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In-Person Only Pre-Conference Workshops
These workshops will take place in person at the Friday Center on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 am Eastern (US & Canada). Registration includes continental breakfast, morning coffee/tea and snack, and lunch on May 7, 2024. Cost: US$100/attendee
Ableism in Early Childhood: What is it? What can we do about it?
Presenters: Jani Kozlowski, Allyson Dean, Seena Skelton, Jackie Joseph, Kayla Palazzo, Jennifer Fung, Alex Lazara
Research has shown that the primary challenge to early childhood inclusion rests within our own attitudes and beliefs. Therefore, in order to move the needle on inclusion, we all must understand the meaning of the term ableism and how it shows up in early learning programs. Join us to consider alternatives to the common definition of disability and how this alternative way of thinking can impact our programs and practices. Together we will explore personal attitudes and beliefs about disability, learn about personal experiences with ableism through storytelling and reflection, and co-create an alternative approach for supporting children with disabilities to foster change and create solutions. Together we can confront ableism in our field and find solutions!
Equitable Practices to Promote the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children
Presenter: Courtney O’Grady and Megan Vinh
In this session, we will discuss how there is need for continued support for early childhood educators so that as we work to eliminate practices such as suspension and expulsion, we provide early childhood educators with a toolkit of inclusive, proactive, and preventative strategies they can use in its place to promote social emotional competence. We will also address how exclusionary discipline disproportionately impacts young children of color and young children with disabilities. We will provide strategies to facilitate the meaningful inclusion of all young children. This includes strategies on how to seek additional support for children with disabilities who may have behavior viewed as challenging.
Preparing Inclusion Advocates and Leaders: Tools and Strategies for Faculty and PD Providers
Presenters: Camille Catlett, Sharon Little, Michele Napierkowski
This session will focus on ways in which to build the capacity for early childhood educators to recognize, create, implement, evaluate, and advocate for high-quality inclusive learning and development opportunities for young children. Tools and strategies that help promote emphasis on the full participation of each and every child and their family will be highlighted. Presenters will share examples of how to bring an inclusive lens to any course or professional development offering. Focused tabletop discussions will provide opportunities for participants to follow their interests and learning priorities.
The Pursuit of Belonging to Advance Early Childhood Inclusion
Presenters: Harriette Bailey, Lisa Pullis, Rhodus Riggins Jr.
Belonging is a fundamental basic human need and desire. Promoting children’s development and belonging is a widely held value among early care and education professionals and our society (DEC & NAEYC, 2009). This interactive experience will explore:
- What is Belonging?
- What are key principles of Belonging?
- Are Culture, Belonging, and Social Identity the same?
- How do we open space and create cultures of Belonging for children with special needs and their families?
- How does Belonging advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice?
In-Person Pre-Conference Workshop at Kidzu Children’s Museum
This workshop will take place in person at Kidzu Children’s Museum on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 am Eastern (US & Canada). Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the museum. Kidzu is 3 miles or approximately an eight-minute drive from the Friday Center. Registration includes continental breakfast at Kidzu and lunch at the Friday Center on May 7, 2024. Cost: US$100/attendee
Virtual Only Workshops
These workshops will take place online using the Zoom platform on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 am Eastern (US & Canada). There will be no in-person space at the Friday Center for these workshops. Join from anywhere in the world (including your hotel if you plan to do the rest of the conference in-person). Cost: US$75/attendee