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The 2005 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference

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Concurrent Session - Round 2

Monday, Dec. 12, 2005

2 : 00 PM - 3 : 30 PM

If They Can Do It, You Can Too! States' Experiences Developing Early Childhood Outcome Systems- Part 1

Lou Danielson, Caroline Gooden, Jim Lesko, Jennifer Tschantz, Larry Wexler

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Part one of a two-part session. This session will include a presentation from OSEP and the ECO Center on the evolution of the early childhood outcomes requirements and recommendations. The second session will involve presentations from several states about their own evolving outcomes processes. There will be facilitated discussion and opportunities for questions.

A Cross Agency Initiative to Promote Inclusive Options for Young Children with Disabilities

Cathy Bishop, Diana Bowman, Beth Caron, Moniquin Huggins, Ginger Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Jim O'Brien, Erica Swanson, Nancy Treusch

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The Child Care Bureau, Head Start Bureau, Administration for Developmental Disabilities and OSEP have invited cross-agency teams from Florida, Iowa, Montana and Arizona to participate in a strategic planning initiative with the goal of improving inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities. Federal representatives from the sponsoring agencies will discuss the goals for this initiative. Representatives from Florida and Montana will provide updates of their states' ongoing efforts.

Building the Capacity of Programs to Address the Needs of Young Children with Challenging Behavior

Lise Fox, Mary Louise Hemmeter

The work of two national centers focused on promoting the social and emotional development and addressing the challenging behavior of young children (Center on Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behavior and the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) will be described. The discussion will include the prevalence and trajectory of development of young children with challenging behavior, evidence-based approaches for program practices, and resources that programs may use to adopt evidence-based approaches.

Guided Practice for Parents in Leadership Part 1

Diane Turner

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Part 1. This two part interactive session aims to strengthen parent leadership through brief presentations and "hands on" skill development. Part 1 will focus on clarifying personal vision and building shared vision to foster effective collaboration. Part 2 (4:00-5:30) will build skills to lead high performing teams, resolve conflicts, and facilitate team learning.

IDEA 2004 Early Identification and Child Find- Part 1

Diana Bowman, Catherine Nolan, Kala Suprenant

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Part 1 of a 2 part session. This session will identify the requirements of IDEA 2004 and relevant federal legislation (i.e. Child Abuse, Protection & Treatment Act, McKinney-Vento Act) that relate to child find and public awareness efforts, for Part C and Section 619 of Part B. Issues related to young maltreated children and children who are homeless will be included. Participants will have a Question & Answer opportunity. This session provides background information for Part 2, scheduled from 4:00-5:30.

Me Too, Me Too! State Early Learning Standards for All Children

Susan Crowther, Jeanine Huntoon, Catherine Scott-Little, Jan Thelan

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There is much variability among state early learning standards. The presentation will explore the status of standards nationally, examining what they look like, how they are used and their applicability to all children. Several states will present their inclusive standards and how they developed standards that address the needs of all children.

Multimedia Resources for Early Childhood Personnel Preparation: Communication and Emergent Literacy

Deborah Hatton

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Emergent literacy, the developmental process that begins at birth, provides the foundation for future reading and writing. Components of emergent literacy for young children with disabilities will be described, along with evidence-based practices for promoting communication, language, and emergent literacy development. Multimedia resources will be used to convey session content.

My SPP Is In! Now What? Using Data to Track and Guide Program Improvement

Kathy Barker, Dawn Downer, Lynne Kahn, Jane Nell Luster, Vanessa Winborne

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Two states will provide examples of how they follow the progress of their improvement efforts with ongoing review of available state data related to their State Performance Plan. The sessions will be interactive, with opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss the implications of using state data for fine-tuning improvement strategies.

Natural Environment Practices: What We Know about What Works Best and Why

Mary Beth Bruder, Carl Dunst, Carol Trivette

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Increasing Children's Learning Opportunities in Natural Environments, an Early Childhood Research Institute is identifying methods and procedures for increasing learning opportunities for children birth to 6 years old in everyday family and community activity settings. This session promotes practitioner and parent understanding of practice-based information gleaned from studies about natural learning environments. Multimedia information will be used to illustrate different types and sources of information available to parents and practitioners.

Understanding Family Dynamics: Training Techniques to Enhance Practical Application of the Family Experience.

Tommy Thrasher, Stephan Viehweg

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The family is the central focus of successful early intervention. Early childhood providers must appreciate the uniqueness of family dynamics when providing supports and services. This session highlights a unique, practical training approach to enhance the participant's experience in understanding family dynamics. Participants take part in a family sculpture and explore training techniques to support practical application of the learning experience.

What Do I Do with the Evidence? Putting DEC's Recommended Practices to Use

Sarah Mulligan

Beth Rous, Susan Sandall

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This session will explore the practical implications for DEC's Recommended Practices. Participants will take a closer look at the individual practices, explore real life program examples, and engage in activities that demonstrate how to use the practices to ensure program improvement and high quality services.

What We Know About Supporting Language Development in Young English Learners

Betsy Ayankoya, Christina Kasprzak

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Language, thinking and culture are interrelated. This session will seek to increase awareness of language development in children whose home language is not English and the importance of home language in learning English. Participants will gain ideas about effective ways to support second language development and to distinguish between language delays associated with learning a second language and a true language disability. Learners and consider the implications for personnel preparation and policy development.

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