Registration: These courses are only available by registering on the PaTTAN online registration Training Calendar. Choose the month you would like to take the course then click on the course title listed on the 1st day of that month. Note: Course registration is only available during the month preceding the course opening date. You cannot pre-register for a course more than a month ahead of time. You need to register before the 25th day of the month to enroll for the following month.
Overview Embedded Instruction for Early Learning and how it is implemented across the state. Embedded Instruction for Early Learning is an evidenced-based approach to intentionally planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction for preschool-age children. In Pennsylvania, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals work hand in hand to provide supports to preschool-age children with disabilities to enhance their growth and development. They support children to successfully access and participate in everyday routines and activities at home, in the classroom, and within community settings.
This first part in a two-part series on assistive technology focuses on practical application and facilitation for children and families. Using the framework of PEAT’s Suite, Supporting a Child’s Physical Environment and Assistive Tool Journey, receive guidance on what assistive tools are, how to decide when to use them, and how to use them appropriately in a child’s daily routine. All children, professionals, and family members use many different types of assistive tools daily, often without realizing it.
This second part in a two-part series on assistive technology provides guidance on how to make decisions about modified and specialized tools for children, how to use them appropriately in daily routines, and how to trial and acquire devices in Pennsylvania. Professionals and family members need a process to move beyond environmental and universal assistive tools, and PEAT’s Suite, Supporting a Child’s Physical Environment and Assistive Tool Journey, provides that framework.
Learn how to establish, build, and maintain positive relationships which support the inclusion of all children in early childhood classrooms. Focus on working in partnership with other adults, and on exploring and demonstrating how the principles of partnership work together to support children, families, and one another.
Explore how societal perceptions about disability have impacted early education practices and shaped service systems. Discover the benefits of inclusion for all children and adults. Consider how individual attitudes and beliefs are developed, how they shape peoples’ actions, and how they impact your practice, your colleagues, and the service system. Identify strategies for creating a sense of belonging for all children in the classroom.
Using CARA’s Kit, Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities, as a framework, learn to support both individuals and groups of children who are experiencing challenges in the classroom by making adaptations to the environment, routines, and activities. Learners will focus on how to conduct assessments, prioritize needs, and implement adaptations that support full inclusion for both toddlers and preschool-age children, and which apply to situations linked to Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards.
To support the inclusion of all children in early childhood settings, discover, practice, and assess the application of universal design and universal design for learning (UDL) principles with a focus on curriculum and the classroom environment.
Discover a framework for successful collaboration, which provides quality, inclusive opportunities for every child. Focus areas include a guided self-reflection concerning collaboration with colleagues and others; the defining features of inclusion, access, participation, and supports; similarities and differences in laws, regulations, policies, and guidance related to inclusive practices across Pennsylvania’s early childhood education programs; and an exploration of the perspectives and use of disability language.
Gain a basic understanding of the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) process. You will need to complete the quiz at the end with a score of 80% or above to receive credit or certificate of completion.
Early intervention staff who are regularly involved in collecting child outcome data will focus on effective strategies to ensure the highest quality and greatest reliability of ECO data. Learn about strategies to increase the effectiveness of measuring child performance on an authentic assessment tool, involving families in collecting ECO data, strategies for gathering functional child performance, and using the decision tree to make reliable ECO ratings. Use case studies to enhance your skills in collecting ECO data.