Professional Development on Inclusion eNews, March 2013

Date Published: 03/25/2013

Professional Development and Inclusion eNews

An email update from the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion and CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.

In This Issue

Announcements

  • Registration OPEN for the 2013 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
  • Online Inclusive Classroom Profile Overview Modules Now Available

Discussions

  • Using CONNECT Module 7: Tiered Instruction in an Online Course

Resources

  • New Book Release: The Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
  • Presentations
  • CONNECT Modules


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Announcements

Registration is now open for the 2013 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, Opening the Doors to Inclusion, in Chapel Hill, NC, May 13-15.

For the past decade, the Inclusion Institute has been the “don’t miss” event for individuals to learn and problem-solve about early childhood inclusion.

The conference begins Monday, May 13th at 1:00 and ends on Wednesday, May 15th, at 12:30. Registration is $250. Pre-Institute Workshops are available on Monday the 13th from 9:00 – 12:00 (lunch included) for only $35.00.
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New Online Modules Provide Overview of the Inclusive Classroom Profile

Are you interested in measuring the quality of inclusion at a classroom level? NPDCI has just released two online modules that provide an overview of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP).

Module 1 provides a general overview of the ICP and Module 2 offers a step-by-step guide for administering the ICP measure in the classroom. The ICP is an observational tool for assessing the quality of inclusive classroom practices across twelve dimensions of quality. View the Modules

 

Resources

The Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood

A new book edited by FPG Senior Scientists Dr. Virginia Buysse and Dr. Ellen Peisner-Feinberg offers the first comprehensive look at what is known about using Response to Intervention (RTI) to promote young children's development and learning. The Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood will be released by Brookes Publishing on April 8. The book provides an overview of how RTI is designed to be used in pre-k, including detailed information on its defining principles and features, its evidence base, specific RTI models, and program-level supports needed for implementing RTI.

NPDCI and CONNECT have developed materials to support the use RTI in early childhood. Check out a concept paper on RTI in early childhood Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood: Building Consensus on the Defining Features and CONNECT Module 7 on Tiered Instruction and see the discussion on Module 7, below.

View concept paper

View CONNECT Module 7: Tiered Instruction

 

Discussions

Using CONNECT Module 7: Tiered Instruction in an Online Course

How did one faculty use CONNECT Modules in an online environment? Cathy Collie from Wake Tech Community College shares her experience on using CONNECT Module 7 with her students. Read about what she did and share your examples.
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Presentations

Upcoming Presentations

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 27– May 1, 2013,San Francisco, California

Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP): Findings from the first US Demonstration Study in North Carolina
Presenters: Elena Soukakou, Tracey West, Pam Winton

2013 National Smart Start Conference, April 29¬May 2, 2013, Greensboro, NC

Quality Inclusion: What does it look like and how can we measure it?
Presenters: Elena Soukakou, Pam Winton, Tracey West

National Association for the Education of Young Children’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (NAEYC-PDI), June 9 – 12, 2013

CONNECT: Using 21st Century Technology to Enhance Professional Development
Presenters: Chih-Ing Lim, Pam Winton, Dale Epstein

CONNECTing Evidence-Based Practice and Teacher Research: Using a 5-Step Learning Cycle for Organizing PD Content
Presenters: Dale Epstein, Pam Winton, Chih-Ing Lim

Recent Presentations

Leveraging Resources Conference, Washington, DC, March 20, 2013

Creating the Readiness and Capacity to Build Integrated Early Childhood PD Systems
Presenter: Pam Winton, Sarah LeMoine

Presentation to Head Start TA Specialists sponsored by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), March 18, 2013

Supporting the Individual Learning Needs of All Children: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to TA
Presenter: Pam Winton

8th Annual Early Childhood Leadership Summit, Harrisonburg, VA, February 27, 2013

Keynote Address: Inclusion Means Everyone: Act Locally, Think Inclusively
Presenter: Pam Winton

An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to Professional Development
Presenter: Pam Winton

CONNECT Modules

  • Module 1: Embedded Interventions:  Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about the practice of embedded interventions to help children participate in a variety of early learning opportunities and environments promoting high quality inclusion. 
  • Module 2: Transition: Instructor Dashboard  | Learner Module
    Learn about practices to help support children and families as they transition among programs in the early care and education system.
  • Module 3: Communication for Collaboration: Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about effective communication practices that can be used to promote collaboration with professionals and families in early care and education, and intervention settings.
  • Module 4: Family-Professional Partnerships: Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about building trusting family-professional partnerships when working with families of young children.
  • Module 5: Assistive Technology Interventions: Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about the purpose, use and potential benefits of assistive technology interventions when working with young children.
  • Module 6: Dialogic Reading Practices: Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about the purpose, use and potential benefits of dialogic reading practices when working with young children.
  • Module 7: Tiered Instruction: Instructor Dashboard | Learner Module
    Learn about the purpose, use and potential benefits of tiered instruction when working with young children.

This newsletter is an initiative of the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion,
CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge at the FPG Child Development Institute. Project funding is provided by the Office of Special Education Programs.