2017 Sessions

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

The Power of Federal Regulations and Policies For Successful Inclusion

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

This session will discuss the regulatory and policy foundations supporting inclusive opportunities for young children and their families. Policies from IDEA Part C and Part B Section 619, the Head Start Performance Standards, as well as civil rights laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, have a significant and positive impact on the provision of inclusive early care and learning in our communities. There will be ample time in the session for questions and for participants to discuss their own community scenarios for facilitating inclusive opportunities.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Environment
  • Transition

The Right Stuff: Resources to Support the Full Participation of Each Young Child

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Professional Development

Come discover rich resources that can help professionals and families to support the successful participation of each young child. We'll explore high quality, no-cost resources that align with the DEC Recommended Practices and include activities, evidence-sources, videos, websites, listservs, and landing pads.  Handouts will include diverse examples that can be helpful in many settings and applications. This session will feature an engaging combination of presentation and demonstrations of media and websites.

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

The Unusual is NOT impossible: Why Stories Matter to Building Partnerships

Type: Keynote
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Often in our lives as families and providers we face unusual challenges.  These moments, though troubling at times, can be exactly what we need to discover creative ways to support each other and our children with delays and disabilities. 

Janice will share powerful stories of her family’s quest to shift the unusual into the possible as they raised and supported their 32-year old son, Micah with an intellectual disability.  She will explore why stories matter and how, when we listen deeply to each other, partnerships can be strengthened and creativity can be unleashed.  Janice's stories remind us that we don't stand alone.

DEC Recommended Practices:

Trusting Family Partnerships as a Way Forward to High Quality Inclusive Practices

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

This session will provide a model for establishing trusting partnerships with families in promoting inclusive education.  Grounded in research, the new federal policy on family engagement, and DEC/Head Start family frameworks, Ann will  delineate 6 key principles of trusting partnerships—communication, professional competency in fostering child outcomes, respect, commitment, equality, and advocacy.  Then she will apply these principles to family-practitioner partnerships to overcome inclusion barriers and to expand inclusion resources.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

Using Children’s Literature to Support Children’s Understanding of Social Justice

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

Story reading and picture books have always served as a means for adults to educate children about sociocultural norms and expectations. In an increasingly diverse society with growing economic and social disparities, it is important to use high quality children’s literature to support children’s learning of empathy, compassion and social justice.  This interactive session will use children’s books, and focus on how children benefit from opportunities to learn about real societal challenges via literature that considers and respects their developmental capacities and understandings.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

Using Evidence-Based Practices for Children with ASD to Support Effective Inclusion

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

Evidence-based practices have been shown to support inclusive education. This session will review the 27 evidence-based practices and describe a process for teachers and practitioners to select one or more of the 27 identified evidence-based practices. One evidence-based practice, structured play groups, will be described and resources will be provided. Finally, the free, online resource of Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) will be shared. Participants will discuss how this resource can be used in their settings.

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

Using Practice Based Coaching for the Implementation of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Practices

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

Teachers must feel confident and be competent in their use of social, emotional, and behavior support practices.  This session will explore the use of practice-based coaching for supporting teachers in their implementation of the Pyramid Model practices.  Discussion topics will include the use of the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool, coaching strategies, and coaching challenges.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Instruction

Using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) to Inform Professional Development: What states are doing

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

The newly published, Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), is an observation tool that assesses the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms (ages 2 - 5) across 12 practices. In this session, representatives from Mississippi, Georgia, and Illinois will share how they are using the ICP to improve the quality of inclusive practices their communities. Learn about their successes and challenges and share your own. The session will include opportunities for discussion and questions.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Instruction

Using the Inclusive Classroom Profile to Inform Professional Development: What States are Doing.

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:
DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

Wired to Move: Facts & strategies to support boys an early childhood setting

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic: Inclusive Practices

In this session participants will learn how to create a boy –friendly classroom that understands and support boys in their different learning styles, how to partner with parents, build relationships and promote social/emotional development, how to address challenging behaviors in the classroom and how to promote positive racial, ethnic, and gender identity in the early childhood classroom/environment. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a boy-friendly implementation plan including strategies for collaboration needed for implementation of the plan.

 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

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