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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
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
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
2018
Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!
2017
Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!
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.
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
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. 
2017
Participants in this interactive session will engage with products developed by the ECTA Center to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices by practitioners, families, and professional development providers. They will experience how the ECTA center products were developed, apply the products to challenges in real practice, generate practice challenges of their own for future training, and test drive training activities. A key feature of this session will be reacting to aRPy Ambassadors’ work in state improvement efforts and creating “game plans” for their own programs.
2014
How to use the Routines-Based Interview in preschool settings to determine the ecological congruence between the demands of classroom routines and children’s interests and abilities. People have a sense about the importance of looking at context, but this session will focus on advanced information for determining skills the child needs to participate in classrooms as well as at home and in the community. Participants will give feedback about critical skills for common classroom routines. We will discuss how many assessment sources are really necessary to develop a functional IEP.

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