Professional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (2024)

The COVID-19 Pandemic has given us all the opportunity to participate in virtual conferences that may not have been within our reach with the cost of travel. Find descriptions and links to upcoming virtual conferences supporting inclusion of young children with disabilities. Smaller bites of professional development are available with links to different webinars with an array of options to expand your knowledge in educating all children.

California Conferences

Beginning Together Inclusion Facilitators InstituteProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (1)
  • Date: Every Thursday in March 2023 (2, 9, 16, 23 , & 30) from 12 pm to 4 pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Information: For more about the institute and how to apply, see the Institute Flyer (PDF)

Attendance at this institute is the first step in attaining the Beginning Together Inclusion Facilitator Certification. Local teams of early childhood educators and special education are encouraged to apply.

Added: Nov 2022

National Conferences

2022 Zero-to-Three Learn ConferenceProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (2)
  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: September 12-15, 2022

The ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference is 4 days of virtual, experiential learning to create multidisciplinary connections and turn concepts into action.

Added: Jul 2022

Upcoming Webinars

Head Start Upcoming Events

These events are opportunities from across the early childhood field that may be of interest and helpful to the Head Start community. Some of them may charge a fee. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsem*nt from the Office of Head Start (OHS).

Added: Jul 2022

Creating Supportive Environments That Can Prevent Challenging Behavior

August 11, 2022 | 3:00 pm–4:00 pm ET

Starting a new school year is a key time to be intentional and proactive in creating a supportive, inclusive environment that can prevent challenging behaviors in preschool-aged children. In this webinar, we're discussing ways in which the physical arrangement of the learning environment can help children’s understanding of behavior expectations. Learn how to set up schedules and transitions in ways that are developmentally appropriate and predictable. Discover strategies that support building positive relationships with children and families.

This webinar is offered withEnglish and Spanish captioning.

Added: Jul 2022

IDEA 101: Partnering with Service Providers to Support Effective Inclusion

August 23, 2022 | 3:00 pm–4:00 pm ET

The goal for all children, including those with disabilities, is to be successful learners. In Head Start and Early Head Start programs, children with disabilities and their families have a team of people working with them, empowering families to be advocates, and coordinating programming and partnerships to provide each child with a pathway for learning success. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) service providers, such as school district or early intervention, are important partners in this process. Join us for this webinar to discuss strategies to build, support, and maintain collaborative relationships with IDEA partners.

This webinar will haveEnglish and Spanish captioning.

Added: Jul 2022

SCRIPT NC 2022 Webinar Series: Environments and Interactions that Foster Inclusion

August 23, 2022 | 1:00 PM EST

This event is virtual and free.

What might it be like for students to consider evidence-based practices that support inclusion in every course? This webinar will focus on ways in which to build the capacity for early childhood educators to recognize, create, implement, and evaluate inclusive environments and interactions for young children that support the full participation of each and every child. Presenters will share examples of how to bring an inclusive lens to any course through readings, conversations, and applications.

Presenters: Camille Catlett, Tracey West, & Chih-Ing Lim (SCRIPT-NC team)

Added: Jul 2022

Recorded Webinars and Conference Sessions

2021 Early Edge California – Designing the TK World: Ensuring Equity for Dual Language Learners (DLLs)
  • October 20, 2021 Part 1: How to Design Your TK Classroom to Support Dual Language Learners
  • November 3, 2021 Part 2: Effective Classroom Practices for Equitably Serving Preschool-Age Dual Language Learners
  • November 10, 2021 Part 3: Dialogue with Early Learning and TK teachers: Learning how to transform challenges into opportunities

Please join us for a 3-part webinar series focused on supporting and affirming the needs and assets of preschool-aged Dual Language Learners, who represent a large and growing population of young children in California. This series, intended for teachers and administrators, will provide participants with practical strategies and takeaways to apply to their own contexts. The series will also feature expert practitioners from the field, who will share their experiences and key resources.

