With a little help from my friends, life is much sweeter: Supporting peer relationships

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2018

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The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include the following: a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendship formation, and development and learning to reach their full potential. Yet, research has shown that children with disabilities often lack critical social skills that can negatively impact the development of peer relationships. In this session, participants will learn specific strategies that can be implemented to support peer interactions. Activities, group sharing and discussion will be utilized.

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1

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10

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2

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
6

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2

Implicit Bias 2.0: Preparing Early Childhood Professionals to Work with Culturally Diverse Young Children

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2018

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Several potential factors contribute to inequity in early childhood educational practices, including implicit racial bias; lack of training focused on teaching young children from nondominant cultures; and cultural discontinuity between home and school. The focus of this session will be on helping educators become more aware of and reduce their implicit biases, view child development through a cultural lens, and implement culturally responsive instructional strategies. Specifically, the session will focus on (1) identifying barriers to equity in early childhood environments for children of color; (2) defining implicit bias and its role in perpetuating inequitable practices related to behavior management, teacher-child interactions, and instructional practices; (3) describing strategies for identifying and overcoming implicit bias; and (4) providing specific culturally responsive practices that can be used in early learning environments to promote equitable outcomes for children from culturally diverse backgrounds. The session will include active engagement with the content, including small and large group discussions, as well as a PowerPoint presentation focused on providing specific content and activities that support implementation of the practices.

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1

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10

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1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

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2

Practice-Based Coaching: Learn About It and Do It!

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2018

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This is a two-part intensive workshop focused on learning about practice-based coaching and its implementation (PBC; Snyder, Hemmeter & Fox, 2015) in center-based programs. PBC is an empirically-supported coaching approach that facilitates practitioner’s implementation of evidence-based practices.  In Part I, we will present and illustrate the PBC framework and each of the key components. We will discuss the research base that supports PBC and share implementation tools. In Part II, we will use case studies and simulation activities to practice implementing PBC on a targeted set of practices that support inclusion. Participants will engage in reflection and receive feedback from other participants and the session leaders.  The intensive workshop requires a 6-hour commitment: 3 hours on Tuesday and 3 hours on Wednesday.  Participants will be required to attend both parts of the intensive workshop.

Participants registering for this workshop must also register for the Inclusion Institute; the intensive workshop has a 6-hour commitment: 3 hours on Tuesday morning and 3 hours on Wednesday morning. 

Target audience: This workshop is open to all with a focus on professional development and technical assistance providers, administrators, coaches, and practitioners interested in being coaches.

Note: Because this Workshop occurs during two mornings for a total of 6 hours, participants registering for this workshop must already be registered for the full Inclusion Institute. (This is the only Pre-Institute Workshop that requires registering for the full Institute.) Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop only.

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5

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10

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2

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3

Target Audience: 

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2

The Courage to Reach Inward and Outward: The Power of Reflective Practice

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2018

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Developing partnerships is both joyful and challenging work which requires reflection both inward, (for our own individual growth) and outward, (with each other). Our partnerships are strengthened when reflection is integrated into our practice.  Join this half-day interactive workshop to experience guided reflection through journaling, conversations, and other strategies to support our ongoing engagement in the important work of inclusion. Using Janice Fialka’s writing as a springboard for our thinking and discussion, this session provides opportunities to explore and create:

  • practices for careful listening to ourselves and our partners for deep connections that honor vulnerability and diversity
  • brave space that fosters honest, trusting relationships and communication
  • connections between attending our own inner lives, our roles and the renewal of our commitment to supporting outcomes for our young children and their families.

The principles from the Center for Courage and Renewal© www.couragerenewal.org and The Courage to Teach, by Parker J. Palmer (2017) are the foundation of this session.

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

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5

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10

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

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1
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2

Explicit and Intentional: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Inclusion in Professional Development Efforts

Conference Year: 

2018

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The goal of this session is to build the capacity of each participant to incorporate content related to supporting children who are individually diverse in inclusive settings in coursework, field experiences, and other professional development efforts.  Through generous handouts, demonstrations, small group work, and conversations the instructor will nurture each participant to consider new ways in which to build knowledge and support expertise related to the inclusion of children, birth to age 8, in home, program, and community settings. If you’re interested in free, high-quality resources to increase the emphasis on inclusion in your professional development efforts, this is the session for you!

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting

Conference Year: 

2018

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This interactive workshop focuses on the number of boys that are being expelled from preschool, particularly boys of color, and provides specific strategies for early childhood professionals to use in in classrooms. Participants will learn how to support children with diverse learning styles in early childhood settings including strategies for preventing expulsion with a primary focus on boys. Participants will learn about inclusive practices, boy friendly and father friendly strategies, literacy and resilience.

Participants will complete a checklist to determine if their classroom is boy friendly, and will develop a implementation plan that they will complete doing the session and can use when they return to their early childhood program.

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
4
5
6

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2

How to Make Friends and Influence Preschoolers: Classroom Management that Motivates and Engages Children

Conference Year: 

2018

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In this session, we will discuss different options for classroom management and how they can benefit or challenge children with special needs.  In the first part of the session, participants will learn about two key theories that drive classroom management: behaviorism and self-determination theory.  Then, we will apply these theories, discussing strategies for building classroom community, teaching behavior, and designing experiences for children that promote success rather than failure.  Time at the end will be allowed for questions about how to apply learning to participants’ specific classrooms and situations.

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

Type: 

5

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
2
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
5
6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Plenary

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2018

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Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed motivational speakers and special education scholars, have recently both had zero birthdays, and their ages total 150 years.  Yikes!  What lessons have they 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!

Type: 

6

Room: 

10

Topic: 

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Target Audience: 

6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

EarlyEdU Alliance: Courses, Modules and More

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2018

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The EarlyEdU Alliance is a collaboration of state teams, colleges and universities, and philanthropic partners who work together to meet the need for high quality, effective professional development opportunities for current and prospective early learning professionals. Learn about EarlyEdU. Find out how to access our college courses (both online and in-person) and other resources. Learn about the Coaching Companion, our video sharing and annotation platform.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Movement for Young Children with Exceptionalities

Conference Year: 

2018

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This presentation will address the ways in which mindful activities, such as yoga and meditation, allow parents, teachers, and other providers to create a positive environment that fosters fitness, mental health, and social-emotional well-being for children. Research on the effects of mindfulness and meditation will be shared, as will tips and suggestions on how to promote self-regulation, academics, and social play through yoga. Participants will engage in activities and will leave with ideas and suggestions about how to implement mindfulness techniques with the children they work with no matter the child's ability.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

2
3

DEC Recommended Practices: 

3
5
6

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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