Systems Barriers to Reducing Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion

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2017

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In early childhood, there is a troubling trend of young children being suspended and expelled at significant rates. Specifically, those children who most need access to high quality programs are the least likely to attend and the most likely to be suspended or expelled. Being suspended and expelled leads to poor outcomes, including disengagement from the educational systems, antisocial behaviors, and risk for entering the juvenile justice systems. To address these issues, it’s important to understand the system facilitators and barriers to reducing suspension and expulsions. This session will discuss federal policies (i.e., IDEA, Head Start, Child Care, ESSA), along with strategies to reduce the systemic barriers to reducing suspension and expulsion. Participants will be actively engaged in discussion about the supports needed to implement evidence-based practices that can support practitioners in reducing suspension and expulsion.

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1

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10

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3

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3

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2
4
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DEC Recommended Practices: 

1

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2

Implementation of Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services

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2017

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The session will include an overview of a roll-out of the Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Service Delivery Model (IECSE).  The session will include an overview of the itinerant model, the rationale for introducing the model in Rhode Island, initial steps of implementation, scaling up, RI’s current IECSE model (which includes both direct instruction and consultation with the general education teacher) and the infrastructure of supports for practitioners.  Time will be provided for participants to consider the benefits and challenges of implementing an itinerant model within their state or district as well as an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
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7

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2

Federal and National Professional Organizations Panel on Early Childhood Directions and Initiatives for Enhancing the Quality of Inclusive Services

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2017

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Reflecting this year’s theme Trusting Partnerships in a Time of Change, leaders from Federal agencies  and three national early childhood professional organizations will share information on early childhood directions and initiatives related to inclusion and to supporting children with disabilities and their families. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and share their perspectives with the panelists.

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6

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

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Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five – From Formative Assessment to Recommended Practices

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2017

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Learn strategies for facilitating classroom assessment practices and informing instruction in an inclusive setting.  The NC Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five is a  no-cost, online tool that breaks down skill areas for ALL children from birth to age five, in the developmental domains of emotional and social development, health and physical development, language development and communication, and cognitive development. Skill descriptions at two-, three-, or six-month intervals allow teachers and families to observe a child’s current developmental level and to track incremental changes over time. Using this information, teachers and families can intentionally plan and individualize next steps for each child, particularly important for children with disabilities.  Classroom scenarios will be used to guide participants through the process of using progressions to determine a child’s current developmental level, next instructional step, as well as ways to embed intervention into a home or classroom routine.  We will wrap up the session with a discussion of how local providers are using progressions to enhance teacher and family understanding of age-appropriate developmental expectations.

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1

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10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

2
5

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2

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The Intersection of Implementation Science and Inclusion

Conference Year: 

2017

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Let’s make DEC Recommended Practices the national standard for individualizing practices with children 0-5 in inclusive settings, embraced by ALL sectors of early childhood professionals. Using an implementation science framework, participants will create an action agenda for improving the likelihood that young children with disabilities experience high quality inclusive practices.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

1
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4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
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7

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2

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Developing Community Capacity to Scale Evidence-Based Parenting & Family Support Programs

Conference Year: 

2017

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Scaling evidence-based prevention and wellbeing programs to achieve population-level outcomes can present unique challenges to cross-sector partners. A logic model for developing community implementation capacity will be presented and discussed in the context of efforts to scale the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in North Carolina. Triple P offers a system of parenting and family support interventions, including an option for parents with children who have disabilities or developmental delays, modeled on a public health approach. Examples of multi-level systems data that are guiding community improvement for program success and sustainability will be shared. Participants will be asked to reflect on the logic model as they share cross-sector experiences and lessons learned, particularly as related to scaling community-wide early intervention and education programs.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
4
7

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2

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Providing Coaching for Practice Change: Supporting Teachers to Implement Evidence-Based Practices

Conference Year: 

2017

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How do you support teachers to implement evidence-based practices with fidelity?  In this session, we will explore the implementation of practice-based coaching and how it can be delivered within inclusive programs to ensure the implementation of Recommended Practices.  The session will include a discussion of coaching challenges and strategies.

Type: 

1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
2
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

9

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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Using Practice Based Coaching for the Implementation of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Practices

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2017

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Teachers must feel confident and be competent in their use of social, emotional, and behavior support practices.  This session will explore the use of practice-based coaching for supporting teachers in their implementation of the Pyramid Model practices.  Discussion topics will include the use of the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool, coaching strategies, and coaching challenges.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

1

Age Group: 

2

Target Audience: 

1
2
4

DEC Recommended Practices: 

5

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Structures and Resources for Developing State and Local Cross-Sector Professional Development Partnerships

Conference Year: 

2017

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It takes a village to prepare and support the early childhood workforce if we are to meet our goal of increasing high quality inclusion options for young children with disabilities (0-5).  However, too often professional development at state and local levels is provided in siloes that are sector specific.  This session provides resources and examples that illustrate innovative strategies and structures for promoting and delivering cross-sector professional development.  The partnership examples include those among and between Head Start/Early Head Start, State and Local Education Agencies, child care, pre-k, preschool disabilities, and Institutions of Higher Education.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

3

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

4
5

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

Early Childhood Mental Health: What You (and your staff) Need to Know

Conference Year: 

2017

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Do you have the knowledge and skills to promote young children’s social-emotional development? To recognize when there is a risk for mental health issues that may interfere with development?  Presenters will share competencies established by mental health professional organizations for the early care and education workforce.  Participants will interact with resources, such as free ‘e-modules,’ designed to move the workforce toward competence in the areas of social-emotional development, early brain development, self-regulation, toxic stress, and relationships.  Presenters will then discuss with participants how integrated and coordinated local early care and education systems can work together to appropriately identify and serve children and families who need mental health services.

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1

Room: 

10

Topic: 

2

Age Group: 

3

Target Audience: 

6

DEC Recommended Practices: 

1
3
4
5
7

Repeat from last year?: 

2

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