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Educational Environments data for children 3-5 are part of the information states are required to collect under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This session will feature an update of the IDEA educational environments reporting requirements, available data and a discussion of how some states are collecting and using this data. Participants will have an opportunity to share information about the educational environments data collection processes in their programs and states.
In this session participants will learn how to create a boy –friendly classroom that understands and support boys in their different learning styles, how to partner with parents, build relationships and promote social/emotional development, how to address challenging behaviors in the classroom and how to promote positive racial, ethnic, and gender identity in the early childhood classroom/environment. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a boy-friendly implementation plan including strategies for collaboration needed for implementation of the plan.  
Using the latest brain research to explore and explain the differences in how boys and girls learn, Wired to Move provides early childhood educators with everything they need to adjust their teaching methods and transform their classrooms into boy friendly environments. This session will assist early care/education professionals learn how to address the unique issues surrounding boys three (3) to six years old by: Looking at boys from a national and local level. The disproportionate number of boys, particularly African-American and Latino boys being expelled from preschool and reasons... more
Planning for blended and integrated programs takes many steps and planning to assure buy-in from administrators, teachers and families, and to ensure that teachers have the skills and supports necessary to facilitate positive child outcomes for all children. The North Carolina Preschool Inclusion Initiative is a cross-sector, multi- year, collaborative planning effort to help communities increase inclusive opportunities for preschool children. Community partners include the Preschool Special Education, Head Start, Pre-K, Smart Start, Title 1, Developmental Day, and Child Care. Participating... more
How do we support providers and teachers in writing high quality IFSP outcomes/IEP goals? Presenters will engage participants in activities using a new NECTAC product: Rating IFSP Outcomes/IEP Goals: A Training Activity, and will lead a discussion about conducting functional assessments, developing meaningful IFSP outcomes/IEP goals, measuring the global child outcomes, and the critical connections between these processes.
This session will share a model for supporting the development of infants and toddlers by building on responsive parent-child interactions. PIWI (Parents Interacting with Infants) can be used for inclusive parent child groups as well as home visits. Information on the PIWI model as well as many resources to support implementation will be shared.
This session will provide practitioners working with children 0- 3 information about the importance of and strategies for “bathing” young children in language. Research shows that by age 3 children who live in poverty are likely to have heard 30 million fewer words than their wealthiest peers. For children with disabilities from less affluent homes, this is an important issue. This session will provide practitioners working with these families and/or working directly with these children strategies demonstrated through video clips on how to envelop these very young children in rich language in... more