News Release

April 13, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Teaching Is Not a Dirty Word If Intentional, Systematic, Smart, and Fun

Early Childhood Inclusion Forum to Be Held in Farmington May 5

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Helping early educators make teaching intentional, systematic, smart, and fun is the subject of an Early Childhood Inclusion Forum to be held on Wednesday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hartford Marriott Farmington, 15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington.

Early interventionists and early childhood special educators are responsible for promoting a variety of important outcomes such as engagement and play, child-child interactions and conversations, peer imitation, language and communication, high activity levels, self-care skills, and pre-literacy and numeracy skills. Evidence suggests children must have specific experiences if they are to acquire and use these skills.

This session will describe a variety of procedures early educators can use intentionally and systematically to facilitate children’s acquisition and use of these skills, while at the same time ensuring that both children and adults have fun during the instruction. The keynote speaker is Mark Wolery, Ph.D., Department of Special Education, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The forum is sponsored by the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Partnership for Inclusive Practices.

For more information or to register for the forum click on Survey Monkey or call 860-679-1500.

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