Inclusion Across the Lifespan: What We Have Learned Over 150 Years about Humanism, Humility, Humor, Hurt, and Hugs

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2018

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Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed speakers and leaders in the fields of disability law, public policy and family support, have recently both had zero birthdays.  Their ages total 150 years.   What lessons have they learned, especially related to parenting their beloved son Jay whom they describe as their best teacher on the topic of disabilities? What lessons have withstood the test of time? What are their “truths” that have enabled them to not only survive but prevail?  They subscribe to full disclosure: Be ready for humanism, humility, humor, hurt, and hugs.  Maybe even for knowledge that aged to become wisdom!

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3

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6

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2

Getting the Wiggles Out: Promoting Participation with Assistive Technology Supports

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2018

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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.

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1

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10

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3

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6

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3

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2

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My Father, My Son, Myself: Reflections on Overcoming Challenges

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2018

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How can we draw inspiration from the obstacles that life sends our way? What can we learn from the challenges that others face in life? What do those lessons tell us about how we can best support children with disabilities? As an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability and the mother of a son with a disability, Jani Kozlowski brings a unique perspective to this work of inclusion in early care and education. In this session, Jani will share personal stories and reflections that highlight the human potential for overcoming challenges, and share strategies for how to shift attitudes in early education so that we will always view children with disabilities as individuals that demonstrate tremendous strength, grit and resilience.

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2

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10

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3

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6

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2

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

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2018

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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.

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1

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10

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3

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6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

Federal Panel on Early Childhood Policies and Initiatives and Implications for Enhancing the Quality of Inclusive Services

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2018

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The intention for this interactive 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.  The audience will then share their challenges and valued resources in implementing high quality inclusion using a live polling feature on their mobile devices, followed by individual questions and comments to clarify the challenges so that panelists and audience members have a chance for lively discussion centered around inclusion from “grasstops to grassroots.”

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6

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10

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3

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6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

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The Power of Federal Regulations and Policies for Successful Inclusion

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2018

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 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.

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1

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10

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3

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6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

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

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2018

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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.

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1

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10

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3

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1
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5
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2

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

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2018

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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.

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

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Including All Children in Outdoor Play!

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2018

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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.

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1

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10

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3

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6

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3
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2

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

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2019
2018

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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.

 

Begin with this session as Introduction to Resiliency Informed Practices Thread.

 

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1

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10

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3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

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2

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