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The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) and the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECAC) emphasize the importance of strong, quality, cross sector early childhood systems of professional development (PD) at the local, regional and state level. This session will share strategies used in one state to develop such a system and provide participants an opportunity to share what is happening in their states. Tools developed by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) through their work with 8 states to support cross sector PD system development... more
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
Inclusive settings offer many potential learning opportunities for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  However, simply placing a child with ASD in such settings without accompanying supports can be a challenge for both the program and the child.  In this presentation, a model for designing programs for young children with ASD will be described.  Based on the work of the National Professional Development Center on ASD, participants will learn about assessing quality of programs, designing measurable objectives, and linking objectives to evidence-based practices recently... more
Have you heard about trauma/trauma informed care? Not really sure what that really means, especially for your work in ECSE? Join us for a session dedicated to 1) understanding trauma in early childhood,  2) defining “trauma informed care strategies”, and 3) learn ways to apply trauma informed strategies in your ECSE work. We will share practical resources for building your trauma informed toolbox in ECSE. To make the session useful for participants, we have designated several “Pause. Digest. Reflect.” points during the session for participants to ask questions, reflect, discuss, and interact... more
Working with and caring for infants, toddlers and their families is relationship-based and requires us to engage our emotions as well as our intellect. This interactive session will provide early care and educational professionals an opportunity to apply a self-reflective process through which they will learn to recognize the personal factors that influence their caregiving practices and decisions. User-friendly tips and tools will be provided through the use of case scenarios and videos and offer opportunity for reflection and dialogue as participants determine what infant, toddler and... more
Transitions from early intervention to preschool or other services provide important opportunities for parents to engage in a process of considering and mobilizing a range of potential formal and informal opportunities. Too often service coordinators and providers overlook transition as a time to help families systematically identify both formal and informal ongoing learning opportunities for children and help families develop a comprehensive vision for ongoing support. This session focuses on using capacity-building family-centered practices to help families systematically identify their... more
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
This special Pre-Institute Workshop will provide participants with concrete strategies that address challenging behavior across roles and in a range of inclusive settings, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care, PreK, and Special Education classrooms. Participants will learn the reasons children engage in challenging behavior and identify strategies to employ to address these behaviors effectively.  In addition, presenters will cover policies and practices on preventing suspension and expulsion and provide helpful resources Come prepared to actively engage colleagues. Video... more
This session explores how early childhood professionals can support families and partner with early intervention (EI) providers when a child’s screening results indicate the need for assessment.  Learn strategies for discussing assessments with families and engaging parents in EI services.  Participants will also identify methods to collaborate with EI providers when services are delivered at an early childhood site. Finally, participants will review the IFSP and discuss how it relates to their work with children and families.
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.