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STAR NET Regions I&III Podcast

Illinois STAR NET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STAR NET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.In this podcast series, produced by STAR NET Regions I&III, we provide various informational episodes focused on our workshops, current topics, and other concepts focused on working with young children with special needs.

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Book Study Review: Emotionally Responsive Teaching by Travis Wright
This podcast is a review of the book study series completed in the Spring of 2024 on Emotionally Responsive Teaching by Travis Wright.  Marc Baxter and Sheila Yates review some of the key points from the book and discussions with the group.  Some of the key points include: what is "trauma" and how it might have come to mean many things, how the skills children in trauma develop might not serve them well at school, the stress response system, how traditional behavioral approaches might not work well with children in trauma and/or toxic stress, and how to implement Emotionally Responsive Teaching. Emotionally Responsive Teaching by Travis Wright
37:30 5/6/24
Visual Supports at Snack Time
Nikki Pehlke is a WIU Student and currently serves as lead teacher in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom at PH Miller in Plano, IL. In this podcast, Nikki describes the power of student choice and voice, as well as how to use visuals authentically to support accessible communication. She also discusses how relationship-building with students helps teachers understand how to best support IEP growth goals.
17:32 3/14/24
Screening, Evaluation, and Referrals. Oh, My!
In this episode, we talk with Katie Madigan from the Urbana Early Childhood School about their process for screening, evaluation, and referrals for identifying children with IEPs.  Resource - you are welcome to visit the Urbana Early Childhood School.https://uecs.usd116.org/about/
40:17 2/13/24
The Lesser Known Senses: The Proprioceptive System
Welcome to the third and final episode in this three part series on the lesser known senses!  In this episode, Kirsten Amundson and Joanna Pasheluk Schimek join us as we discuss in the proprioceptive system.  We will talk about what it is, what to look for in children, and what strategies can be used to support the development of this sense.  Resources: Chicago Pediatric Therapy and Wellness https://www.chicagopediatrictherapyandwellness.com/
23:15 11/13/23
The Lesser Known Senses: The Vestibular System
Welcome to the second episode in this three part series on the lesser known senses!  In this episode,  Kirsten Amundson and Joanna Pasheluk Schimek join us as we discuss in the vestibular system.  We will talk about what it is, what to look for in children, and what strategies can be used to support the development of this sense.  Resources: Kelly Mahler  https://www.kelly-mahler.com/Chicago Pediatric Therapy and Wellness https://www.chicagopediatrictherapyandwellness.com/
24:43 11/6/23
The Lesser Known Senses: Interoception
Welcome to the first episode in this three part series on the lesser known senses!  In this episode,  Kirsten Amundson and Joanna Pasheluk Schimek join us as we discuss in the  interoception sense.  We will talk about what it is, what to look for in children, and what strategies can be used to support the development of this sense.  Resources: Kelly Mahler  https://www.kelly-mahler.com/Chicago Pediatric Therapy and Wellness https://www.chicagopediatrictherapyandwellness.com/
21:13 10/31/23
Community Based Organizations: Hand in Hand
In this podcast, Angie Kendall shares how Hand in Hand, a Community Based Organization in Bettendorf, Iowa grew from a one week summer camp for individuals with disabilities, to offering over 15 programs for individuals with disabilities from infants through adults.  We talk about the impact this program has on the community and the different types of programs that they offer.  If you would like to learn more about what Hand and Hand offers their community, feel free to visit their website at: https://www.handinhandqc.org/If you have any questions, please email Angie Kendall at: angie@handinhandqc.org
23:45 9/21/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Episode 6: Implementing Preschool Inclusion: East Moline’s Journey Toward Inclusion
In this episode, we learn about the preschool inclusion journey from Melissa McCullough, Principal of the East Moline School District 37, Early Learning Center, Emily Ropars, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, Pam Reising Rechner, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, and Ann Kremer, Project Director of Early CHOICESResources:NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_EC_updatedKS.pdfIndicators of High Quality  https://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/indicators.aspSTEMIE https://stemie.fpg.unc.edu/STEMIE Videos https://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/videos.aspCompost Kate- Inclusion Infrastructure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8iAQTneyXI What Makes Inclusion Work https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/what-makes-inclusion-work/Understanding Inclusion Modules https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/understanding-inclusion/STAR NET: https://www.starnet.org/ Early CHOICES: https://www.eclre.org/ECTA: https://ectacenter.org/
33:28 5/29/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Episode 5: Implementing Preschool Inclusion: Plano Early Learning’s Inclusion Journey
In this episode, we continue to explore the process of achieving high quality inclusion for preschool children. Please listen as Ann Kremer, Project Director of Early CHOICES and Laurel Mateyka, Principal at PH Miller Elementary School and Plano Early Learning, discuss Plano Early Learning’s Inclusion journeyResources:NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_EC_updatedKS.pdfIndicators of High Quality  https://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/indicators.aspSTEMIE https://stemie.fpg.unc.edu/STEMIE Videos https://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/videos.aspCompost Kate- Inclusion Infrastructure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8iAQTneyXIWhat Makes Inclusion Work https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/what-makes-inclusion-work/Understanding Inclusion Modules https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/understanding-inclusion/No Small Matter: https://www.nosmallmatter.com/about-the-filmSTAR NET:https://www.starnet.org/ Early CHOICES:https://www.eclre.org/ECTA: https://ectacenter.org/
