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Date(s): 4/19/2018 3:00 PM - 4/19/2018 6:45 PM
Description: This course introduces professionals and parents to the many important facets of development that underlie social learning in preschool- and early elementary-age children. The ability to participate in collaborative play and learn as part of a group depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, and solid social emotional development as well as the executive functioning skills to multitask the use of it all. This course will focus on how to put the research...
Date(s): 4/10/2018 - 4/12/2018
Description: The Annual Training Conference is the VAHSA's signature event, held each spring. It draws 100s of Head Start staff, families and community supporters. All registrations must be made online from this registration site.  There will be no on-site registrations. Member Registration fee schedule for conference: Full Conference       $335, $360 after March 1 Single Day              $190, $215 after March 1 Non-Member...
Date(s): 2/22/2018 12:00 PM - 2/22/2018 1:00 PM
Description: Have you ever said/thought/wondered "If he would just do what I asked or "(fill in the blank)" we wouldn't have this problem!?!?"  Please join us for an hour-long webinar about the factors that underlie behaviors that are OFTEN missed by the adults in children's lives. During this webinar we will learn the underpinnings of challenging behavior from a neuroscience perspective. Dr. Delahooke will be referencing her book, Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention:  A Skills...
Date(s): 2/20/2018 - 3/20/2018
Description: Outreach Services, VSDB has purchased access to four more online, self-paced short courses (30 - 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Auditory Training for Connected Speech Skill (Course #4) Registration dates: Feb. 12 - Feb. 19, 2018 Date when course is available: Feb. 20 - Mar. 20,...
Date(s): 1/20/2018 9:00 AM - 1/20/2018 12:00 PM
Description: Play is the heart of early childhood years. Through research, educators know more about Play now than ever before, including how play supports children’s self-regulation skills. This series will explore ways to support evidence-based teacher practices for providing an environment and materials which encourage play. Find your joy and join in the discovery of play. Workshop #1 is completed. Workshop # 2 Teacher Language- Play Based Learning- January 20, 2018,...
Date(s): 1/10/2018 2:00 PM - 1/10/2018 3:30 PM
Description: Learn how you and your team can apply collective leadership to find solutions and reach your shared goals. What if the solutions to the biggest challenges facing you were living inside the hearts and minds of others. What if you had a magic wand and could unlock these secrets? Collective leadership is about changing the way we think about leadership from something you do alone to or for others, to something that you do with others. The benefits of adopting collective leadership include: better...
Date(s): 1/8/2018 - 2/8/2018
Description: VCU Autism Center for Excellence offers this course to provide participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior as well as sensory processing issues. Secondary characteristics, including executive dysfunction, imitation, sequencing, and motor deficits as well as common co-morbid conditions will also be explored. The course will discuss the myths and facts...
Date(s): 1/3/2018 2:00 PM - 1/3/2018 3:30 PM
Description: All children make music and music therapy practices can make early childhood classrooms inclusive. By using therapeutic techniques, educators can support children of all abilities and their families to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts. Focusing on developmental goals, intentional music interventions help children with disabilities become successful in inclusive early childhood programs. Concepts presented in this invigorating webinar will be based on the DEC//NAEYC’s...
Date(s): 12/13/2017 2:00 PM - 12/13/2017 3:30 PM
Description: Join us for an engaging session on some “big ideas” about early brain development that every parent and early childhood provider should know and use every day! For example, 700-1000 new neural connections form in a baby’s brain every second! What does that mean for the baby, and for your program? This session will combine a structured talk interspersed with short, interactive activities among audience members. Participants will: 1. Know and apply key brain facts pertaining to...
Date(s): 12/12/2017 1:00 PM - 12/12/2017 2:00 PM
Description: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework provides a means of examining a child’s ability to participate in daily routines and activities. A primary focus of the ICF is the environmental factor, which includes physical, social, and attitudinal environmental components. Specifically considering the environmental factors of the ICF affords practitioners with a framework for considering all possible facets of a child and his/her life that may be...
