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 connect@unc.edu 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! 

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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

Comments

Adding Relevant Information/ Materials to Training (Question)

I am just curious as to if anyone is using recent events/ news as an addition to their trainings?  I know that things like Leandro can have a bearing on how inclusion is handled a school-aged classroom and I am wondering if anyone feels like this type of background information or any other recent news articles would add value to the training.

Relevant material

Just before doing the workshop, I was in the drive-in line at a fast food restaurant and overheard the person calling her coworker retarded.  When I got to the window I shared with the person what I had overwhat and it could be offensive to someone who may have a child with a disibility.  She was receptive to my comment and apologized.  This incident made us put in "People First Language" in our workshop. This cound be found at  http://www.inclusionproject.org/nip_userfiles/file/People%20First%20Chart.pdf

Use of recent news articles for training

Hi Ashley,

I think certainly adding recent news events will be great for the participants because real life events typically are close to people's hearts or can engage participants in rich discussions. For example, do you remember the photo of a 2nd grade class photo with the child in a wheelchair? http://now.msn.com/anne-belanger-mom-angry-that-class-photo-separates-son-in-wheelchair
That may be a good activity for participants to consider how / what the teacher could have been done to include the child and also to spark discussion about different ways to include children with disabilities in the classroom as well as the DEC / NAEYC position statement on inclusion.

Chih-Ing

Off subject... but is it just

Off subject... but is it just me or do any of you have trouble getting the CAPTCHA letters correct on the first try?

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Yes I do too sometimes even with my glasses on!!  
I guess I am not a human visitor some days!  :)

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I have but I think it is just my eyes that are not seeing correctly.  Usually, the second time works:).

It happens to me too

Hi Johanna,
I usually can get it after the 2nd try and I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. We strive to make our discussion areas as easy to use as possible. But unfortunately, due to many of the CONNECT discussions getting spam comments, sometimes as many as 100 a day, we had to install the CAPTCHA to prevent that from happening. So thanks for your patience with this.

thanks for explaining why we

thanks for explaining why we have to enter those numbers.  It is not inconvenient when I get it right the first time.  What gets me is upper vs. lower case letters.... and it is a whole lot better than having to deal with all that SPAM! :)

My training is scheduled for

My training is scheduled for Nov. 21st.  I have 13 signed up so far.  However the majority of those are from our VERY high quality developmental day program.  I feel like I need to tell them they don't need to come.  Most of them can teach this information a lot better than I can.  How would you all handle this issue? 

It could be a good refresher

It could be a good refresher for those who work in high quality centers; I think all early childhood professionals can benefit from the information.

This is like teaching in a

This is like teaching in a typical classroom, some know more than others, but I think it gives a nice balance.  Both groups have ideas that increase the knowledge level of the group. 

My training is scheduled for...highly qualified

I agree that most of have more to learn, regardless of the knowledge that we have about a subject.  If you use small groups, you might try to separate this group among the other participants in order to "even" the groups out, or give this group a different scenario that has more layers to work on (more in-depth). 
It could be better to have a group of people who actually have the knowledge vs. having a group who "think" they know it all:).

I definitely see your concern

I definitely see your concern and agree with others this could be tricky. You certainly don't want them to feel they are not welcome BUT you also don't want them to be bored. And of course, none of us know everything about anything. :-)
Are you having small group activities?  Maybe you could ask a couple of them to be small group or discussion leaders?  IF you did decide to do that you'd probsably want to contact them prior to the training and ask if they would be interested.   You also need to make sure that any info they offer is accurate and evidence based.  I don't intend this to sound disparaging but the fact they work in a DD program does not necessarily mean they are practicing high quality inclusive practices.  Just saying....

You could ask a couple of

You could ask a couple of them (before hand) to come prepeared to share experiences or things that work well for them. I have found that providers enjoy hearing sucesses from other providers.

That is a great

That is a great suggestion!!!  Having that information would have been helpful during my training because it would have allowed me to have an idea of the background participants have.  During our training, we had participants who knew nothing or very little about inclusion and those who were parents of children with special needs.  We could have planned for a more substantive discussion. 

This a tricky one.  I would

This a tricky one.  I would try to build on their knowledge.  Ask them for feedback as appropriate, being careful not to let them monopolize the conversations or make other participants feel inferior.  And remember, no matter how much you know, there is always something new to be learned.

Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the advice everyone.  I am doing small groups so I will call and ask a few to be "leaders" of their groups.  Thanks!

Did any of you imbed the

Did any of you imbed the video into the Powerpoint or just pull it up seperatly?

I usually imbed the video

I usually imbed the video into the PowerPoint... it's just easier for me that way.

Embedding Video

Can you tell me how to imbed the video?  I know it would be much easier, but I am totally tecnologically challenged.  Step by step instructions would be GREAT!

There might be a different

There might be a different way but this is how I did it....
Save the PowerPoint and the video in the same file on your computer, open the PP, go to slide 9, place your mouse over the picture on the slide and right click, a box should come up with several items listed, click on the tab that says Hyperlink... this should bring up the file where you saved the video, click on the video file to high light, that should cause it to show up in the box at the bottom of that screen (if not copy and paste it into the box), click save/add/insert (not sure what your computer will say there).
To test it out go back to your PP and click view show, when you get to slide 9 place the mouse over the picture... a little hand should come up, click on the picture and the video should start.  Good Luck!

Thanks.  I will give it my

Thanks.  I will give it my best shot!

Does anyone have a flyer

Does anyone have a flyer announcing this training that you would be willing to share?

Flyer example

Lee,
 We made postcards using Publisher and under the description this is what we said:
Please join us at the Partnership for Children of Johnston County for a free lunch and  director’s training. This session will provide an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as it relates to child care, including the rights of the center, provider and family.  Give you a better understanding of what it means to “reasonably accommodate” a child with special needs and a brief overview how to provide an inclusive classroom setting (2 In-service hours).  

Thank you Jessica!

Thank you Jessica!

training

One idea that I am doing at my training is to have providers get in small groups and design a classroom that will work for wheel chairs or walkers. Just like a floor plan of where centers will go and how to move items around to accomodate these children. Does anyone have any more ideas for small group activities?

Great Idea

I love this idea, thanks for sharing.

We used the Individual

We used the Individual Differences activity from the Infant Toddler Foundations training.  (Questions that are asked include things like what their favorite vegetable is, or what sport they like to play.)  I have them move around the room to find others who answer the same way, and always remind them each time to notice who is in their group or if they are alone.  We do 5 or 6 questions, and then talk about how even if we have simialities (answered some questions alike) we have differences, too.  Then we briefly talk about how children with similar diagnosis are still very different from each other, in the severity of the disability.  (A child who needs glasses is considered vision impared, but so is a child who is legally blind.)  I have used this in the other Inclusion workshops I have done in the past, and included it as an icebreaker in this session as well.  It is always a good way to start the discussion.

We did something similar to

We did something similar to this during our training also.

We used the Individual

We used the Individual Differences activity from the Infant Toddler Foundations training.  (Questions that are asked include things like what their favorite vegetable is, or what sport they like to play.)  I have them move around the room to find others who answer the same way, and always remind them each time to notice who is in their group or if they are alone.  We do 5 or 6 questions, and then talk about how even if we have simialities (answered some questions alike) we have differences, too.  Then we briefly talk about how children with similar diagnosis are still very different from each other, in the severity of the disability.  (A child who needs glasses is considered vision impared, but so is a child who is legally blind.)  I have used this in the other Inclusion workshops I have done in the past, and included it as an icebreaker in this session as well.  It is always a good way to start the discussion.

Great idea!  Thanks for

Great idea!  Thanks for sharing!

Great idea!  But from

Great idea!  But from previous workshops I have found that many providers are uncomfortable trying to draw a classroom.  Rather than having them draw, I may have participants imagine their classroom and brainstorm a list of ways it would need to be altered to accessible to a child in a wheelchair.

I agree, providers I work

I agree, providers I work with do not like to draw out spaces either.  Please let us know which way you conduct the activity and how it went.  It sounds like a great way to get the providers more engaged in the process by having them apply it to their personal space.  Good luck!

Planning to have big poster

Planning to have big poster board for them and cuts of shapes for them. It would not be a drawing that takes alot of skill. Just a quick idea of a room set up for them to play with. :)

Great Information

I have scheduled the training for November 12, I do worry about low participation but I think the information we are sharing in great and can be very beneficial to teachers and families.

Great Information

I have scheduled my training for November 12, I also worry about low participation, but I think the information we are sharing is great and will be very beneficial to teachers as well as families.

Looking for Activities

I am preparing to do my first Inclusion training next month.  Can someone tell me where I can find the templates for the activities we did at the Train the Trainer?

