South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative

Sessions

Collaborative Activities to Increase Engagement:
Presenter: Dana Bennett and LaDrica Christian

Title: Collaborative Activities to Increase Engagement

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

This session will help teachers build collaborative learning and social skills with preschool children. We will use evidence-based partnership strategies that promote positive interactions, cooperation, participation, and interaction with preschool children. Attendees will actively engage with peers to learn new collaborative learning strategies to use with young children upon completion. 

 

About the Presenter: 

Dana Bennett is a Technical Assistance and Training Specialist for South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is certified in both early childhood regular and special education. Teaching in the public school system for over 17 years and family child care for 5 years. Additionally, she taught adult educators in inclusive preschool education both in childcare centers and in public schools for 6 years as an Inclusion Specialist. Inclusion in early childhood education has been her passion for over 24 years. Please feel free to contact Dana if you have any questions or ideas to share at db67@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

LaDrica Christian is a Technical Assistance and Training Specialist for South Carolina Partnerships for Inclusion. She lives in Florence with her two children, an amazing son and daughter who keeps her very busy.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Coker University in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina.  
With over 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood field, she has served the children in South Carolina in different capacities. She has worked for the Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing, South Carolina First Steps 4K as a regional 4K Coordinator, and as a special education public school teacher. She holds a teaching certification in Special Education, emotional disabilities and multi categorical disabilities. She has taught students in the public school system, K- 6th grade. She has also taught Early Childhood courses as an adjunct faculty member at Florence- Darlington Technical College.  Her goal is to increase evidence- based practices in early childhood and early childhood special education. She believes that all children are best served when evidence- based best practices are used with fidelity.

 

 

Inspiring and Empowering Emergent Writers Through Collaboration:
Presenters: Angela Compton and Joy Anthony

Title: Inspiring and Empowering Emergent Writers Through Collaboration

Age Group: Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

Research indicates that early writing is a key predictor of children's later reading success. This interactive session provides strategies to inspire and empower our emergent writers to understand writing as a meaning-making process, believe in their ability to write, and find writing pleasurable within inclusive, supportive learning environments that foster friendship skills and collaboration.


About the Presenters:
 

Angela Compton is an Early Learning Specialist with the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and Literacy. Angela is a life-long educator and learner who collaborates with CERDEP districts, schools and teachers, inspiring and empowering educators through supportive coaching, training, and feedback in the implementation of best practices.

Before joining the Office of Early Learning and Literacy, Angela served as an instructional coach with Laurens District 55 and a facilitator for the Read to Succeed courses through the University of South Carolina. These roles allowed her the opportunity to collaborate, support, and coach administrators and teachers.

 

Joy Anthony’s early childhood experience spans over twenty-five years and includes: Director of NC 5-Star, NAEYC-accredited child development center, Director of Head Start Center, Inclusion Specialist, Program Quality Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, Community College Adjunct Instructor and Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Currently Joy is an Education Associate, SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP), Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) - SC Department of Education.

Families and Teachers Better Together: Support for Transitions to Preschool and Kindergarten:
Presenters: Rachel Hatton-Moore, Laura Baker and Janice Kilburn

Title: Families and Teachers Better Together: Support for Transitions to Preschool and Kindergarten

Age Group:Preschool (3-5 years), Adults

 

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

The presentation will outline strategies and programs that support children, families, and educators in children’s transitions to preschool and kindergarten. It will provide information on the recently developed document, SC Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Plan: Family Engagement and will highlight two aspects: professional development for teachers and other stakeholders and intensive programming for children most at-risk for school challenges.


About the Presenters:
 

Rachal Hatton-Moore is a social worker and the Two-Generation Coordinator at the SC Early Childhood Advisory Council. Her personal and professional value is that when we work together, we can see powerful advances in the way programs, services, agencies and entire systems operate for the benefit of children and families. She believes laughter, play, and good humor is a force for change through intimate connection.

