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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
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.
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
Online learning presents an opportunity for early childhood practitioners to engage in high quality professional development while overcoming geographic restraints and the expense of on-site professional development.  Yet, online quality varies greatly and it is often difficult to determine how to evaluate the different approaches of online learning.  Participants in this workshop will explore best practices for online learning that improves classroom and program practice, especially in inclusive settings.  Come find out what makes some online learning experiences more effective than others... more
2016
The highly regarded CARA’s Kit was first distributed almost a decade ago! This think-tank session is an opportunity to share your ideas about designing a CARA online version. Hold tight! This is not to say that the paper version will dissolve - rather, a chance to embrace the prospect of enhancing and expanding the various tools included in the Kit to suit the needs of the 21st Century educator.
2014
In the context of implementation science, coaching has been identified as an important competency driver. In this session, we will share what has been learned to date about key features of coaching approaches designed to support practitioners’ implementation of evidence-based practices. Following a short presentation, the session facilitators will pose questions and engage participants in guided discussion. Among the questions to be posed are (a) Which features of coaching appear essential for supporting implementation of practices?; (b) What intensity of coaching is needed for which... more
2016
Attended any recent webinars that were so dry you were tempted to catch up on email or some online shopping while the presenter droned on? We’ve all been there! Want to wake up your webinar audience? Join this session to learn tips and ideas to keep your learners engaged. Discover the secrets of formatting interactive webinars using chat, polling, video and other tools that keep your audience so actively participating that they won’t even have time to consider wandering to their emails or shopping pages!
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.
2017
Do you have the knowledge and skills to promote young children’s social-emotional development? To recognize when there is a risk for mental health issues that may interfere with development?  Presenters will share competencies established by mental health professional organizations for the early care and education workforce.  Participants will interact with resources, such as free ‘e-modules,’ designed to move the workforce toward competence in the areas of social-emotional development, early brain development, self-regulation, toxic stress, and relationships.  Presenters will then discuss... more

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