34:19 5/15/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Episode 4: Implementing Preschool Inclusion: Mannheim’s Journey
Show Notes:In this episode, we learn about Mannheim Early Childhood Centers Inclusion journey as one of Illinois’ 3 Community Inclusion Teams. We’ll hear from Ann Kremer, Project Director of Early CHOICES, Emily Ropars, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES and Shannon Cribaro, Director of Early Childhood Education for District 83 and Principal of Mannheim Early Childhood Center. Resources:NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_EC_updatedKS.pdfInformation on the Community Inclusion Teams, the data and infographics https://www.eclre.org/planning-tools/implementation-of-inclusion-project/Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, Third edition Preschool Inclusion ToolboxSTAR NET:https://www.starnet.org/ Early CHOICES:https://www.eclre.org/ECTA: https://ectacenter.org/
43:49 5/1/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Episode 3: Implementing Preschool Inclusion: Springfield’s Journey
In this episode, we have the opportunity to hear from Kevi Jackson, PreK Programs Coordinator with Springfield School District 186, Julie Schackman, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, and Ann Kremer, Project Director of Early CHOICES as we learn about Springfield’s inclusion journey as one of Illinois’ 3 Community Inclusion Teams. Resources:NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_EC_updatedKS.pdfInformation on the Community Inclusion Teams, the data and infographics https://www.eclre.org/planning-tools/implementation-of-inclusion-project/STAR NET:https://www.starnet.org/ Early CHOICES:https://www.eclre.org/ECTA: https://ectacenter.org/ 
47:58 4/17/23
DEI with Jade Johnson from Jade Inclusion
In this podcast episode, we talk with Jade Johnson from Jade Inclusion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education and some of the lifelong impacts experiences can have on individuals.  Resources:Jade InclusionEmail: jade.inclusion@gmail.com 
29:02 4/10/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Series: Episode 2 - Implementing Preschool Inclusion: Collinsville's Journey
In this episode, we have the opportunity to hear from Christine Coleman, Pre K Coordinator with the Collinsville School District, Pam Reising Rechner, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, and Ann Kremer, Project Director of Early CHOICES as they share Collinsville’s journey as one of Illinois’ 3 Community Inclusion Teams.Resources: NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement Information on the Community Inclusion Teams, the data and infographics STAR NET Early CHOICES ECTA 
30:17 4/3/23
Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom
In this episode, Abbie Loos, a preschool bilingual teacher from Urbana Early Childhood School, discusses supporting multilingual learners in the early childhood classroom.   She shares tips for looking at the whole child and strategies to include families while supporting the child's home language in the classroom environment.  Resources: WIDA Early Language Development Standards Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children in Early Learning
21:10 3/27/23
Preschool Inclusion in Illinois Series: Episode 1 - Building a System to Support Implementation of Preschool Inclusion
In this episode, you will hear from Megan Vinh, Associate Director of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and Ann Kremer, Director of Early CHOICES the Illinois inclusion initiative for birth to 5. Megan and Ann discuss Inclusion and the tools, structures and planning used to support three Illinois communities to build Community Inclusion Teams.Click on the resources below to visit the websites discussed in this episode.NAEYC & DEC Inclusion Joint Position Statement Indicators of High Quality  STEMIE STEMIE Videos Compost Kate- Inclusion Infrastructure What Makes Inclusion Work Understanding Inclusion Modules Information on the Community Inclusion Teams, the data and infographics STAR NET Early CHOICES ECTA 
34:56 3/20/23
DAP Series, Episode 16, A Conversation with Susan Friedman
In this last episode of the DAP series, Susan Friedman, Senior Director, Publishing and Content Development with NAEYC and volume editor on the 4th edition shares the driving factors for the 4th edition, key concepts threaded throughout the DAP book, and ways to engage more deeply with DAP.  Resources:DAP Position statement purpose    (image of how the 5 NAEYC foundational documents are connected and support each other)https://www.naeyc.org/resources/position-statements/dap/purposeAbout the DAP Bookhttps://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/books/dap-fourth-editionDAP Book Study Guide: https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/naeyc_dap4e_studyguide_new.pdfShare your own DAP story: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/dap_vignette
27:30 1/2/23
DAP Series, Episode 15, Guidance and Discipline
In this episode, Carol Weisheit, Regional Manager with Birth to Five Illinois and former college instructor shares her thoughts on foundational knowledge and principles for developmentally appropriate guidance techniques. Resources:Dan Siegel Hand Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFTljLo1bK8 Guidance Matters Column with Dan Gartrell: https://dangartrell.net/guidance-matters-columns/ Bruce Perry Website: https://www.bdperry.com/ Pyramid Model: https://challengingbehavior.org/ 
49:30 12/19/22
DAP Series, Episode 13, Individuality and Inclusion
Listen to this episode to hear from Talin Tokat, Inclusion Specialist with Early CHOICES, about how the DAP core consideration of individuality supports her work on inclusion in Illinois.Resources: https://www.eclre.org/ 
26:10 11/28/22
DAP SEries, Episode 14, Play in K!
