What does planning and developing a new subdivision of homes have to do with providing quality early intervention, Part C services? Come and discover. During the first half of this session we will explore the homes by describing the essential foundational pillars, recommended and agreed upon practices and the various service delivery approaches all coming together to create a quality “house”. In the second half we will explore a new resources title the “Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services” and how this workbook and the additional resources can be used by... more
Building an Intentionally Inclusive Community Program: The Interactive Use of Selected TA Process Tools and Resources
This session will feature an overview of stakeholder-oriented processes and resources (e.g., self-assessments leading to action planning, guidance on financing) to facilitate an intentional process of building inclusive communities, from both a state and local lens. Participants will have an opportunity to visit interactive stations where they can talk about the tools, and explore their potential application with community partners.
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
Communities across the country have used a self-assessment process, the Community Perceptions of Inclusive Practices, to identify their strengths and needs and develop plans to promote high quality early childhood inclusive services. The process brings community partners (Head Start, early childhood special education, child care, families, etc.) together in a safe environment to share their diverse perspectives on inclusion. The data from these dialogues are used to facilitate relationships, prioritize action plans, provide targeted cross-system professional development, monitor progress,... more
Birth – 3rd Grade (B-3) reform presents the field of early education and care with a new paradigm for excellence, and the demand for new leaders is great, especially those promoting inclusive practices. Persons in positions of responsibility and authority have often relied on personal experience to acquire inclusion leadership skills rather having access to an intentional, focused approach. Lacking such opportunities, the field is now examining sustainable leadership development strategies and pathways that powerfully impact children with special needs and their families, borrowing lessons... more
According to the 2012 American Psychological Association report, nearly half of all Americans report levels of stress which have a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives. This session will focus on building resilience in adults through strength-based practices, highlighting a paradigm shift from the problem approach most commonly used across disciplines. Resilience places an emphasis on the process that brings individuals and groups back to a state of homeostasis when faced with stress. This presentation will introduce participants to skills and strategies that can... more
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.
Join the author of CARA's Kit - a tool to assist you with Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities for children birth through age five - and learn how this tool can be used in your setting. Adaptation interventions function as a “bridge” or a mediator between the skills that a child can currently perform and the requirements or expectations of a routine or activity. When there is a mismatch between a child’s current abilities and the requirements of an routines or activity, adaptation interventions may allow a child to participate fully even without being able to perform all the... more
This session will help participants to identify the types of challenging behaviors in young children they may encounter. Participants will be introduced to the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies they can employ to effectively address these behaviors. The session will include video vignettes to illustrate points as well as several discussion sections to foster learning.
The first part of the workshop will focus largely on problems with how old ideas still play out in classrooms today (e.g., through sticker charts or card charts). Dr. Holland will also discuss a more current understanding of motivation called self-determination theory and will explore some of its practical applications—especially for classroom management, particularly improving student engagement and decreasing teacher stress. The second part of the workshop will address such topics as tattling, bathroom time, lining up, aligning with PBIS, persistent misbehavior, and behavior plans.... more