Added: Oct 2021

DEC and ECTA Equity Series: In Pursuit of Equity in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special EducationProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (5)

“This (free) five-part series will be offered live as well as recorded and available on the DEC website for future viewing.”

“Various experts in the field of early childhood special education and early intervention will discuss how to disrupt the pervasive inequities of our systems. Topics will include troubling notions of "at risk," challenging biases about families in home based services, suspension, and expulsion in early childhood settings, counteracting racism and ableism in early childhood systems, and engaging in systems change in pursuit of equity. Sessions will be offered live as well as recorded and available on the DEC website for future viewing.”

The June 7, 2021 webinar is with Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen takes a gentle approach to educating us about bias, race, and microaggressions in early childhood. She uses her personal experience to enlighten us and then provides actionable recommendations on what we can do to be anti-racist.

Added: Jun 2021

Early Start Online: Transition from Early StartProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (6)

Transition From Early Start is a free self-paced online course focused on the transition of services for children with disabilities out of Early Start, early intervention, at age three. This course features 10 modules that focus on state and federal regulations governing the transition process, strategies for supporting families throughout their child’s transition, and the roles and responsibilities of Early Start Service Coordinators, local education agency (LEA) staff, family support personnel and parents. Modules are between 8 and 25 minutes long and takes approximately 2 hours to complete the entire course. No pre-registration is required.

Just login or sign up at CPEI Online. Check out other free online courses while you are there!

Added: Mar 2022

Equity Chat Series
  • Presented by: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)

The Equity Chat Series is designed to provide a forum to further dialogue on equity topics in order to support more equitable systems and strengthen culturally responsive IECMHC practices to reduce disparities and improve child outcomes. Recorded webinars and handouts are posted on this site. Below are the titles of the first three webinars in the series:

  • Equity Chat on Systemic Racism and the Consultative Stance
  • Equity Chat on the IECMHC Equity Toolkit
  • The Revised IECMHC Competencies: Examining the Role of the Consultant in Advancing Equity in IECMHC

Added: Jun 2021

Experiencing Inclusion Through the Pyramid ModelProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (7)
  • Date: March 19, 2021
  • Length: 54 minutes

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children is designed to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities within community programs. In states where there is a focus on increasing the use of high-quality inclusion practices, the implementation and scale-up of the Pyramid Model offers an effective approach. Join us for a webinar featuring new products and resources focused on increasing the use of inclusive practices in Pyramid Model programs to better support children diagnosed with disabilities or needing individualized supports. Learn about important research, statewide implementation potential and an assessment used to support inclusive practices in the classroom.

Added: Jun 2021

Family Child Care At It’s Best (FCCB)Professional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (8)

Family child care and family, friend, and neighbor providers are a critical source of support for working families. The Family Child Care at Its Best program delivershigh-quality, research-based workshops that help home-based caregiversimprove their knowledge, skills, and quality of care for working with mixed-age groups of children. FCCB is now offering two types of training:

  • Facilitator Training NEW! Trainers, coaches, and community leaders who provide support to family child care or family, friend, and neighbor providers can learn how to facilitate FCCB workshops and gain access to all necessary curriculum to offer FCCB workshops.
  • Direct Service Workshops are offered at no cost to the host agency. Simply complete the request form to choose from the available topics, languages, and date(s) you are looking for. You conduct outreach and registration, and FCCB does the rest!We will provide you with a flyer template, all needed materials, and an instructor to lead your selected workshop.Availability is based on current funding.

