2021 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2021 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

2021 Federal Plenary

Type: Plenary
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

Join this panel to hear from federal leaders representing the US Department of Education Offices of Special Education and  Elementary and Secondary Education Programs, the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care.  Each panelist will share brief updates highlighting their collaborative efforts and discuss priorities and plans to achieve equitable early learning opportunities through high-quality early childhood programs and services to support positive outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. 

Our panelists: 

  • Miriam Calderon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Katherine “Katy” Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  • Dr. Ruth Friedman, Director, Office of Child Care (OCC) 
  • Dr. Futrell, Office of Head start 

2021 Reflection Sessions

Type: Reflection
Target Audience: All

The reflection sheet is a tool participants might want to download and keep note on during the Institute.  Participants are invited to join facilitated reflection sessions on day one to meet with their colleagues and share key learnings from the keynote and plenaries . A similar facilitated reflection will be held at the end of the conference to discuss with colleagues plans and next steps in using information and strategies shared during the Institute.

Days/Times: 

  • DAY 1 Session: 2:30pm - 3:45pm EST
  • DAY 4 Session: 3:00pm - 415pm EST

See Reflection Sheet below for your use!

 

Coordinated Approaches Leading to Inclusion in Head Start

Other Speakers: Bryans, Amanda
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Content Level: Intermediate

Learn how program-wide coordinated approaches help children with disabilities and their families have full and effective participation in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Presenters will highlight the connections between Head Start, Part C and LEAs, and discuss current barriers, examples, and solutions to implementing a coordinated approach during challenging times.

Equity Through Family Partnership: Strategies to Continue Post-Covid

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

The COVID- 19 pandemic reminded the early care and education field that the supports that we provide to children and families are truly essential. This is especially true for children that experience social injustice and disparities, and so the supports we provide should always be provided within the cultural context of the family. In addition, these supports are vital in providing young children with the building blocks necessary for success in school and life. During the COVID- 19 pandemic, educators, service providers, and family members have had to readjust how to provide support for young children’s learning and development. Participants will learn about the video series that features diverse children and families, as well as a facilitator guide that fosters group discussion around these critical issues.

Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Stop Disabling Your Disabled Student

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

Do you want to be a better teacher, better parent, or better clinician? Ready to move from enabling the children in your life to EMPOWERING them? In this workshop we'll uncover 4 common mistakes we all make in our efforts to empower our children and students with special needs, and how we can correct them.

Infants and Toddlers in Community: Fostering Inclusion Through Early Intervention

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

What is Part C doing to support inclusion in states and communities? Join us for a discussion and panel presentation about inclusion for children ages birth to three at the levels of state, community, program and family. We will explore how Part C programs promote inclusion through advocacy, shared professional development opportunities and supports for programs, practitioners and families.  

International Implementation of Collaborative Consultation to Children's Classrooms

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

*SPECIAL EVENING INTERNATIONAL PANEL*

Monday, October 25th from 4pm - 6pm 

A critical and often overlooked practice in inclusion is the consultation between an early intervention/early childhood special education professional and the classroom teacher (including child care providers). This international panel will discuss similarities in the ways collaborative consultation is carried out in different countries and cultures as well as differences. Participants will be shown freely available tools to support these practices.

Moderator: Robin McWilliam

It Takes Two To Make a Thing Go Right: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Support Inclusion in Subsidized Child Care

Other Speakers: Hebbeler, Kathleen
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

Successful inclusion requires collaboration between the early childhood special education (ECSE) and early childhood education (ECE) sectors. During this session, we will share information from data analyses and interviews with ECSE and ECE leaders about facilitators of and barriers to inclusion of children with disabilities in subsidized childcare. We will engage participants in a discussion about the implications for policy and practice.

It’s Hard to Be What You Can’t See: Using Children’s Books To Promote Inclusion

Other Speakers: Pandit , Shivani
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

This session will focus on the importance of visibility of children with diverse abilities in children's literature. Presenters will focus on developing teacher/early childhood providers' understanding of how to carefully select and use children's picture books about autism and other disabilities as tools for teaching awareness and promoting inclusion.  Presenters will also share guidelines and discussion questions that can be used by professionals to spark normalizing conversations, as well as strategies to select and use children's books that are truly inclusive. Finally, we'll share an innovative model that is being implemented in India, to introduce young children to books focused on topics related to inclusion, friendship and social emotional development. 

More Than a Meeting: Cultivating a Culture of Connection

Other Speakers: Burkhart , Chris
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Families
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

During this session, families and practitioners will challenge their current thinking and practices, while exploring opportunities for growth through connection. Participants will have the opportunity to hear stories, engage in self-reflection, and receive resources to support their own growth and develop a child-family IEP process. Both the family and practitioner perspectives will be shared, as participants explore the ways communication and collaboration can cultivate a culture of connection. Families will leave this session with tools to help them advocate and work collaboratively with their child's IEP team. Practitioners will leave this session with tools to help them partner with families in supportive ways.

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