Implementing the Foundations of Inclusion Training Curriculum: Online Discussion Board

Please use this space to share your experiences, resources, and dilemmas. In this space, we can all continue to support and learn from one another in conducting professional development particularly around implementing the Foundations of Inclusion training curriculum.

There are several ways to participate in the discussion:
1) You can click on "Add new comment" below to share your experiences and dilemmas or questions.
2) You can also click on  "reply" to respond to what other people have written.
3) If you have any electronic copies of resources you would like to share with others, please email us at so that we can help you post it here. As a start, we have posted a resource, An administrator's guide to preschool inclusion (Odom & Wolery, 2000). This resource was shared by one of your fellow participants, Susan Dean. Thank you Susan! 

ECRII_Administrators_Guide_2000.pdf3.34 MB
media_permisn_en.pdf95.38 KB
media_permisn_esp.pdf119.06 KB
Foundations_of_Inclusion_Facilitators_Guide_RevOct13.pdf1.33 MB
Foundations_of_Inclusion_Facilitators_Guide_Word_RevOct2013.doc4.56 MB
Foundations_of_Inclusion_Training_Curriculum_Facilitation_Slides.ppt13.55 MB


First Class Completed!

I have completed my first Foundations of Inclusion class last night. We had 10 people attend. It was a good class. They all seemed to have very little prior knowledge and information.  The group was very interested and interactive throughout the training.  Several commented on that their director or their co-worker should have been here.  I also gave out a resource book of our county.  

Mission Complete!

I completed my training tonight and it was a success!  I had a good time with this training.  All of the participants were classroom teachers (ages 0-5 yrs), with varying experiences and education. It was a great group to start with.   The pre and post tests are good tools to use in determining the effectiveness of the training.  The pre-test showed a lack of knowledge in every area (most tests were blank when turned in).  Those with reponses, had only a few answers, and those were incorrect.  This led to little confidence at the beginning. The post-test process was fun to watch.  The participants were very busy writing and were so excited to see if they got their answers correct-most did on most of the answers!  They completed the questions and commented heavily on how much they enjoyed the training and how much they learned.   I did use a variety of individual, small group and large group activities, as this information can be quite dry if given through lecture only. 


Like you, I had my first training last night.  It was small (11 participants) and a mixture of director/owners and classroom teachers.  I re-worked pre/post test using the same questions but making them muliple choice.  Like you.... the pre scores were pretty grim, but posts were great!  (well, I did pretty much teach to the test...).  My participants went home a little glassy eyed and commented that it was ALOT of information in two hours.  They really liked the matching game!!  When we talked about admission policies all in attendance said their program had NONE!  One director said she would be working on one ASAP.  All in all, it went well and feel much more confident in offering it again.


Thanks for the idea of changing the pre-post into a multiple choice... I was worried about it being to much at the beginning.

Congratulations, Michelle and Johanna

Sounds like both of you had a successful workshop. And Johanna, how wonderful it is to see the director wanting to apply what she learned about admission policies immediately.

From what we read about other trainers' experience, it seems like 2 hours may be a little short to cover so much information. If you are doing it again, how much time do you think you would allocate to the workshop the next time?

Thanks so much,

I don't think I would do a

I don't think I would do a longer workshop (unless we are going all the way 5 hours and offering a CEU).   Two hours is about the limit for my providers. As an overview of what inclusion should look like it is alot of informaion, but it is just that... an overview.  Later trainings can focus more deeply into the laws, policies and working with the children.  When doing it again, I will consider setting up laptops, and instead of doing the matcing game give participants an agency/organization and have them do some research then and there and report back to the group.  It may take a little longer, but I think would have a greater impact.  My group seem particularly interested in knowing where they could get more information on various special needs and conditions.
I would encourage any provider who wants to write an admission policy to contact our office and set up a technical assistance visit.

Workshop Length

I also feel that a longer workshop would not necessarily be an advantage.  It was a lot of info. to take in for a 2 hour workshop but we want them to retain it.  I would rather take the information and break it into two workshops.  This would give more time to focus on the information and the activities.  We would like to have had more discussion, once they got comfortable opening up and talking among the group.  We could also do as suggested above, have them do some research and bring it back to the next class.  It could easily be turned into a .5 CEU.  My group was very excited about the resources and their discussions actually led right into the matching game.  They discussed taking these resources, adding them to the ones they have at work, and creating a center resource book to share with families and to have for themselves when questions/issues come up with a child.   

Getting Ready

I am preparing to do my first workshop this evening and am quite anxious about it.  I am wondering what is the one thing (activity?) I want to make sure I don't leave out... or what is the activity that previous participants have liked the most? 

Getting Ready

I am preparing to do my first training tomorrow night, and am quite anxious.  Those of you who have done the training, what is the ONE thing you would encourage me to do... activity, discussion question, etc... Or in other words, what is the one thing your participants liked the best about your training?

