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2016
Practitioners play a critical role in children’s use of the technologies. This highly interactive session will inform the design of a set of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services for young children intended to allow practitioners and programs to assess their current practices and plan for improvement. Objectives: Introduce the  the school-age Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT), what they are, how they are used and their utility for the birth - five population; Share examples of what assistive technology for young children looks like in the 21st century;and... more
2016
In this plenary session, Janelle Rethwisch will share her powerful story on the inclusion of her daughter, Lydia Rose, and will address key themes related to inclusive practices for children with special needs from the perspective of a parent and former Special Educator. Videos, personal anecdotes, and the DEC Recommended Practices will illustrate the following themes: Children and families must be recognized for their uniqueness, not by their diagnosis; Parents must be honored as experts and decision-makers for their children; “Collaboration” must be supported by specific practices; In early... more
2016
In this session we will discuss potential challenges and solutions with early language and literacy assessment with young children who are dual language learners (DLLs).  Participants will receive resources for assessing and developing early oral and written language in young DLLs, and learn about different and effective classroom models that can best use these resources.
2016
Ever thought about using music for inclusion programming? This session will address how to make environmental adaptions and create expanded opportunities for all children to learn through music in the outdoor environment. Take away evidence-based facts, innovative ideas, practical suggestions, and a renewed understanding of the value that music making may bring to children with disabilities, their families, and friends.
2016
This interactive session will focus on supporting practitioners in using program and child level data to make decisions about practice improvements. Specifically, this session will focus on: How to be a data based decision maker, including how to efficiently and intentionally use data to make decisions about practice implementation. How to use child level data, such as progress monitoring and engagement measures, to understand practice implementation and make necessary changes. How to create a culture of decision making, including the questions practitioners might need to ask and... more
2016
This entertaining and interactive session will feature aRPy, the spokesperson for the ECTA Center’s tools on the DEC Recommended Practices.  He will take you on a tour of the suite of resources that the ECTA Center has developed to promote the understanding and use of the DEC Recommended Practices: Performance Checklists, Practice Guides for Practitioners and Parents, Guidance for Practitioners, Strategies for Professional Development and Program Improvement, and online modules.  We will emphasize practices that promote inclusion. 
2016
“Our teachers don’t have the special training.” “We don’t have enough people.” “We don’t want to harm the child.” There are lots of reasons teachers believe they can’t do inclusion but the biggest barrier is the attitude of the adults involved. This workshop provides a series of activities and reflections to stimulate your own thinking and to use in professional development. These experiences help adults discover the source of their own resistance to inclusion and to appreciate welcoming one child at a time. This special Pre-Institute Workshop is OPEN with new seats available even though the... more
2016
A parent panel will describe their children’s inclusion experiences from early intervention settings and beyond providing recommendations for proactive planning to create successful futures for children and youth in inclusive community based settings.
2016
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.
2016
Provision of professional development to early childhood sites can be achieved in a number of ways. Participants will learn about one project, San Francisco Inclusion Networks, and its practice-based coaching model. Come learn how to use the Inclusive Classroom Profile and the data it provides to guide your professional development and technical assistance. This workshop will also high-light  examples of working with public and private early childhood sites to develop systems to sustain inclusive practices. Ample time for discussion will be provided and participants will receive sample tools... more

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