Building Inclusive Communities Series

Building Inclusive Communities Series

Since October 2017, the CES Early Childhood Department has been collaborating with the MA Department of Early Education and Care (ECE) and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to develop the Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) Series. The foundation of the BIC series is guided by the philosophy that inclusion is a state of belonging. The focus of this series is to bring early childhood communities together to improve inclusion practices for children ages 2 to 5. Communities may include public pre-schools, community partners, early intervention programs, private early childhood centers and others who work with young children.

The Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) series operates on the belief that growth and quality are attained when we continually build on strengths, question practices and try new things. Hence, BIC engages community teams in an inquiry approach that includes:

  • Project introduction webinar (early Jan 2018)

  • Question and answer webinar on IDEA and Inclusion Best Practices (Jan 8, 2018)

  • Two interactive online updates and discussion sessions (Feb 12, 2018 and April 27, 2018)

  • One face-to-face conference (3/28/18 snow date: TBD)

  • One technical assistance site visit per community team  (January-February)

  • Collaborative development of a community team action plan

  • Additional online support available as needed

  • Access to online resources on promoting Inclusion Best Practices (Symbaloo)

10 PDPs or training hours will be available to interested participants.

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For more information, contact: 
Early Learning Specialist
413.586.4900 x5566