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Beyond Words: Preparing & Supporting Effective Cultural Mediators, Interpreters & Translators as Educational Team Members

A 2-day “train the trainer” workshop for Early Childhood Child Find Teams, including Cultural Mediators, Interpreters and/or Translators who evaluate and work with dual language learners and their families.

Teams will learn to prepare cultural mediators, interpreters, translators, parent-school liaisons and other support personnel to be integral team members who fulfill their roles and responsibilities by building positive relationships with families. Improve the team’s interaction skills and quality of information gathered with families to enhance team function, efficiency, improve reliability and validity of assessments, and strengthen quality of supports for families.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Heidi McCaslin.

Identifying Dual Language Learners for Preschool Special Education

In-depth, across the year support to child find teams to examine current processes and procedures and explore alternatives that will benefit children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse background and accurately document eligibility and determine strengths and needs for IEP planning with families. This across the year support includes a Fall workshop, an onsite visit to observe and provide feedback on the team’s evaluation process, and a Spring workshop to review outcomes and plan for sustaining changes. Workshop topics include Distinguishing Second Language Acquisition Processes from Language Impairments: Forming & Documenting Your Clinical Opinion Using Multiple Sources. 

Child Find teams interested in this intensive support should contact Heidi McCaslin

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in EC Classrooms Serving Children with Disabilities

Learn more about patterns of first and second language acquisition, early bilingual behaviors, and implications for progress monitoring, classroom teaching and/or intervention for students with disabilities. Communication with families who speak a language other than English is critical for establishing parent-school partnerships. This workshop provides perspective through a cultural lens that views each child in the context of their home and culture. Strategies for teachers foster the learning of students in their classrooms with a focus on children from culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse backgrounds.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Wynette Howard


Effective Teaming   

Coaching to Support Professional Development of Early Childhood Staff in Inclusive Classrooms, Coaches Skill-Building Two Day Workshops 

This training for early childhood education staff working with children with disabilities in inclusive settings use evidence-based practices to help early childhood coaches develop and improve their coaching skills to support participation and access of young children with disabilities. Coaching knowledge can be used in a variety of capacities and with a variety of programs including inclusion strategies, The Teaching Pyramid, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and on-going assessments to track child outcomes. These trainings promote effective coaching strategies and opportunities to practice new skills applicable to all coaches in the early childhood field of special education and are non-specific to any single model.

Sustaining Coaching in Early Childhood

This workshop is a follow up workshop for those who have previously attended a Two Day Skills Building Workshop for Early Childhood Coaches. This is being held in regional locations across the state, to support early childhood coaches to continue to improve their practices and skills.

Partners in Coaching

This workshop is designed to support educational staff who work with children with disabilities participate in the coaching process in order to improve outcomes in inclusive settings. Designed for teachers, teacher assistants, specialized support staff, and supervisory staff who work with children with disabilities understand the coaching process and contribute ideas toward making coach-coachee interactions more efficient and successful.

Please direct questions about these workshops to Wynette Howard.


Curriculum Planning

Intentional and Individualized Curriculum Planning Using Observation-based Assessment Information

This workshop is designed for or early childhood personnel who work with preschoolers with disabilities. It assists early childhood teaching teams to collect meaningful assessment information more efficiently and use observation-based evidence in meaningful and manageable ways to inform curriculum planning, ultimately improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Teachers learn to individualize their teaching and become more intentional in their instruction. Administrators and coaches learn ways to support teachers in this process. 

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify purposes for child assessment
    • Utilize an on-going process of Assess, Reflect, Plan and Individualize
    • Design a systematic method for collecting observation-based assessment information
    • Integrate data collection into everyday classroom activities and routines
    • Concisely summarize children’s interests, strengths, developmental gaps and next steps for instruction
    • Link assessment to curriculum planning and intentional teaching

Please direct questions about this workshop to Wynette Howard


Regional Preschool Special Education and Child Find Meetings

2014-15 Meetings:

Telluride, Tuesday, September 30th
Glenwood Springs, Thursday, October 2nd
Pueblo, Wednesday, October 15th
Colorado Springs, Thursday, October 16th
Frisco, Wednesday, October 22nd  
Loveland, Tuesday, October 28th
Denver Metro North, Tuesday, November 4th
Denver Metro South, Thursday, November 6th

These are full day meetings; from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., including a working lunch. This meeting is designed for the designated Child Find Coordinator(s) and Preschool Special Education Administrators of each Special Education Administrative Unit. Preschool and special education administrators in roles responsible for identifying and/or serving children with special needs birth to five are welcome to attend. Part C Early Intervention Directors from each Community Centered Board are invited to attend along with their child find counterpart from 9 – 11 a.m., and state-level Early Intervention Colorado/Part C staff will also be present for that portion of the meeting, to work collaboratively on issues pertinent to both agencies. Please communicate with your CCB partners to collaboratively identify the best location and date for you both to be able to attend the same meeting.

Registration information will be sent mid-late August, 2014, along with more details about the day’s agenda, and specific location information. For more information, contact Heidi McCaslin.

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