• Day 1 (Webinar)
     July 31, 2018
     9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Day 2 (Webinar)
     August 14, 2018
     9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Day 3 (Webinar)
     August 28, 2018
     7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Book Study: Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning (three-part webinar)

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience: Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLP’s, OT/PTs

Join us for a Book Study on Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning by Dombro, Jablon, and Stetson. This book focuses on using three steps to deepen interactions with children: being present, connecting, and extending learning. Throughout the book study, we will discuss and reflect on using intentional interactions with children and the impact that these interactions have on children’s development. Each registrant will be sent a complementary copy of the book and is expected to read the assigned chapters prior to each webinar in order to actively participate in reflection and analysis. This training includes 3.0 credit hours for reading assignments. If a registrant needs to cancel the training, the book will need to be returned to Starnet, so please register only if you feel confident that you can commit the time to reading the book and participating in the webinars. Those who complete the training may keep the book. Space is limited and the Book Study trainings fill up quickly, so please register early!

Continuing Education – This webinar will provide 7.5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093)

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.



  • Bridget Meis
    Bridget Meis, M.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. During her time with STARnet, she has presented on a variety of topics including: Apps and Assistive Technology, Social/Emotional development, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Portfolios, Lesson Planning, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Science and Mathematics, STEAM and Family Engagement. Bridget has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Bridget has worked in a variety of early childhood programs with diverse groups of children from as young as six weeks old to children in fifth grade. Bridget has served children and families in private childcare programs and most recently with Head Start.
  • Cecilia Mintz
    Cecilia Mintz, B.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Cecilia has worked with a diverse population at Head Start. While working with Head Start she guided children with Project Approach. Cecilia worked at engaging families in their child’s education by encouraging their input on family goals involving their child. She collaborated with local education agencies on IEPs.
  • Anna Owen
    Anna Owen, M.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARnet Regions I & III. Anna has been involved in the field of early childhood since 2003. She received her Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in 2013. Her previous job titles include training coordinator, parent educator and preschool teacher. In her role as an Early Childhood Resource Specialist, she provides technical assistance and training to early childhood professionals and families. She is passionate about the arts and serves as the co-chair for the Creative Expressions Art Gallery that takes place biannually at the statewide Sharing A Vision conference. She provides professional development on a variety of topics related to curriculum, assessment, lesson planning, intentional interactions and much more. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spending time with her husband and two young children.
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