet Training”.  This…

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October 2024

How Parents Can Speak Up for Inclusion Without Second-Guessing Themselves – Webinar

October 9 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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Ever feel like you're navigating a maze when advocating for your child's inclusion in preschool? Dive into our workshop designed for parents of 3-5-year-olds with disabilities. Discover how to turn 'special' education myths upside down, build meaningful relationships with educators, and ask the right questions that open doors. Let's replace doubts with action plans and ensure your child thrives in an inclusive learning environment. Join us and light the way to inclusion!  This training is geared toward family members of…

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Writing High Quality, Functional IEP Goals – Webinar

October 10 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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This workshop will focus on IEPs in blended preschool classroom settings. Specifically, a brief overview of IEPs will be provided before shifting the focus to writing high-quality, functional IEP goals and benchmarks (short-term objectives) that can be embedded into daily classroom activities. We will also discuss ways to connect IEP goals to the IELDS and Early Childhood Outcomes. 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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Understanding the IEP Process – Webinar

October 24 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

This workshop will focus on IEPs and the IEP process. The age focus will be IEPs for children in blended preschool classroom settings. More specifically, the information shared will include an overview of the IEP process (timeline, assessment, eligibility) and the development of goals and objectives. The connection between the Early Childhood Outcomes process and the IEP will also be discussed.  This training is geared toward family members of young children with disabilities.  Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar,…

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December 2024

Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Children with Disabilities – Webinar

December 3 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
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Children with disabilities often face challenges when it comes to self-regulation. They may tantrum, refuse to participate, disconnect by staring off, disrupt circle or nap time, or chew on toys. Join this webinar to discover how the ability to self-regulate develops and how it relates to emotional expression, behavior, and sensory issues. Most important, we explore how to help all children learn to self-regulate through positive relationships and play.  Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will receive an…

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Teach Smarter, Not Harder: Harnessing AI Tools for Dynamic Classroom Content Creation – Webinar

December 12 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Are you ready to revolutionize your teaching approach and captivate your students with innovative content? Unlock the potential of artificial intelligence to enhance your teaching materials. As technology continues to evolve, educators must adapt and integrate cutting-edge tools to engage the modern learner effectively. In this hands-on workshop, we will delve into the world of AI-powered content creation, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to transform your teaching materials into dynamic and interactive resources. We will guide you through…

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January 2025

An Overview of IDEA – Webinar

January 23, 2025 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Key Special Education Rights under the IDEA including Who is eligible, what services are possible, and IEP basics, important parent rights to have access to information, participation and a right to challenge school decisions when there is disagreement, and strategies for advocating effectively for your child. 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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Sign Language Basics: Talking with Your Hands – Webinar

January 28, 2025 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

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 yet acquired language. All participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the training. Come prepared to laugh, learn, and fall in love with the beautiful language of sign! Note: Approximately three weeks before the…

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Pushing Past Conflicts with Adults: Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations in Early Childhood – Webinar

January 30, 2025 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Advice for Navigating Challenging Conversations in Early Childhood Programs takes a positive approach by embracing differences and meeting families and colleagues where they are. Get nonjudgmental, practical advice for navigating conflict Discover strength-based, evidence-based techniques that lead to professional growth and learning in your early childhood program. Inclusion of children with disabilities requires a high level of interaction with other adults.  Having the skills for navigating difficult conversations is a necessity. Note: Approximately three weeks before the webinar, registrants will…

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March 2025

Building Self-Regulation Skills in the Home – Webinar

March 20, 2025 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

Children from birth to age 5 are learning the foundational skills of executive function: self-regulation, cognitive flexibility, and working memory. When developmental delays, disabilities, or sensory issues are present, these skills are critically essential in helping children be available for learning academics and social behaviors. Participants will learn how to create routines, use co-regulation skills, and the types of games that help build these fundamental skills.  This training is geared toward family members of young children with disabilities. Note: Approximately…

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Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Services: Roles and Responsibilities – Webinar

March 26, 2025 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm
Live Webinar IL United States + Google Map

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 process meetings, state forms, as well as vital partnerships, collaborative…

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