2017 Sessions

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

Integrating Evidence-Based Professional Development Resources to Support Children with Disabilities: Recommended Practices Modules (RPMs)

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

Come explore a new series of free web-based modules for faculty and professional development providers to embed in their coursework or professional development opportunities. These modules build on existing high quality professional development resources such as CONNECT Modules and are aimed at helping learners implement the DEC Recommended Practices. In this session, you will learn how these modules complement CONNECT modules and can be embedded into your coursework and professional development opportunities.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

Learning through Adventure

Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families, Local Administrators
Topic: Inclusive Practices

During this mobile, interactive Pre-Institute Workshop we will discuss the importance of adventure for both children and staff. We will explore how to use traditional and non-traditional spaces to create adventure and learning for children and adults with different needs. We also will explore the meaning of “Adventure” and how it can fit it into the culture of a classroom, a teacher, and the child.

In addition, we also will discuss and practice planning for adventure for all children, including children with disabilities. We will take part in lessons and reflect, and we will ask questions that guide educators towards best practices in “adventure learning.”

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.
 

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

Life Without Limitations…..The Family Perspective on Early Intervention

Other Speakers:
Type: Plenary
Target Audience: All
Topic:

When Vance Kanell was very young, doctors informed his parents of the likelihood that their son would never walk, speak, read or write.   At that moment, Vance’s parents faced a choice; would they accept the limitations the diagnoses placed on Vance, or would they seek support and believe that through early intervention their son could defy expectations and live a life without limitations.  Using Vance’s story, the presenters will discuss the role that early intervention plays in supporting the entire family on their journey of acceptance and support of all of their children, from the perspective of the sibling, parent and the now 21-year-old young adult himself.  There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing strategies for preparing an entire family for a life without limitations.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

Making Connections Through Play

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners
Topic: Inclusive Practices

What is the number one factor that keeps kids active and prevents behavior issues? Those kids being connected and having friends. Come have fun while learning and practicing techniques and activities that will help kids develop friendships.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

Making Connections: Fostering Friendships for Children with and without Disabilities

Other Speakers:
Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic: Inclusive Practices

The best thing that a child can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help all youth develop their friendship skills by practicing activities to remove the barriers to friendships and applying a social mapping tool to examine friendship interactions.

Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming. The $150 cost for this Pre-Institute Workshop includes free breakfast and lunch.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

Making Connections: Fostering Friendships for Youth with and without Disabilities

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic: Inclusive Practices

The best thing that a child can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help all youth develop their friendship skills by practicing activities to remove the barriers to friendships and applying a social mapping tool to examine friendship interactions.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

Mindful Moments: Practices that Promote Personal and Professional Wellbeing

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Early childhood professionals need to be well to be effective. Personal and professional wellbeing influence our effectiveness and interactions with children, families and colleagues.  Learning to practice mindfulness can help ECE professionals to be well by supporting emotion regulation and intentional approaches.  This engaging and active session is designed to provide skills, knowledge and tools to help you embed mindfulness practices into your own daily routines AND to enable you to share the benefits of mindfulness-based practices with children, families and other professionals.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Interaction

My Father, My Son, Myself: Reflections on Overcoming Challenges

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

How can we draw inspiration from the obstacles that life sends our way? What can we learn from the challenges that others face in life? What do those lessons tell us about how we can best support children with disabilities? As an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability and the mother of a son with a disability, Jani Kozlowski brings a unique perspective to this work of inclusion in early care and education. In this session, Jani will share personal stories and reflections that highlight the human potential for overcoming challenges, and share strategies for how to shift attitudes in early education so that we will always view children with disabilities as individuals that demonstrate tremendous strength, grit and resilience.

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

Powerful Perspectives: How New Federal Policies and Position Statements Can Inform Our Work

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Professional Development

The past 18 months has seen the emergence of new policies, position statements, and guidance in four areas of early childhood/early childhood special education: 1) family engagement; 2) inclusion; 3) dual language learners; and 4) suspension and expulsion.  Each of these has tremendous implications for individual, program, agency, and state efforts to support inclusion. This session will provide a very brief overview of key guidance in each area, then dive into the policy statement on inclusion. Together we’ll model a process that you can use with your colleagues to discuss how the policy statement can inform daily interactions, research, technical assistance, professional development, and product development.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

Preschool Development Grants and Inclusion: Data, Progress and Challenges

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic: Systems and Policies

Low rates of inclusion for children with disabilities in early childhood programs persists as a national concern. Federal initiatives such as the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Program require that States make and report progress in serving preschoolers with disabilities. This session will share data on inclusion in the PDG programs as well as the progress and lessons learned in supporting state and local efforts in developing quality systems of inclusive services. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss these strategies and how they can might be used in their States and localities.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Teaming and Collaboration

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