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


Sounds like you did a great

Sounds like you did a great job of figuring out how to make it work for a small group of participants. From my experience, training with a small group can be just as challenging as having a group that is too large.    Reassuring your participants about the use of the pre-assessment probably made them feel more comfortable about doing  it.  Congratulations on a successful training event!

Inclusion Learning Session

I presented the inclusion training along with Samelia Jones and I agree with her that it was a great training!  The participants were eager to learn more and had a lot of great questions.  One thing I realized was the variance in the level of understanding the participants had.  We had some who were well versed in topics related to inclusion and we had some that had no knowledge of inclusion beyond what is offered in EDU119.  The additional resources were very helpful.  Especially the glossary of terms.

I agree with you regarding

I agree with you regarding the variance in knowledge level of the participants and also realize they are often misinformed.  One of the outcomes from our training was a greater awareness of the availabilty of community resources and how the services they offer will support the needs of the children and families.  Our agency also has a community resource book available for parents and providers listing agencies, their services and contact information. 

I have noticed the same thing

I have noticed the same thing Ashley. 
 I have heard teachers report their pre-service training  did not adequately prepare them for working with children who have disabilities. Therefore, they are hesitant  and somewhat fearful.  It is not so much an unwillingness to care for these children as it is a feeling of inadequacy.  To add to that, some TA providers have had limited experience in the area of inclusion.  This prevents them from being able to fully assist teachers with developing needed skills.   I do know this is something both  the B-K consortium and  the community college system has been focusing on/looking at for a while now.  Hopefully we will begin to see some changes in the near future. 
One thing we can celebrate is the training we are all doing! Raising awareness and sharing evidence based information is a great step in the right direction. 

Love the new/imporved

Love the new/imporved powerpoint and other information.  Thank you!

Inclusion training

I am in th process of  modifying the training to fit the needs of our teacher and directors. We are incorporating the handouts and the video into the discussion.  A student intern is working on this for her project.  We plan on presenting this on November 18th in Guilford County.   I will be happy to share our hands on activities and power point changes.   I wanted to add some more adaptations that can be done to classrooms that are easy to incorporate with both materials and daily activities. Will share the results and evaluations if you want.   

I would love to hear more

I would love to hear more about how you are adapting the training.

Thanks for sharing adaptations

It would be great if you could share your adaptations and let us know how things go on Nov 18.  We want to incorporate everyone's ideas into any further revisions of the curriculum.  It is great to be working with such a creative and adaptable group.  this will truly be a community-based, community-developed curriculum.  thanks

Slides and Guide

I'm so glad to have the PP Slides and Facilitator's Guide as an added resource going forward.  I know this will be a tremendous help in future trainings.

Training tonight

We are offering our 1st training here in Mecklenburg tonight. We are so excited. Can't wait to let you all know how it goes.

Training Tonight

Letha Ricks and I are facilitating our first training tonight as well :) We have a small number of participants so we are revamping some of the group projects - we will try and have them do them as 1 group instead.

Training Tonight

Good luck!!

I am still working on mine.

I am still working on mine.  I would love to hear how yours goes and what worked best!

Training last night

Our training went great last night! We discussed/used many of the handouts that were given to us from our training. We also used the video (Jay's Story) that we received with our materials and that put a lot into perspective.

Wonderful news

So glad the training went well.  Were there any special tips you can share?  Sounds like the video and related resources provided what you needed, and that is good.  Were there particular activities that you would recommend to others?
thanks for sharing


We started with a similarities/differences ice breaker and most of the activities we had were based on getting to know the laws, rights and policies.

I will let you know tomorrow.

I will let you know tomorrow.


Typically my trainings fill up within  hours of the training calendar being sent out to centers. I am struggling to find teachers/directors who are interested in this training. How do I get people interested and wanting to know more about inclusion?

Generating interest in a training

Have you tried an email blast out to providers in your area, that highlights some of the things you'll be covering in your training?  We sometimes do that if we have a training that we really want to present that just doesn't seem to generate the interest we think it should.  Sometimes just that little "tickler" will get things started.

interest in training

We have had multiple inquiries on our year-end surveys, during trainings and phone calls regarding us offering a training on Inclusion. We have bi-annual Director's luncheon meetings and decided to "roll out" the Inclusion training first to the Admin/Director staff and provide a training geared toward classroom providers later. I think because of the demand we have had for a training like this, we will probably end up doing the Inculsion in the Classroom training twice (or more) a year. Typically our trainings about behavior management fill up really quickly - I think this one will be the same way once we get it out the first time. 

