2022 Sessions

Bouncing Back! Enhancing Your Resilience

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

This session will provide participants with relevant and practical information and strategies to support them in their work in a positive, uplifting way. Participants will learn ways to continue building up to maintain or increase a level of well-being. Participants will reflect on their strengths and gain tangible tools to support them on their journey to building adult resilience. Leave inspired and encouraged.

2022 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.

Reflection Session Schedule

Tuesday (April 26): 4:15 - 5:15PM EST

Teachers and Providers – Special Education, Regular Education, Child Care, Head Start Redbud A

Administrators and Families – State and Local administrators, Families Dogwood A

Professional Development, Technical Assistance Staff Windflower A

VIRTUAL – Teachers and Providers Zoom Link (see email for link)

VIRTUAL – Administrators and Families Zoom Link (see email for link) 

 

Wednesday (April 27): None

 

Thursday (April 28): 11:55AM - 12:30PM EST

Teachers and Providers – Special Education, Regular Education, Child Care, Head Start Redbud A

Administrators and Families – State and Local administrators, Families Dogwood A

Professional Development, Technical Assistance Staff Windflower A

VIRTUAL – Teachers and Providers Zoom Link (see email for link)

VIRTUAL – Administrators and Families Zoom Link (see email for link)

A Place for Everyone: Practices for Promoting Access and Participation

Other Speakers: Meaden, Hedda
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Families
Content Level: Intermediate

Inclusion occurs when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. In inclusive settings, educators and families work together to promote all children’s development. Come and learn about a variety of strategies to promote children’s access to and participation in all activities. The session will include participant-engaged activities such as group sharing, video reflections, and practice opportunities.

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Inclusion

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

We all play important roles in advancing equity in early childhood inclusion. Transformative change may occur for children with disabilities, their families, and us when we:

  • Develop self-awareness of the impact of our implicit bias on interpersonal interactions with children with disabilities, families, colleagues, personal and professional practices, and culturally responsive services.
  • Examine organizational mindsets, culture, policies, and practices that anchor culturally centered work with children with disabilities and their families.

 

This interactive session will explore strategies and resources for advancing equity in early childhood inclusion.

Caring for Teachers: Six Practical Strategies for Promoting Engagement in Child Care/Classroom Settings

Other Speakers: Stevenson, Cami
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Content Level: Intermediate

SESSION IS OFFERED VIRTUALLY AND IN-PERSON

What happens when a child with disabilities is in a childcare program or a preschool? This session discusses with participants who the client is--the child or the teacher, who sets the agenda, and what the purpose of the visit to the classroom is. Participants will discuss their experiences with visits to the classroom, whether as visitors or hosts. Collaborative consultation to children's classrooms is the approach to building teachers' capacity to intervene throughout daily routines when the consultant is not there.

 

Session Materials available here: http://eieio.ua.edu

Caring for Yourself While You Care for Others: A Heartfelt Response to Stress

Other Speakers: Lathren, Christine
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

You are exhausted – it’s been a demanding couple of years, to say the least! Whether you’re a professional caregiver like a teacher, administrator, or a caring parent, chances are you have high standards for yourself – and when you don’t meet them, you can be harshly self-critical, or even downright mean to yourself. This session will offer mindfulness and self-compassion tools to show you how to be with yourself in a new way – with kindness and compassion, giving yourself the support you need. Research has shown that these tools lead to greater moment-to-moment ease, more motivation in your work, and increased joy in your everyday life. In this session, you will be doing mindfulness and self-compassion practices, so you can have a direct experience of what they’re like. Be prepared to feel soothed and relaxed when it’s over!

Combining Science and Heart: Relearning Inclusion Through Love

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

My education and work brought me to a cutting-edge level in theoretical understanding of inclusion research, policy, and practice. However, when my daughter Juniper was born and we received her unexpected rare genetic syndrome diagnosis, I realized that so much of what I had learned was incomplete. As Juniper’s family, we began observing her experiences of systemic ableism, and as Juniper’s mom, I came face-to-face with my own implicit biases. Before Juniper, I was sure that if we scientifically prove that certain practices are effective, then their use will become a reality. Now that I'm an administrator, I've seen first-hand the importance of promoting high quality inclusive practices through teaching and evidence-based professional development, but these supports are not enough. We may never get to where we need to be, as a field and as a society, until we can put inclusion into people’s hearts, not just their minds.

Creating a Brain Smart® Classroom for All Students

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

Best practices are talked about frequently in education, but have you ever wondered why they are best practices? The Conscious Discipline® Brain States model helps us know what the brain needs to engage in relationships with others and learn new things. Students who feel a sense of safety and connection are able to engage in learning. During this workshop, we will explore strategies that meet the needs of the developing brain to be successful. We will discuss ways the adult can transform student engagement and the learning environment so all students reach their highest potential.

Creating High Quality, Equitable Experiences for Young Children

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Introductory

SESSION IS OFFERED VIRTUALLY AND IN-PERSON

Learn about the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), Assessing Classroom Sociocultural Equity Scale (ACSES), Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (CASEBA), and Self-Evaluation of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (SESEBA) and how integrating practices from these research-based measures into programs can more effectively create conditions for equitable access to meaningful learning experiences for all children.

Dealing with Challenging Behavior: Innovative Tier 1 Strategies for Classroom Teachers

Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: All
Content Level: Appropriate for all levels

In this session, we will approach challenging behavior by developing an understanding of children’s motivation.  With stories and examples from his own time in the classroom, Dr. Holland will illustrate practical ways to set up a classroom in order to reduce or eliminate challenging behavior and provide strategies for how to handle it when it does pop up.  The session will include time for discussion and application as well as opportunities for question and answer.

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