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

Who Me? Yes You! Assistive Technology is EVERYONE’S Responsibility.

Type: Concurrent
Target Audience: All
Topic:

Examine and demystify the myths that deter the use of assistive technology with young children. Explore how various professionals and family members can take responsibility throughout a child’s assistive technology journey. Use this session as a safe space to practice speaking about the benefits and advocating for the use of assistive technology with young children who need it.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Teaming and Collaboration

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:

I. What is trauma

II. What is Trauma informed Care

III. Learning how to use Informed Tools for ECSE

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Interaction

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

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

Doing Justice: Understanding Disability, Identity, and Belonging to Practice Inclusion

Type: Pre-Institute
Target Audience: Professional Development Providers, Practitioners
Topic:

The implicit and explicit biases of early childhood practitioners have consequences for young children’s developing identities and sense of belonging. The aim of the session is to build awareness and understanding of our own implicit biases related to disability and other forms of diversity and to challenge and change deficit-based assumptions. Participants will engage in courageous conversations about various forms of diversity and will practice reflecting and identifying biases. This interactive session will also provide a framework and strategies for practicing meaningful inclusion in a way that positively impacts the experiences of all children and sends a message about civil rights, human diversity, and justice.

 

*This workshop is FULL! Click here to be placed on the waitlist 

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

Don’t Be Fooled! When Children Use Assistive Technology, So Do You! Be Prepared.

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

Take a quick tour of 21st century assistive technology for young children with disabilities. Learn about an action‐oriented process that makes the process of identifying assistive technology solutions explicit and easy to undertake. Discuss how you might use this process at home. Leave feeling prepared to be an active member of a team providing assistive technology services to your own child or to children receiving your service.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • Environment
  • Teaming and Collaboration

EarlyEdU Alliance: Discover an approach and suite of free resources to use in effective and relevant professional development for early child educators working with young children with special needs

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

Participants will discover the range of resources available through the EarlyEdU Alliance for use in professional development and training. Additionally, they will explore implementation of the EarlyEdU approach that uses video and communities of reflection and practice to support teacher observation skills, ability to provide feedback, and improve practice. Session will include small and whole group practice, discussion, and planning for local implementation.

DEC Recommended Practices:
  • All

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