Illinois STARnet Northwest Region I & Central Region III STARNET Northwest Region I and Central Region III  
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education  
Western Illinois University, Horrabin Hall 32  
1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455  
(800) 227-7537 / (309) 298-1634  
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STARNET Regions I & III Webinars

After reading the following overview and guidelines, you can go to the webinar listing page to view available webinars and register. 

Webinar Overview
To participate in a STARNET webinar, you simply need a computer with speakers (built in or external) to be able to hear the presentation and you need a keyboard and mouse/trackpad to be able to participate via the chat box and icons. It is NOT necessary to have a microphone, webcam, or telephone. At this time, mobile devices such as iPads and phones, cannot be used to participate in our webinars. The webinars are very interactive and participation is expected. Because of this, the webinars are not recorded for viewing at a later time.

Webinar Fees
All webinars offered through STARNET are free of charge.

Registrating Online
Please submit one registration per person. An email address is required to register for a webinar; multiple registrations with the same email address (for example an administrator's email address) cannot be accepted. Because all of the correspondence regarding the webinar is sent by email, please use a reliable email that you check often. For many, this is a personal email address, but reliable work emails are also used. We can include two emails, if desired (all emails would go to both emails). Please add starnet@wiu.edu to your address book to prevent our emails from going to your spam/junk folder (especially for Yahoo accounts).

Acceptance and Notification - Three Weeks Prior
Please do not assume automatic acceptance. Because STARNET is an Early Childhood grant project, priority is given to family members of and professionals working with children age 3-5. Priority is also given to persons in Regions I & III (unless the webinar is a collaboration with another agency). For certain training initiatives, priority may be given to people working in a specific target audience (position and/or program type). Otherwise, registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Three weeks prior to the webinar, the final list will be determined and you should receive either a confirmation email (with instructions and login information) or a waiting list notice. If you do not get an email at this time, please check your email's spam/junk folder. If an email is still not found, please call (800) 227-7537 ext. 247 as soon as possible to learn the status of your registration. You may want to add starnet@wiu.edu to your email program's address book, to prevent our emails from being moved to your spam folder (this has especially been a problem with Yahoo accounts). Those on the waiting list for a webinar will be sent a confirmation email if a space becomes available. Most of the participant cancellations for webinars come in the days immediately prior or the same day as the webinar. We continue to try to fill spaces with people from the waiting list right up until the webinar, so don't be surprised if you get a last-minute confirmation after being on the waiting list.

Cancellation - by You or Us
If you need to cancel your registration, please email starnet@wiu.edu or reply to your confirmation or waiting list notice. You may cancel your registration at any time, but try to provide at least 24 hours notice so that we may notify those on the waiting list of the opportunity to participate. Registrants who neglect to cancel will be given a lower priority for acceptance to future trainings. If we need to cancel a webinar due to low enrollment or other reasons, you will be notified by email.

Continuing Education
A list of which types of credit are available for a specific webinar will be listed on it's description page.

STARNET is authorized by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to provide...

  • Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for teachers and others requiring CPDUs;
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credit; and
  • CE for Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists, Registered Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. (ex: 5 contact hours = 5 CE).

Early Intervention Credit - STARNET is an early childhood grant, focusing primarily on the 3-5 age group. On rare occasions, however, a training may be applicable for the birth-three age and be approved for Early Intervention credit in full or in part. If so, this would be listed on the description page for the webinar.

Evaluation and Certificate Procedure 
During the webinar, your participation (consistently responding to questions and directions and using the chat window throughout the webinar) will be monitored. After the webinar, each person who fully participated will receive an email with his or her customized link to the evaluation. The customized links are used to generate certificates for those completing the evaluation while ensuring confidentiality of responses. In order to receive a certificate, you will need to use your own link and complete the evaluation within one week. At that time, the evaluation will be closed and those who completed it will be sent a personalized certificate by email. The evaluation cannot be reopened for individuals once it is closed, so please complete it within one week if you would like a certificate.

Gateways to Opportunity Registry 
Gateways to Opportunity, the Illinois Professional Development System, has asked us to send them a list after each approved training with the attendees who are Gateways members. That way the training can be added to the member's record. If you provide us with your Gateways Member ID when registering, we will add it to your record in our database and information about Registry-approved Starnet Region I & III trainings you attend and evaluate will automatically be sent to Gateways within 10 days of the event. If you aren't aware of Gateways to Opportunity, you can learn more at http://www.ilgateways.com. It's a way to track your training and education online.

Illinois Teaching & Learning Standards

All of the trainings offered by STARNET are applicable to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standard on Instructional Delivery, "The teacher understands how individuals grow, develop, and learn and provides learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students." Unless otherwise indicated, STARNET trainings are applicable to all of the Illinois Early Learning Standards. You can find the Illinois Early Learning Standards at www.illinoisearlylearning.org/standards.

Visit the webinar listing page to register for a webinar.

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