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2012
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) and the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECAC) emphasize the importance of strong, quality, cross sector early childhood systems of professional development (PD) at the local, regional and state level. This session will share strategies used in one state to develop such a system and provide participants an opportunity to share what is happening in their states. Tools developed by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) through their work with 8 states to support cross sector PD system development... more
2012
Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) are buzz words in education that recently have generated widespread interest in the early childhood field. Best understood as organizing frameworks, these approaches to tiered instruction are designed to help practitioners connect formative assessments with specific teaching and behavioral interventions and supports. Join us for an introduction to the newly released CONNECT Module 7 on Tiered Instruction. This session will demonstrate how videos, dilemmas, research summaries, activities, and other resources organized around... more
2012
Do you have practical experience in providing inclusive services to children in your community? If so, your voice is needed in a guided conversation to share the facilitators and barriers to local inclusion and the finance strategies for making it happen. Learning from each other, we will explore the administrative considerations, community partners, service delivery models and settings, funding streams and costs, and supports for including young children with disabilities, focusing particularly on resources for local collaborations. This session was on the program of the 2011 Inclusion... more
2012
As a recipient of a grant from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), North Carolina established a collaborative state planning team. This presentation provides an overview of North Carolina's efforts to sustain and grow the use of the CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid Model across NC. NC/CSEFEL partner agencies' representatives will share their activities and initiatives designed to support implementation of the model. Challenges and lessons learned will be shared and discussed.
2012
Communities across the country have used a self-assessment process, the Community Perceptions of Inclusive Practices, to identify their strengths and needs and develop plans to promote high quality early childhood inclusive services.  The process brings community partners (Head Start, early childhood special education, child care, families, etc.) together in a safe environment to share their diverse perspectives on inclusion.  The data from these dialogues are used to facilitate relationships, prioritize action plans, provide targeted cross-system professional development, monitor progress,... more
2012
This session will highlight how a group of early childhood specialists across multiple organizations, disciplines and funding streams came together in a large demographically and geographically diverse county (population over 1 million) to serve young children with special needs in quality community-based early education programs. Presenters will share strategies used to identify quality child care through the local QRIS system that supports inclusion. Additionally this session will address the integrated inter-agency procedures and funding strategies that facilitate intentional teaching.
2012
Darius was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and had never left his home town home at the age of 15.  Eleven of his best friends decided to take him out west on an unforgettable three-week journey. Their goals were: (a) to raise awareness of DMD and funds for research, (b) to evaluate wheelchair accessibility across the country, and (c) to convince the folks at MTV's popular show "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius's wheelchair. Along the way, this hilarious group of first-time filmmakers discover joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the... more
2012
Practical suggestions for practitioners about how to design and implement instructional strategies in inclusive classrooms will be presented, including specific ideas for how to use assessment information to select instructional outcomes, design and implement instructional strategies, and determine their success. The session will emphasize differentiating instruction for all children in inclusive settings.
2012
The session will provide administrators and technical assistant specialists with ideas for how to support the implementation of instructional strategies in inclusive classrooms. Challenges associated with supporting providers to design and implement high quality instructional strategies with fidelity in inclusive classrooms will be discussed and specific suggestions for how to ensure implementation fidelity will be provided. Participants will learn a decision making process for supporting teachers to differentiate instruction for all children in inclusive settings.
2012
We believe that high-quality, inclusive learning environments are best for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. However, education and caring for children in inclusive settings can be extraordinarily challenging. It is difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. In this roundtable we will share some of those challenges, and generate a collection of strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The voices of teaching professionals, inclusion specialist, therapists, and... more

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