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Hot Topic and Special Event Workshops

DEC is excited to present the following Hot Topic and Special Event Workshops. 

These sessions are free to attend but capacity is limited, so advance registration is required. 

When completing your registration here or modifying your current registration here, please be sure to add a ticket for any workshop or event that you would like to attend. 

Hot Topics

HOT TOPIC WORKSHOP - FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Noticing and Appreciating Simple, Everyday Interactions

Wednesday, October 2nd, 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presenters: Dr. Junlei Li - 2019 Keynote Speaker 

Abstract: In this workshop, we will be using the “Simple Interactions” approach to closely examine adult-child interactions in everyday contexts. We will practice appreciative “noticing” and reflective “wondering” to understand the dynamics within even the simplest human interactions. We will discuss how these interactions weave together four basic building blocks of the human relationship – connection, reciprocity, inclusion, and opportunity to grow – to make positive developmental impacts. We will also extend these principles to reflect on the “parallel processes” of adult-adult interactions that support professionals and families.

 

HOT TOPIC WORKSHOP - FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Through the Lens of Lived Experience: Meaningfully Involving Families at All Levels in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

Thursday, October 3rd, 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presenters: Jenna Weglarz-Ward - Cori Mohr - Maren Christenson - Christine Griffin - Mark A. Smith - Roxane Romanick - Stephanie Adrihan - Keishawna Smith - Marisol Rose

Abstract: Historically, families of children with disabilities were perceived as passive recipients of information and resources to support a child with a disability. Legislation and advocacy have changed the predominant view of the role of families with infants and toddlers with disabilities. It's now understood that family is the primary developmental context for younger children; family support is critical to impacting child outcomes; family goals and outcomes are successful benefits to the child; and the voices and perspectives of families are a necessary component to a successful Early Intervention system. However, although steps in these directions have been taken, outcome measures still show barriers to meaningful family engagement and leadership. To truly achieve best outcomes at all levels of early intervention and early childhood special education, we must go further. This interactive session will include remarks from a national parent leader (TBD), a panel of parents to explore meaningful family engagement and leadership throughout EC and ECSE, a Q&A with members of the DEC Family Committee, and small group work that will generate a document attendees and the DEC Family Committee can use to inform priorities and action plans to increase meaningful family involvement.  


HOT TOPIC WORKSHOP - FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Practicing Inclusion, Doing Justice Disability, Identity, and Belonging in Early Childhood

Friday, October 4th, 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presenters: Sheresa Boone Blanchard, Megan Vinh, Jen Newton, Serra Acar

Abstract: The implicit and explicit messages early childhood practitioners send about disability have important consequences for young children’s developing identities and sense of belonging. The session presenters will discuss how practitioners can cultivate early learning communities in which the identities of all young children, with and without disabilities, are affirmed. Drawing on research and examples from practice, they will explain how early educators can challenge and change deficit-based assumptions about disability and other forms of diversity by practicing inclusion. Additionally, the presenters provide a framework for practicing inclusion and illustrates how such a process has the potential to positively affect the experiences of young children with and without disabilities, sending a much-needed message to all young children and families about civil rights, human diversity, and justice. 


Special event

SPECIAL EVENT - FREE EVENT - LIMITED CAPACITY - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Crafting Slam Style Stories

Thursday, October 3rd, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Presenters: Bethany Van Delft Moffi - DEC 2019 Keynote Speaker

Abstract: StorySlams - performances where tellers share short 5 minutes stories on a theme - are enjoying huge popularity. We use stories everyday in our advocacy as parents, teachers, service providers. Painting a picture for medical professionals, legislators, decision makers can often shift perspectives, leading to important conversations, or even great strides. Participants will get tips for crafting and telling a 3-5 minute slam style story, as well as performance tips, and ways to use in advocacy.

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