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2015
This interactive session provides a brief explanation of how young English learners acquire a new language.  It then explores ways to emphasize language acquisition throughout the curriculum and the daily routine. Strategies and activities are introduced that support vocabulary development in both native and non-native English speakers.
2016
This interactive workshop will focus on red flags for autism spectrum disorders in early childhood and developmental and autism screening tools to help with early identification. Using videos, a case story and discussion, emphasis will be on recognition of ASD symptoms, talking with families about concerns, timely referrals and critical resources.
2017
Learn strategies for facilitating classroom assessment practices and informing instruction in an inclusive setting.  The NC Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five is a  no-cost, online tool that breaks down skill areas for ALL children from birth to age five, in the developmental domains of emotional and social development, health and physical development, language development and communication, and cognitive development. Skill descriptions at two-, three-, or six-month intervals allow teachers and families to observe a child’s current developmental level and to track... more
2012
The session will review the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) conceptual model and describe the types of literacy materials available on the CELL website that are appropriate for teachers working with children in classroom settings and for practitioners working with families in home and community settings.
2015
In this session, we will present a framework and associated teaching practices related to embedded instruction for early learning. We will demonstrate teaching practices related to what to teach, when to teach, how to teach, and how to evaluate the implementation of embedded instruction. In addition, we will describe relationships between implementation of embedded instruction practices and child learning outcomes. Resources for practical application “back home” will be provided.
2013
Embedded instruction is an evidence-based teaching strategy.  Within a tiered approach to intervention, embedded instruction represents a targeted strategy that may be used by teachers to meet the needs of children who are not making good progress in the usual curriculum, even with modifications.  Learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate embedded instruction in your early childhood classroom.  
2015
This session will be a panel discussion about efforts to embed information, awareness, and best practices around Inclusion into North Carolina’s Child Care system through the implementation of a training curriculum entitled The Foundations of Inclusion developed by the CONNECT project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.  The panel will include members of the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council who will share context about the training process, a representative from the North Carolina Division of Child Development, who will discuss the department’s... more
2015
This session will address empathetic communication defined as nonjudgmentally tuning in to the feelings, thoughts, and actions of another by taking her or his perspective and then communicating that you understand and care. A brief overview of a Kansas Part C professional development module which includes six sessions of about one hour each—Introduction, Being Present, Taking Another’s Perspective, Empathetic Listening, Acknowledging Feelings, and Empathetic Digital Communication will be provided.  The session will include details on Taking Another’s Perspective session through experiential... more
2017
In this special Pre-Institute Workshop, you will visit the international traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children, which features the work of the young children, educators, families, and community of Reggio Emilia, Italy, a town that has more than a 50-year history of operating what are considered as the  best inclusive infant-toddler and preschool programs in the world.  The interactive exhibit serves as an educational tool for educators, families, policymakers, and the community at large for understanding the strong potential of all children and gives... more
2013
One of the important roles of the classroom educator is to engage parents in their children’s learning. This includes the children’s learning that occurs in the classroom and well as learning that occurs when the parent and child are together outside of the classroom.  This session will explore the reasons why engaging parents is essential, share strategies that have been found to work with parents, and provide opportunities for the participants to exchange their successes.

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