The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. For 15 years, the Institute has drawn people from around the country and from foreign countries to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from and problem solve with peers.
More than an Event: Extending the Learning
This year's Institute will extend learning opportunities starting at registration. All registrants get free access to 8 online Connect Courses on Inclusion. These courses award CEUs, and several states have approved them for training.
FPG senior scientist Allison Metz will explain how to take what we know about inclusion and turn it into lasting practices and policies. Special education pioneer Ann Turnbull will facilitate a panel of families that will share their voices intermittently throughout the presentation, offering personal stories, strategies, and tips on inclusion.
Last year at a special opening day plenary session (shown here), federal officials debuted the new draft federal policy statement on inclusion and heard feedback that led to new policy. The same panel returns 2016 with a new special plenary session on emerging information on federal early childhood policies and initiatives and implications for enhancing the quality of inclusive services for children and their families. Participants can ask questions and share their perspectives.
Dozens of Concurrent Sessions
Session topics include: challenging behavior; bias, expulsion, and suspension; friendships; dual-language learners; individualizing for all children; learning in outdoor environments; supporting children with autism--and much more!
Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs—and an enduring impact.