2017 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2017 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Blended Practices for Supporting ALL Children in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of a curriculum framework that blended theory and practice from early childhood and early childhood special education to support all young children in early childhood settings. The presenter will describe four elements of the curriculum framework including assessment, scope and sequence, activities and instruction, and progress monitoring. Participants will leave with at least specific strategy that will be useful for them to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based practices in inclusive settings. Opportunities for viewing high quality inclusive practices through video and opportunities for practice and discussion will be provided.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction

Collaboration and Coordination is the Key: Promoting Inclusion Across All Service Systems and Levels

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Systems and Policies

Representatives from states participating in the ECTA and DaSy Center’s Inclusion Cohort intensive technical assistance project will share perspectives on improving and supporting inclusion at different levels of the state and local service systems. This cross-sector panel will discuss the infrastructure components necessary for building and supporting inclusion at both the state and local level. Their successes and challenges related to ensuring stakeholder engagement and fostering family involvement will be provided, as well as the positive changes and challenges they witnessed as their inclusion journey evolved.  Session participants will learn effective strategies to strengthen collaborations between state and local systems and programs that will lead to improved outcomes for both young children with disabilities and for the programs that support them. This session will provide multiple opportunities for discussion and reflection from meeting participants. 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Daily Dilemmas in Implementing Inclusion – and How to Make it Work

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

High-quality, inclusive programs and environments support development and learning for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. However, wanting to provide high quality educational programs for children in inclusive settings and doing it successfully can be challenging. It is difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. Participants in this session “roundtable” will share their experiences to generate a collection of practical strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The voices of teaching professionals, inclusion specialists, therapists, administrators, TA providers and family members are welcome and needed in this discussion. Come prepared to listen, share and learn from your colleagues.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • All

Dance of Partnership: Why do My Feet Hurt: Strengthening the Family-Provider Partnership.

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

The Dance of Partnership is targeted toward parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. It is designed to assist participants to better understand the challenges of forming creative partnerships. As a result of this training, both parents and professionals gain insights about this working alliance and are better able to collaborate effectively for children with special needs. Strengthening the parent-professional partnership is an essential aspect to helping children achieve their greatest potential. 

Mini-lectures, video clips, and interactive activities are used to ensure a lively and thoughtful experience and exchange of ideas.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Developing Community Capacity to Scale Evidence-Based Parenting & Family Support Programs

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Systems and Policies

Scaling evidence-based prevention and wellbeing programs to achieve population-level outcomes can present unique challenges to cross-sector partners. A logic model for developing community implementation capacity will be presented and discussed in the context of efforts to scale the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in North Carolina. Triple P offers a system of parenting and family support interventions, including an option for parents with children who have disabilities or developmental delays, modeled on a public health approach. Examples of multi-level systems data that are guiding community improvement for program success and sustainability will be shared. Participants will be asked to reflect on the logic model as they share cross-sector experiences and lessons learned, particularly as related to scaling community-wide early intervention and education programs.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Early Childhood Mental Health: What You (and your staff) Need to Know

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Professional Development

Do you have the knowledge and skills to promote young children’s social-emotional development? To recognize when there is a risk for mental health issues that may interfere with development?  Presenters will share competencies established by mental health professional organizations for the early care and education workforce.  Participants will interact with resources, such as free ‘e-modules,’ designed to move the workforce toward competence in the areas of social-emotional development, early brain development, self-regulation, toxic stress, and relationships.  Presenters will then discuss with participants how integrated and coordinated local early care and education systems can work together to appropriately identify and serve children and families who need mental health services.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five – From Formative Assessment to Recommended Practices

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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 incremental changes over time. Using this information, teachers and families can intentionally plan and individualize next steps for each child, particularly important for children with disabilities.  Classroom scenarios will be used to guide participants through the process of using progressions to determine a child’s current developmental level, next instructional step, as well as ways to embed intervention into a home or classroom routine.  We will wrap up the session with a discussion of how local providers are using progressions to enhance teacher and family understanding of age-appropriate developmental expectations.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Instruction

Encounter the Wonder of Learning: Reggio Emilia's Approach to Children with "Special Rights"

Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

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 voice to advocacy for children’s rights. In Reggio Emilia, children with disabilities are children with “special rights,” who receive among other special rights, top priority in enrollment in the municipal schools. 

The session will also include a vividly illustrated presentation on Reggio Emilia's approach to inclusion and  also discuss how local children with special rights have engaged with the atelier spaces that are part of the exhibit. Participants also can engage in the ateliers and discuss how to incorporate Reggio Emilia's approach to working with children with special rights into their own work.

Note: Participants must provide their own transportation to the workshop, which will be at Northgate Mall in Durham, NC (not at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill). We will provide more details shortly before the event.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Ensuring Fidelity to Practice for Joint Visits When Using a Primary Service Provider Approach to Teaming

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic: Professional Development

Join Rush and Shelden for in depth analysis of joint visits when using a primary service provider approach to teaming in early intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to use and take home a new tool for ensuring fidelity to practice while viewing video of team members on a joint visit implementing coaching and natural learning environment practices.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Teaming and Collaboration

EZ-wee-AT – using ordinary items in new ways to promote child participation in everyday activities

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Families
Topic: Inclusive Practices

Things that help children with a disabilities do something they could not otherwise do are called Assistive Technologies (AT).  For very young children ordinary or simple items used in new and creative ways are transformed into AT that can expand opportunities for participation in everyday early childhood and family activities. Learn about and experience hands-on activities to discover your potential for providing AT to young children.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

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