Glance into an early childhood special education (ECSE) classroom and you may have trouble discerning what is considered “instructional time” from play or the daily routine. What does effective instruction look like in ECSE classrooms? We know that children are highly engaged when activities are both interesting and relevant to them and that engagement is the… Read More 3 Key Look-Fors in Early Childhood Special Education Classrooms
Calendar is a staple of many preschool circle time routines and often justified as “math instruction” even though many of the skills targeted during calendar surpass Virginia’s standards for four-year-olds. Try the quiz below to see just how far. Hint: Research shows that temporal concepts like units of time (days, weeks) and their sequence… Read More Rethinking “Calendar Time” for Preschoolers
Two new (and free!) opportunities are available online for early childhood educators to take advantage of this summer. A new series from Early Childhood Investigations: Webinars targets pressing issues in early childhood such as bullying, the impact of toxic stress, and the importance of a positive school culture. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) recently released… Read More New Online Learning Opportunities for Early Childhood
Online Learning Opportunities
Free, engaging webinars that are presented by many of the thought-leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. The presentations explore critical topics that offer new ideas and insights to ECE professionals, especially administrators from early literacy to challenging behavior. All webinars are archived for future use!
One hour webinars addressing key topics in the field of early childhood special education.
Current free modules: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication for Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology Interventions, Dialogic Reading Practices, Tiered Instruction. CONNECT Modules are practice-focused instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers. CONNECT modules are designed using a 5-Step Learning Cycle, an approach for making evidence-based decisions about practice dilemmas, based on the integration of multiple sources of evidence.
Talks on Tuesdays are free professional development opportunities that are held the first Tuesday of each month. These one-hour webinars are designed to provide free online training opportunities related to important topics in early intervention. Topics chosen for the Talks on Tuesdays webinar series are based on feedback from EI practitioners about what they need to know more about!
Archived free webinars include: Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: An Intervention Model for the Most Serious Challenging Behaviors, LEAP Preschool: An Inclusive Model of Early Autism Intervention, Moving Right Along Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior, and more.
Free webinars and resources supporting the implementation of high-quality outcome systems (Indicator 7) for early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs.
Free, 1 hour, archived webcasts on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorder.
Useful Websites for Early Childhood
Early Learning Standards and Guidance
Learning standards for four-year-olds: To be used in conjunction with an evidence-based curriculum to guide instruction
Indicators of development for two and three-year-olds: A comprehensive reference of learning and development from birth through kindergarten
A set of practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, intended as guidance for improving learning outcomes and promoting development