Archived Webinars

Interested in learning what was highlighted at the past Early On Center for Higher Education Web Events?  Feel free to check out past presentations where you can learn about updates and resources for use in Michigan early intervention.  The Early On Center for Higher Education webinars are designed to strengthen the connections and collaborative activities among faculty, students, families, early childhood intervention systems and early intervention professionals. For handouts, please email


icon Personnel Preparation for Supervisors of Early Intervention Programs: 1/21/20

Denise A. Ludwig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP, Professor, Assistant Department Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, GVSU

Leaders of early intervention programs are required to understand a complex set of legislative, curricular, personnel, and assessment regulatory and best practice content. An early intervention leadership training program developed for IHE educational leadership programs was developed to include modules aligned with requirements of IDEA Part C Programs. Administrators, service providers, parents, and community members may benefit from this presentation.


icon  The Journey from ZS to BK: Early Childhood Endorsement Revision: 9/19/19

Gina Garner, Higher Education Consultant, Education Preparation Unit, Office of Educator Excellence 

Noel Kelty, Early On Manager/Part C Coordinator, Office of Great Start  

Since 2015, the MDE has collaborated with stakeholders from across Michigan to build a students-first teacher preparation and certification system that prepares effective educators to use differentiated supports to meet the needs of the whole child. Central to this work has been the creation of a new certificate structure with narrower grade bands and deeper emphasis on preparation to teach literacy. In this session, presenters will provided an update on the progress of the development of the Early Childhood General and Special Education (B-K) endorsement. 


icon Caregiver Coaching Experiences of Early Interventionists in Michigan: 3/26/18

Sarah Douglas, PhD., Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Michigan State University

Sarah Douglas, PhD., Michigan State University, shared her research findings from the 2016 Early On Faculty Grant.  Caregiver coaching is a recommended practice in early intervention.  This session highlighted a mixed-methods study to understand early interventionists' experiences and perceptions of coaching caregivers.  Survey, interview and coaching log data from her study of early interventionists in Michigan was presented.


icon Competencies for Practitioners Working with Babies with Delays and Disabilities and Their Families: KiDS-WIT Framework: 6/18/19

Claire Vallotton, Ph.D., Associate Professor Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University 

Participants will learn about a framework for preparing the early intervention workforce, including the knowledge, dispositions, and skills needed. This framework can be used to align course and training content to learning goals and student outcomes. Participants will also learn about a tool for assessing pre-service practitioners’ competencies (knowledge, dispositions, and skills) and evaluating learning outcomes. The session will be interactive, and participants will be invited to consider using these tools for their own goals for their students’ learning and their teaching.


icon Current State Level Workforce Initiatives: 10/19/17

Robin Zeiter, Professional Development Specialist in the Office of Great Start at MDE, presented the webinar Current State Level Workforce Initiatives.

Robin provided a quick look at current state level workforce initiatives including the Infant Toddler Career Pathway Project; the Early Childhood Personnel Center Intensive Technical Assistance Project; and the National Association of State Boards of Education Workforce Project.   She also shared information on the upcoming launch of the Michigan Professional Development Registry.


icon Engaging in Evidence-Based Pedagogy: Our Behavior: 2/11/19

Katie Strong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Central Michigan University

This webinar showcased evidence-based teaching pedagogy as used in a graduate level speech-language pathology course titled: The Engaged Clinician: Our Behavior Matters.  Explore the behind the scenes experience of one faculty member who taught a 2-credit, 1-week intensive summer course.  First, visit the inspiration for course, Janice Fialka’s Parents and Professional Partnering for Children with Disabilities and peer-reviewed articles on clinical engagement. Then, explore active-learning activities embedded in the course such as creating a community, learning together, reflection, perspective taking, author guest lectures, class-based discussions. Finally, explore what this experience was like from both the student and faculty perspective. You’ll walk away with at least 2-take away ideas for your own classes. 


icon Learning Bytes: Free Activities for Training Future Early Interventionists: 12/6/18

Dana Childress, Ph.D., Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ever wished you had a place to go to find fully-developed activities to help your students learn key early intervention concepts? The Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center has recently added a new webpage with free activity-based resource entitled Learning Bytes. These brief activities are designed to help professional development specialists and faculty build the knowledge and skills of EI practitioners and students about topics such as assessment, developing IFSP outcomes, service delivery, interest-based learning, professional responsibilities and considerations, and service coordination. Join the webinar to learn about how you can use them to actively engage your learners!

icon MDE UPDATE: Teacher Certification Structure: 8/7/18

Kelli Cassaday, Ed. Consultant, Office of Educator Excellence

Sarah-Kate LaVan, Asst. Director Office of Educator Excellence

On May 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Education posted a press release titled “’Students-First’ System Created for Teacher Certification Focuses on the Whole Child.” This press release describes the culmination of three years of work among Michigan education stakeholders to prepare effective educators to use differentiated supports to meet the needs of the whole child and move Michigan forward to becoming a Top 10 education state in the next 10 years. 

Join Kelli Cassaday, Ed. Consultant & Sarah-Kate LaVan, Asst. Director Office of Educator Excellence describe the changes, implementation plan and timeline, and the impact on teachers and teacher preparation programs, particularly in birth-to-age 3 and/or special education settings.


icon Resources and Products You Can Use to Promote the DEC Recommended Practices: 6/1/17

Nancy Surbrook-Goins, EOT&TA Training and TA Manager & Michigan aRPy Ambassador

ECTA Center is in the process of developing products to promote the use of DEC's Recommended Practices or RP's.  These products are intended to illustrate different ways the RP's can be used by faculty, practitioners, and parents.  Michigan has its our aRPy Ambassador to promote these products and how they might be used for professional development and program improvement efforts.  

Join Nancy Surbrook-Goins, Michigan aRPy Ambassador, to learn about the different type of products already developed; from Performance Checklists to Illustrations to Practice Guides; and products that are on the horizon.

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icon Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Reflection Skills: Using Mindfulness as a Pedagogy: 8/6/19

Kalli Decker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education & Child Services, Montana State University

Many of the preservice students in our courses will go on to do amazing work with children and families. But at the same time, they will be at risk for experiencing high levels of stress which can (and too often does) lead to burnout. This session focused on one way to support preservice students’ mental health and deepen their ability to practice reflection – through the use of mindfulness. In this interactive session Kalli discussed how mindfulness can be embedded into higher education early childhood courses or individual class sessions, especially those focused on social-emotional development. Resources and ideas were shared for in-class activities and brief assignments so that participants can identify aspects of mindfulness they want to try out with their students or incorporate into their coursework. 

June 21, 2019

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