2018 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2018 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Getting the Wiggles Out: Promoting Participation with Assistive Technology Supports

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

Assistive Technology is a proven support to help young children with disabilities actively participate  (move, use materials and communicate) in daily routines and activities.  But did you know AT can also help when children find it difficult to attend, read social cues, follow rules, and interact in daily activities?  AT can help reduce frustration, increase emotional awareness, expand understanding,  and guide appropriate behaviors.  Come and explore the use of sensory and visual supports and how they can promote  a child’s engagement. Sharing  ‘what works’ with families and staff can help children ‘participate’ in all daily activities.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

Helping Children Develop Coping Skills

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic:

There are a lot of demands placed on children in childcare programs. We see many children having trouble managing stress in group settings. This training covers different types of coping difficulties and how they apply to classroom settings. It focuses on how to teach coping skills to children in planned and everyday activities, that you will have the opportunity to practice during the session.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Interaction

How to Make Friends and Influence Preschoolers: Classroom Management that Motivates and Engages Children

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

In this session, we will discuss different options for classroom management and how they can benefit or challenge children with special needs.  In the first part of the session, participants will learn about two key theories that drive classroom management: behaviorism and self-determination theory.  Then, we will apply these theories, discussing strategies for building classroom community, teaching behavior, and designing experiences for children that promote success rather than failure.  Time at the end will be allowed for questions about how to apply learning to participants’ specific classrooms and situations.

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

Implicit Bias 2.0: Preparing Early Childhood Professionals to Work with Culturally Diverse Young Children

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

Several potential factors contribute to inequity in early childhood educational practices, including implicit racial bias; lack of training focused on teaching young children from nondominant cultures; and cultural discontinuity between home and school. The focus of this session will be on helping educators become more aware of and reduce their implicit biases, view child development through a cultural lens, and implement culturally responsive instructional strategies. Specifically, the session will focus on (1) identifying barriers to equity in early childhood environments for children of color; (2) defining implicit bias and its role in perpetuating inequitable practices related to behavior management, teacher-child interactions, and instructional practices; (3) describing strategies for identifying and overcoming implicit bias; and (4) providing specific culturally responsive practices that can be used in early learning environments to promote equitable outcomes for children from culturally diverse backgrounds. The session will include active engagement with the content, including small and large group discussions, as well as a PowerPoint presentation focused on providing specific content and activities that support implementation of the practices.

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

Including All Children in Outdoor Play!

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

Topics discussed during this interactive session will include the definition of PLAY, PlayMobile, designing outdoor learning environments, loose parts and modifications to promote inclusion, free resources, and advocacy.  Come prepared to play and share your inclusive outdoor play stories! This session builds on three guiding documents: The Play Rights of Disabled Children International Play Association Position Statement (May 2015), DEC Recommended Practices and the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

Inclusion and Preschool Development Grants: Data, Progress and Successes

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

The inclusion for children with disabilities in early education programs remains a focus of attention across programs.  The federally funded Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Program requires that States include preschoolers with disabilities. This requirement has been met with successes and challenges.  The session will share data on inclusion in the PDG programs, identify the successes and challenges, and the lessons learned in supporting state and local efforts in developing quality systems of inclusive services. Participants will engage in discussion and activities on strategies for inclusion that can apply to their situations. 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Environment

Innovative strategies to collaborate across MIECHV/home visiting and Part C programs

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

This presentation will help participants to improve coordination and collaboration across MIECHV/home visiting and Part C programs to better support their youngest children and families.  The need for coordination and collaboration across these programs has never been more critical as state and local entities stretch their capacity to ensure that families can access critical services and supports. Too often these programs are seen as separate and distinct when they actually have many shared goals, principles and desired outcomes.  The joint ED and HHS guidance released January 2017 provides an exciting and concrete framework for participants to consider how to develop policies and practices that support the shared knowledge and practices to ensure that our birth to three systems are the most responsive and effective they can be for our highest need children and families.  Participants will hear from federal agency leaders and state practitioners about strategies to increase collaboration between ECCS, MIECHV, and Part C and have ample opportunity to discuss how they can identify and advance opportunities for increased coordination and linkages in their states and localities.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education (IECSE) Service Delivery Model & the Changing Role of the Special Educator

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

Access to high-quality early childhood education is important for all children, but for children with disabilities, the quality of both the general education environment and the special education services are critical.  This session provides an overview of Rhode Island’s Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education (IECSE) Service Delivery Model that allows for the provision of embedded services within high-quality general education settings.  A focus will be on the changing role of the special education teacher and therapist.  Participants will learn how to support special educators as they embrace their new role as collaborator and coach. Finally, the session will allow plenty of time for questions and application of the new concepts.

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

Just do it! - in your community – ordinary people design and build extraordinary assistive tools for children with disabilities

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Real life examples will be shared to illustrate the outputs of a local initiative called fabricATe demonstrating the effectiveness of a community maker-movement approach that provides families and young children with quick access to low- and light assistive tools and promote access to and participation in daily routines and activities. Participants will leave this session with inspiration for and very practical information about starting a similar initiative at home.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

Lead by Example: Reflecting on Individual Leadership in EI/ECSE

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic:

“LEAD (noun): the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow”  In this session participants will explore this definition of leadership and an existing framework for leadership development with direct application to EI/ECSE. What does it mean to lead in our everyday activities as professionals?  Through a series of reflective activities participants will assess their strengths and areas for growth, set immediate leadership goals, and identify leadership action steps within the context of their daily work.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership

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