Sessions are still being added to the 2018 Institute. Please check this page frequently for updates.
Join NCPFCE to discuss ways for fostering strong relationships and partnerships with families of children with disabilities while using cultural humility as a guide. This session is designed to increase awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and values that influence our daily interactions with families, children, colleagues, and community partners. Activities for this presentation are crafted to encourage self-exploration of personal and professional attitudes and beliefs to reflect on how these experiences may influence our expectations and behaviors. Participants will explore resources and culturally responsive approaches that can influence perspective and decision-making beside families of children with disabilities.
Research demonstrates that dialogic reading enhances language development substantially more than traditional storybook reading, including the language of children with disabilities and English Language Learners. Come learn the intentional Dialogic Reading PEER and CROWD strategies to incorporate this foundational practice in your classroom or home on a daily basis.
This session will highlight some of the early behaviors that indicate risk for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in very young children. The discussion will focus on “red flags” along with videotapes to illustrate the worrisome behaviors. Ideas for how to talk about concerns for autism with parents will also be highlighted as well as problem-solving about individual children that providers may be uncertainty about in their classroom.
The EarlyEdU Alliance is a collaboration of state teams, colleges and universities, and philanthropic partners who work together to meet the need for high quality, effective professional development opportunities for current and prospective early learning professionals. Learn about EarlyEdU. Find out how to access our college courses (both online and in-person) and other resources. Learn about the Coaching Companion, our video sharing and annotation platform.
This session will engage participants in a series of activities designed to facilitate the use of ongoing assessment to inform instruction in inclusive settings. The session will begin with an overview of Embedded Instruction - an instructional strategy that embeds instruction into ongoing activities, routines and transitions in inclusive preschool settings. Participants will learn how to identify functional and proximal individual learning targets that relate to IEP goals, early learning foundations and curriculum and how to use an activity matrix to embed intervention into activities across the day. Participants will learn how to establish a system of ongoing assessment that is embedded in typical activities, routines and transitions, and how to analyze assessment results on an ongoing basis to inform instruction for children with and without disabilities.
More children with ASD are being served in early childhood classrooms today. Teachers and child care providers need to understand how the characteristics of these learners with ASD might impact and be addressed by inclusive learning settings. Importantly, evidence-based practices have been shown to support inclusive education. One evidence-based practice, peer-mediated instruction and intervention, will be described and resources will be provided. Finally, the free, online resource of Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) will be shared.
Explicit and Intentional: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Inclusion in Professional Development Efforts
The goal of this session is to build the capacity of each participant to incorporate content related to supporting children who are individually diverse in inclusive settings in coursework, field experiences, and other professional development efforts. Through generous handouts, demonstrations, small group work, and conversations the instructor will nurture each participant to consider new ways in which to build knowledge and support expertise related to the inclusion of children, birth to age 8, in home, program, and community settings. If you’re interested in free, high-quality resources to increase the emphasis on inclusion in your professional development efforts, this is the session for you!
Federal Panel on Early Childhood Policies and Initiatives and Implications for Enhancing the Quality of Inclusive Services
The intention for this interactive session is to listen, learn, and share perspectives about inclusion with an interagency panel of policy leaders representing the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, and 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 provide a brief update on early childhood priorities and inclusion initiatives within their agencies. The audience will then share their challenges and valued resources in implementing high quality inclusion using a live polling feature on their mobile devices, followed by individual questions and comments to clarify the challenges so that panelists and audience members have a chance for lively discussion centered around inclusion from “grasstops to grassroots.”
The art of sharing helpful information with others, especially parents and teachers, depends on knowing where and how to access reliable and valid resources on the internet. This session provides guidelines for finding topics, evaluating the quality and evidence base of the information and matching it to the recipients education, culture, and experience. The session will include opportunities to find and assess information on frequently asked topics (e.g., bedtime routines, fussy babies, starting preschool). Strategies for how best to share information from the internet also will be discussed. Hands-on activities and small group discussion are included as well as a useful checklist.
- Teaming and Collaboration
Assistive Technology is a proven support to help young children with disabilities actively participate (move, use materials and communicate) in daily routines and activities. But did you know AT can also help when children find it difficult to attend, read social cues, follow rules, and interact in daily activities? AT can help reduce frustration, increase emotional awareness, expand understanding, and guide appropriate behaviors. Come and explore the use of sensory and visual supports and how they can promote a child’s engagement. Sharing ‘what works’ with families and staff can help children ‘participate’ in all daily activities.