The Importance of Looking, Listening and Learning from Your Work: Relationship-Based, Reflective Practice

Conference Year: 

2017

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Relationships impact other relationships. This simple statement offers a powerful tool for early intervention professionals who are seeking to handle the array of questions, surprises, and dilemmas that arise in a single day of working with very young children and their families. Creating relationships within which staff are supported to do their best thinking helps them to do the same with families. Parents who experience this type of relationship with staff are better equipped to build nurturing relationships with their very young children. This session will explore the foundations of relationship-based and reflective practice, explore the benefits and challenges of implementing reflective into your work and practice using the “Look, Listen and Learn” model approach in working with families.

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1

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10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
2

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
4
6
7

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2

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Using Evidence-Based Practices for Children with ASD to Support Effective Inclusion

Conference Year: 

2017

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Evidence-based practices have been shown to support inclusive education. This session will review the 27 evidence-based practices and describe a process for teachers and practitioners to select one or more of the 27 identified evidence-based practices. One evidence-based practice, structured play groups, will be described and resources will be provided. Finally, the free, online resource of Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) will be shared. Participants will discuss how this resource can be used in their settings.

Type: 

1

Room: 

2

Date and Time: 

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

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

4

Target Audience: 

1
2
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

5
6
7

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2

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Addressing Challenging Behavior in Diverse and Inclusive Settings Across the Workforce

Conference Year: 

2017

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This special Pre-Institute Workshop will provide participants with concrete strategies that address challenging behavior across roles and in a range of inclusive settings, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care, PreK, and Special Education classrooms. Participants will learn the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies to employ to address these behaviors effectively.  In addition, presenters will cover policies and practices on preventing suspension and expulsion and provide helpful resources

Come prepared to actively engage colleagues. Video vignettes illustrate key points, and discussion sections foster learning. Resources will be shared and you will learn strategies you can put into play when you return to your work.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.

Type: 

5

Room: 

4

Date and Time: 

05/09/2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Topic: 

1

Target Audience: 

1
2
3
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
4
5
6
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Learning through Adventure

Conference Year: 

2017

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During this mobile, interactive Pre-Institute Workshop we will discuss the importance of adventure for both children and staff. We will explore how to use traditional and non-traditional spaces to create adventure and learning for children and adults with different needs. We also will explore the meaning of “Adventure” and how it can fit it into the culture of a classroom, a teacher, and the child.

In addition, we also will discuss and practice planning for adventure for all children, including children with disabilities. We will take part in lessons and reflect, and we will ask questions that guide educators towards best practices in “adventure learning.”

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.
 

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Target Audience: 

1
2
3
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
3
5
6
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Making Connections: Fostering Friendships for Children with and without Disabilities

Conference Year: 

2017

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The best thing that a child can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help all youth develop their friendship skills by practicing activities to remove the barriers to friendships and applying a social mapping tool to examine friendship interactions.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

Encounter the Wonder of Learning: Reggio Emilia's Approach to Children with "Special Rights"

Conference Year: 

2017

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In this special Pre-Institute Workshop, you will visit the international traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children, which features the work of the young children, educators, families, and community of Reggio Emilia, Italy, a town that has more than a 50-year history of operating what are considered as the  best inclusive infant-toddler and preschool programs in the world.  The interactive exhibit serves as an educational tool for educators, families, policymakers, and the community at large for understanding the strong potential of all children and gives voice to advocacy for children’s rights. In Reggio Emilia, children with disabilities are children with “special rights,” who receive among other special rights, top priority in enrollment in the municipal schools. 

The session will also include a vividly illustrated presentation on Reggio Emilia's approach to inclusion and  also discuss how local children with special rights have engaged with the atelier spaces that are part of the exhibit. Participants also can engage in the ateliers and discuss how to incorporate Reggio Emilia's approach to working with children with special rights into their own work.

Note: Participants must provide their own transportation to the workshop, which will be at Northgate Mall in Durham, NC (not at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill). We will provide more details shortly before the event.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming.

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
4
6
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

Dance of Partnership: Why do My Feet Hurt: Strengthening the Family-Provider Partnership.

Conference Year: 

2017

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The Dance of Partnership is targeted toward parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. It is designed to assist participants to better understand the challenges of forming creative partnerships. As a result of this training, both parents and professionals gain insights about this working alliance and are better able to collaborate effectively for children with special needs. Strengthening the parent-professional partnership is an essential aspect to helping children achieve their greatest potential. 

Mini-lectures, video clips, and interactive activities are used to ensure a lively and thoughtful experience and exchange of ideas.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

The Unusual is NOT impossible: Why Stories Matter to Building Partnerships

Conference Year: 

2017

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Often in our lives as families and providers we face unusual challenges.  These moments, though troubling at times, can be exactly what we need to discover creative ways to support each other and our children with delays and disabilities. 

Janice will share powerful stories of her family’s quest to shift the unusual into the possible as they raised and supported their 32-year old son, Micah with an intellectual disability.  She will explore why stories matter and how, when we listen deeply to each other, partnerships can be strengthened and creativity can be unleashed.  Janice's stories remind us that we don't stand alone.

Type: 

2

Room: 

1

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

State Approaches to Assessing the Quality of Inclusion using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP)

Conference Year: 

2016

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The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) is a structured observation tool designed to assess the quality of inclusion in early childhood classrooms. Discover how Illinois and Georgia are using the ICP as part of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), to increase quality, and/or to guide professional development. Come prepared to ask questions and to share your challenges and ideas around assessing the quality of inclusion at a classroom level.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

What does it take take? It Takes Communication to Improve outcomes for Early Childhood & Inclusion Practices

Conference Year: 

2016

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This presentation will build upon implementation themes introduced in the Keynote Address by providing an overview of the use of data to drive decision making and support effective communication and feedback loops in order to achieve the sustained and effective use of inclusion practices and policies. The presentation will provide an interactive presentation and discussion of how programs and communities can systematically use and share data and information for planning, implementation, and outcomes. This session will engage participants in discussion and application of effective data and feedback loops with a variety of stakeholders to inform policy and enable inclusion practices.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Handouts: 

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