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2013
Through the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Program and other reform efforts, states are being challenged to develop systems for rating, monitoring and improving early learning and development programs. This challenge includes improving the quality of programs serving high-need children. This session will share findings from a demonstration study in North Carolina that investigated the acceptability, reliability and validity of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a tool used to assess the quality of inclusive classroom practices. Results will be discussed in terms of the... more
2013
The way in which some children process sensory information may make them feel out of control, exhibit a whole host of behaviors, and have difficulty concentrating and focusing – is there a role for assistive technology (AT) in promoting positive behaviors and enhance development and learning?  Join us to explore how AT may be used to support these young children.  Review key aspects of AT services and devices. Explore the various roles that adults play in collaborative planning specific to the use of AT. Learn about a decision making process about promoting children’s development and learning... more
2013
The national emphasis on early childhood program quality has never been higher, especially evident in the number of states building TQRIS systems.  At the same time the attention to cross-sector collaboration across the multiple early childhood sectors has moved beyond lip service.  Multiple state and federal initiatives, such as RTT-ELC, have brought money to the table to put the talk about quality and collaboration into action.  How do these opportunities support inclusion?  Come to this session to ponder the issues, hear about some innovative ideas being implemented and/or explored by two... more
2013
Join the author of CARA's Kit - a tool to assist you with Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities for children birth through age five - and learn how this tool can be used in your setting. Adaptation interventions function as a “bridge” or a mediator between the skills that a child can currently perform and the requirements or expectations of a routine or activity. When there is a mismatch between a child’s current abilities and the requirements of an routines or activity, adaptation interventions may allow a child to participate fully even without being able to perform all the... more
2013
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to understand coaching as an interaction style for working with parents in the context of home visitation. Participants will be introduced to the research-based characteristics of coaching and be able to identify the characteristics in action during a home visit. Participants will receive access to receive instruments from the coaching toolkit to use in preparation for home visits.
2013
Learn about how Iredell County’s Partnership for Children staff created a Community of Practice centered around using the CONNECT Modules to enhance their knowledge of child care inclusion practices.  The Community of Practice also includes Local Interagency Coordinating Council members who are now planning improved identification, transitions and collaborative services.  Come hear about what Iredell is doing and how you can create your own Community of Practice using the CONNECT Modules.
2013
We need your input!  Members of the DEC Recommended Practices Commission and the DEC incoming board president will share information on the work and process to revise the Recommended Practices. Following this will be a listening session that will engage the audience in a series of questions on how best to support this work. Come and share your ideas!
2013
Listen to the process that one of the largest school systems in North Carolina undertook when bringing administrative partners together to create an intentional plan for inclusion between the Title I and Exceptional Children PreK programs.  From embracing the NAEYC/DEC joint position statement, conducting a cross-sector program self-assessment, developing administrative agreements for balanced classroom configurations, to implementing a series of connected professional development activities that supported staff in conducting embedded intervention with teams of classroom teachers, coaches,... more
2013
Recent national and state initiatives have focused on moving states and local communities toward developing an aligned early childhood professional development system for all personnel who provide services to young children and their families.   This is easier said than done. The current fragmentation of early childhood programs has been years in the making and is devilishly hard to undo. Drawing upon an implementation science framework, the presenters share tools and resources that states and communities can use to assist them in reaching this goal.  Note:  This session is based on an... more
2013
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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