Join us for the Virtual 2020 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has become one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. For 19 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources that guide inclusive policy, professional development, and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems that support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and problem solve with peers.
We wish to extend our great appreciation to the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center for providing scholarships for the Inclusion Institute, thank you!
2020 Keynote: The Importance of Stories in Family Engagement and Advocacy
Join us for a powerful keynote address by Bethany Van Delft Moffi, comedian, storyteller, Parent Advocate, and parent of two children. Bethany will use humor and family stories to highlight the importance of collaboration and working together to further inclusion. Bethany will also be hosting a concurrent session about using stories in advocacy as parents, family, teachers, and service providers.
2020 Plenary: Inclusion 2.0 2.0: Are We There Yet?
Rhodus Riggins, Jr., Harriette Bailey, and Lisa Pullis
Breathe-just breathe. Years of immeasurable tears, passion, research, and advocacy efforts at the local, regional, and even federal levels must call, command, and even demand an answer to this critical question: Are we there yet? This interactive plenary session will dive deeply into this critical question and refrain while lifting essential voices and experiences with an imperative cry: No Inclusion: No Equity!!!.
2020 Federal Plenary Session: Supporting Inclusion in Challenging Times
The intention for this session is to listen, learn, and share perspectives about inclusion with an interagency panel of policy leaders representing the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, and the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care. Each panelist will provide a brief update on early childhood priorities and inclusion initiatives within their agencies. They will then answer questions about meeting needs around inclusion submitted by participants in the weeks before the Inclusion Institute. During the Plenary, participants will have the opportunity to share their challenges and strategies for moving inclusion forward during these challenging times using live polling.
We extend our gratitude to our sponsors: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and Brookes Publishing