2018 Sessions

Sessions are still being added to the 2018 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.

Inclusion Across the Lifespan: What We Have Learned Over 150 Years about Humanism, Humility, Humor, Hurt, and Hugs

Other Speakers:
Type: Plenary
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Rud and Ann Turnbull, internationally acclaimed speakers and leaders in the fields of disability law, public policy and family support, have recently both had zero birthdays.  Their ages total 150 years.   What lessons have they learned, especially related to parenting their beloved son Jay whom they describe as their best teacher on the topic of disabilities? What lessons have withstood the test of time? What are their “truths” that have enabled them to not only survive but prevail?  They subscribe to full disclosure: Be ready for humanism, humility, humor, hurt, and hugs.  Maybe even for knowledge that aged to become wisdom!

DEC Recommended Practices:

A Strength-Based Approach: Seeing Children as “At Potential”

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Every student has strengths but these may get overlooked as we focus on needs and difficulties.  Learn how to systematically and intentionally observe students as “at potential” vs. “at risk”!!  Use the TOPS (Teachers Observation of Potential in Students) to see and document student’s strengths to plan strength-based instructional experiences.  Reflect with your colleagues on how a strength-based approach to children and learning impacts classroom practices!

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

Assessing and Supporting Quality Inclusion

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

This session will focus on supporting continuous quality improvement of inclusion using the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP). The session will present an overview of the ICP tool, a tool designed to measure and support the quality of inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms.  A pilot project from one state will be presented and discussed in relation to how the ICP was used to support quality inclusion. Real life video clips of project participants were utilized during the follow up trainings to highlight actual inclusive practices in action.  Participants will be able to view these training clips and discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of inclusive practices within their own program.  

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Assessment
  • Instruction

AT+ YOU = Children DO

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Inspire the assistive technology (AT) champion in you! Discover how YOU can support the use of AT so children can DO the everyday things that promote participation and learning. Examine and demystify the myths related to using AT with young children. Explore and learn about the functions of a wide range of AT that supports children’s participation in everyday routines and activities. Leave with an understanding about the roles that various early childhood professionals play in using AT with young children.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment

Attitudes and Beliefs: Facilitators or Barriers to Inclusive Practice?

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Attitudes and beliefs influence our approach to implementing inclusive practice. This session will address how attitudes and beliefs can be viewed using a system’s level perspective from our personal behavior with others including collaborative teaming within individual programs and across programs within communities. Participants will use tools to assess individual and program practices as a vehicle for small and large group discussion activities.

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

Autism, Our Journey Together, A Message of Hope

Other Speakers:
Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

DJ and I share our story from DJ’s diagnosis to the present. We present our different perspectives of Autism. DJ speaks about what it is like to have Autism and I about being an Autism mom. We call it “Our Journey” because we continue to “Navigate” Autism daily. No two days are the same, but we travel them together.

By sharing our story, we hope to raise Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Also let people know that those with Autism can do great and amazing things and give hope and encouragement to all who attend our session.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

Building a Network of Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: The Head Start Disabilities Inclusion Network in Action

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

This session will provide participants with an evidence base for using virtual Communities of Practice (CoP) and online platforms as tools to offer, support and extend professional development and training opportunities. The Head Start Disabilities Inclusion Network, facilitated by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL), will be highlighted as an example. Best practices and lessons learned from the Network for sharing and exchanging of knowledge, onboarding and engaging members, facilitating and sustaining, and monitoring and evaluating CoPs will be discussed. Strategies for utilizing available applications and free programs will also be provided.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

Building Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with Families of Young Children with Disabilities

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to explore the role that Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships play in effectively engaging families.  This session will offer definitions, tools, and reflective practice and supervision strategies to help develop positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families of children with disabilities.  Participants will engage in interactive discussions about the incorporation of information from the IFSP / IEP process into goal-setting and explore how positive relationship building can inform and expand the IFSP / IEP process and the application of family selected goals.”

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family

Can We Talk? Frank Dialogue to Support Head Start, Schools and Families in Collaboration

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: Practitioners, Families, Local Administrators, State Administrators
Topic:

Join us for a facilitated conversation about collaborations to support successful inclusion. National perspectives on the challenges faced by families, Head Start and school district personnel will be shared.  Participants will have opportunities to identify their challenges, learn about the importance of dialogue, and explore successful strategies and approaches to collaboration.  This session will provide a framework for stating the issue (and assumptions), listening, leaning into dialogue, and finding shared understanding.  

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Leadership
  • Teaming and Collaboration

Creating Safe Spaces for Young Children, Preventing Exclusionary and Harsh Discipline of Young Children.

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of research in early childhood suspensions, racial disparities in the application of severe disciplinary practices in the preschool years, and strategies that will prevent the suspension of young children in early childhood setting. Participants will engage in hands on activities to identify ‘hot buttons’, cultural disconnects and personal biases that may be present in the early childhood environment that are most likely to lead to early childhood suspensions and harsh discipline of young children.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Family
  • Interaction

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