2019 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2019 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Challenging Situation? Create an Adaptation. Say What?

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic:

Space, Schedules, Activities, Materials and Actions can all be Adapted! Learn about creating adaptations to improve challenging situations and promote young children's participation in daily routines and activities. Take a quick tour of assorted real‐life adaptations. Discuss how you plan make adaptations at home. Leave feeling prepared to plan for, make and use adaptations in your home or service setting.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

A Practical toolkit for Trauma Informed Care in Early Childhood Special Education

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Local Administrators
Topic:

Have you heard about trauma/trauma informed care? Not really sure what that really means, especially for your work in ECSE? Join us for a session dedicated to 1) understanding trauma in early childhood,  2) defining “trauma informed care strategies”, and 3) learn ways to apply trauma informed strategies in your ECSE work. We will share practical resources for building your trauma informed toolbox in ECSE. To make the session useful for participants, we have designated several “Pause. Digest. Reflect.” points during the session for participants to ask questions, reflect, discuss, and interact with on another.

 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

Assessing Quality Inclusion: What’s Next?

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

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 decision making and how it can promote high quality preschool inclusion.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Begin with the End in Mind: Making Inclusion Work in Early Intervention and Beyond

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Families, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

The inclusion experiences of families and their children across the continuum of services from early intervention to school age will be described.  Strategies for forming partnerships with interdisciplinary and community professionals will be highlighted as a family capacity building skill promoting informed advocacy.  The role of the professional in helping families learn to navigate the systems of supports in early intervention and beyond will be promoted.  Strategies such as information sharing, coaching, and support will be described for empowering families in their advocacy roles.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Transition

Building Successful Teams

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

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.

DEC Recommended Practices:

Capacity-Building Resource Support: Family Well-Being Supports Inclusion

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Local Administrators
Topic:

Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education providers may overlook the need to help families overcome the resource barriers (transportation, stable housing, and expendable funds) that can impede their inclusion in community activities and opportunities. Learn strategies for helping families identify, mobilize and evaluate formal and informal resources to ensure families have what they need to enable participation.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

Collecting and Using Evaluation Data on Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

Need data on the how practitioners are implementing evidence-based practices? In this session, presenters will review best practices for evaluating practice implementation, including characteristics of a high-quality tool. Presenters will share technical assistance resources and provide examples of high-quality plans for evaluating implementation of evidence-based practices, including examples for evaluating implementation of DEC Recommended Practices. Participants will work in small groups to review hypothetical data from a coach, program, and state view point, using a Look-Think-Act model of inquiry to focus interpretations of the data on the actions that should be implemented in response to the conclusions from the data.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership

Creative Movement for the Mind & Body

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Families
Topic:

Participants will learn how creative movement is a vital part of a preschool child's development. Participants will learn creative movement through skits, songs, and presentations as well as a simple children’s yoga story. Modifications will be explained for all types of learners. Participants will learn how to use various props that enhance the creative movement experience for all preschoolers. Miss Kim will demonstrate all of these skills as well as show videos of her working with special needs children.

DEC Recommended Practices:

Data as Lens: How to Not Always be a Terrible Teacher

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

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 tools could be used to improve practices in the classroom.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Instruction
  • Interaction

DEC Recommended Practices Modules in Action: Tools You Can Use In PD,TA and Coursework

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers
Topic:

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 providers how you can incorporate the modules into your coursework and professional development opportunities to help learners understand and use the DEC Recommended Practices to support children with disabilities and their families.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Instruction
  • Interaction
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Transition

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