How can we help teachers and program leaders understand more about how children spend their time in school? This is particularly important when we think about children with special needs in inclusive settings. How do we know that such children are having meaningful experiences? How do we move from token inclusion to authentic inclusion? In this session, we will introduce and discuss the EduSnap, a tool that provides a minute-by-minute picture of how children spend their day in school, allowing educators to examine the degree to which those experiences are similar or different when... more
The first part of the workshop will focus largely on problems with how old ideas still play out in classrooms today (e.g., through sticker charts or card charts). Dr. Holland will also discuss a more current understanding of motivation called self-determination theory and will explore some of its practical applications—especially for classroom management, particularly improving student engagement and decreasing teacher stress. The second part of the workshop will address such topics as tattling, bathroom time, lining up, aligning with PBIS, persistent misbehavior, and behavior plans.... more
Participants will learn how creative movement is a vital part of a preschool child's development. Participants will learn creative movement through skits, songs, and presentations as well as a simple children’s yoga story. Modifications will be explained for all types of learners. Participants will learn how to use various props that enhance the creative movement experience for all preschoolers. Miss Kim will demonstrate all of these skills as well as show videos of her working with special needs children.
Does Nature Always Nurture? Helping Children with Emotional/Behavioral Problems Explore and Reap the Benefits of the Outdoors
For many children with emotional and behavioral problems, outside time can be fraught with anxiety, frustration, conflict, and even fear. This session explores ways in which parents and teachers can develop a more acute awareness of the difficulties encountered by these children and assist them in having more successful outdoor experiences.
This interactive session provides a brief explanation of how young English learners acquire a new language. It then explores ways to emphasize language acquisition throughout the curriculum and the daily routine. Strategies and activities are introduced that support vocabulary development in both native and non-native English speakers.
More children with ASD are being served in early childhood classrooms today. Teachers and child care providers need to understand how the characteristics of these learners with ASD might impact and be addressed by inclusive learning settings. Importantly, evidence-based practices have been shown to support inclusive education. One evidence-based practice, peer-mediated instruction and intervention, will be described and resources will be provided. Finally, the free, online resource of Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) will be shared.
Join us to discuss and discover formative assessment in pre-k and kindergarten. The five domains of learning will be explored followed by the sharing of documentation ideas appropriate for both pre-k and k-3 assessment. Specific strategies will be discussed for use in staying true to best practice, meeting challenging mandates, using assessment to guide instruction, and recognizing the connections and alignment between pre-k and kindergarten. Participants may choose to further enhance knowledge gained in this session by scheduling a demonstration classroom guided observation to see how... more
Gender Fluid, Gender Creative and Transgender Preschoolers: Supporting These Young Learners and Their Families
Children typically solidify their gender between the ages of 3-6, but what happens when family, society and your own body says that you are a boy or a girl, but your brain and heart tells you something else? What does a young learner do whose gender orientation is at odds with his or her biology or who feels that neither gender box fits, and what can it look like when she/he/they begin to express that disconnect? Come to this session and we will explore these topics together and learn from each other through an interactive quiz that supports terminology/vocabulary, time to reflect on our own... more
The number of states implementing assessments of all children in kindergarten has increased in recent years. States vary in terms of the purpose and use of kindergarten assessments and also in terms of the type of instrument used. This session will review a framework for a comprehensive, aligned assessment system with a focus on kindergarten and beyond. An overview of assessments that states are using as well as issues associated with kindergarten entrance assessments will be discussed. Implications for pre-K and kindergarten programs will be provided as well as an overview of issues... more
Making friends can help children have an increased sense of belonging, boost happiness, and improve self-confidence. There is power in friendships! Come have fun while learning and practicing techniques and activities that will help all kids develop friendships.