Date(s): 12/5/2017 12:00 PM - 12/5/2017 1:00 PM
Description: As early interventionists, we work with many diverse families and caregivers. Cultural competence - what does that really mean, and where does coaching fit?  In Part 1 of this series, we will discuss what cultural humility is, how to define a person's culture, and give you ideas on how to reflect in order to best serve all families.  Join us next month for Part 2 as we dig deeper into dimensions of cultural humility, implicit biases, and strategies you can use immediately. Mark your...
Date(s): 11/14/2017 1:00 PM - 11/14/2017 2:00 PM
Description: Early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) professionals need strategies for working with interpreters in order to provide effective services to children and their families who are linguistically and culturally diverse. In this session, we will share guidelines and ideas to improve communication in EI/ECSE service delivery when the EI/ECSE team includes an interpreter. This session will help you to improve your knowledge and skills when working with interpreters in order to...
Date(s): 11/11/2017 9:30 AM - 11/11/2017 11:00 AM, 1/20/2018 9:30 AM - 1/20/2018 11:00 AM, 4/7/2018 9:30 PM - 4/7/2018 11:00 AM
Description: Various presenters will explore ways to build a successful, developmentally appropriate preschool program. Topics will include using routine, rules, and the classroom environment to support your programming, appropriate teacher language, what makes a quality curriculum, and authentic assessment. Workshop #1 is completed. Workshop # 2 Teacher Language- Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am Presented by: Holly Blum Teacher Language is the root for growing positive teacher-child relationships and...
Date(s): 11/7/2017 12:00 PM - 11/7/2017 1:00 PM
Description: As early interventionists, we work with many diverse families and caregivers. Cultural competence - what does that really mean, and where does coaching fit?  In Part 1 of this series, we will discuss what cultural humility is, how to define a person's culture, and give you ideas on how to reflect in order to best serve all families.  Join us next month for Part 2 as we dig deeper into dimensions of cultural humility, implicit biases, and strategies you can use immediately. Mark your...
Date(s): 11/4/2017 9:00 AM - 11/4/2017 11:00 AM, 1/27/2018 9:00 AM - 1/27/2018 11:00 AM, 4/14/2018 9:00 AM - 4/14/2018 11:00 AM
Description: Various presenters will explore ways to build a successful, developmentally appropriate preschool program. Topics will include using routine, rules, and the classroom environment to support your programming, appropriate teacher language, what makes a quality curriculum, and authentic assessment. Workshop #1 is completed. Workshop # 2 Teacher Language- Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am Presented by: Holly Blum Teacher Language is the root for growing positive teacher-child relationships and...
Date(s): 11/1/2017 2:00 PM - 11/1/2017 3:30 PM
Description: Presented by;  Deborah Stipek Judy Koch Professor of Education, Stanford University Math lessons are rare in early childhood settings in part because efforts to develop academic skills have focused on literacy. Some early childhood educators eschew teacher-directed lessons, believing that all teaching needs to be conducted in the context of child-initiated activities, and they worry about the effect of standards and accountability on early childhood education. In this session I will...
Date(s): 10/4/2017 8:30 AM - 10/6/2017 4:30 PM
Description: Training for Educators, Mental Health Providers, Social Workers, Therapists and Intervention Specialists: On October 4-6, 2017 Virginia Treatment Center for Children, in partnership with St. Joseph's Villa and VALend, will be conducting two clinical workshops on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) Modules 1-4 and the Toddler Module. The workshops will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Henrico, VA. About the trainings. The Autism Diagnostic Observation...
Date(s): 10/4/2017 - 10/6/2017
Description: The Division for Early Childhood's Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families is the flagship of the organization's professional development opportunities. The 2017 conference will be held October 4-6 in Portland, Oregon. During this time, the Division for Early Childhood brings together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and...
Date(s): 10/4/2017 - 10/6/2017
Description: This workshop on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) Modules 1-4 and the Toddler Module is for Educator, Mental Health Providers, Social Workers, Therapists, and Intervention Specialists. It is offered on October 4-6, 2017 by the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, in partnership with St. Joseph's Villa and VALend, at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Henrico, VA. CEUs will be available and participants can register for one or both clinical workshops. For more...
