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

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2016

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This presentation will build upon implementation themes introduced in the Keynote Address by providing an overview of how Implementation Teams can support the the sustained and effective use of inclusion practices and policies. The presentation will provide an interactive presentation and discussion of “It takes a Village”, an Implementation Team, to be accountable for the active use of strategies to support the adoption and use of inclusion practices and policies. Participants will explore the roles, functions, and competencies of Implementation Teams and apply these to their “villages” in support of inclusion practices and policies in early childhood.

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7

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Bringing Together the Best of Early Head Start/Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention, and Pre-K to Promote Inclusion

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2016

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Many inclusive early childhood programs have multiple funding streams with multiple sets of guidelines and accountability requirements.  This session focuses on finding common ground among these seemingly disparate sets of demands to build high quality inclusive programs for the benefit of ALL children and families.  Come and contribute your ideas for what resources can support your efforts to bring together the best of EHS/HS, ECSE/EI and Pre-K to support high quality inclusion in your workplace.

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Pay For Success: An Innovative and Promising Financing Model in Expanding High Quality Preschool Programs

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2016

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Funding for preschool is a continuing challenge. Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative funding model used to address complex social problems. In a typical PFS Financing model, private investors finance the cost of operating a promising or proven social program that has the potential to save the government money in the long term. The government only pays back the initial investment, plus a return on investment if specific, agreed-upon outcomes are achieved. Over 40 PFS projects are currently being implemented or planned nationwide to address critical needs in the areas of health, justice, labor, and early education. The number of projects and the amount of private investment in social programs is expected to grow in the coming years. Discussions are beginning around the potential use of PFS to fund and expand successful preschool inclusion models and programs. Come and share your thoughts and ideas.

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3

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4
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1

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2

Federal Policy Statement on Family Engagement

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2016

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The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are excited to release a new Policy Statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. The purpose of this policy statement is to provide recommendations from the Departments on systematically engaging families in their children’s development, learning, and wellness, across early childhood and elementary education settings.

Please join leadership from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to learn more about the core components of the Policy Statement on Family Engagement.  We also invite you to join the process of shaping the next year of federal focus on family engagement by sharing your input on how the Departments can support State and programs in intentionally supporting family engagement.

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10

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3

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6

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2

Federal Listening Session: Inclusion Policy Statement

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2016

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Last year the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services jointly released the Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.  Prior to the release of the Policy Statement we had the opportunity to engage with participants at the Inclusion Institute to listen to your feedback on the draft document.  Your input was invaluable in shaping the final direction of the federal inclusion initiative.  

Please join leaders from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services in this Listening Session to share your stories on how the Inclusion Policy Statement has been used in your State or program to improve high quality inclusive practices leading to better outcomes for infants, toddlers, and young children.  We want to hear about your successes, challenges, and how the Departments can support you over the next year to improve inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities and their families.

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1

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10

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3

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6

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2

Great expectations…How early interventionists provide hope to families of children with special needs

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2016

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A year ago, a young woman in Atlanta made a short movie called “Bumblebees” about her younger brother, Vance, who has autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  The four-minute romantic comedy, called Bumblebees, explores her brother’s life as he prepares to go on his first date.  The movie has since won multiple national and international film contests.  Using the film and Vance’s story, this session will explore the role of early interventionists in supporting the entire family of a child with special needs, from the perspective of a sibling, parent and the 20-year-old subject of the film himself.  We will discuss the many ways that early interventionists provide hope to families when they need it the most, and how they prepare families for a future filled with amazing possibilities.

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

4

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2

The Power of Federal Regulations and Policies For Successful Inclusion

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2016

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This session will discuss the regulatory and policy foundations supporting inclusive opportunities for young children and their families. Policies from IDEA Part C and Part B Section 619, as well as civil rights laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, have a significant positive impact on the provision of inclusive early care and learning in our communities. There will be ample time in the session for questions and for participants to discuss their own community scenarios for facilitating inclusive opportunities.

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10

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3

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3

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6

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2

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Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood: What Can I Do?

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2016

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This session will help participants to identify the types of challenging behaviors in young children they may encounter.  Participants will be introduced to the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies they can employ to effectively address these behaviors.  The session will include video vignettes to illustrate points as well as several discussion sections to foster learning.

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10

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3

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2
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6

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2

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The Inclusive Classroom Profile: A Closer Look at the Items and What They Measure

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2016

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The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), currently in publication, is an observation tool that assesses the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms (ages 2 ½ to 5) across 12 dimensions. In this session we will review the key features of the ICP and take a closer look at each of the items on the scale.   We will share and discuss those teaching strategies that exemplify best practice for supporting the full inclusion of children in classroom activities and routines in small and large groups, as well as share ideas for how the ICP might be used to improve quality.

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10

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Target Audience: 

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Learning Communities: How to Make them Engaging and Effective

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2016

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Learning Communities are fairly easy to create, but what are the key features needed to make them successful and sustainable?  Come learn about active Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) from a group of panelists who will share their experience facilitating learning communities.  Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to and share their interest in participating in Learning Communities on specific topics.

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10

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2

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3

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6

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