Added: Jul 2022

Head Start ECLKC: Inclusion Webinars

Head Start ECLKC

Explore these webinars about inclusion issues related to children with disabilities or suspected delays. Topics include interactions, individualization, effective teaching practices, clarification of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), practice-based coaching, and more! Find three series to choose from:

  • High-Quality Inclusion Federal Series focuses on clarification of issues with insights from federal staff
  • Highly Individualized Practices Series focuses on strategies that education staff can use every day in their classrooms and on home visits
  • Disability Services in the Head Start Program Performance Standards Series focuses on the issues that are unique to the Head Start community

Added: Feb 2021

Highly Individualized Practice Webinar Series

This webpage holds high-quality recorded webinars directly focused on resources and professional development related to inclusion. Here is a sample:

  • Inclusion Resources to Boost Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (9)
    Find out about best practices in the field of adult learning. Discover a range of resources from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) and the Head Start Center for Inclusion (HSCI) websites. Learn how to use these resources for professional development and training with Head Start education, disability services, and mental health staff. These resources are useful for programs that operate virtually as well as those returning to in-person programming.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) for EveryoneProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (10)
    Discover ways to support young children with identified disabilities or suspected delays as they acquire science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills. Examine effective teaching practices to help them access and explore STEAM materials and concepts. Learn practical strategies to plan the learning environment and embed individualized learning opportunities related to STEAM.

Added: Jun 2021

Infant Toddler Inclusion and Belonging, Teacher Time Webinar Series

The new season of Teacher Time (2020–2021) focuses on inclusion and belonging with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Learn ways to support child and family inclusion and belonging in the learning environments and through learning materials. Three episodes are dedicated to infant and toddler teachers and family child care providers, and three episodes are for preschool teachers and family child care providers. Watch teachers and family child care providers use effective strategies to ensure all children and families can fully engage in learning opportunities and typical activities and routines across home, educational, and community environments.

These three episodes focus on supporting inclusion and belonging with infants, toddlers, and their families:

Added: Mar 2022

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations – Recorded Webinar: Indicators of High Quality Inclusion: A Comprehensive Set of ToolsProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (12)

The Early Childhood Education Environment (ECEE) Indicators detail the key elements that are necessary for implementing high-quality inclusive practices in early childhood settings. They are designed to assist personnel in providing effective supports and services to young children with disabilities. It is assumed that all federal and state legal requirements are in place. These indicators are not meant to examine federal and state requirements. They are intended to enhance high-quality inclusive practices implemented by early care and education personnel. The ECEE Indicators detail 9 key elements that are necessary for implementing high-quality inclusive practices in early childhood settings. They are designed to assist personnel in providing effective supports and services to young children with disabilities. ECTA and the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations introduced the ECEE Inclusion Indicators in the fall of 2019 in the webinar, Indicators of High Quality Inclusion: A Comprehensive Set of Tools. On this web page you’ll have access to the archived webinar as well as related tools and information to support your understanding of the Indicators.

Added: Dec 2020

Supporting Children with Disabilities Who Are Also Dual Language LearnersProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (14)
  • Presented by: Head Start, National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Length: 1 hour

In this hour long webinar, discover myths and facts about and ways to support children with disabilities who are also dual language learners (DLLs). Listen as presenters share high-quality screening practices to determine if a child who is a DLL needs further evaluation. Explore teaching practices for promoting engagement once a child has been identified as having a disability.

Added: Jun 2021

Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) Archived Virtual EventsProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (15)

SIP providesa wealth of recorded trainings, podcasts, webinars, and other resources including content on Universal Design for Learning, equity in special education, designing inclusive preschools, a paraeducator series, and more.

Added: Jul 2022

Understanding Inclusion Training Modules for Families and CaregiversProfessional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (17)
  • Presented by: Early Choices
  • Date: February 2021
  • Language: Available in English and Spanish

The Understanding Inclusion series contains 6 topics that explore key ideas about inclusion in early childhood. The series covers a range of topics from defining inclusion to understanding the benefits to advocating for inclusion. This is a series of bite-size videos with embedded resources and activities to help understand, promote, and advocate for inclusion for children birth to age 5. Developed for families with family input, it is just as meaningful and useful for practitioners working with families who have children from birth to 5.

In each module topic, a topic guide is available for reflecting and applying what you learn to your own experience. The guide also has additional resources to explore the topic further.

We hope this series supports you on your journey of inclusion and provides you with resources that you can share and build upon.