Date(s): 9/23/2017 9:00 AM, 11/4/2017 9:00 AM, 1/27/2018 9:00 AM, 4/14/2018 9:00 AM
Description: Behavior Challenges look different depending on the cause of the behavior. Children with challenging behavior experience difficulties throughout their day and miss opportunities to socialize with their peers as well as be available for learning. This workshop series will look at areas that contribute to challenging and difficult behaviors in the classroom and provide specific strategies to help change these behaviors. Workshop #1  Providing A Sensory Centered “in Sync” Classroom...
Date(s): 9/13/2017 2:00 PM
Description: This webinar, part of the Trauma Solutions in Early Childhood Series, will be presented by trauma expert, Ileen Henderson. Ileen will describe the impact of trauma on young children, its effect on learning and child development and the importance of creating a space within your classroom, organization, office or lobby that supports children who have been impacted by trauma. With or without a budget, you can apply the principals of trauma-informed care to your program’s spaces to...
Date(s): 7/26/2017 2:00 PM - 7/26/2017 3:30 PM
Description: Early childhood educators typically recognize the importance of emotional and social development on children’s educational and life futures. Recent neuroscience research reveals how critical administrative support of teachers is in the quest to help children become resilient, well-adjusted, and socially and emotionally competent. Administrators must help teachers build core capabilities to support children’s emotional and social development.  However, the devil is in the detail!...
Date(s): 7/25/2017 4:00 PM - 7/25/2017 5:00 PM
Description: When teachers open their classroom doors this new school year, they’ll be welcoming students with a variety of experiences, strengths, and challenges. A few children in your new class might have disabilities or developmental delays that impact their learning, social skills, or behavior.  This webinar will uncover how to best understand and implement inclusionary practices into the classroom that will help children with developmental delays or disabilities participate successfully...
Date(s): 6/21/2017 2:00 PM - 6/21/2017 3:30 PM
Description: We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar,...
Date(s): 6/9/2017 1:00 PM - 6/9/2017 2:00 PM
Description: In Universally Designed Leadership, experienced school administrators Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez provide school leaders and educators with a guidebook for putting the UDL framework into practice system-wide. Join CAST on Friday, June 9th for a free online workshop with Katie Novak and Kristan Rodriguez to discuss the challenges of implementing UDL and the strategies needed to create a more inclusive, equitable, and effective learning environment.  Unable to...
Date(s): 6/7/2017 2:00 PM - 6/7/2017 3:30 PM
Description: Back for their second Early Childhood Investigations webinar, movement authority Gill Connell and her co-author Cheryl McCarthy discuss the every day opportunities, real-world practicalities, and proven techniques for infusing movement into any early learning environment. As discussed in their first Free Spirit Publishing webinar, A Moving Child Is a Learning Child, movement is the untold story of early childhood learning. By nature’s design, movement...
Date(s): 6/6/2017 12:00 PM - 6/6/2017 1:00 PM
Description: Cortical visual impairment (CVI) occurs when there is damage to the visual cortex rather than the eye. It may occur in children who have had asphyxia, hydrocephalus, trauma, mitochondrial disorder, infection, and a variety of other causes. The visual behaviors of children with CVI, such as light gazing, looking away when reaching for an object, looking away from faces, and visual inattention are sometimes confused as off-task behavior, disinterest, or red flags for autism. During this webinar,...
Date(s): 5/17/2017 4:00 PM - 5/17/2017 5:00 PM
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Martha French will summarize information regarding the Kendall Conversational Proficiency Levels (P-Levels) presented in her Ap. 19 webinar, then focus on how to translate assessment results into curricular goals for classroom instruction. Presenter: Martha French, Ph.D., has been involved in programs serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing in various capacities over many years. For many years, she was the Curriculum Specialist for the language arts program at...
Date(s): 5/17/2017 1:00 PM - 5/17/2017 2:00 PM
Description: Description: Childhood obesity is a national concern. While recent reports show that rates have begun to decline for preschool age children, special educators need to be particularly attentive to this issue. Data indicates much higher rates of overweight and obesity for children with disabilities, especially those with autism. Early childhood and early childhood special education practitioners report difficulty meeting national recommendations for physical activity and for including children...
