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!
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 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
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.
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.
AIM for Literacy Success for Young Children who are Dual Language Learners: Assessments, Interventions, and Models
In this session we will discuss potential challenges and solutions with early language and literacy assessment with young children who are dual language learners (DLLs). Participants will receive resources for assessing and developing early oral and written language in young DLLs, and learn about different and effective classroom models that can best use these resources.
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 interactive session will focus on supporting practitioners in using program and child level data to make decisions about practice improvements. Specifically, this session will focus on: How to be a data based decision maker, including how to efficiently and intentionally use data to make decisions about practice implementation. How to use child level data, such as progress monitoring and engagement measures, to understand practice implementation and make necessary changes. How to create a culture of decision making, including the questions practitioners might need to ask and... more
Everybody knows North Carolina is the home of basketball, but the home-visiting rule described in this session is the Hoosiers Rule. That’s because a Tarheel by adoption borrowed the rule from the famous movie and applied it to home visiting, to make visits more collaborative and less prescriptive. Applying this basketball strategy empowers families and makes interventions more functional.