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June 2024 Preschool Policy Forum

Schedule

This statewide conference will provide an opportunity for families and professionals to gain knowledge and skills in effective practices in Early Intervention, home visiting and family support programs. Specific topics will focus on equity, family engagement, trauma informed care, social emotional development and service delivery.

Monday, June 10, 2024

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9:30 - 11:00am

Welcome
Lisa Parker, Director, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports

Opening Session:
Adaptive Leadership – Growing Through Change

Presenters:
Dr. Brandi Binakonsky and Dr. Jen Furness, EITA Consultants

In this session, participants will learn about elements of adaptive leadership and the skills in preparing for and implementing significant new ways of working.
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11:00 - 11:15am
Break
11:15am - 12:15pm

Early Intervention from a Family Perspective

Presenter:
Dr. Sadia Batool, Family Leader

Using examples from personal and professional experiences, Dr. Batool will share perspectives that strengthen the importance of this work we are doing together.
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12:15 – 1:30pm
Lunch
1:30 - 3:00pm

Making Connections: High-Quality Individual Education Program (IEP) Goals & Embedded Instruction for Cohorts 1 and 2

Presenters:
Dr. Joy Polignano and Kelly Fisher, EITA Consultants

Participants from Cohorts 1 and 2 will utilize their past experiences with Embedded Instruction to examine the connections and differences between high-quality goals and components of the Embedded Instruction for Early Learning Cycle as they continue to follow the implementation guide.

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1:30 - 3:00pm

Embedded Instruction Foundations for Cohorts 3 and 4

Presenters:
Dr. Patricia Snyder, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida and
Dr. Darbianne Shannon, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Florida

Participants from Cohorts 3 and 4 will explore foundational concepts of Embedded Instruction. When using Embedded Instruction, EI and ECE professionals work to provide supports to preschool-age children with disabilities to enhance their growth and development in everyday routines and activities at home, in the classroom, and within community settings.

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3:00 - 3:15pm
Break
3:15 - 4:30pm

Multiple Perspectives From our First Cohorts

Presenters:
Jodie Holmberg, Facilitator, EITA Project Manager and Panel of Core Leadership Team members from Cohort 1 & Cohort 2

Core Leadership Teams with very different experiences will share information and answer questions about what they have learned in preparing for implementation and how they dealt with challenges they faced.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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9:00 - 10:30am

Keynote
We Share a Destination. Our Travels to Get There are Varied.

Presenters:
Dr. Patricia Snyder, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida and
Dr. Darbianne Shannon, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Florida

This session will review the motivation for using Embedded Instruction, and share developments made this far. The presenters will use examples of implementation in several states to illustrate the importance of making local decisions while holding fast to the principles of the strategy being implemented.

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10:30 - 10:45am
Break
10:45 - 11:15am

Collaborative Discussions for Implementation

Presenter:
Jodie Holmberg, EITA Project Manager

Participants will consider the importance of including partners and families from the beginning of exploration and installation so that by when staff are expected to begin to implement Embedded Instruction, systems and supports are available to help them be successful. This session will include group discussion, brainstorming, and documenting ideas/concerns.

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11:15 - 12:00

Supporting Each Other Benefits Everyone

Presenters:

Lisa Parker, Director, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports and Tracy Duarte, Director, PA Head Start State Collaboration Office

Leaders from Early Intervention and Head Start will highlight elements from day one and address how doing this work together supports both programs' objectives.
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