Monday, February 7, 4:00 5:30

Concurrent Sessions Round 3

Bridging The Research To Practice Gap Using Evidence-Based Practice Tool Kits

Carl Dunst and Carol Trivette

Findings from the Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Development will be used to illustrate one approach to developing evidence-based early childhood intervention practices using practice-based research syntheses of different bodies of evidence. A framework will be presented and used to engage participants in a process that can easily be applied to isolate the practice characteristics that matter most in terms of positively affecting child development.


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Professional Development For Practitioners In Early Childhood Settings: What Works (And What Doesn't)

Susan Harper-Whalen, Sandra Morris and Adrienne Frank

This joint presentation probes both the content and the processes that make inclusion learning meaningful in the early childhood context. Building on a foundation of developmentally appropriate practice, participants examine core knowledge, skills, attitudes, and the components of specialized intervention that support inclusion in early childhood settings.


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Enhancing Family Involvement In Policy Level Activities: Developing, Planning And Implementing A Family Leadership Training Program

Margaret Sampson, Roxanne Romanick, Suzanne Gottlieb, Ginger Potwin, Mary Schertz, Lisa Sharp and Gail Foley

This highly interactive, facilitated discussion will highlight a variety of family leadership training models. Presenters will share ideas and strategies related to: types of leadership training and outcomes, outreach, recruitment/selection, involving culturally and linguistically diverse families, funding, curricula, support, personnel, accomplishments, etc. Audience members will be encouraged to raise questions for group discussion.


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Team Perspectives On Inclusion In Early Head Start And Child Care

Linda Brekken, Rob Corso, Kenny Goode, Regina Henderson and Jessica Nuhibian Boisvert

Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program SpecialQuest graduates will offer Early Intervention, Early Head Start and family perspectives on including infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in natural environments. This session will share lessons learned from teams across the country providing inclusive services in Early Head Start and child care settings. Session format will include a panel presentation, video, national evaluation findings and facilitated discussions.


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No GSEG? Low Budget Data Initiative With High Dollar Impact

Lisa Backer

Good data don't come cheap. This session will provide participants with an understanding of the power and potential of Excel as a tool for data analysis and display. Outputs may be used in APR reporting or as a continuous improvement tool for school districts or local early intervention providers.


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The Early Childhood Personnel Policy Institute: Findings From The Field

Mary Beth Bruder, Vicki Stayton and Sara Wakai

This session will review trends in Early Intervention/Early Childhood personnel preparation. It presents a comprehensive picture of current practices on licensure and certification, and personnel preparation within higher education. Review of the past and synthesis of the present leads to the proposal of recommendations for future personnel preparation initiatives.


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Making A Commitment To Innovation: Supporting Families Through Effective Service Integration Award-winning Communities of Excellence Share Their Stories and Strategies for Success

Suzanne Bronheim, Corinne Garland and Margaret Ernst

Presenters will describe the common qualities of the Communities of Excellence, those communities recognized by the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for their innovative approaches to service integration in support of families. The challenges, solutions, and benefits to families for this paradigm shift will be discussed by representatives of these Communities of Excellence.


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Preliminary Results From The Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) Program: National And Site-Specific Data

Caroline Ebanks and James Griffin

This presentation will provide an overview of the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) program, including preliminary results from the PCER national evaluation and site-specific studies. The PCER Program is one of twelve nationally funded studies designed to implement and evaluate one or more preschool curricula to determine if and how a given curriculum supports school readiness.


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Young Children In Homeless Families: Ensuring Educational Opportunities

Diana Bowman

Participants will explore issues related to the educational needs of young children in homeless situations, including those with disabilities. In a format that includes presentation and group discussion of scenarios, participants will learn of rights guaranteed by federal legislation and strategies that ensure access of homeless preschool-aged children to educational services.

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Ideas and Resources To Enhance Child Find Activities

Ted Maloney, Debra Nelson, Cordelia Robinson, Jan Rubenstein and Beppie Shapiro

This session provides a brief overview of resources designed to support public awareness and child find programs. There will be presentations about resources available from OSEP supported model demonstration projects, state Part C programs and the Community of Practice on Early Identification. In addition, the session will include a facilitated discussion about public awareness and child find issues and successes.


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