Building an Intentionally Inclusive Community Program: The Interactive Use of Selected TA Process Tools and Resources
This session will feature an overview of stakeholder-oriented processes and resources (e.g., self-assessments leading to action planning, guidance on financing) to facilitate an intentional process of building inclusive communities, from both a state and local lens. Participants will have an opportunity to visit interactive stations where they can talk about the tools, and explore their potential application with community partners.
Provision of professional development to early childhood sites can be achieved in a number of ways. Participants will learn about one project, San Francisco Inclusion Networks, and its practice-based coaching model. Come learn how to use the Inclusive Classroom Profile and the data it provides to guide your professional development and technical assistance. This workshop will also high-light examples of working with public and private early childhood sites to develop systems to sustain inclusive practices. Ample time for discussion will be provided and participants will receive sample tools... more
Communities across the country have used a self-assessment process, the Community Perceptions of Inclusive Practices, to identify their strengths and needs and develop plans to promote high quality early childhood inclusive services. The process brings community partners (Head Start, early childhood special education, child care, families, etc.) together in a safe environment to share their diverse perspectives on inclusion. The data from these dialogues are used to facilitate relationships, prioritize action plans, provide targeted cross-system professional development, monitor progress,... more
This session will share best practices in development and use of implementation teams in the exploration stage for supporting inclusion practices. Participants will receive guidance on benefits, potential barriers, and feasibility of developing implementation teams. During the session, participants will identify and discuss possible opportunities within their systems to develop implementation teams. Resources and supports to strengthen teaming structures that improve the quality of implementation of inclusion practices will be shared.
Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to explore the role that Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships play in effectively engaging families. This session will offer definitions, tools, and reflective practice and supervision strategies to help develop positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families of children with disabilities. Participants will engage in interactive discussions about the incorporation of information from the IFSP / IEP process into goal-setting and explore how positive relationship building can inform and expand the... more
In this session, you will learn how to build and operate as part of a successful IEP team with the very important objective of helping a child reach their fullest potential. We will discuss common errors made by teams, how to correct mistakes, build from experiences and talk about the results that can be achieved when the IEP team works together as a true team.
Birth – 3rd Grade (B-3) reform presents the field of early education and care with a new paradigm for excellence, and the demand for new leaders is great, especially those promoting inclusive practices. Persons in positions of responsibility and authority have often relied on personal experience to acquire inclusion leadership skills rather having access to an intentional, focused approach. Lacking such opportunities, the field is now examining sustainable leadership development strategies and pathways that powerfully impact children with special needs and their families, borrowing lessons... more
According to the 2012 American Psychological Association report, nearly half of all Americans report levels of stress which have a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives. This session will focus on building resilience in adults through strength-based practices, highlighting a paradigm shift from the problem approach most commonly used across disciplines. Resilience places an emphasis on the process that brings individuals and groups back to a state of homeostasis when faced with stress. This presentation will introduce participants to skills and strategies that can... more
The highly regarded CARA’s Kit was first distributed almost a decade ago! This think-tank session is an opportunity to share your ideas about designing a CARA online version. Hold tight! This is not to say that the paper version will dissolve - rather, a chance to embrace the prospect of enhancing and expanding the various tools included in the Kit to suit the needs of the 21st Century educator.
Join us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared. Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration. This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.