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2018
Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!
2018
This session will focus on supporting continuous quality improvement of inclusion using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP). The session will present an overview of the ICP tool, a tool designed to measure and support the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms.  A pilot project from one state will be presented and discussed in relation to how the ICP was used to support quality inclusion. Real life video clips of project participants were utilized during the follow up trainings to highlight actual inclusive practices in action.  Participants will be able to view these... more
2018
Inspire the assistive technology (AT) champion in you! Discover how YOU can support the use of AT so children can DO the everyday things that promote participation and learning. Examine and demystify the myths related to using AT with young children. Explore and learn about the functions of a wide range of AT that supports children’s participation in everyday routines and activities. Leave with an understanding about the roles that various early childhood professionals play in using AT with young children.
2018
Attitudes and beliefs influence our approach to implementing inclusive practice. This session will address how attitudes and beliefs can be viewed using a system’s level perspective from our personal behavior with others including collaborative teaming within individual programs and across programs within communities. Participants will use tools to assess individual and program practices as a vehicle for small and large group discussion activities.
2018
DJ and I share our story from DJ’s diagnosis to the present. We present our different perspectives of Autism. DJ speaks about what it is like to have Autism and I about being an Autism mom. We call it “Our Journey” because we continue to “Navigate” Autism daily. No two days are the same, but we travel them together. By sharing our story, we hope to raise Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Also let people know that those with Autism can do great and amazing things and give hope and encouragement to all who attend our session.
2018
This session will provide participants with an evidence base for using virtual Communities of Practice (CoP) and online platforms as tools to offer, support and extend professional development and training opportunities. The Head Start Disabilities Inclusion Network, facilitated by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL), will be highlighted as an example. Best practices and lessons learned from the Network for sharing and exchanging of knowledge, onboarding and engaging members, facilitating and sustaining, and monitoring and evaluating CoPs will... more
2018
This session will share best practices in development and use of implementation teams in the exploration stage for supporting inclusion practices. Participants will receive guidance on benefits, potential barriers, and feasibility of developing implementation teams. During the session, participants will identify and discuss possible opportunities within their systems to develop implementation teams. Resources and supports to strengthen teaming structures that improve the quality of implementation of inclusion practices will be shared.
2018
Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to explore the role that Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships play in effectively engaging families.  This session will offer definitions, tools, and reflective practice and supervision strategies to help develop positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families of children with disabilities.  Participants will engage in interactive discussions about the incorporation of information from the IFSP / IEP process into goal-setting and explore how positive relationship building can inform and expand the... more
2018
Join us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared.  Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration.  This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.  
2018
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of research in early childhood suspensions, racial disparities in the application of severe disciplinary practices in the preschool years, and strategies that will prevent the suspension of young children in early childhood setting. Participants will engage in hands on activities to identify ‘hot buttons’, cultural disconnects and personal biases that may be present in the early childhood environment that are most likely to lead to early childhood suspensions and harsh discipline of young children.

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