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
A Place to Be and Something to Do: Evidence-based Practices for Children with ASD in Preschool Settings
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
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
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
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
This session will provide an overview of a conceptual model being used to design a new framework for assessing early childhood program quality. Information will be provided on the measurement design process, as well as implications for children with disabilities and inclusion. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to give feedback on framework development process.
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
The inclusion experiences of families and their children across the continuum of services from early intervention to school age will be described. Strategies for forming partnerships with interdisciplinary and community professionals will be highlighted as a family capacity building skill promoting informed advocacy. The role of the professional in helping families learn to navigate the systems of supports in early intervention and beyond will be promoted. Strategies such as information sharing, coaching, and support will be described for empowering families in their advocacy roles.
The national emphasis on early childhood program quality has never been higher, especially evident in the number of states building TQRIS systems. At the same time the attention to cross-sector collaboration across the multiple early childhood sectors has moved beyond lip service. Multiple state and federal initiatives, such as RTT-ELC, have brought money to the table to put the talk about quality and collaboration into action. How do these opportunities support inclusion? Come to this session to ponder the issues, hear about some innovative ideas being implemented and/or explored by two... more