Provided by Early CHOICES, 
 Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education.

August 2018 Spotlight

Early CHOICES has supports for programs at all levels of inclusion implementation!

New to inclusion?

If your program is new to inclusive practices, we invite you to join our Building a Culture of Inclusion Community of Practice, based on The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox.  This year in addition to the online webinars, we will have opportunities for in-person networking, planning and learning.  Teams are encouraged to attend together; however, we ask that each member register individually.
Teams are encouraged to attend. Please register each person for each event.

Visit our Events page at or use the links below to get details and register.
November 28, 2018 :  Inclusion Networking- In person in Bloomington IL
December 19, 2018 :  Professional Learning - Online meeting
January 15, 2019 : Evidence Based Practices -Online meeting
February 7, 2019 : Measuring Quality- Online meeting
March 12, 2019 : Individual Placement Decisions; LRE- Online meeting
April 16, 2019 : Inclusion Networking- In person in Bloomington IL

Already implementing an inclusive program, but want to look at the quality of your program?
If your program is already implementing inclusive practices, and you would like to do a deeper dive into quality via self-reflection, please join us for one of our Inclusive Classroom Profile offerings in partnership with STAR NET.  We will be in your area for a full day to learn about the tool, to examine high quality practices, and to explore tools to assist your te am in self-reflection.
Upcoming ICP Workshops
November 8 Arlington Heights 
November 14 Jacksonville
December 11 Chicago

Implementing high-quality inclusion already?

If your program has worked to create a high quality inclusive program you may be eligible for the Outstanding Practices in Inclusion (OPI) recognition. This recognition is for programs who include children with disabilities alongside their typical peers and use high quality practices in all classrooms.   To learn more about the OPI visit   Early CHOICES or attend the informational webinar that will be held on   October 3, 2018

Not sure where to go next with your program?  
How about a self-assessment related to inclusion?
Visit our website for resources related to "What Makes Inclusion Work in Early Childhood."

Looking for some new ways to spark relevant conversations among your teams?

Kick off your year with engaging, thought-provoking videos that will inspire conversations that are necessary to build truly inclusive programs by reflecting on implicit bias.  May we recommend:

Inclusion Makes a Difference , Illinois family reflects on inclusion

The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Adichie


Upcoming Events

September 19, 2018: Webinar
Book Study: Coaching With Powerful Interactions, Sherial McKinney, Emily Reilly 

September 20, 2018: Alsip, IL

September 21, 2018: Administrator Academy Webinar


August, 2018

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