New Spots Have Just Opened Up for the Inclusion Institute!
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. Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs—and an enduring impact. A small number of limited spaces just opened up--register now!
Update: New Plenary Session with Ann and Rud Turnbull!
Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed speakers and special education scholars, have recently both had birthdays with numbers ending in zero--and their ages total 150 years. Find out what lessons they have learned, especially related to parenting their beloved son Jay, whom they describe as their best teacher on the topic of disabilities. Which lessons have withstood the test of time? What are their “truths” that have enabled them to not only survive but prevail? They subscribe to full disclosure. Be ready for humility, humor, hurt, humanism, and hugs. Maybe even for knowledge that aged to become wisdom.
The Keynote Address
Jani Kozlowski brings a unique perspective to the work of inclusion in early care and education—as an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability, and the mother of a son with a disability. In this compelling keynote address, she will share personal stories and reflections that highlight the human potential for overcoming challenges, and she will offer strategies for how to shift attitudes in early education so that we always view children with disabilities as individuals that demonstrate tremendous strength, grit, and resilience.
Jani has served in many roles across the early childhood sectors that make up inclusion. She currently the State Professional Development and Inclusion Coordinator for the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning at Zero to Three and, many years ago, she was a Pre-K teacher!
Federal Plenary Session
The intention for this interactive session is to listen, learn, and share perspectives about inclusion with an interagency panel of policy leaders representing the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, and the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care. Each panelist will provide a brief update on early childhood priorities and inclusion initiatives within their agencies. The audience will then share their challenges and valued resources in implementing high quality inclusion using a live polling feature on their mobile devices, followed by individual questions and comments to clarify the challenges so that panelists and audience members have a chance for lively discussion centered around inclusion from “grasstops to grassroots.”
Pre-Institute Workshops (separate registration required)
Special two-part workshop on Practice-Based Coaching (requires Inclusion Institute registration)
For over 15 years, the Inclusion Institute has drawn people from across the country and around the globe 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.