Oregon Inclusion Initiative

Oregon Inclusion Initiative

Early Learning System Initiative

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

The Oregon Inclusion Initiative was developed to implement and improve access to high-quality professional learning opportunities, coaching, and training to ensure early care and education providers have the comprehensive supports needed to fully include all children in their programs.

About

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Background

The Oregon Inclusion Initiative was created through an agreement between Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Education’s Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion.

The Oregon Inclusion Initiative is a part of the Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion (OECI) effort.

The Oregon Inclusion Initiative is housed alongside ELSI within the Oregon State University Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. While our work aligns in values and vision, the Inclusion Initiative is funded separately from ELSI through a grant from the Oregon Department of Education and focuses on advancing Pyramid Model practices and the ECTA Inclusion Indicators across communities.

Purpose

To scale up, sustain, and coordinate evidence-based professional development and coaching efforts by supporting high-quality inclusion at the state and local levels.

Ensure early care and education providers have the comprehensive supports and dialog needed to fully include all children in their programs, with acknowledgement and focus on addressing systemic inequities in access to services, particularly among children who identify as BIPOC, and/or experience disability.

Implement evidence-based practices that have demonstrated positive child outcomes.

Goals

Build on current high-quality inclusion and implementation efforts.

Provide access to high quality workshops, coaching, and professional development to early learning system partners at the community level and the early learning workforce.

Develop a framework of support to implement the Pyramid Model and the National Indicators of High Quality Inclusion in Oregon early care and education environments to build upon the ongoing efforts of the Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI). The ultimate goal is to contribute to the creation of an inclusive, culturally responsive, and identity affirming early care and education workforce that can support children, families and community members who care for young children.

Trainings

Refer to the inclusion initiative implementation support training calendar for upcoming training opportunities.

Team

Training Calendar

 

Dominic Paz

Dominic Paz

Implementation Manager

I want to build an early care system that welcomes all families. Contact me for Pyramid Model and inclusion professional learning and collaboration and the ELSI BILPOC Community of Practice.

[email protected]

Mackenzie Weintraub

Mackenzie Weintraub

Inclusion Initiative Training Outreach Coordinator

I’m passionate about building communities where each young child is celebrated and supported. Contact me for Pyramid Model Trainings, community-wide implementation, and PIDS.

[email protected]

Chad Lahr

Chad Lahr

Inclusion Initiative Training Outreach Coordinator

I believe in inclusive early childhood education and supporting educators. Contact me for Early Childhood Inclusion Indicator training and Community Inclusion Team support.

[email protected]

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Sindy Abzun

Sindy Abzun

Training Outreach Coordinator

[email protected]

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Tess Wood

Tess Wood (has photo)

Inclusion Initiative Team Coordinator

I aspire to be a bridge connecting children & families with what they need. Contact me for general questions, coordination, and collaboration.

[email protected]

 Bridget Hatfield, Ph.D.

Bridget Hatfield, Ph.D. (PI)

Associate Professor

Bridget’s work examines ways in which teacher-child relationships and classroom quality are associated with children’s activity in the stress response system and their behavior.

   Faculty profile

Megan McClelland, Ph.D.

Megan McClelland, Ph.D. (Co-PI)

Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor, Hallie Ford Director for the Center for Healthy Children and Families

Megan’s research focuses on optimizing children’s development, especially as it relates to children’s self-regulation, early learning, and school success.

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Sam Logan, Ph.D.

Sam Logan, Ph.D. (Co-I)

Associate Professor

Sam's research agenda focuses on the health and wellbeing of typically developing children and children with disabilities, with recent work emphasizing the role of independent mobility in the development of language, cognition, play interactions, and motor behaviors of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and other significant physical and cognitive diagnoses. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging the fields of Kinesiology, Psychology and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

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Will Massey, Ph.D.

Will Massey, Ph.D. (Co-I)

Associate Professor

Will’s line of research focuses on the intersection of play, physical activity, and child development. His current line of research is dedicated to understanding how recess quality impacts healthy development in elementary school-aged children.

   Faculty profile

Tammy Winfield, MS

Tammy Winfield, MS

Project Coordinator

Contact Tammy for invoice or contract questions and general inquires.

[email protected]

Nazli Ozkocan

Nazli Ozkocan

Graduate fellow

[email protected]

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Ines de Pierola de Lucio

Ines de Pierola de Lucio

Graduate Fellow

[email protected]

Rebekah Benkart

Rebekah Benkart

Graduate fellow

[email protected]

Jean Stouffer

Jean Stouffer

Graduate Fellow

[email protected]

Resources

Current Activities

Mapping Early Learning Quality Improvement Resources for ECE workforce

The Inclusion team is currently working on mapping resources related to Early Learning Quality Improvement training, technical assistance, consultation and coaching efforts across Oregon.

Have questions about this?

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