 

Laura Baker supports the Early Childhood Advisory Council’s communications and public affairs needs to fulfill its legislatively mandated responsibilities as the coordinator, connector and convener of early childhood stakeholders across agencies, government, nonprofits and the private sector. She has been an advocate for young children throughout her career as producer of a children’s show, in Communications departments at both a school district and children’s museum, and as a preschool teacher. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and Richland Two’s Leading Up Academy. She is the mother of three and has received accolades for her design and website work.

 

Janice Kilburn, PhD, is currently a Local Partnership Program Officer and Director of the Countdown to Kindergarten Program for South Carolina First Steps. She earned a master’s degree in school psychology and PhD in developmental psychology. She has worked in several settings that focus on education and child development, including school administrator, director, visiting professor, education consultant, and school psychologist. She thoroughly enjoys taking great programs – like the Countdown to Kindergarten Program – and figuring out how to make them even more awesome and accessible.

What Do We Do Now? Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom:
Presenters: Stephanie McAvoy and Michelle Hammack

Title: What Do We Do Now? Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom 

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months),Toddlers (19-35 months),Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

We strive to share with participants our unique program specifics and approaches in supporting young children who show persistent and consistent challenging behaviors. We will give you a lens for what is occurring in the brain, science, as well as, evidence-based research which aligns with our shared vision of supporting the reduction of expulsion and suspension. This session will come with gaining new tools and strategies for your toolbox

 

About the Presenters: 

Stephanie is the Behavior Specialist for the Pyramid PIECE Behavior Support Network. While attending Wingate University, her passion for supporting children and families in the field of Early Childhood Education grew. Stephanie completed her Graduate Studies at Lesley University in Special Education. Over the past (15 years) she has worked with children and families with diverse needs, disabilities, and backgrounds. Stephanie believes in exploring why behaviors of young children are occurring and coming together to develop a team-centered plan of supports that are based on the understanding that every behavior is a means of communication.

 

Michelle Hammack is excited to serve with SCIMHA as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health-Consultant. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a specialization in Child, Adolescent, and Family Health. Michelle’s earliest work served youth in childcare programs and a domestic violence shelter. An affinity for a strength-based perspective and relying on team collaboration grew in her case management work for individuals with developmental disabilities and youth with mental health diagnoses. Michelle has a passion working with diverse populations and incorporating culturally sensitive practices.

Thriving Through Inquiry and Play in Preschool:
Presenters: Lynn Kuykendall and Herk Huggins

Title: Thriving Through Inquiry and Play in Preschool

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

High quality preschool classrooms tap into the children's curiosity and creativity and walk with them on the journey toward lifelong learning. This interactive session will focus preschool educators on how to provide opportunities to make playful explorations an exciting experience for young children through inquiry-based centers. Children will become self-directed learners and the classroom will be filled with excitement for learning.

 

About the Presenters: 

Lynn Kuykendall is an education associate with the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and Literacy. In this role, she supports CERDEP districts, schools and teachers as they implement best practices in early childhood classrooms and provides coaching, training, and feedback as needed.

Lynn earned her bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education from Lander University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. In addition, she earned National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist.

 

Herk Huggins has a passion for helping young children. He is currently an Education Associate in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the South Carolina Department of Education. He taught under the early childhood grade band for eleven years specifically in first, second, and third grade. Besides teaching young children, he wore the hat of English Language Arts Supervisor for two years. He is certified as an Elementary Principal and Supervisor. He has worked in the field of education for seventeen years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration from South Carolina State University. He is married to the lovely Precious Huggins and they have a beautiful five-year-old daughter, Laurel that they adore.

Talking and Thinking Together - Using a Talking Tub as a Provocation for Learning! 101:
Presenters: Bonnie Darlene Faucette and Linda Caraway Doherty

Title: Talking and Thinking Together - Using a Talking Tub as a Provocation for Learning! 101

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

 We are excited to take a deeper dive into inquiry-based learning with Floorbooks, which can be used in the classroom. Created by Dr. Claire Warden to consult with children during the planning and documentation process, the approach encourages higher-order thinking skills and helps children influence their learning. Join us and learn more about recording children’s learning, individually and collaboratively. 

