As Virginia continues to build a unified early childhood system, additional opportunities exist for children with disabilities to attend regular early childhood classrooms. When building inclusive classrooms, Early Childhood (EC) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) practitioners must combine efforts to provide access, participation, and support to all children. In this context, “support” refers to the system-level… Read More Does Your Early Childhood Program Have the Foundation to Implement Inclusive Practices?
“Inclusion involves a process of systemic reform embodying changes and modifications in content, teaching methods, approaches, structures and strategies in education to overcome barriers with a vision serving to provide all students of the relevant age range with an equitable and participatory learning experience and environment that best corresponds to their requirements and preferences.” (Hehir et… Read More Self-Paced Course: ASD and Inclusive Practices for All
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process that allows children and adults to effectively understand and manage emotions. It allows individuals to set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain relationships, and make responsible decisions. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has developed a 3 Signature Practices Playbook to foster… Read More Practical Ways to Introduce and Broaden the Use of Social Emotional Learning
Research indicates that the Self-Regulation Strategy Development (SRSD) model is more effective at improving writing performance than are all other instructional approaches. The POW+TREE strategy, a SRSD writing strategy, can help students produce better persuasive essays. You can complete the IRIS Center module, Improving Writing Performance: A Strategy for Writing Persuasive Essays. It highlights the… Read More Writing Strategies for Students Who Struggle
When planning activities and lessons, teachers must be clear about each activity’s learning objective for all the children and the IEP objective for individual children. The IEP objective will specify what modifications and adaptations are necessary in order for the student to participate fully in the learning objective. As the school year starts, many… Read More Blending Best Practices to Benefit All ECSE Students
The manual, entitled Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers, contains a guide on planning for inclusion and 9 training modules that provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with disabilities in community- based early childhood programs. The State Performance Plan for Special Education delineates performance indicators that… Read More Inclusion Resources for Early Childhood Special Education
Successful inclusion of students with disabilities requires a supportive organizational structure and school culture. One strategy for building a more integrated and inclusive school culture is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS). Successful inclusion of students with disabilities requires a supportive organizational structure and school culture (Burstein, N., Sears, S., Wilcoxen, A., Cabello, B. and… Read More Building a School Culture to Support Inclusive Practices