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STAR NET Regions I&III Podcast

Illinois STAR NET Regions I&III

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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DAP Series, Episode 8, No More Worksheets for Math, DAP Ways to Support Math Learning in Early Childhood with Sherial McKinney
May 3 2022
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):  Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-k, Part 2 (APPLES Video):  DREME, Development and Research in Early Math Education:  Early Math Collaborative Idea Library:  Register for Day Camp, June 10, 2022:
DAP Series, Episode 8, No More Worksheets for Math, DAP Ways to Support Math Learning in Early Childhood with Sherial McKinney
May 3 2022
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):  Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-k, Part 2 (APPLES Video):  DREME, Development and Research in Early Math Education:  Early Math Collaborative Idea Library:  Register for Day Camp, June 10, 2022:
Grief and Loss in Young Children
Apr 21 2022
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: Someone Your Child Loves Dies (Fred Rogers Centers):  Grief Resource List compiled by Elizabeth Frisbie
DAP Series, Episode 7, DAP and Math Content Learning with Dr. Sallee Beneke
Apr 1 2022
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,  Video, Rearview Mirror, Dr. Sallee Beneke reflects on learning with the use of project approach:  Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories: Early Math Birth to 3rd grade:  Erikson Institute Early Collaborative:
I Wonder...Sensory Stimuli
Mar 25 2022
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:
DAP Series, Episode 6, Perspectives on DAP with Angelica Taylor
Mar 15 2022
DAP Series, Episode 6, Perspectives on DAP with Angelica Taylor
Description: In this episode of the DAP series, Emily Reilly interviews Angelica Taylor, Doctoral Student at University of Illinois, about her perspectives and experience with using DAP in her work. Episode notes: DAP Position Statement:
A Discussion on Play
Jan 31 2022
A Discussion on Play
In this episode, we talk with Beth Ladd from the Urbana Early Childhood School on her experiences with play in early childhood.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice Series, Episode 5: DAP and Related Service Providers
Jan 24 2022
Developmentally Appropriate Practice Series, Episode 5: DAP and Related Service Providers
In this episode of the DAP series, Emily Reilly interviews Becky Handler, Early Childhood Resource Specialist and SLP, for her perspective on how DAP can support the work of related service providers.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #4
Jan 3 2022
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #4
In this episode of the Developmentally Appropriate Practice series, Emily Reilly interviews Dr. Antoinette Taylor.
Adult Anti-Bias Education #5 of 5
Dec 27 2021
Adult Anti-Bias Education #5 of 5
This is the final episode of the Adult Anti-Bias Education discussion with Evelyn Green, Emily Ropars, and Anni Reinking. Further Resource:
Adult Anti-Bias Education #4 of 5
Dec 20 2021
Adult Anti-Bias Education #4 of 5
In this 4th episode in the ABE Adult Learning Principles series, listen to Anni, Evelyn, and Emily discuss the third ABE Adult Learning Principles.
Adult Anti-Bias Education #3 of 5
Nov 29 2021
Adult Anti-Bias Education #3 of 5
In this 3rd episode in the ABE Adult Learning Princples series, listen to Anni, Evelyn, and Emily discuss the third ABE Adult Learning Principles. Resource: Adultification (
Adult Anti-Bias Education #2 of 5
Nov 22 2021
Adult Anti-Bias Education #2 of 5
In this episode Anni, Evelyn, and Emily continue the conversation on ABE Adult Learning Goals, specifically #2. Trigger warning. www.starnet.org
Music in Early Childhood with Jim Gill
Nov 15 2021
Music in Early Childhood with Jim Gill
In this episode listen to Emily Reilly interview Jim Gill (
Adult Anti-Bias Education Principles Series #1 of 5
Nov 8 2021
Adult Anti-Bias Education Principles Series #1 of 5
In this first episode, listen to Evelyn Green, Emily Ropars, and Anni Reinking talk through the Adult ABE learning principles. This one focuses on the first one: to increase your awareness and understanding of your own social identity in its many facets and your own cultural context, both childhood and current. Before listening to this series, and possibly discussing with your co-workers, make sure to watch our Apples video with Nadia Jaboneta:  Social Identity Wheel for reflection:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #3
Nov 2 2021
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #3
Developmentally Appropriate Practice 101 (Q&A) Appropriate Practice (Tool Kit) Appropriate Practice for Educators (Resource List) Podcast:  www.starnet.org
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #2
Oct 25 2021
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #2
"DAP Series, Episode 2, Interview with Laurel Copleland, Early Childhood Educator"Make sure to checkout our website at www.starnet.org
High Quality Inclusion in Early Childhood
Oct 4 2021
High Quality Inclusion in Early Childhood
Talin Tokat and Emily Ropars with Early CHOICES share their favorite inclusion resources and to plug services Early CHOICES provides.  Their next session on High Quality Inclusion on January 7, 2022. Early CHOICES website: Kit: Inclusion Modules:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #1
Sep 13 2021
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Series #1
NAEYC DAP home page: Early Learning Project DAP page: Professional Development Training Calendar:
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Sep 6 2021
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
In this podcast, we talk with Lynette Strode from the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP).  Lynette shares the different programs that IATP offers including pre-k through 12th grade evaluations of assistive technology, and senior evaluations of assistive technology in order to help get the right assistive technology into the hands of those who need it.  Lynette walks us through the demonstration center and all of the different areas that are set up.
Topic 5: Avoid Communication Blocks and Actively Communicate
Aug 2 2021
Topic 5: Avoid Communication Blocks and Actively Communicate
This is continuing our series on Active Parenting. Enjoy. www.starnet.org