Preschool Development Grants and Inclusion: Data, Progress and Challenges

Conference Year: 

2017

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Low rates of inclusion for children with disabilities in early childhood programs persists as a national concern. Federal initiatives such as the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Program require that States make and report progress in serving preschoolers with disabilities. This session will share data on inclusion in the PDG programs as well as the progress and lessons learned in supporting state and local efforts in developing quality systems of inclusive services. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss these strategies and how they can might be used in their States and localities.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
7

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2

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Implementation of Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services

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2017

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The session will include an overview of a roll-out of an Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model (IECSE).  The session will include an overview of the itinerant model, the rationale for introducing the model in Rhode Island, initial steps of implementation, scaling up, RI’s current IECSE model (which includes both direct instruction and consultation with the general education teacher) and the infrastructure of supports for practitioners.  Time will be provided for participants to consider the benefits and challenges of implementing an itinerant model within their state or district as well as an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
3
5
7

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2

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Tales from the Field: Making Sense of Teaching Dual Language Learners

Conference Year: 

2017

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This highly interactive session builds off of the authentic experiences of its participants. The presenter will introduce a series of relevant and contemporary issues related to teaching dual language learners, briefly explaining the related language acquisition and development theories. Participants will then have an opportunity to share observations and insights from their own classrooms while we collectively explore solutions to perceived obstacles. Each segment will conclude with practical tips and strategies that participants can adapt for use in their daily practice.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

4

Target Audience: 

2
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

5

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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A Strength-based Approach: Seeing Children as “At Potential”

Conference Year: 

2017

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Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!

Type: 

1

Room: 

9

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
4
5
6
7
8

Repeat from last year?: 

2

What Rocks Your Boat? One Practitioner’s Favorite Strategies for Engaging and Teaching Young Children with Disabilities

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2017

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This presentation is designed to show how finding the answer to the question “What Rocks Your Boat?” can be a key to success for young children with disabilities in the early childhood classroom.  Evidence about the role of child preference in learning will be presented.  Participants will learn easy to use child and classroom assessment tools to individualize teaching in the context of the well-engineered classroom.  Presentation of basic prompting strategies to sustain high levels of success will provide further daily use strategies for teaching children in the midst of the busy daily activities and routines of the early childhood classroom.  Discussion and small group breakout sessions will be used to provide participants opportunities to share their own favorite strategies.  And in recognition of the daily challenges involved in running the early childhood inclusive classroom, participants will also be asked to share their greatest challenges.   Strategies and challenges will be compiled and posted on the Institute website to grow the implementation toolboxes for the practitioner and the policy maker.   

Type: 

1

Room: 

9

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
3
5
6

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2

Handouts: 

Teaching Self-Regulation Skills to Promote Adaptability and Resilience in Young Children

Conference Year: 

2017

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Self-regulation has become recognized as a key area of early child development that prepares children for success in school and beyond.  Yet, specific skills and strategies for promoting self-regulation development within early childhood settings may not be clear.  This session will describe key self-regulation skills that can be taught to young children systematically and intentionally without any specific curriculum, including children with social-emotional challenges and developmental delays.  A variety of instructional methods including use of puppets, small group activities, and role plays will be demonstrated in the session through video and modeling.  Interactive discussion will encourage brainstorming about how to build this component of instruction and coaching into the classroom.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

4

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

5
6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

The Right Stuff: Resources to Support the Full Participation of Each Young Child

Conference Year: 

2017

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Come discover rich resources that can help professionals and families to support the successful participation of each young child. We'll explore high quality, no-cost resources that align with the DEC Recommended Practices and include activities, evidence-sources, videos, websites, listservs, and landing pads.  Handouts will include diverse examples that can be helpful in many settings and applications. This session will feature an engaging combination of presentation and demonstrations of media and websites.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
4
5
6
7
8

Repeat from last year?: 

1

Finding and Accessing High-Quality Inclusive Childcare: Voices from Families and Providers

Conference Year: 

2017

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Project Open House is looking for ways to improve families’ access to high-quality inclusive childcare for their young children with special needs.  At this session, participants will hear about what we have heard from families and providers as well as learn about how access to inclusive childcare differs from state to state.  We will also share information about how states’ QRIS systems support families’ access to high-quality, inclusive childcare and provide opportunities for participants to discuss  issues that they face at home in terms of accessing high-quality, inclusive childcare.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
4
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Ensuring Fidelity to Practice for Joint Visits When Using a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming

Conference Year: 

2017

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Join Rush and Shelden for in depth analysis of joint visits when using a primary service provider approach to teaming in early intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to use and take home a new tool for ensuring fidelity to practice while viewing video of team members on a joint visit implementing coaching and natural learning environment practices.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

1

Target Audience: 

1
2
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Conference Year: 

2017

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Responsive relationships with consistent primary caregivers help build secure attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships form the foundation of mental health for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. This session addresses a wide range of areas from the historical foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, importance of attachment, building relationships, responsive caregiving as well as disorders that can disrupt these processes.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and young children and their families and strategies for supporting them.

Type: 

1

Room: 

6

Date and Time: 

05/10/2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
5
6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

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