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2015
This session explores how early childhood professionals can support families and partner with early intervention (EI) providers when a child’s screening results indicate the need for assessment.  Learn strategies for discussing assessments with families and engaging parents in EI services.  Participants will also identify methods to collaborate with EI providers when services are delivered at an early childhood site. Finally, participants will review the IFSP and discuss how it relates to their work with children and families.
2015
Everybody knows North Carolina is the home of basketball, but the home-visiting rule described in this session is the Hoosiers Rule. That’s because a Tarheel by adoption borrowed the rule from the famous movie and applied it to home visiting, to make visits more collaborative and less prescriptive. Applying this basketball strategy empowers families and makes interventions more functional.
2015
Discover how YOU can use assistive technology (AT) to expand learning opportunities for young children to DO. Is this important topic? YES! Almost 30 years of research and experience have demonstrated that supporting the use of technology (what is that anyway? children using technology?), including AT devices (things) and AT services (people), maximizes accessibility for children with disabilities and enhances their opportunities for learning. Participants will: Examine and demystify the myths related to using assistive technology with young children Explore and learn about the... more
2015
Early childhood professionals are dedicated to supporting the well-being of young children and families. However, they often experience intense stress in their work. In addition to supporting children’s development and learning, they are responsible for guiding children’s behavior and social-emotional learning, supporting positive social interactions, and interacting with similarly-stressed families and colleagues. Emerging evidence suggests that the impact of stress on health and relationships can be reduced by practicing mindfulness -- the practice of focusing one’s attention in the present... more
2015
One of the hallmarks of being a professional field of practice with a united commitment to a competent and accountable workforce is having a set of agreed upon practice standards that guide practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve learning and enhance outcomes for young children and their families.  The 2014 DEC Recommended Practices represent the practice standards for EI/ECSE. DEC seeks your input and involvement with the dissemination and product development plan to ensure that the 2014 DEC Recommended Practices are understood and implemented across the broad... more
2015
In recent years, assessment requirements for young children with and without disabilities have increased.  In early childhood programs, these additional requirements are complicated by the fact that policies and requirements for early childhood programs differ across funding agencies.  To facilitate quality services and inclusive programs for all children, states would benefit from collaborative policies and practices across early childhood programs that result in appropriate and useful assessment systems.  This session will provide a framework for a comprehensive and aligned assessment... more
2015
This session will feature an overview of stakeholder-oriented processes and resources (e.g., self-assessments leading to action planning, guidance on financing) to facilitate an intentional process of building inclusive communities, from both a state and local lens.  Participants will have an opportunity to visit interactive stations where they can talk about the tools, and explore their potential application with community partners. 
2015
Birth – 3rd Grade (B-3) reform presents the field of early education and care with a new paradigm for excellence, and the demand for new leaders is great, especially those promoting inclusive practices. Persons in positions of responsibility and authority have often relied on personal experience to acquire inclusion leadership skills rather having access to an intentional, focused approach. Lacking such opportunities, the field is now examining sustainable leadership development strategies and pathways that powerfully impact children with special needs and their families, borrowing lessons... more
2015
If you want your teachers to use their data in a meaningful way to support high quality instructional practices, what supports do you have in place to ensure that happens? This interactive session will share ideas, strategies and resources that directors/education coordinators can use to build teachers’ competence and confidence in using their data to make data informed instructional decisions. Leadership practices to keep staff encouraged and motivated will also be shared.
2015
States’ revisions to QRIS have provided a natural mechanism to examine and define quality for early childhood programs and inclusive preschool services. Through supports from initiatives such as the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge, Illinois and Delaware will share their progress in expanding access for children with disabilities to high quality programs using a portfolio approach, self-assessment, and professional development. Come share your State’s strategies and challenges in assuring high quality, inclusive early childhood programs and services through the QRIS lens. An... more

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