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2016
The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) is a structured observation tool designed to assess the quality of inclusion in early childhood classrooms. Discover how Illinois and Georgia are using the ICP as part of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), to increase quality, and/or to guide professional development. Come prepared to ask questions and to share your challenges and ideas around assessing the quality of inclusion at a classroom level.
2016
Learn more about introducing STEM concepts and skills into early childhood settings, both for children with and without disabilities. See what adults can do to engage and excite children’s thinking about science, technology, engineering and math. Plan together for introducing these skills into your work with young children and families.
2014
This Pre-Institute Workshop will focus on the practices and application strategies associated with teaming and collaboration in early childhood intervention (Part C) AND Exceptional Children services (Pre-K – 8 years). M’Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush will facilitate an interactive, skill-building session.Please note that registering for each pre-Institute workshop is separate from registering for the three-day Institute itself. The $50 cost for each pre-Institute workshop also includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. You can access information on other Pre-Institute Workshops here.... more
2017
Providing inclusive environments for preschool children with disabilities can be a challenge, yet it is a requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Intentional collaboration and braided funding with early childhood partners can create high-quality programs that support inclusive opportunities. This session will highlight finance strategies and funding mechanisms that may be used to create inclusive early childhood environments.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes and preview tools that may be used to support the... more
2012
This session focuses on practical strategies for supporting the inclusion of young children with multiple disabilities including children with deaf-blindness. A conceptual framework and principles for supporting inclusion will be presented. Specifically, participants will understand the following: 1) a conceptual framework for blending developmentally appropriate practices with early childhood special education recommended practices, 2) foundational principles supporting inclusion, and 3) strategies for embedding specialized instruction into typical daily routines and activities.
2012
In this session learn the form and function of four training modules developed by the Head Start Center for Inclusion designed to help early care and education professionals prevent and address challenging behavior in inclusive classrooms. Modules provide a decision making framework and effective practical strategies for ensuring that every child—including those with challenging behaviors—has just the right amount of support to access, participate and thrive in preschool. This session was on the program of the 2011 Inclusion Institute.
2014
Are you ready to take strategic steps to improve working conditions, workforce compensation, and access to PD?  Join us for a spirited discussion about some really big issues!  Learn about a tool that can help you identify possibilities to combine and target resources that can strengthen and stabilize the workforce. Hear how a cohort of states is tackling these tough workforce issues, across roles, settings and sectors.
2017
It takes a village to prepare and support the early childhood workforce if we are to meet our goal of increasing high quality inclusion options for young children with disabilities (0-5).  However, too often professional development at state and local levels is provided in siloes that are sector specific.  This session provides resources and examples that illustrate innovative strategies and structures for promoting and delivering cross-sector professional development.  The partnership examples include those among and between Head Start/Early Head Start, State and Local Education Agencies,... more
2014
This interactive session explores early literacy development for dual language learners in predominately monolingual PK-3 classrooms.  The presentation emphasizes the identification of dual language learners’ existing linguistic and cultural resources and illustrates ways these resources can be used as a platform for learning to read and write in English.  In addition, tips and strategies for monolingual teachers working with dual language learners will be discussed.
2016
In their daily work with parents and children, professionals have a unique window into families’ strengths and challenges. Observing positive parent-child interactions, they may wonder how best to support warm and nurturing relationships.  In witnessing troubled parent-child interactions they may not be sure how best to help build family capacity, strengthen the connection between parent and child, and ensure the child’s safety. This session presents strategies that professionals can use to support positive parenting and to intervene when professionals witness a troubled interaction between... more

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