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Early Childhood

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UW ECHO in Early Childhood increases the capacity of early childhood professionals to identify and implement best practices in areas that include early literacy, transitions, behavior support and identification, and referral detection.

Network participants include case managers/family service coordinators, general educators, home daycare providers, paraeducators, related service providers (OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, etc.), school administrators, school directors, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, special educators, state agency staff and all others interested in improving outcomes for students in the early childhood setting.


UW ECHO in Early Childhood is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Department of Health.

Sessions are on Fridays, biweekly, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


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Learning Topics - Spring 2018

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*

January 12

Really Seeing Children: Tools for Observation and Reflection
Learn to use a “Thinking Lens” for reflecting on your observations of children.

Presenter:
Deb Curtis, M.A., Author and Consultant

January 26

Really Seeing Children: Tools for Observation and Reflection, Continued
Planning environments and materials to meet up with children’s active bodies

Presenter:
Deb Curtis, M.A., Author and Consultant

February 9

Really Seeing Children: Planning Learning Opportunities and Supporting Active Learning
Planning environments and materials to meet up with children’s lively minds.

Presenters:
Deb Curtis, M.A., Author and Consultant

February 23

Really Seeing Children: Planning Learning Opportunities and Supporting Active Learning, Continued
Extending children’s play and learning through teacher actions.

Presenters:
Deb Curtis, M.A., Author and Consultant

March 9

STEM in the Early Years: Foundations for Science and Mathematics Part I

Presenter:
Tricia Johnson, Ed.D., University of Wyoming

March 23

STEM in the Early Years: Foundations for Science and Mathematics Part II

Presenter:
Tricia Johnson, Ed.D., University of Wyoming

April 6

Addressing Literacy Standards Through Play Part I

Presenters:
Kathleen Roskos, Ph.D., John Carroll University

Session Registration*

April 20

Addressing Literacy Standards Through Play Part II

Presenters:
Kathleen Roskos, Ph.D., John Carroll University

Session Registration*

May 4

What Makes a High Quality Preschool Program?

Presenters:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Temple University

Session Registration*


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Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 22

Engagement: The Foundation for All Young Children's Learning (Part 1)
Why is engagement important? An instrument for rating engagement in classrooms, the STARE, will be presented. We will talk about children who are difficult to get engaged.

Presenters:
Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Cami Stevenson, MS, Portland State University

October 6

Engagement: The Foundation for All Young Children's Learning (Part 2)
What's it like to rate children's engagement with the STARE? We will discuss types of children and differential engagement across routines, as well as how to promote engagement.

Presenters:
Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Cami Stevenson, MS, Portland State University

October 20

Supporting Inclusion in Classroom Routines (Part 1)
What is incidental teaching? All early childhood personnel working with children with
disabilities should have this one instructional practice in their repertoire.
We will also discuss prompting procedures.

Presenters:
Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Cami Stevenson, MS, Portland State University

November 3

Supporting Inclusion in Classroom Routines (Part 2)
What’s it like to use incidental teaching? In addition to reflections on participants’ experiences,
we will discuss integrated therapy: bringing therapists' skills to
teachers instead of to children…and why.

Presenters:
Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., University of Alabama
Cami Stevenson, MS, Portland State University

November 17

Positive Behavior Supports: Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Learn how to assess challenging behaviors and use relationship-based
approaches to support positive behavior.

Presenter:
Tiernan McIlwaine, MA, University of Wyoming

December 1

Play, Reflection and Executive Function - Part 1
Participants will understand the important role of play.

Presenter:
Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

December 15

Play, Reflection and Executive Function - Part 2
Participants will learn how to use data from the MEFS to plan for intervention.

Presenter:
Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

December 22 - January 5

No Sessions

January 12

Really Seeing Children: Tools for Observation and Reflection
Participants will learn how to use a “Thinking Lens” for reflecting on the observations of children.

Presenter:
Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota


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Phone: (307) 766-2506

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu

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