Added: Jun 2021

Professional Development Opportunities Supporting Children with Disabilities: Virtual Conferences and Webinars (2024)


What aspects of the webinar were most useful or valuable? ›

Benefits of webinars:
  • Convenient to attend. ...
  • Reach a wider audience. ...
  • Cost effective. ...
  • Seamlessly recorded. ...
  • Higher attrition rate. ...
  • Limited audience interaction. ...
  • Technical issues. ...
  • Less accountability for engagement.
Jul 2, 2019

What did you like most about the webinar answer? ›

It feels very real and personal when you have a live instructor on the line with you, making jokes and answering questions along the way.

How can technology help children with disabilities? ›

Tablets/Handheld Touchscreen Computers

These devices are useful for visual learning, reading, drawing, and watching videos. They can help students with motor impairments improve their coordination and those with reading disabilities comprehend written information via text-to-speech apps.

Why are webinars good for teachers? ›

These online teaching tools are affordable, simple, offer greater flexibility of learning, and they are easily accessible from a number of locations at once. The result is a rewarding and effective teaching experience that can include educators, parents leaders, and an even wider audience should it be necessary.

What are the opportunities of webinars? ›

A webinar also provides you with an opportunity to host a poll, survey, or simply ask your audience questions. Using their whiteboard, live chat, and other features, all webinar participants can also communicate with you. Webinars are particularly well-suited for making business or marketing presentations.

What are the benefits of attending webinars? ›

  • 1) Reach a new audience. ...
  • 2) Increase brand awareness. ...
  • 3) Establish yourself as an expert in the field. ...
  • 4) Generate content for repurposing. ...
  • 5) Create & nurture communities. ...
  • 6) Generate high-quality leads through webinars. ...
  • 7) Cost-effective content marketing strategy. ...
  • 8) Build thought leadership.
Aug 25, 2022

What do you want to improve in the webinar? ›

How to Improve Your Online Webinars in 5 Steps
  1. Promote your webinar early and often. ...
  2. Communicate your content clearly. ...
  3. Entertain your audience — give attendees something special. ...
  4. Create polls or include Q&A to get attendees involved. ...
  5. Use the best software tools — and integrate spatial audio.
Oct 19, 2021

How do you make a webinar more effective? ›

How to Do a Webinar: Content and Planning Considerations
  1. Settle on a Specific Idea. ...
  2. Choose the Right Speakers. ...
  3. Pick the Right Webinar Format. ...
  4. Think About SEO and Promotion. ...
  5. Create a Kick-Ass Slide Deck. ...
  6. Write a Strong Script. ...
  7. Choose the Right Webinar Platform. ...
  8. Test Your Campaign Tracking.
Nov 21, 2021

What are four examples of how technology can be used to help students with special needs? ›

Here are some common examples.
  • Audio players and recorders. It may help your child to be able to listen to the words while reading them on the page. ...
  • Timers. ...
  • Reading guides. ...
  • Seat cushions. ...
  • FM listening systems. ...
  • Calculators. ...
  • Writing supports. ...
  • Graphic organizers.

What technology helps people with disabilities interact with technology? ›

Hardware and software tools–known as assistive technology– can aid in tasks such as reading and writing documents, communicating with others, and searching for information online.

What is the main purpose of webinar? ›

Webinars provide an opportunity for attendees to learn from experts in a convenient and cost-effective way. While marketers use webinars as a demand generation tool, webinars are held for a variety of reasons, from training and knowledge-sharing to product launches and internal meetings.

What are the benefits of attending webinars for students? ›

Why Webinars are important for Students
  • Webinars encourage interaction. ...
  • Webinars improve the learning experience. ...
  • Webinars are easy to use. ...
  • Webinars allow for flexibility. ...
  • Webinars reach a large audience. ...
  • Webinars are inexpensive. ...
  • Webinars allow you to save and watch a session later.
Feb 17, 2022

What are the advantages of virtual teaching? ›

Advantages of Online Learning
  • Flexibility. ...
  • Reduced Costs. ...
  • More Free Time. ...
  • Increased Course Variety. ...
  • Career Advancement Opportunities. ...
  • Increased Collaboration. ...
  • Personalized Education. ...
  • Enhanced Time Management Skills.

