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Loyola University Maryland

8890 McGaw Road

Columbia, MD 21045

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Description: This institute will focus on topics to help maintain high quality and positively impact school achievement gaps

AM Sessions

9:00-9:45am Keys to Inclusion

When preschool programs allow children of all abilities to grow and learn together, they promote essential school readiness skills that are rooted in social emotional development. This presentation will review of some of the challenges facing today’s preschools as community programs struggle to become inclusive and meet the needs of a diverse early childhood population. We will also discuss the benefits of including children with special needs and the advantages to using universal inclusive practices.

9:45-10:30am Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A New Learning Module from Making Access Happen

Participants will explore the new online Developmentally Appropriate Practice module, designed to promote the use of developmentally appropriate practices with young children. This professional development resource for child care trainers and early childhood educators/providers includes the following topics: What is DAP?, positive guidance of behavior, forming positive relationships, as well as creating physical environments for developmentally appropriate practice. Participants will view the different learning tools, such as videos, printable resources, how-to examples, scenarios, practice opportunities, mini assessments, and additional online resources that are embedded throughout the module.

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:00pm Peer Idea Exchange: Topic - Collaboration

This session will provide an opportunity for sub-grantees to exchange ideas about the activities and practices to support collaboration. Sub-grantees will share strategies that promote effective collaboration to support recruitment, enrollment, professional development, transitions, family engagement, support for dual language learners, etc.

Lunch & Learn (Networking) 12:00-1:00pm

PM Session

1:00-4:00pm Right From the Start: Building Great Brains from Birth to Age Five

Neuroscience is overflowing with valuable information on nurturing and educating young brains. Children have emotional, nutritional and intellectual needs. When these needs are adequately met, children flourish. Most schools emphasize the content or the “what” of learning, executive function skills are the “how” of learning. Children are not born with executive function skills—they are born with the capacity to develop them. The quality of interactions and experiences a child has at home and school plays a vital role in EF skill development. By teaching executive functions skills, teachers can significantly elevate the thinking abilities in their pre-school students. Participants will be provided with 3 essentials steps to growing great brains, which will include how to provide explicit instruction in executive function skill and place them on the most direct path to success and happiness.

4:00-4:30pm Administrative Updates/Closing/Evaluations


MSDE Non-Discrimination Policy: The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. For inquiries related to MSDE’s NonDiscrimination policy, please contact the Equity Assurance and Compliance Office, 410-767-0433 (voice) 410-333-6442 (TTY/ TDD).



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