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Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) are buzz words in education that recently have generated widespread interest in the early childhood field. Best understood as organizing frameworks, these approaches to tiered instruction are designed to help practitioners connect formative assessments with specific teaching and behavioral interventions and supports. Join us for an introduction to the newly released CONNECT Module 7 on Tiered Instruction. This session will demonstrate how videos, dilemmas, research summaries, activities, and other resources organized around... more
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!
Do you have practical experience in providing inclusive services to children in your community? If so, your voice is needed in a guided conversation to share the facilitators and barriers to local inclusion and the finance strategies for making it happen. Learning from each other, we will explore the administrative considerations, community partners, service delivery models and settings, funding streams and costs, and supports for including young children with disabilities, focusing particularly on resources for local collaborations. This session was on the program of the 2011 Inclusion... more
As a recipient of a grant from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), North Carolina established a collaborative state planning team. This presentation provides an overview of North Carolina's efforts to sustain and grow the use of the CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid Model across NC. NC/CSEFEL partner agencies' representatives will share their activities and initiatives designed to support implementation of the model. Challenges and lessons learned will be shared and discussed.
Ever thought about using music for inclusion programming? This session will address how to make environmental adaptions and create expanded opportunities for all children to learn through music in the outdoor environment. Take away evidence-based facts, innovative ideas, practical suggestions, and a renewed understanding of the value that music making may bring to children with disabilities, their families, and friends.
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
How to use the Routines-Based Interview in preschool settings to determine the ecological congruence between the demands of classroom routines and children’s interests and abilities. People have a sense about the importance of looking at context, but this session will focus on advanced information for determining skills the child needs to participate in classrooms as well as at home and in the community. Participants will give feedback about critical skills for common classroom routines. We will discuss how many assessment sources are really necessary to develop a functional IEP.
Programs and districts are assessing the quality of preschool inclusion but then what comes next? You may have heard about or be using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a measure for assessing the classroom practices that support inclusion, or you may be using other measures of inclusion in your program or you may just want to learn more. Come join this interactive session to explore how the ICP is being utilized across the nation. Topics of discussion will include the use of the tool in QRIS systems, as a framework for professional learning, as an evaluative tool providing data for... more
Through the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Program and other reform efforts, states are being challenged to develop systems for rating, monitoring and improving early learning and development programs. This challenge includes improving the quality of programs serving high-need children. This session will share findings from a demonstration study in North Carolina that investigated the acceptability, reliability and validity of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), a tool used to assess the quality of inclusive classroom practices. Results will be discussed in terms of the... more
This session will engage participants in a series of activities designed to facilitate the use of assessment to inform instruction in inclusive settings.  The session will begin with an overview of Embedded Instruction -  an instructional strategy that embeds instruction on individualized learning targets in ongoing activities, routines and transitions in inclusive preschool settings.  Participants will learn how to identify individualized learning targets that relate to IEP goals as well as early learning foundations and curriculum. In addition, participants will engage in planning activity-... more