What are your expectations from webinar? ›

What Your Audience Wants From a Webinar
  • An engaging experience.
  • A chance to be heard.
  • The opportunity to learn something new.
Oct 21, 2019

Are webinars effective for learning? ›

CONCLUSION: Our results showed that the students were satisfied with the webinar teaching and acknowledged it to be an effective tool in the teaching–learning process to gain new knowledge and wish to attend webinars in future as a part of their curriculum.

How do you speak confidently in a webinar? ›

12 Webinar Public Speaking Tips
  1. Interact with Your Guests. ...
  2. Vary Your Voice Dynamics. ...
  3. Stand While You Talk. ...
  4. Use Lots of Stories. ...
  5. Keep Things Simple. ...
  6. If You Aren't Confident, Fake It. ...
  7. Highlight Your Strengths. ...
  8. Practice, Practice, Practice.

How do you encourage participation in a webinar? ›

7 Interactive Ways to Increase Webinar Engagement
  1. Q&A. This one may seem simple, but inviting attendees to ask questions during your webinar is a sure-fire way to encourage interaction with your audience. ...
  2. Live Chat. ...
  3. Polls. ...
  4. Display Messages. ...
  5. Create a Call-to-Action. ...
  6. Social Sharing. ...
  7. Surveys.

What are the qualities of a good webinar? ›

Your lead generation webinar should have five characteristics to be successful, and you can learn more about each one below.
  • The Content Must be Educational. ...
  • Share Only Relevant Information. ...
  • Deliver Content in Digestible Chunks. ...
  • Authoritative Delivery Seals the Deal.

What is the most essential part of a webinar seminar? ›

Presentation Slides

Educational and corporate events without slides would be boring. Even with the best, most charismatic speakers it's difficult to pull off an engaging presentation with no visual aids. This is why every webinar should have slides.

What is the useful aspect of webinar? ›

A webinar gives you the opportunity to continue to reach your target group when the broadcast is over, since each webinar can also be watched on-demand. This enables you to increase both the reach and the impact of your message.

What were the most useful aspects of the seminar? ›

Attending a seminar has numerous benefits, including improving communication skills, gaining expert knowledge, networking with others and renewing motivation and confidence.
  • Oral Communication. ...
  • Expert Knowledge. ...
  • Networking. ...
  • Renewed Motivation.

What aspects of the webinar should be improved? ›

How to Improve Your Online Webinars in 5 Steps
  • Promote your webinar early and often. ...
  • Communicate your content clearly. ...
  • Entertain your audience — give attendees something special. ...
  • Create polls or include Q&A to get attendees involved. ...
  • Use the best software tools — and integrate spatial audio.
Oct 19, 2021

How do the webinars help improve your learning experiences? ›

The main purpose of conducting webinars is to help the audience enhance their knowledge and update their skills by inputting the latest techniques and methods related to their respective fields.

What is the importance of attending webinars for students? ›

Webinars offer the largest platform for students to meet other students and interact and share information. It allows students to challenge one another by acquiring competitors and friends from various dimensions.

What are the benefits of seminars and conferences? ›

Seminars, workshops and conferences hold great importance of life of a student. They are platforms not only to learn new aspects, others perspectives and latest information, but also a good way of networking.

What is the role of seminar in professional development? ›

Seminars will help the students to assess themselves and improve in the areas in which they were lacking. Speaking to the industry experts and professionals will boost confidence and also help them in interviews.

What is the importance of attending events seminars and conferences? ›

Attending conferences and seminars is a very good way to learn new things in your profession. Where many industry specialists will share their experiences to help you gain knowledge about them. This is also one of the best ways to network with other professionals in your field.

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