Small but successful

I completed my first training yesterday but it was a very small group.They were interested and loved the video and the information on the other Connect Modules.  They evaluations indicated that they want more information on inclusion so that is a good sign that they are eager to learn more.  Over-all I think it went pretty well.  Question: Now that we have completed the training and made our online posts, where do we go from here?  Are there anymore requirements that we need to follow through with?

Lee, Do you recall any of the


Do you recall any of the main points that resonated with the participants from the video?

I am glad to hear your

I am glad to hear your participants liked the video... I am doing my first training tonight and am quite anxious about it.  Did you introduce the participants to the other Connect Modules?  Or how did it come up in the training?

Viewing the video also was a

Viewing the video also was a highlight of our session and again geneated lots of discussion on the environmental recsponsiblities centers should proivde for children and families.  Are there other videos along these lines that can be used for future trainings?

Where do we go from here?

Hi Lee,
That's wonderful that the participants are wanting more!! Certainly a good sign. So, where do we go from here? Your last requirement is to participate in the Dec 11 web meeting from 2-3 pm. We are still working out the agenda but we are thinking it could be a good opportunity for us to discuss how we can move forward.

Web Meeting

I will be traveling to Charolotte the day of the webinar for another training the next two days.  Does anyone know of a place that offers free wifi in Charlotte where I could participate in the webinar?  Or is anybody from Charlotte in this group that will be watching the webinar - maybe I could meet up with you? Check-in at the hotel is not until 3 and I don't really want to drive 5 hours after the webinar.

I too am traveling to

I too am traveling to Charlotte that same day. I was wondering the same.

Will check it out for you all

Hi Jennifer and Susan,

Let me check with Cindy and Susan about this and get back to you.


Speaking only for myself, if

Speaking only for myself, if the webinar were in the morning it would better enable me to participate.

today's the day

I am gearing up to present today at our director's meeting.  I am hoping for a good turn out but also a core group of ladies that like to go deep into discussion.  I will let you all know how it goes.


I will be doing my first training tomorrow evening (Thursday 11/14) and I have 10 participants registered!  There is a mixture of teachers and a couple of directors.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed everyone shows up.  Will let you know how it goes on Friday.

Just wondering if any of  the

Just wondering if any of  the teachers and directors are from the same faciltiy?   If so, it sounds like the training will be very productive.  When both perspectives from the same facility are able to understand the basics of inclusion, then you have a nuturing environment.  I find often teachers will attend trainings and the support from the director is missing or vice versa. 

We had 14 directors and 1

We had 14 directors and 1 licensing consultant attend our Director's Institute.  At the conclusion of the training we discussed the stategic plan for their teachers to atend the next "Foundations for Inclusion " session and the internal conversations they can have at their individual programs to implement some of the changes.       We had some great discussions, during the training, along we also ran our of time.  Some of their concerns, though extended into the public schools for the children they serve in the afterschool progrmas. Overall, the training went well, and will guide/prioritize the activiies for next to cover all the key talking points.

Foundations for Inclusion training

A am preparing a trainiing for our Director's tomorrow, followed by a teacher version next week.  After reviewing the "Recipe for Success" acrtivity, I was unsure how to aligh the rights and responsibilities (child, parent, teacher) with the correct category e.g. Universal Design, Assistive Technology. Is there an answer key? Any other helpful hints in presenting this activity?

this activity confused me as

this activity confused me as well.  I know that we had to rush through this activity at the training in Greensboro, but I struggled with it as we prepared to train.  I finally made the decision to make the choice for the participants (Option A, Option B, Option C) and expand on the list of "kids" and their descriptions that they could pick from.  I hope that it will become easier as it is done more times in trainings. 

Answer key

Hi Andee,
No, I don't think there is an answer key because it all depends on who the participants' 'child' is. So in a sense, there isn't one right answer. I could check with Cindy and Susan who developed the activity if they have any helpful hints. Or is there anyone who have used this activity have any suggestions?

completed first training!

My coworker and I completed our first training, which was a Director's Roundtable, yesterday. It went really well - the participants were very eager and interested, and they had good points to contribute to our activities and discussion. We did run out of time for the entire agenda, but I feel like we covered the most essential parts of the training. The participants were very interested in the CONNECT modules - they were excited to be able to go further in depth with the topics related to inclusion, and were also interested in using the modules for staff development for their teachers. Overall I think it went great - we will definitely offer this training again to try and reach more Admin/Directors and we have plans to offer another Inclusion training geared more toward the classroom (for teachers specifically) in the next quarter.

Thanks Angela!

Congrats on a successful training! Are there any tips you could offer to others about training the directors? Is there anything you would do differently the next time you offer this training?

tips for training to Directors

My coworker and I decided that because we were going to be offering the training to Directors first, we would definitely highlight the parts of the training like the legal responsibilities, the importance of having (possibly amending exisiting) policies that related specifically to inclusion, and to the concept of getting involved in the planning and service delivery for the children within the center/home in which they work. These happened to be the topics that our participants WANTED to discuss, as well - so that worked out. I think when we do the training for classroom teachers, we will shift the focus a bit more onto approaching admin staff & families about a possible delay or health concern with a child in their class (if they happen to have one), obtaining and using AT in the classroom, and the concept of Tiered Instruction. I do want to stress for the teacher training that these techniques can benefit ALL of the children in the class, and that you can use them even if you don't have a special needs/developmentally delayed child. Hope this helps?

