2018 Sessions

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

Promoting the development of young children through effective embedded intervention practices

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

States are struggling to demonstrate inclusion in the least restrictive environment according to the data they must submit to the federal government each year.  Hear how one state’s disaggregated data points to the need for itinerant teachers and speech language pathologists to provide the majority of their services in the regular early childhood class.  A panel of teachers and related service providers will address questions about the challenges they faced, and share some ways they overcame those challenges to provide the evidence-based service delivery model of embedded intervention.   Time for interaction and discussion will be provided.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Instruction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Recommended Practices Modules: Enhancing Your Professional Development on DEC Recommended Practices

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

Come explore a series of free web-based modules to help pre-service and in-service practitioners work with children with disabilities and their families. Learn from and discuss with faculty and PD providers how you can incorporate the modules into your coursework and professional development opportunities to help learners learn about using the DEC Recommended Practices to support children with disabilities and their families. Support materials for faculty and PD providers include facilitation tips and tools.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope "The child might not remember, but the body does."

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

Are you looking for ways to support children and families who present you with challenging behaviors? Instead of asking what is this child doing right now, learn how to ask yourself what happened to this child and how can I help? Join us for a screening of the KPJR film, RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This new documentary film delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and reduce toxic stress. The film chronicles the birth of a movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to prevent childhood trauma and improve the health of future generations. Time for questions, interactions and sharing stories will be a part of the session.

 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

Supporting Young Children with Disabilities who are Dual Language Learners

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

This interactive session will engage participants in discussions about key national guidance and research that inform our work with young children with disabilities who come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Based on DEC’s Recommended Practices and the federal Joint Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children who are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs, we will examine practical and proactive adaptations to ensure full and effective participation of all young children in early childhood education. Vignettes will be used in an activity for participants to plan implementation of new strategies for supporting children who are dual language learners in their own work.

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

Tales from the Field: Making Sense of Teaching Dual Language Learners

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Local Administrators
Topic:

This session invites teachers and administrators of programs with English language learners to come together – sharing insights and strategies for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families. Participants will have multiple opportunities for collaborative dialogue related to their experiences and their current teaching contexts. The presenter will provide brief, practitioner-oriented explanations of language development theory that supports current practices or call for modifications to current approaches for working with young language learners.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

The Abecedarian Approach: Building on a Rich History to Reach Today’s Children

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

In this presentation, we will share the 45 years of research behind the Abecedarian Approach’s success in improving outcomes for young children with and without disabilities.  Then, we will provide a basic overview of the four components of the approach: Language Priority, Enriched Caregiving, Conversational Reading, and Learning Games.  We will conclude with a discussion on how programs and classrooms can use the Abecedarian Approach to enrich their existing curricula and interactions.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

The Courage to Reach Inward and Outward: The Power of Reflective Practice

Other Speakers:
Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Developing partnerships is both joyful and challenging work which requires reflection both inward, (for our own individual growth) and outward, (with each other). Our partnerships are strengthened when reflection is integrated into our practice.  Join this half-day interactive workshop to experience guided reflection through journaling, conversations, and other strategies to support our ongoing engagement in the important work of inclusion. Using Janice Fialka’s writing as a springboard for our thinking and discussion, this session provides opportunities to explore and create:

  • practices for careful listening to ourselves and our partners for deep connections that honor vulnerability and diversity
  • brave space that fosters honest, trusting relationships and communication
  • connections between attending our own inner lives, our roles and the renewal of our commitment to supporting outcomes for our young children and their families.

The principles from the Center for Courage and Renewal© www.couragerenewal.org and The Courage to Teach, by Parker J. Palmer (2017) are the foundation of this session.

Register here for this Pre-Institute Workshop

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

The Dance of Partnership: Why do my feet hurt? Strengthening the Family Professionals Partnership

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

This workshop is designed to assist professionals and families who have children with disabilities to better understand the challenges, complexities, and possibilities faced as they form and maintain partnerships.  Using humor and stories, Janice explores the unique dimensions that complicate this working relationship from both perspectives:  parent and professional.  She addresses such questions as:  Can there truly be a partnership? What does each partner bring to this alliance, both the similarities and differences? How can partners be more effective in their work together?

As a result participants strengthen their insights about their partnerships and are better equipped to collaborate more effectively as they develop plans for and with children and youth with disabilities. 

Learning Outcomes

  • To enhance the insight and understanding of the unique dimensions that complicates the working relationship from both perspectives:  parents and professionals.
  • To identify at least three strategies which promote partnerships
  • To reframe the label “in denial.”
  • To renew a personal commitment to forming partnerships among parents and professionals.
DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration

The Dollars and Cents of Inclusion: Funding Strategies to Create Inclusive Classroom

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

This session will highlight finance strategies that may be used to create inclusive early childhood environments. National resources and a state story of how funding mechanisms have supported inclusion will be featured. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes and preview strategies and tools that may be used to support the financing of inclusive programs. Intentional collaboration and braided funding with early childhood partners can create high-quality programs that support inclusive opportunities.

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

The Power of Federal Regulations and Policies for Successful Inclusion

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

 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, all play a significant and positive role in enhancing 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:
  • All

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