offering two different trainings

At the train-the-trainer session I remember that several people pointed out that they would likely offer two separate Inclusion trainings: one to Directors/Administrators and one to teachers. My coworker and I have decided this is the route we will be going as well. In addition to the materials that we received at the training, those that have been posted and some others that I have found in web searches we are set on the Director's training that we will have. My coworker and I have taken the Adaptations that Work and the Tiered Instruction CONNECT modules and feel that those provide a wealth of knowledge that we hope to include in a later Inclusion training targeting preschool teachers and other early childhood educators. I know that some of the attendees at the train-the-trainer session were frustrated by the fact that we didn't leave with an ENTIRE out of the box training, but I actually prefer making my own outline. So far, this experience has been great for me and my training style. I look forward to be able to further adapt the Inclusion trainings to fit our audiences and to reflect any changes that have been made to the laws or rules.

offering two different trainings

I am glad to see that presenters are choosing to offer training based on the actual audience being served as I hope to do.  I think that we all have similar experiences with providers but I am sure that each county also has unique situations where one version of this training will not fit all. 

Hi Angela, I'm glad that the

Hi Angela,

I'm glad that the training curriculum is helping you and your colleagues to jumpstart and customize an inclusion training for the different groups of audience that you work with. I'm also glad to hear that you have a chance to incorporate other CONNECT resources into the training. Do share back your experiences with us about using / customizing the Foundations of Inclusion training curriculum as well as how you are using CONNECT modules.

Fed. shutdown

I was wondering what impact the Federal shutdown has had on the early childhood with regards with the special nehas addecteds populations and services.  I that in NC that the shutdown affected the DHHS, which inturn affects licensing and regulated child care.  I am also aware that the impact has been felt at the R&R level, which in turn hurts the technical assistance to child care facilities.  What other avenues have been affected?

I work for the R & R in

I work for the R & R in Catawba County and we have had to "postpone" several very important trainings because the instructors were furloughed.  It has been very frustrating.  Fortunately, the local DSS has been able to work out a process by which they are continuing with the child care vouchers.

How has the Fereral

How has the Fereral Government shutdown affected other agencies in planning or conducting the workshops?

I meant Federal government. 

I meant Federal government.  Sorry

An issue has recently come up

An issue has recently come up at a center I am working with for the rating scales.  I was reviewing the ERS questions and teacher was not sure how to answer the question...Do you have any children with special needs in your classroom?  She stated that there is a child in the class that recieves speech therapy during the week and has heard the mom refering the physical therapy, but the teacher has no information stating that the child has special needs. How should she answer that question?

Conversations with families

I'm wondering if the parents' comments about physical therapy could provide a lead-in for a conversation about the child's needs and any services the child is receiving and whether the child has an IEP. CONNECT module 4 on family-professional collaboration has some communication guidelines for conversations wtih families on difficult topics.  Here is a link

An issue has recently come up

Hi Missy,
We had a similar situation and were told that the program should include only the children that have documented needs. 
Also, the teacher/director should be prepared to share their policy on how to help families find assistance if needed.

What to do when you don't know what is going on with a child?

What should a teacher do to help the director understand the importance of being a part of the IEP/IFSP process?


HI Missy,  I'm wondering if it might be helpful to share the Policy Advisory which is part of the Foundations of Inclusion curriculum.  This document outlines some of the rights and responsibilities of the child, parent and teacher including attendance at the IEP/IFSP meeting.  It provides a starting point for a conversation about why that is important. 

This is off topic but I would

This is off topic but I would love some support with an issue that I have come across.  I am working with an Inclusive child care program that is in the process of redoing their outdoor environment.  They want to make it as natural as possible but during the staff planning meeting many issues kept coming up about accessibility.  I showed them some information on the NLI website.  Do you all have other resources that I could share with the program?

Outdoor learning environment

You can download playground safety quidelines which will discuss ADA requirements. NLI does have the best information on their website or email Jessie at NLI and he can find you the information you need.



I have been reading through everyone's comments and suggestions, and it has been a tremendous help to me in planning for this training.  I feel that this comment board is very helpful.  I have found valuable resources and ideas.

I agree Jennifer! This is

I agree Jennifer! This is really helping us to prepare for our up coming training.

video clips available?

