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  • DEC - Submission Guidelines
    Reason Strategies to Use DEC Resources Position Statements and Papers Purchase Orders Our mission The Division for Early Childhood DEC promotes policies and advances evidence based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8

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  • DEC - Resources within Reason
    Within Reason Strategies to Use DEC Resources Position Statements and Papers Purchase Orders Our mission The Division for Early Childhood DEC promotes policies and advances evidence based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home Publications Young Exceptional Children Resources Within Reason Resources Within Reason Resources within Reason is a place for DEC members to discover good inexpensive materials for providing effective services to very young children and their families Music Resources Program Quality Resources Resources to Support Friendships Assistive Technology Resources Family Professional Collaborations Supporting Young Children in the Child Welfare System I ndividualized Education Programs and Individual Family Service Plans Supporting Young Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed to Drugs and Their Families Early Childhood Inclusion Resources Effective Communication Resources Home Visiting Resources Resources from National Centers Resources for Nurturing High Potential in Young Children of Diverse Abilities Resources for Supporting Young Children on the Autism Spectrum Resources for Supporting

    Original URL path: http://www.dec-sped.org/resources (2016-02-09)
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  • DEC - Executive Board
    DEC promotes policies and advances evidence based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home About Executive Board Executive Board The DEC Executive Board utilizes a structure of Policy Governance The DEC Executive Board focuses their time and effort on ensuring accountability of the organization to fulfill its organizational purposes The DEC Executive Board has three primary jobs Ownership Linkage Connecting with owners DEC members and community stakeholders to learn their values about what outcomes they desire for the organization and what means of reaching these outcomes would be unacceptable to them Policy Development Translating into policy what the owners tell the Board they want as DEC outcomes assigning responsibility for meeting the DEC outcomes and setting the ethical and practical limitations necessary to protect the organization Assurance of Organizational Performance Monitoring the Executive Office and board behavior to ensure that DEC demonstrates reasonable progress toward desired DEC s outcomes and reasonable compliance with the policies guiding the means to reach the outcomes DEC Executive Board Policies The Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood DEC uses a model of governance known as Policy Governance The Board recognizes its role in providing vision and leadership for the organization Policy Governance enables the Board to focus on the larger issues to delegate with clarity to rigorously evaluate accomplishments and to truly lead its organization Click here to read the current organizational policies approved by DEC s Executive Board DEC S Ends The Policy Governance structure provides a way for a nonprofit board

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  • DEC - Executive Office Leadership
    optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home About Executive Office Executive Office Leah Weiner Ed D leah weiner dec sped org Executive Director Leah Weiner serves as the Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood Weiner started with DEC in July 2013 She comes to the organization with a passion for helping nonprofits achieve their mission by ensuring effectiveness in fundraising volunteer management communications and organizational development Prior to DEC Weiner served as the Senior Development Officer in Planned Giving at Cedars Sinai Medical Center In this role she developed strategic marketing pieces cultivated donors and secured six figure planned gifts for the medical center She also worked for several large grassroots nonprofits that served children with special needs Leah has a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University s Graduate School of Education and Psychology Her research focused on fundraising and organizational development in the nonprofit sector Her dissertation is titled The Search for Best Practices A

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  • DEC - Policies and By-laws
    policies and advances evidence based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home About Policies and By laws Policies and By laws

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  • DEC - Membership
    delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home About Membership Membership Become a member of DEC Click here to join or renew today Make sure to check Division for Early Childhood DEC as your division DEC provides great member benefits including Journal of Early Intervention This leading early childhood research journal is focused on issues relevant to young children with disabilities and their families Members receive JEI four times a year Click here to view a sample issue Young Exceptional Children This highly acclaimed journal is filled with practical read to use resources and information about recommended practices Members receive YEC four times a year Click here to view a sample issue Children s Action Network DEC members have a voice in public policy Receive updates on legislation take advantage of opportunities to engage in advocacy efforts and become involved in shaping policy that affects young children and families Professional Development Get discounts or free admission to several of our Professional Development including DEC s Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families DEC Learning Decks Ask the Authors participation in Special Interest Groups DEC Communicator An e newsletter with current events interesting articles and updates from DEC Saving DEC members receive discounted conference and training registration and a 20 discount on products ordered off DEC s web site Local Connections DEC Subdivisions connect members with colleagues in state and provincial groups that offer resources and support related to local interests Innovative Publications DEC publications are developed in collaboration with leaders in the field and members Both the Recommended Practices and Monograph series offer practitioners and family members strategies that

    Original URL path: http://www.dec-sped.org/membership (2016-02-09)
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  • DEC - Past Presidents
    Publications Publications DEC Products Journal of Early Intervention Young Exceptional Children Strategies to Use DEC Resources Position Statements and Papers Purchase Orders Calendar Membership Executive Board Past Presidents Web Stories Executive Board Nominations Executive Office Policies and By laws Membership Our mission The Division for Early Childhood DEC promotes policies and advances evidence based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children 0 8 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children 0 8 with disabilities and other special needs and their families Social Media Home About Executive Board Past Presidents Past Presidents Thank you to these individuals that have served as Past Presidents on the Executive Board of DEC 1973 Rose Engel 1974 Howard Spricker 1975 K Eileen Allen 1976 Nicholas Anatasiow 1977 Jenni W Klein 1978 Michael Guralnick 1979 April Beavers 1980 Merle B Karnes 1981 Anne R Sanford 1982 Talbot L Black 1983 Bea Gold 1984 Warren Umansky 1985 Amy L Toole 1986 Lisbeth Vincent 1987 Corinne Garland 1988 Carl Dunst 1989 Crystal Kaiser 1990 George Jesien 1991 Susan A Fowler 1992 Christine

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  • DEC - Main Page
    Teacher Tina Jeffrey Barton Bianca s Parents Dr Michael A Barla Director Clarkson Valley Early Childhood Center Rockwood School District Chesterfield MO Inclusion in my classroom is very important for all students but exceptionally important when it comes to a student like Bianca Bianca may not utilize words in the truest sense but is as vocal and has as much personality as the rest of the children in the school combined As practitioners in my integrated early childhood special education classroom Bianca s team promotes her social development by encouraging Bianca to initiate or sustain positive interactions with other children and adults during routines and activities Interaction Practice INT2 As a teacher providing a sense of belonging is one of the most important concepts to establish Bianca s favorite thing in the world is her friends and modifying the classroom and school activities in imperative in promoting positive interactions between Bianca and her peers In order to make sure this happens I frequently collaborate with the Early Childhood Assistive Technology Facilitator Because Bianca is so motivated by her peers I love making activities around her technology devices eye gaze system or switch in order for Bianca to be doing the same activities as her peers Having the other students use Bianca s devices allows opportunities for modeling success It is vitally important to allow Bianca access to a variety of different activities and give her choices of those activities If Bianca chooses to paint during centers she can go into her stander to stand by her peers at the easel and use an adapted paintbrush with a thick handle that is easier to hold Although the adults in the classroom provide many opportunities to model for Bianca s peers Bianca herself has done an excellent job of showing her peers

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