 

About the Presenters: 

Bonnie Darlene Faucette M.Ed. is a Quality Coach with SC Child Care Resource and Referral at the Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center with the University of South Carolina. She has been on staff for 12 years with SC CCR&R. She holds a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, a BS in Business Administration and Organizational Management, AS in Education, and many hours of continuing education. She is a Certified Trainer, Certified Technical Assistance Provider, and has been reliable in all the ERS Scales, Reliable CLASS assessment tools, Reliable Assessor in TPOT and TPITOS. Prior to working for SC-CCR&R she worked for Child Care Licensing in TN.

 

Linda Doherty is the mother of twin girls (Katie & Emily), a graduate of Presbyterian College, and a 2017 Master's graduate in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. She continues her education thru NC State University – Designing Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments Certificate Program; CLASS Certification, Journeys into Nature coursework with Claire Warden, and South Carolina Inclusion coursework. Currently, she is a Quality Coach with South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral with knowledge of ABC Quality, regulations, skills in community engagement, and a passion for outdoor learning.

Community to Classroom: Kindergarten Readiness Through Family Engagement:
Presenters: Sharonda Johnson and Samantha Reynolds

Title: Community to Classroom: Kindergarten Readiness Through Family Engagement

Age Group: Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

How do we meet the needs of families and ensure the success of our youngest learners? Decades of research point to the benefits of family engagement on student learning. Come learn how The Learning Engagement Team supports S.C. families and students with digital resources and the literacy skills needed to be ready for kindergarten. Join us as we share our journey to empowering families, strengthening communities, and helping students succeed.

 

About the Presenters: 

 I am a learning engagement coach for families with the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the S.C Department of Education. This is my 19th year in education. For over 10 years, I had the pleasure of doing what I love most, which is teaching first grade at the same elementary school I attended as a child. Prior to my role as a learning engagement coach, I spent seven years sharing my passion for literacy and learning as a school-based literacy coach. I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. I love sharing, learning, and growing alongside other teacher leaders.

 

I am also a learning engagement coach for families with the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the S.C Department of Education. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in Language and Literacy, both from the University of South Carolina. I hold 6 areas of certification in SC; early childhood education, elementary education, gifted and talented education, literacy teacher, literacy coach, and literacy specialist. I am also currently a PhD student at the University of South Carolina in the Teaching and Learning program focusing on STEM literacy. Most recently I worked as a 3rd grade virtual school teacher in the Columbia area. 

Learning Better Together Through Best Practices:
Presenters: Lydia Carnesale and Amy Smith

Title: Learning Better Together Through Best Practices

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months), Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years), Adults

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

This session focuses on what meaningful interactions look like daily; considering collaboration and relationship building through best practice in areas of routines, transitions, outdoor learning and how to document using anecdotal notes.

 

About the Presenters: 

Lydia Carnesale is a mother of 4 children and finishing her doctorate degree with U of SC in the College of Education. She works for the SC Department of Education as a Learning Engagement Coach supporting families in understanding best practice and collaboration in developing their child's early literacy skills, focusing highly on the multilinguals throughout the state. She has experience teaching within Title 1 Child Development Programs, Early Head Start, and statewide conducting Technical Assistance to Early Child Care Centers.

 

Amy Smith’s early childhood experience, includes: Kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director of a child development center for homeless, needy and children in poverty, Director of NC 5-Star, NAECY-accredited Child Development Center, Child Development Specialist at a resource and referral agency. Currently Amy is an Education Associate, SC Child Early Reading Development and Education Program (CERDEP), Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) - SC Department of Education.

Reflective Supervision/Consultation and Relationship-Building:
Presenter: Jessica Sharp

Title: Reflective Supervision/Consultation and Relationship-Building

Age Group: Adults

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

 

Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RS/C) is characterized by active listening and thoughtful questioning by both the supervisor and the supervisee. The role of the supervisor is to help the supervisee to answer his or her own questions and to provide the support and knowledge necessary to guide decision-making (SCIMHA, 2022). RS/C is a tool that can support and enhance the relationships between supervisors and staff.

