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2014
Are you ready to take strategic steps to improve working conditions, workforce compensation, and access to PD?  Join us for a spirited discussion about some really big issues!  Learn about a tool that can help you identify possibilities to combine and target resources that can strengthen and stabilize the workforce. Hear how a cohort of states is tackling these tough workforce issues, across roles, settings and sectors.
2017
It takes a village to prepare and support the early childhood workforce if we are to meet our goal of increasing high quality inclusion options for young children with disabilities (0-5).  However, too often professional development at state and local levels is provided in siloes that are sector specific.  This session provides resources and examples that illustrate innovative strategies and structures for promoting and delivering cross-sector professional development.  The partnership examples include those among and between Head Start/Early Head Start, State and Local Education Agencies,... more
2014
This interactive session explores early literacy development for dual language learners in predominately monolingual PK-3 classrooms.  The presentation emphasizes the identification of dual language learners’ existing linguistic and cultural resources and illustrates ways these resources can be used as a platform for learning to read and write in English.  In addition, tips and strategies for monolingual teachers working with dual language learners will be discussed.
2016
In their daily work with parents and children, professionals have a unique window into families’ strengths and challenges. Observing positive parent-child interactions, they may wonder how best to support warm and nurturing relationships.  In witnessing troubled parent-child interactions they may not be sure how best to help build family capacity, strengthen the connection between parent and child, and ensure the child’s safety. This session presents strategies that professionals can use to support positive parenting and to intervene when professionals witness a troubled interaction between... more
2015
This session will highlight evidence based practices (EBPs) for children with autism which can be used to support inclusion in early childhood learning environments. These include: peer mediated instruction, structured play groups, and visual supports. Participants will be provided examples of effective use of these EBPs, steps to effective implementation, and information about online resources to further their knowledge of these EBPs.
2016
More preschoolers with ASD are being served through preschool and child care systems today.  Teachers and child care providers need to understand how the characteristics of these learners with ASD might impact and be addressed by inclusive learning settings. Importantly, evidence-based focused interventions have been shown to support inclusive education.  Two such practices:  video modeling and social narratives – will be described and resources will be provided.  Finally, presenters will demonstrate how to access an online learning resource – AFIRM – that is specially developed to assist... more
2015
When practitioners think beyond traditional approaches, they have the opportunity to question themselves: Do I truly collaborate with families? In my professional practice, do I perpetuate inequity or equity? Do I consider the individual, family and community context and the role I play within the big picture? In the session, we will present research that elucidates this thinking and engages participants in discussion.
2014
Parent-child interaction is an essential ingredient in children's early development. This session will present a structure for supporting parents as observers of their child's development to convey developmental information in a way that (a) builds on what parents already know about their children, (b) provides new information about their children's development, and (c) strengthens parent-professional collaboration within the context of parent-child interaction during home visits. Examples and resources will be shared.
2012
Over the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in home visiting programs to support children and families. In this session we will explore 4 key foundational “pillars”: family centered/relationship based practice, adult learning strategies, how children learn, and teaming practices. We will review what these pillars mean and then discuss some of the implications for home visiting practices. Come prepared with some examples of your work with families.
2018
This interactive session will engage participants in discussions about key national guidance and research that inform our work with young children with disabilities who come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Based on DEC’s Recommended Practices and the federal Joint Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children who are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs, we will examine practical and proactive adaptations to ensure full and effective participation of all young children in early childhood education. Vignettes will be used in an activity for... more

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