These materials are residing on the training curriculum site

Hi
The templates of the activities are at the bottom of the following page. Could you also please share your name so that we know who has posted to this discussion page. Thanks!!
http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/instructor-community/module-1/Training-Module-on-Early-Childhood-Inclusion

Name

And sorry.... I thought I had made the change for my name.
 

Thanks

Thank you so much!  I don't know why I could not find them before!!! 
 
 

I agree with Jennifer also

I agree with Jennifer also thought our first training went well.  Having a small group of participants does present the opportunity to be creative and flexible in completing the activities.  We realize that most of the participants sign up for trainings because they need  the training hours, with a few coming because they want to increase their professional knowledge.  I view this as a great opportunity to have the WOW factor and help them realize, "Well I did learning something new and I'm glad I came."    Our participants were introduced to new knowledge and most importantly strategies they could implement to accommodate all children.  One participant was a center director so we had the opportunity to reinforce the administrators and admissions policy perspective. Hopefully we will be able to offer the training at a Director's Forum.  For our next training, I would like to like to offer some different activity choices and then compare the presentation flow and participant engagement.  

I agree that small groups

I agree that small groups work best.  It is easier to keep them engaged and the material can be presented in a manner that speaks to all levels of proficiency.  We had a small group for our first training and it was successful because we provided opportunities to discuss in small groups the information we were presenting.

small training group size

Our first inclusion training, scheduled for Nov 7th is for admin/Directors and will likely be under 12 participants. I am looking forward to it being a smaller, more intimate group, particularly for the first time we'll offer this topic. I do think we will end up modifying some of the small group work to 'large group' because everyone will be able to share. My co-worker and I are continuing to hammer out our exact plan to prepare for next week. I like being able to see what worked for some and what didn't work for those of you who have already had your training(s).

conducting action research

Letha,  what a wonderful idea to set up a small "action research" experiment within the context of the trainings to explore methods and activities that work best.  Keep us posted on this.  Have others done more than one training and learned something from the comparison about activities that work best?  I wonder if certain activities work well for some groups and not for others? 

Thanks so much!

Thanks so much for sharing the revised training materials.  I am looking forward to using them very soon.  I so appreciate that you incorporated our suggestions and feedback into the materials.

Remember to share with us how the implementation goes

Hi Susan

No, THANK YOU to all of you for your ideas and feedback. And we know that as all of you go out to implement it, new ideas and feedback will emerge and we will like to continue to capture those ideas and feedback.

Training was a success!

Letha Ricks and I had our first Foundations of Inclusion Training last night.  It went really well and I was surprised that we almost ran out of time.  We had to make a few modifications as we only had 3 participants (how's that for a ratio?!).  Due to the small amount of participants, we just had them be 1 group.  First thing to note was that they were all a little overwhelmed with the pre-survey (which we thought they might be). After the survey we had them flip it over and set it aside.  We assured them that by the end of the training they would be able to fill in all of the blanks (which they did!).  For the articles activity, we went through each one as a group and highlighted the main points.  I think the article on the ADA and IDEA (which explained the rights of the child, the parent, and the teacher) was the most helpful to our group.  They seemed to have a very limited knowledge base concerning inclusion.  One helpful tip is to print off the handout items 5.2 Examples of Assistive Technology, 1.2 Examples of Peer Support, and 1.1 Examples of Environmental Modifications.  This allowed them to see examples and really brought home the message that inclusion can happen and sometimes really simple changes can help the whole group. We also did the "I have this child" activity.  They chose two different children - the hyperactive child and the overly focused child as they related to these children.  We had a lengthy discussion on community agencies and I would stress that it is important to know who these groups are for your area.  Lastly, we finished up with the Post-Survey and they were able to answer all of the questions (with only a few prompts).  Overall a success. I would have preferred a larger size group as I think separating into smaller groups would have been ideal for some of the activities but overall it went well.

Small Group

I am thinking I, too, will be training a small group!  Thanks so much for the tips and stragegies for structuring the workshop for such a small group.  I am sure I will be using them!!

I did a small group(12)  for

I did a small group(12)  for my first training and it with great, I think you can get more personal with a small groups size.

I will be having my Inclusion

I will be having my Inclusion training on Wed., Nov. 20th.  I hope to be able reply back to all of you with some helpful hints.  You have all been very helpful to me.