 

About the Presenter: 

Jessica is an experienced leader with over two decades of direct and indirect service to children and families in South Carolina. Prior to leading SCPITC, she managed the organization’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network. Jessica is steeped in the culture of child care in South Carolina, having begun her career as a care teacher of children from birth to age five. Driven by her passion to serve children and families, she has also worked as the director of a nationally-accredited child development center, and supported early care and education at the systems level through her management of countywide initiatives at the United Way of Greenville County.

"Hearing" How Together We Can Make a Difference:
Presenters: Beth Montgomery and Mary Reeves

Title: "Hearing" How Together We Can Make a Difference

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months), Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years), Adults

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

 

This is a story of how one nonprofit organization and one school district worked together to identify children with potential hearing loss, despite a global pandemic. Join us to learn how one conversation sparked a change that has impacted both individual children and the local community. Because of the collaborative efforts of these two groups, we are BETTER TOGETHER!

 

About the Presenters: 

Beth Montgomery is a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) in Lexington School District 2, where she has worked since 2001. Beth graduated from the College of Charleston and earned her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 2001. Since 2001, Beth has maintained her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association and her SLP license from the South Carolina Board of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR). She has served as Lead SLP for Lex2 since 2008, and is a member of Lex2’s Preschool Screening Clinic Team, Dysphagia Team, and Assistive Technology Team. Additionally, Beth was appointed in 2017 by Gov McMaster to serve on LLR’s SLP-AuD Board.

 

Mary Reaves is a Rehabilitation Counselor by training who worked in Deaf Mental Health for nearly 10 years before co-founding Beginnings SC - a statewide nonprofit that aims to help families who have deaf or hard of hearing children find belonging. Their programs include parent counseling, services for child care providers, advocacy and policy, training and technical assistance, and awareness and education to support the families and professionals who serve deaf and hard of hearing children. Mary's goal is to help remove the barriers put into place when language access is not provided so that all deaf and hard of hearing children can reach their fullest potential.

Strengthening Partnerships Between Childcare Providers and Early Interventionists. Let's Talk!:
Presenters: Sarah Shaw, Erin Martin and Kerri Wikel

Title: Strengthening Partnerships Between Childcare Providers and Early Interventionists. Let's Talk!

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months), Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years), 

Setting: In the classroom, Family Child care homes, Group Child Care Homes 

 

Workshop Description: 

We will discuss the importance of partnerships between child care providers and direct service providers (IFSP and IEP team members) in natural environments. We will expand on the different responsibilities of each provider and how those responsibilities align. Participants will identify communication barriers, explore solutions, and learn effective communication practices that support ongoing relationships between the providers.

 

About the Presenters: 

Sarah Shaw joined the SC Childcare Inclusion Collaborative in October 2019 as the Program Coordinator. She provides support to our Inclusion Specialists and coordinates our developmental Screening initiatives.


Sarah earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and an M. Ed.in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Sarah was an Early Interventionist for 10 years. During this time, she provided service coordination and family training to families who have children with disabilities. Prior to early intervention, Sarah worked as a childcare teacher in several childcare centers in Albany, NY, and Columbia, SC. 

 

Erin Martin joined the Mix EC team in March of 2021 as an Inclusion Specialist for Family Child Care Home providers. She provides support to FCCH providers by professional development related to evidence-based practices that providers can use to support the inclusion of children with disabilities/developmental delays and to support healthy social and emotional well-being of the young children in their care.

 

Erin earned a BS in Family Consumer Science Business with a concentration in Child Development from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. She has 10 years of experience in early intervention and worked as an early intervention supervisor. 

 

Kerri Wikel is the Project Director for Team for Early Childhood Solutions (TECS) at the University of South Carolina (USC), School of Medicine, Center for Disability Resources. TECS is contracted through South Carolina’s BabyNet system to manage the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) and to provide training and technical assistance to the early intervention system. 

 

Kerri holds a B.A. in Cognitive Psychology from USC and has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of early intervention.  She began her career as an Early Intervention Specialist at a private early intervention agency and eventually became their state director of early intervention. 

 

Kerri attended the Siskin Children’s Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she became a nationally certified trainer in a routines-based, family-centered home visiting model. She is also a state-certified trainer for the Routines-based Interview process and is leading the effort to implement RBI throughout the state as the family assessment measurement tool for BabyNet. Mrs. Wikel recently earned the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association’s (SCIMHA) endorsement as an Infant Family Associate. 