I just completed the CEU Inclusion training on CONNECT and I really liked one portion of the training. There is a section of video perspectives of the child, the parent and the teacher. Are we able to/allowed to capture that screen to use during our trainings? I thought it was very powerful to hear the vioces of each person and also hear their side of the story - I would love to share that in the trainings that I will be giving. Also - I am not very technically literate, so any tips on how to do that process would be AWESOME!!!

Hi Angela, Glad that you have

Hi Angela,
Glad that you have gone on to explore the CEU-granting CONNECT online courses. The content of these online courses (that are targeted at teachers / directors) is based on CONNECT modules that have been developed for faculty and PD providers like yourself. In each of the modules, you will find a dilemma / dilemmas of teachers and families. All the resources on our module site are downloadable for you to use. If you had taken the course on 'Weaving Inclusion into Everyday Activities', the dilemma videos can be found here under Step 1:
You can either stream the videos 'live' if you have internet access available in the venue or you can also download the videos ahead of time into your laptop / thumbdrive. Below each video, you will see a "Video download" box. Right click your mouse on that box and choose "Save link as..." and you can save it wherever you need. Let me know if you have any problems.

grabbing videos

Yay! Thank you. The longer CEU training is the next one on my menu. So glad that the process is not too hard - I am more of a people person than a machine person :)

Working with local agencies

I am currently a member of LICC in our county and we are in the process of deciding wha the new project for the year will be.  I mentioned that I felt that their needed to be information directed towards child care teachers, because many times they are on the front line of seeing the possible delays with the children, as well as, the ones to talk to the parents.  Can anyone give suggestions on how to possible implement this.  


We have an LLIC group too in our county. We have done "Inclusion Fairs" for the past several years.  These were open to students (High School), parents, teachers, caregivers, community people, etc.  One session was in the morning for the students and their teachers.  Another session was afternoon and evening for providers, parents, and teachers schedules.  Agencies across the county, vendors, anyone who were stakeholdres in a child's life such as therapists, mental Health, etc. set up booths and tables about their program or services. Even vendors from the "toy companies" set up tables with items for children w/special needs.  Information, brochures, items, totebags, door prizes, lectures, etc. are set up and given for those attending.  Attendance has grown every year and seems to be enjoyed.  It is done in the Fellowship Hall/gym area of one of our local churches which is centrally located.


 I meant to put there instead of their.

Talking to Parents

We are planning our training and I know one of the major questions that the providers will have is how to talk to parents about the concerns that they have about thier child.  In our training we are going to provide some of the resources within our area that they can refer parents to. Is there any information (handouts) that are helpful in how to talk to parents?

This topic came up again in out training

This same topic came up once again in our training last night.  I felt confident encouraging them to take advantage of the CONNECT Modules.  I let them know that Modules 3 and 4 covered this exact topic (thanks for whoever shared this info).  All 3 participants seemed very interested.  I suggested they start with the beginning module and work through them all.  They also liked it that the modules had video clips of actual teachers in the classroom.


I have facilitated trainings on Inclusion before and I agree that the teachers have ALWAYS been concerned about talking to parents and how to approach them.  They don't want to upset them, but they want the child to get screened if necessary.

Hi Jennifer, CONNECT has 2

Hi Jennifer,
CONNECT has 2 modules that can help early childhood professionals communicate effectively and build family-professional partnerships. They are Module 3: Communication for Collaboration and Module 4: Family-Professional Partnerships. Module 3 focuses on basic communication practices that can be used with professionals and families to promote collaboration. Module 4 builds on the basic communication practices learners learned in Module 3 and extends to partnership-oriented practices designed to promote trusting partnerships with families.
Some highlights from these modules include checklists for learners to practice effective communication skills and to learn how to build partnership-oriented practices and for trainers and instructors to provide performance feedback. Module 4 dilemma videos, particularly the parent dilemma, are also very compelling and real. The teacher's dilemma is exactly the same as what you have just expressed - i.e., teacher is concerned about child but doesn't know how to approach the parent as she doesn't want to jeopardize the friendly relationship she has with the parent.

Thanks for the info as well

Thanks for the info as well :)  Starting these CONNECT Modules is on my to-do list.... I will get to them hopefully sooner than later! Modules 3 and 4 sound like info our providers are always concerned with.

Thanks for making this

Thanks for making this information available to us.  I know many of us often hear questions from providers about how to approach sensitive topics with parents.  These modules will be a big help to me.


I am glad to see that the CEU option is available for NC providers for the online CONNECT Modules.  Will the partcipant receive one or two credit sheets, meaning will they need to be responsible for showing that they have at least .5 total CEU credits in one area or will this be noted on their certificate?  Thanks.