 In this episode educators, Erean Mei, Margi Bhansali, and Alli Bizon share the value of play-based instruction for all children and recommendations to advocate for and advance equitable play in Kindergarten classrooms in Illinois. Episode Notes: Implementing Play-Based Learning Across Illinois Classrooms Brief https://online.fliphtml5.com/mgbmv/esmm/#p=1Resources:What You Should Look For in Your School as You Implement Play-Based LearningNext Steps for Bringing Play-Based Learning to Your DistrictA Teacher's Guide to Advocacy for Play-Based LearningGuidelines for Play in KindergartenKIDS Resource List
38:41 11/28/22
We all Need a Knapp...Reflections on a Career in Early Childhood.
Jodi Knapp, a 38 year early childhood veteran in the field spends time reflecting on her career on her last day before retiring as an Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Specialist from STAR NET Regions I and III. Resource links:-Illinois Early Learning Project - https://illinoisearlylearning.org-Early Childhood Professional Learning - https://www.eclearningil.org-STAR NET Regions I & III - www.starnet.org/home-Early CHOICES: An Inclusion Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education - https://illinoisearlylearning.org-Project Approach - Can find information on the Illinois Early Learning Project website-STEMIE: Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education - https://stemie.fpg.unc.edu
26:23 11/14/22
DAP Series, Episode 12, Context and Challenging Behavior
In this episode, Dr. Angela Searcy shares the importance of considering context when thinking about challenging behavior. Dr. Searcy also shares how the "Push Past It" Approach from her book can be helpful for educators and professionals as a tool to be intentional when addressing challenging behaviors.Resources: Dr. Angela Searcy Author Page: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/our-authors/author-detail/angela-searcy-edd Workshop Downloadables: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/our-authors/author-detail/angela-searcy-edd 
35:02 10/24/22
Early Childhood Professional Development Projects in Illinois
 In this episode, you will hear from Kristy Doan, Early Childhood Principal Consultant, about the vision of the Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood Department and several other leaders of professional development organizations in Illinois, including Early Childhood Professional Learning, Early CHOICES and STAR NET.ISBE Professional Development Calendar: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/PD-Calendar.aspxUnderstanding Inclusion Modules: https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/understanding-inclusion/ What Makes Inclusion Work: https://www.eclre.org/good-to-know/what-makes-inclusion-work/ STAR NET: https://www.starnet.org/  ECPL home page. Look for the blue button to join our email list: https://www.eclearningil.org/ ECPL YouTube page for recorded sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbUMj08EmMNj8RJxfeOpOg Preschool English learners page: https://www.eclearningil.org/about-us/preschool-english-learners Collaborative DAP Series: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u2HPJ77Rcvv9M4NOJGZRy7xUF8cnAzTP/view 
36:43 10/11/22
DAP Series, episode 11, The Language of Microaggressions
NAEYC advocates for educators to use strengths-based inclusive language to affirm all children and families they work with and identifies deficit language as a microaggression. In this episode, Dr. Anni Reinking, founder of Reinking Education Consulting, author, and researcher shares her knowledge on microaggressions and ways early childhood professionals can become conscious of implicit bias, so they can support the individuality and social and cultural context of all children and families in their classrooms and communities. Resources:Reinking Education Consulting: https://www.akreinking.com/ Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org/ We Need Diverse Books: https://diversebooks.org/ Here Wee Read: https://hereweeread.com/ 
25:36 9/26/22
Math in Early Childhood
In this podcast episode, Sherial McKinney discusses the importance of mathematics in early childhood education.  She focuses on the importance of the adult's attitude when engaging in mathematical activities and reminds us to be aware of the attitude we portray when introducing math concepts.DREME - Development and Research in Early Math EducationDREAM - Math Center ActivitiesDREAME - "Help Children Build Positive Math Attitudes"DREAM - "Parents, Fear Math No More!"DREAME - Family Math Activity - Reading TogetherFind and Talk about Math in Picture Books Storybook Guide Based on Crash! Boom! A Math TaleAll About Counting All About Positive Math Attitudes Everyone Can Be a Math Person Additional Math Resources 
34:32 9/12/22
DAP Series, episode 10, Shifting Language from Special Needs to Disability with Dr. Emily Dorsey