Coordinating and Collaborating: The Educational Dream Team of Small Children:
Presenters: Lydia Carnesale and Ablean Hanna

Title: Coordinating and Collaborating: The Educational Dream Team of Small Children

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months), Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years), Adults

Setting: In the home, In the classroom, In the community

 

Workshop Description: 

 

This session focuses on how to value and acknowledge home practices and tie them to the educational contexts of young children. In creating a stronger relationship with families, teachers can enhance how they construct daily routines and create meaningful learning interactions.

 

About the Presenters: 

 

Lydia Carnesale is a mother of 4 children and finishing her doctorate degree with U of SC in the College of Education in Language and Literacy. She works for the SC Department of Education as a Learning Engagement Coach supporting families in understanding best practice and collaboration in developing their child's early literacy skills, focusing on the multilingual emergent literacy practices throughout the state. She has worked in Title1 Child Development Classrooms, with Early Head Start and conducted statewide Technical Assistance in Early Childhood Settings.

 

 

Ablean Hanna is currently an Education Associate in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy at the South Carolina Department of Education. She has 38 years of experience in the field of education. She has been an elementary teacher, reading interventionist, South Carolina Reading First Literacy Coach, South Carolina Reading Initiative (SCRI) Literacy Coach, Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Master Teacher, Elementary Administrative Assistant, and a Teacher Specialist On-Site for the Department of Education. She has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with her family.

Partnering With Parents and Families:
Presenter: Kimberly McCollum

Title: Partnering With Parents and Families

Age Group: Infants (0-18 months), Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the home, In the classroom

 

Workshop Description: 

 

A true partnership between childcare teachers and the child's family is vital to high-quality care for children. Each partner has a distinct and essential role in such a partnership. Working together, the family and provider can establish a positive relationship that supports and strengthens one another, thus supporting the child.

 

About the Presenter: 

 

Kim McCollum joined the Inclusion Collaborative in December 2014 as an Inclusion Specialist. Prior to joining our team, Kim taught Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten for 17 years, served on the board of First Steps of Pickens County for 2 years, was a child care trainer for Lifelong Learning of Greenville County for 3 years, and was a Preschool Director for 3 years. Kim has experience in private and public schools and childcare facilities.

Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Southern Wesleyan University in 1993 and her Masters of Education specializing in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2013. 

 

Working Toward Inclusion for ALL Children when we are Stressed to the Max:
Presenter: Jani Kozlowski

Title: Working Toward Inclusion for ALL Children When We are Stressed to the Max

Age Group: Toddlers (19-35 months), Preschool (3-5 years)

Setting: In the classroom

 

Workshop Description:

Let's face it, the past two years have been stressful, especially for early childhood educators. How can we promote the inclusion of children with disabilities during these unpredictable times? As an early childhood professional with a disability, a child of a parent with a disability, and the mother of a son with a disability, Jani Kozlowski, author of Every Child Can Fly: An Early Childhood Educator’s Guide to Inclusion brings a unique perspective to the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood settings. In this session, Jani will share personal stories, current research and evidence-based practices. Participants will learn strategies to foster inclusive learning environments, individualized teaching practices and meaningful family engagement. Together we can foster inclusion in a way that is healing for each and every child, family, and educator.

 

About the presenter: 

Jani Kozlowski, MA provides professional development and technical assistance (TA) for state leaders, educators, and other practitioners around topics such as early childhood inclusion, collaborative partnerships, social-emotional development, quality improvement initiatives, and workforce professional development systems. She currently leads initiatives focused on the early childhood workforce and the inclusion of children with disabilities for the Early Childhood TA Center at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jani started out in the field over 30 years ago teaching a group of spirited preschoolers in an inclusive childcare classroom. Those early experiences fuel her passion for building the skills and confidence of the early childhood workforce to meet the needs of each and every child and family. Jani is the author of the book, Every Child Can Fly: An Early Childhood Educator’s Guide to Inclusion.