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This entertaining and interactive session will feature aRPy, the spokesperson for the ECTA Center’s tools on the DEC Recommended Practices.  He will take you on a tour of the suite of resources that the ECTA Center has developed to promote the understanding and use of the DEC Recommended Practices: Performance Checklists, Practice Guides for Practitioners and Parents, Guidance for Practitioners, Strategies for Professional Development and Program Improvement, and online modules.  We will emphasize practices that promote inclusion. 
Participants in this interactive session will engage with products developed by the ECTA Center to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices by practitioners, families, and professional development providers. They will experience how the ECTA center products were developed, apply the products to challenges in real practice, generate practice challenges of their own for future training, and test drive training activities. A key feature of this session will be reacting to aRPy Ambassadors’ work in state improvement efforts and creating “game plans” for their own programs.
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.
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
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
The way in which some children process sensory information may make them feel out of control, exhibit a whole host of behaviors, and have difficulty concentrating and focusing – is there a role for assistive technology (AT) in promoting positive behaviors and enhance development and learning?  Join us to explore how AT may be used to support these young children.  Review key aspects of AT services and devices. Explore the various roles that adults play in collaborative planning specific to the use of AT. Learn about a decision making process about promoting children’s development and learning... more
Discover how YOU can use assistive technology (AT) to expand learning opportunities for young children to DO. Is this important topic? YES! Almost 30 years of research and experience have demonstrated that supporting the use of technology (what is that anyway? children using technology?), including AT devices (things) and AT services (people), maximizes accessibility for children with disabilities and enhances their opportunities for learning. Participants will: Examine and demystify the myths related to using assistive technology with young children Explore and learn about the... more