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Workshop Guidelines

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Workshop Guidelines

Registration Process

STAR NET is an Early Childhood Special Education grant project and therefore priority registration is given to family members of young children with special needs and professionals working with children ages 3 – 5 with IEPs, as well as others working in ISBE sponsored projects. Priority registration is also given to persons in Region II (unless the workshop is a collaboration with another Region or training entity). All others will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

Registration is accepted by fax or mail. Telephone registration is not accepted. Please fill in all blanks and include all requested information. There is no charge for STAR NET Region II workshops unless noted.

You will receive a confirmation or wait list letter. Please read this carefully as there will be additional information you need to know.

Content Level of Workshops

The workshops are organized around three focus or content levels: Introductory, Skill-Building, and Challenge.

Introductory workshops will provide general or basic information regarding the topic. An overview of a body of knowledge may be presented. This level will provide participants who have little knowledge on the topic an opportunity to develop an awareness of, or familiarity with the content.

Skill-Building workshops will provide additional information on a topic and assist participants in using the information.

Challenge workshops will provide opportunities for advanced problem solving and analysis, synthesis, or evaluation of the material.

Most presentations will have some application and/or problem solving through examples, questions or activities. Some workshops will cross content levels.

Day of Workshop Information

Registered participants should check in one half hour before the start time indicated for the workshop. Most workshops begin at 9 am, with 8:30 am registration. A one hour lunch break is provided. Lunch is on your own unless otherwise noted.

Waitlist and Cancellations

Due to high demand, STAR NET workshops often develop wait lists. If you are registered for a workshop and find you are not able to attend, you must call the STAR NET office to cancel as soon as possible. This will allow us to accommodate those on wait lists. Registrants who consistently fail to notify us that they will not be attending workshops for which they were registered will be placed at the end of the waitlist for future workshops.

Continuing Education Opportunities

STAR NET provides a Certificate of Attendance with contact hours and other pertinent information at the completion of each workshop. This can be used to document your attendance at our professional development activities. Attendance for the entire session is necessary in order to receive a certificate. Contact hours cannot be adjusted to meet individual needs.

STAR NET is an approved provider of ISBE Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for teacher certification. All workshops are linked to the Illinois Teaching Standards.

STAR NET is an approved sponsor of continuing education for Speech/Language Pathologists, Social Workers and LCPCs, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations.

Some, but not all, STAR NET workshops will be approved for credit through the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program. You may verify approval by checking with the E.I. Training web site: or by phone at 708-444-8460 x23.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunties are available for assistance in covering the costs of attending a workshop. See Family Fellowship and Professional Development Assistance for more information.

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