This session will share best practices in development and use of implementation teams in the exploration stage for supporting inclusion practices. Participants will receive guidance on benefits, potential barriers, and feasibility of developing implementation teams. During the session, participants will identify and discuss possible opportunities within their systems to develop implementation teams. Resources and supports to strengthen teaming structures that improve the quality of implementation of inclusion practices will be shared.
Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to explore the role that Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships play in effectively engaging families. This session will offer definitions, tools, and reflective practice and supervision strategies to help develop positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families of children with disabilities. Participants will engage in interactive discussions about the incorporation of information from the IFSP / IEP process into goal-setting and explore how positive relationship building can inform and expand the... 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 us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared. Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration. This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.
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
Early educators face the challenge of planning for and implementing learning activities that are interesting, engaging, and relevant to a range of young learners while addressing critical early learning outcomes. This session will feature a practical, evidence-based framework designed to serve as a guide for early educators as they plan and implement a universally designed, challenging curriculum that supports each child's school success. Specific developmentally appropriate strategies for providing challenging universally designed curriculum content, differentiation through curricular... more