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The Dance of Partnership is targeted toward parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. It is designed to assist participants to better understand the challenges of forming creative partnerships. As a result of this training, both parents and professionals gain insights about this working alliance and are better able to collaborate effectively for children with special needs. Strengthening the parent-professional partnership is an essential aspect to helping children achieve their greatest potential.  Mini-lectures, video clips, and interactive activities... more
Darius was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and had never left his home town home at the age of 15.  Eleven of his best friends decided to take him out west on an unforgettable three-week journey. Their goals were: (a) to raise awareness of DMD and funds for research, (b) to evaluate wheelchair accessibility across the country, and (c) to convince the folks at MTV's popular show "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius's wheelchair. Along the way, this hilarious group of first-time filmmakers discover joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the... more
Sometimes, classroom observations using tools like the ECERS or the CLASS can just feel like a chore that professionals have to get through in order to achieve certification or funding.  However, used properly, measures like these can be powerful tools that we can use to improve our practices.  In this session, Dr. Holland will share some of his own experiences as a teacher being observed with measures like these as well as his experiences using them to coach teachers.  Participants will then have the opportunity to practice using one such tool, the EduSnap, and discuss how this and other... more
If you want your teachers to use their data in a meaningful way to support high quality instructional practices, what supports do you have in place to ensure that happens? This interactive session will share ideas, strategies and resources that directors/education coordinators can use to build teachers’ competence and confidence in using their data to make data informed instructional decisions. Leadership practices to keep staff encouraged and motivated will also be shared.
Children who are abused are at a higher risk for developing a disability, and, conversely, children with a disability are at a higher risk of being abused and neglected. I know that you don’t want to hear any more, but you need to, because you can help. This presentation will use a case study approach to focus on the actions of professionals who were trying to do the very best for a young child who became disabled as a result of abuse. Though the outcome met all of the specific requirements of child welfare and early intervention programs, clearly the outcome was not the best for this child... more
We need your input!  Members of the DEC Recommended Practices Commission and the DEC incoming board president will share information on the work and process to revise the Recommended Practices. Following this will be a listening session that will engage the audience in a series of questions on how best to support this work. Come and share your ideas!
Are you looking for free training activities, scripted content, or video illustrations of the DEC Recommended Practices (DEC RPs)?  The Recommended Practice Modules (RPMs) are available to support faculty and PD professionals. Each module is organized around a specific DEC Recommended Practices topic area. Whether you are looking for a complete package of materials or are wanting to search and select content to fit a particular training or instructional need, the RPMs can serve as your go-to source for curriculum on the DEC RPs. Learn from and discuss with module developers, faculty and PD... more
Recently the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, in conjunction with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), has undertaken the process of updating the DEC Recommended Practices.   DEC appointed a commission of 13 individuals to work on the development of the revised practices, and, after more than a year of work, the new set of practices is ready to share.  This session will provide a brief overview of the process of development behind the new practices and will provide an overview of the relationship between the DEC Recommended Practices and... more
There is evidence to suggest that young children’s participation in activities that provide a sense of accomplishment, enjoyment, and skill development might protect socially and educationally at-risk children against later mental health, academic, and social problems. Whether children are able to achieve participation successfully may be mediated by the availability of appropriate assistive technology, environmental modification or related strategies.  This Pre-Institute Workshop will focus on the use of assistive technology and related strategies (e.g., adaptations) and how, when needed it... more
The session will provide administrators and technical assistant specialists with ideas for how to support the implementation of instructional strategies in inclusive classrooms. Challenges associated with supporting providers to design and implement high quality instructional strategies with fidelity in inclusive classrooms will be discussed and specific suggestions for how to ensure implementation fidelity will be provided. Participants will learn a decision making process for supporting teachers to differentiate instruction for all children in inclusive settings.