•  September 10, 2024
     3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  •  November 12, 2024
     3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  •  January 14, 2025
     3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  •  March 11, 2025
     3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  •  May 13, 2025
     3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Statewide Transition Community of Practice (online)

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs, Early Intervention

Description – In this community of practice, we provide a space for early childhood special education providers and early intervention professionals to share, learn, problem solve, and support one another as we work to improve the transition process and the experience for young children with disabilities and their families. This is a collaborative CoP which will include facilitators from each STAR NET region. Those who miss a meeting(s) will still be eligible to receive a certificate, after the CoP, for credit hours earned (1-5 hours).

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • EI Credit in the area of Families

For CoPs only, participants may miss a meeting and still get a certificate for partial credit for the other meeting(s) they attend. However, full participation within each meeting is required.

In collaboration with: STAR NET Region V • STAR NET Region II at The Center • STAR NET Region IV • STAR NET Region VI


  • Marlene Christ
    Marlene Christ is the Project Director for STAR NET Region VI. She has extensive experience in early childhood programs and services. Marlene has worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist, diagnostician on an Early Childhood Team; Early Intervention service provider, and supervisor of an Early Intervention program. Marlene also served as supervisor of the speech-language program and assistive technology program at Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education and as an educational consultant and trainer for Infinitec. Marlene has a B.A. in Speech, a M.H.S in Communication Disorders and has completed graduate coursework for a School Administrators Certificate.
  • Angie Darnell
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  • Michelle Evans
    Michelle Evans has a wide variety of experience working with children who have special needs. In addition to being a parent of two children with special needs, Michelle is also a Developmental Therapist for Early Intervention. She has an extensive background of working closely with families and coordinating community events. Michelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Michelle can be reached at mevans@swcccase.orgcreate new email.
  • Tareema Jean-Baptiste
    Tareema Jean-Baptiste is a Family Professional Development Resource Specialist with STAR NET Region V. As a fierce advocate for her oldest son, who has special needs, Tareema uses diligence, intelligence, and an untiring drive to make sure he receives everything under the law entitled to him. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned with others, hopefully helping them on their journey. Using her experience in real estate, event management, and her most recent experience as Neighborhood Parents Network’s Programs Manager, Tareema will continue to support and facilitate family programming for STAR NET Region V. Affectionately nicknamed "The Connector" by her friends and family, she is excited to share creative, equitable and inclusive ways for all families to connect throughout the city. Tareema and her family, including her husband and three children, live in Chicago's Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood.
  • Sheri Kraus
    Sheri Kraus is the ECSE Family Professional Development Specialist with STAR NET Region IV. Prior to working for STAR NET, Sheri was an Educational Interpreter and provided Ministry Interpreting for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Sheri received her Bachelors in Science degree in Workforce Education Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Associates in Applied Science degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Southwestern Illinois College. Sheri and her husband are parents of three young men, one which happens to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys working with families and sharing all she can with those who have children with and without disabilities.
  • Gina Musielski
    Gina Musielski is the ECSE Family Professional Development Specialist with STAR NET Region II. For more than 20 years, she has assisted families and professionals with information and resources to support young children with special needs to flourish. Gina is passionate about inclusion, and empowering families to be active participants in their child’s educational planning and learning. As a parent of a child with a developmental disability, she weaves a parent perspective and experience, as well as professional training and knowledge into all of her work. Gina serves on the Illinois Birth-5 Transition Guidance Committee, is a presenter for the Illinois statewide transition training, and regularly provides parent/guardian workshops on understanding special education services and transition from early intervention.
  • Roseann Slaght
    Roseann Slaght has worked as a Family Resource Specialist for STARnet for 23 years. Her goals are to embrace inclusive practices, and find ways to support each child in order to develop their full potential, and include parents as partners in the learning process. She is a parent of two adult men with significant disabilities. In her spare time, she is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Rose earned her degree in Child Development.
  • Sheila Yates
    Sheila Yates, M. Ed Early Childhood Administration, is an ECSE Family and Professional Development Specialist for STAR NET Regions I and III. She has experience teaching preschool as well as leading teams of early childhood professionals in community-based organizations. Sheila is passionate about providing resources and education to professionals and families on the impact that quality environments and relationships have on young children.
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