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2017 Summer Institute Intensive Session

Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute

Session 2

Promoting Engagement and Intentionality of Instruction in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings


Individualizing instruction for children in inclusive classrooms is a challenge for all teachers. This workshop will provide early childhood professionals with concrete strategies to improve instruction through the promotion of children’s engagement and participation across the day. Particular attention will be given to impacting the intentionality of instruction and in understanding the importance of routines and using routines to embed instruction throughout the day.

Session Objectives

In this session, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge on the importance of engagement (with materials and social engagement) as a key component of learning
  • Learn how to utilize Routines within Routines within Routines (Routines3) and embedded instruction to teach skills and promote generalization
  • Develop strategies to increase the intentionality of instruction across the day

Intended Audience:

Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Practitioners including Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Speech-language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and other classroom support staff

Intended Skill Level


As there will be several opportunities across the two days for planning around implementation, we encourage classroom teams to attend this training workshop together.


Edward BoveyEdward (Ted) Bovey, MA, is the Associate Director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Colorado Denver. Ted holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado Denver and has been working with young children, young children with autism and children with other developmental disabilities and their families for over 20 years. Ted was an original contributor in the development of the Pyramid Model and he continues to work with programs on Pyramid Model implementation as a founding Pyramid Model Consortium member. Ted also has extensive experience working with community early childhood providers, providing training to preschool teams in strategies to support inclusion through implementation of the DEC Recommended Practices, the LEAP Preschool Model, the implementation of Pyramid Model practices, the utilization of naturalistic and peer-mediated teaching strategies and in the remediation of high intensity challenging behaviors.

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