In this episode, Emily Reilly talks with Dr. Emily Dorsey with the Illinois Early Learning Project (IEL) to explore one aspect of the DAP core consideration of context, specifically rethinking the use of the term special needs. Dr. Dorsey shares some of the factors that prompted IEL to shift the title of one of their blog posts from "Children with Special Needs" to "Children with Disabilities and Developmental Delays." Check out the episode notes to read IEL's blog post, "Rolling with the Times: Updating Our Language" and for additional resources. Resources: Rolling with the Times: Updating our Language: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/blogs/disabilities/updating-language/ IEL Website: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/ Pick a Book, Any Book: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9tESLGlUcj80gOzKNDupEap7xbtzqgv/view?usp=sharing   
26:14 8/22/22
DAP Series, Episode 9, Equitable Play Spaces to Support Multilingual Learners with Disabilities
In this episode, Dr. Lindsay Meeker, Director of the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Faculty member at Western Illinois University shares the benefits of and her experience with inquiry based learning as a way to support equitable play spaces for children. Stay connected and up to date on the topic on Lindsay's twitter account: @linsmeekerResource:NAEYC Advancing Equity Position Statement: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/position-statements/equity 
27:25 8/8/22
DAP Series, Episode 8, No More Worksheets for Math, DAP Ways to Support Math Learning in Early Childhood with Sherial McKinney
In this episode, Sherial McKinney, retired early childhood educator and current Resource Specialist with STAR NET Regions I and III, shares her knowledge about ways to make math learning fun and meaningful in the early childhood years. Listening to this episode will prompt educators and families to get creative in using natural opportunities and available resources to support math learning. Session Notes:Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-K, Part 1 (APPLES Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mKAdg2Oq_I&t=172s Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-k, Part 2 (APPLES Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuuXWaSdl3s DREME, Development and Research in Early Math Education: https://dreme.stanford.edu/projects/early-math-resources-teacher-educators Early Math Collaborative Idea Library: https://earlymath.erikson.edu/idea/ Register for Day Camp, June 10, 2022: https://starnet.org/home/events/day-camp-mathematical-concepts/ 
33:44 5/3/22
Grief and Loss in Young Children
Young children experience grief and loss in a variety of ways. In this episode of the STAR NET Regions I and III podcast, Emily Reilly chats with Elizabeth Frisbie, an early childhood mental health consultant in Illinois, about grief and loss from a developmental perspective and how adults, both professionals and family members, can talk to children and support them through the grief process. Session Notes (Resources):Illinois Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/Illinois-Infant-Early-Childhood-Mental-Health-Consultation.aspxWhen Someone Your Child Loves Dies (Fred Rogers Centers): https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/exceladocument.pdf Grief Resource List compiled by Elizabeth Frisbie https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fPZGlLCtTwXvr2dojTy2AjC4NnCcsbQH/view?usp=sharing 
29:35 4/21/22
DAP Series, Episode 7, DAP and Math Content Learning with Dr. Sallee Beneke
In this episode of the DAP series, Emily Reilly talks with Dr. Sallee Beneke about how to support math content learning with preschool children in developmentally appropriate ways. Dr. Benekee also explains from a developmental perspective why the use of calendar time is not an engaging strategy for teaching math concepts in the preschool years. Episode Resources:Article, co-authored by Sallee Beneke: Calendar Time for Young Children: Good Intentions Gone Awry, https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/pubs/calendartime.pdf Video, Rearview Mirror, Dr. Sallee Beneke reflects on learning with the use of project approach: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pa/project-resources/rearview-mirror/ Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories: Early Math Birth to 3rd grade: https://www.learningtrajectories.org/ Erikson Institute Early Collaborative: https://earlymath.erikson.edu/ 
40:44 4/1/22
I Wonder...Sensory Stimuli
In this podcast, join us as we explore some of the different stimuli in our environments that can have an impact on how young children experience our world.For more information about sensory considerations, register for our TED-Ed lesson on Understanding Sensory Processing.  Click this link to register: https://starnet.org/home/events/sensory-processing-ted-ed/
11:56 3/25/22