New Possibilities: Using Evidence-Based Practices That Support Inclusion – An exciting new professional development opportunity!
On May 1-2, 2014, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Vermont DEC will offer a two-day professional development institute designed to strengthen the daily practices used by professionals to support infants, toddlers, and young children of diverse abilities in inclusive settings.
If you’re interested in a small, focused professional development opportunity that features outstanding presenters, new content, in-depth learning experiences, and a lovely setting (Burlington, VT) at a reasonable price, please consider registering for this event while space is still available.
For details on content, presenters, and logistics, please see the New Possibilities Institute overview 11-13. For specific questions about the content, please email Camille Catlett (email@example.com).
A new two-page policy brief from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Highlighting the Positive Development of Minority Children (October 2013), summarizes a number of facts and findings from the research underscoring the importance of focusing on and learning more about the positive development, adaptation and adjustment of minority children, rather than focusing mostly on maladjustment and adversity.
The brief summarizes a longer Social Policy Report, Positive Development of Minority Children (2013), by Natasha Cabrera and the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee.
|More Than Baby Talk|
The University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has just published “More Than Baby Talk,” an easily-readable and free online guide to igniting the communication and language skills of infants and toddlers. This guide includes ten research-based recommendations for educators and parents.
“More Than Baby Talk” recommends one-on-one and small-group interactions that are tried and tested to support the development of language and communication in infants and toddlers from a variety of backgrounds. Among the FPG team’s recommended interactions are responding to children’s vocalizations and speech, eliciting conversations, and using complex grammar and a rich vocabulary. Each practice includes the science that supports it and examples of how to use it.
By using these strategies, educators and parents can provide children with the rich language exposure and opportunities they need to enhance their language and communication. Download your copy today!