2018 Sessions

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

The Supreme Court’s Bold Agenda for Children with Disabilities: The Cutting-Edge Endrew F. Case

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

Rud Turnbull will summarize the recent unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to hold schools to a higher standard for educating children and youth, birth to 21. This standard requires schools to provide an appropriately ambitious and individualized program with challenging objectives to each student with a disability and to ensure that children make appropriate progress consistent with their potential for growth. Rud will explain the Court's expectations for the delivery of services and provide guidance on advocacy strategies to ensure that the "law on the books" is, indeed, "law on the streets." 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership

The Ultimate Bargain: Free Inclusion Resources That Are Also Really Good

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Come discover rich resources that can help professionals and families to support the full participation of each young child. We'll explore high quality, no-cost resources that include activities, evidence-sources, videos, websites, listservs, modules, 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 both what's available and how to use it.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

Time Matters: How to make scheduling early intervention visits more "Natural"

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

Please join Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden in a thought-provoking discussion on the critical (non-negotiable) use of real-life routines as the context for early intervention visits in both home and child care settings. The group will engage in a deep dive discussion on how and why use of context-based intervention determines effectiveness of coaching, care provider engagement, and child and family outcomes. Presenters (and participants) will role play joint planning in complicated situations, debrief video examples, and practice how to maximize flexibility when scheduling. The presenters will share detailed information about FAB Scheduling and will also discuss the challenges to fully embracing the belief that early intervention support is NOT a Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 occupation! If this notion causes anxiety or trepidation…it’s OKAY, no judgement here, just an open discussion about the undeniable challenges, seemingly insurmountable barriers, AND the irrefutable benefits of scheduling practices that are Flexible, Activity-based, and use Bursts of Support (FAB).

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

Universal Design & Assistive Technology for Learning in Preschool Classrooms

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

Universal Design for Learning is an evidence-based practice that promotes inclusive early childhood education programs. UDL supports access through the removal of physical and structural barriers (UD) and the provision of multiple and varied formats for instruction and learning (UDL). Early childhood educators who employ UDL in the design of their learning environments and curricula are able to meet the needs of a broad range of young children, as well as the unique needs of individual children. Some children need additional specific assistive technologies (AT) incorporated into their learning environment.  This facilitated discussion will provide an overview of UDL principles in preschool learning environments, will help participants identify when AT is needed and what solutions may be available, as well as, engage participants in application of UDL and AT in simulation activities. Participants will receive information and resources and will be encouraged to actively participate in discussion.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

Universal Design for Learning: A Proactive Approach for Including Children with Diverse Experiences, Cultures, Abilities, and Languages

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

The number of children with identified or suspected disabilities included in general education preschool classrooms is increasing every year. Teachers, specialists, and leaders need to work together to proactively prepare environments that support full and effective participation of all young children. This dynamic session will engage participants in discussing how the principles of universal design for learning can be used to support adaptations and strategies to include children who come from different home experiences, cultural backgrounds, and language environments. Specific resources and recommended practices will be examined in this highly interactive session.

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

Using Data to Answer Critical Questions about EI/ECSE Personnel

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

Presenters will discuss how local programs and states can use data to answer questions about personnel, working through concrete examples for questions such as “What are the demographic characteristics of EI/ECSE practitioners?” “What are the levels of education and years of experience of EI/ECSE practitioners?” and “What is the turnover rate among EI/ECSE practitioners?”. Examples of how states have used or are planning to use personnel data will also be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to work through examples; discuss the questions they have about the practitioners in their program, region, or state; and begin thinking through plans to collect and use data on personnel.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership

Using Suspension and Expulsion Data to Promote Equity in Early Childhood Settings

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

Recent data indicates that young children of color are up to 4 times more likely than White children to be suspended or expelled from early learning programs. These types of exclusionary practices prevent children from having access to important learning opportunities and increase the likelihood of repeated suspensions and expulsions. Collecting and examining data on these types of practices is a key component in promoting equity in early childhood programs. The focus of this session will be on providing: (1) an overview of suspension and expulsion in early childhood, including the importance of collecting data to decrease disparities in programs; (2) an introduction to the latest version of the Behavior Incident Report (BIR) and its use in early childhood settings to identify disparities in disproportionality related to disciplinary practices; and (3) a discussion about challenges, barriers, and potential solutions. The session will include active engagement with the content, including small and large group discussions as well as activities  that support implementation of  data-informed decision making practices.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

What We Wish Had Been on our Sons’ IEPs.

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

The need to prepare all children with disabilities for adult life cannot begin too early, even in the preschool years.  In this session, parents of young adults with disabilities will share their perspectives on inclusion experiences from early intervention to secondary education focusing on the kinds of goals and strategies they wish had been on their sons’ IEPs. A discussion of what and how those skills can be enhanced at early ages and how they provided inclusion supports throughout their children’s early intervention to secondary school experiences will be provided.  Suggested strategies for practitioners and parents will be shared. 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Transition

Whole-School, Trauma-Informed Approaches for Improving Child Wellbeing

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

There is growing awareness of the high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), along with the trauma reactions that can result. This session will delve into the research behind ACEs: the short- and long-term effects for children, the impact on brain development, and how this shows up in school settings. Likewise, we will consider ways that ACEs impact school staff, leading to compassion fatigue and burn-out. But there is much that can be done to promote resilience for staff and students! Presenters will describe approaches at the school and classroom levels to create safe spaces, foster positive climate, proactively support school connections, and build self-regulation skills. Interactive discussion will encourage brainstorming about how to begin this work in your classroom, school, and community.

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

Wired to Move: Facts & Strategies to Support Boys in an Early Childhood Setting

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Participants will learn how to support boys of all abilities in the classroom through brain based teaching and support. This interactive session will build on the 2017 session and will help participants to develop/implement a boy friendly plan in their individual programs during the session. Participants will be given specific strategies around using a collaborative effort to implement this plan successfully.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

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