Training will be November 21st

My training will be on November 21st from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  If you have providers in or near to Wayne County let them know. (919) 735-3371 Ext 227 to register.

Cost of training?

Have you charged for this training?  We normally charge $5.00 for ours. Just wondering!

We will be charging the same

We will be charging the same $5.00 fee that we charge for all of our 2 hour trainings.

We have a Lending Library and

We have a Lending Library and training registration fees are set by membership /nonmembership. For Foundations participants paid $5.00 if they were a library member and $6.00 if non member.  

Good question.  We did

Good question.  We did advertise it on our training calendar for $5 as well because that's what we charge for all trainings.  Do I need to credit those registered if we were not allowed to chanrge?

For my training  I made a

For my training  I made a handout of our county's resource guide for children with special needs.  Did anyone have a resource guide regarding their local sepcial needs agency?

Resource Guide

Hi Tracy,
We have a Craven Smart Start Resource Guide booklet which was shared during our training.  The participants appreciated having an update on available resources and how their contact process works.  I think the insight as to how/who to contact, what they can expect as well as information to share with parents makes them more likely to actually utilize the resource. 

Resource Guide

That is a great idea!  This way they can take back the information, as well as local contacts, in case they need assistance in the future. 


Did anyone have trouble with fitting all the information into 2 hours?

Our time frame with the 2

Our time frame with the 2 hours went well - we could have used a bit more time but we made it work.  However, we had a very small group so we went over all of the articles as one large group - highlighting key points.  If we had more participants then we would have split them into small groups.  In that scenario, I'm thinking time would have been tight letting 4 groups discuss their article and then giving them each time to present.  I will have to remember to keep them on task if we do have more participants in future trainings. 

filling 2 hours

It is nice to hear that you guys have run out of time for the two hour training.  That is so much better than hearing you ran out of info and could not make it last two hours!!!  (Which is what I worry about)

training time

We had a lot of directors/staff sharing their on personal experiences as well as examples from their classrooms. The participants were really envolved and intrested in the laws and had numerous questions about the laws.

Please include your name

Hi, we are glad that your participants were able to share their own stories. Personal stories and dilemmas are very powerful both for participants to learn from other's experiences as well as for trainers / facilitators to know where the participants are coming from. It sounds like your training was a great success. Please let us know your name so that we can account for your participation. Thanks. 

Foundations of inclusion

My co-worker and I completed our first Foundations of inclusion today; our first audience was geared towards Child Care Directors.I think it went great; we had great conversation and learned a lot from each other.If you have conducted your training already, what was your target audience?

Training complete

This evening I completed my first training. I went well. The participants were very invovled in conversation and had a great deal of questions.  It was a struggle to limit the time to 2 hours. We could have gone on for another 2 hours.

ran out of time

Tracy and I did our training together yesterday and we did run over time. I was worried that we would get derailed during the "I have this child . . ." activity, but the ladies stayed on task and worked well in their small groups. When we did the large group share there were good tips from individuals concerning the actual scenarios that we assigned. I love it when the participants can add to the material that we are already sharing! Also, we had a chance to talk about community agencies to seek out for help in specific situations and we generated a list on the spot (on a chartboard during the training), as well as a take-home list for them to leave the training with. I think you could do a 2 part training and go deeper into each activity if you wanted/needed to.

I struggled with the time

I struggled with the time also, we still had another 30 mintues of info at the 2 hour mark to go over.  It's hard to limit good conversation:)


Glad to hear your training went well. It was difficult for us to keep the 2 hour time frame also. We are considering doing a two part session.

We struggled with this as

We struggled with this as well (despite the huge storm and power going out.)  We are planning on a 2 day session too!

How to Make the Information "Real" to Participants (Dilemma)

During the last training, we found that only one participant had a child with special needs in their classroom.  Many of the participants had no experience teaching atypically developing children.  It could be that they had a child with an exceptionality, but was unaware (as a few of them later stated).  How can I make learning come to life for a teacher who has no experience with special needs children and who may not have any in his/her classroom?

Before our training, Letha

Before our training, Letha and I chose the scenario that we thought would be most applicable to them (the child with the short attention span).  However, when we started the activity we did read all the scenarios and the teachers chose that child, along with another description of the child.  We ended up talking about both children and the participants seemed to find it really helpful.

You're right, Ashley. My

You're right, Ashley. My coworker and I will be training tomorrow and we had the same discussion. Ultimately, we opted to use the "I Have this Child . .. . " activity with the scenarios given, rather than to have them use an example from their class. Also, we felt like this would help them to "zero in" on a particular behavior, instead of deliberating over a whole set of behaviors/conditions.