Date(s): 5/10/2017 4:00 PM - 5/10/2017 5:00 PM
Description: Webinar Description: Join us as our presenters share information about this comprehensive, standardized checklist that documents the developmental milestones of children from birth to age 5 who are visual learners and are acquiring sign language. The VCSL is a tool that can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in language development and guide language goals for children who sign. Presenters: Dr. Laurene E. Simms is a former elementary teacher, with hands-on experience in the...
Date(s): 5/9/2017 8:00 AM - 5/9/2017 5:00 PM, 5/10/2017 8:00 AM - 5/10/2017 5:00 PM, 5/11/2017 7:45 AM - 5/11/2017 12:30 PM
Description: The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. Cost - $420 with discounts available for presenters For 16 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill: to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice; to...
Date(s): 5/6/2017 8:30 AM - 5/6/2017 4:30 PM
Description: Institutes for Early Care Professionals Who Serve Infants and Toddlers! These exciting professional development institutes will focus on celebrating child care professionals and renewing their passion to make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers.  Workshop sessions will provide information and strategies on how to manage stress and practical ways to promote self care. Working lunch will be provided.
Date(s): 5/5/2017 2:00 PM - 5/5/2017 2:15 PM
Description: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! In celebration, OSEP's Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year's theme "Communication: The Key to Connection." Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a...
Date(s): 5/3/2017 2:00 PM - 5/3/2017 2:15 PM
Description: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! In celebration, OSEP's Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year's theme "Communication: The Key to Connection." Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a...
Date(s): 5/2/2017 12:00 PM - 5/2/2017 1:00 PM
Description: This training will focus on ways to prevent challenging behavior in the home setting. We will define challenging behavior and social-emotional competence, and we will discuss why young children demonstrate challenging behaviors. Four parenting practices for preventing challenging behaviors will be outlined, and resources will be shared regarding what families and providers can do when challenging behaviors begin or when they continue to occur. Meet the Presenter: Jackie is a Senior Instructor at...
Date(s): 5/2/2017 12:00 PM - 5/2/2017 1:00 PM, 5/2/2017 3:00 PM - 5/2/2017 4:00 PM
Description: Presenter: Beth Poss, M.S., SLP, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland This session, targeted at early childhood educators, examines the current research on the use of technology for children birth to 8 years, and will discuss the implications of technology as an early learning tool for young children with disabilities. Explore developmentally appropriate apps and other technology resources that support the growth of language, play, literacy and early math skills and identify what a...
Date(s): 4/26/2017 8:15 AM - 4/26/2017 4:00 PM
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Leadership in Effective and Developmentally-appropriate Services (LEADS) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program Administrator Spring 2017 Institute.  The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE programs.  Since each division is different, this may include administrators, coordinators, specialists, lead...
Date(s): 4/25/2017 2:00 PM - 4/25/2017 3:00 PM
Description: Description: As classes become more diverse, negative attitudes towards those who are different persist, and bullying behaviors are on the rise. Self-reflection activities that teachers can use to understand how attitudes are formed will be shared, along with research-based strategies from the Making Friends Program. Together, these foster a sense of belonging for all children. Facilitators: Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Ph. D., Paddy C. Favazza, Ed.D. MICHAELENE M. OSTROSKY, Ph.D., is a Professor of...
Description: In celebration, OSEP's Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year's theme "Communication: The Key to Connection." Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to...
Description: The Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), authored by Dr. Elena Soukakou, is a structured observation rating scale designed to assess the quality of classroom practices that support the developmental needs of children 2½ - 5 years of age with disabilities in early childhood settings. Ratings on the ICP items indicate the extent to which program staff intentionally adapt the classroom’s environment, activities, and instructional support in ways that encourage children’s active...
Description: Outreach Services, VSDB has purchased access to four online short courses (30 - 60 minutes each), and is making them available to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Those who register before the given deadline will be sent a code that will allow access for one month (March 20-April 19, 2017) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7. At the end...
Date(s): 7/19/2017 - 7/21/2017
Description: Creating Connections to Shining Stars (CCSS) is a collaborative effort between many state agencies and early childhood programs in Virginia. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for young children, both with and without disabilities.   Who Should Attend? Early Intervention Providers, Early Childhood Educators, Related Service Providers, Early Childhood Special Educators, Childcare Providers,...