Early Childhood Inclusionary Practices

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide a unique year-long coaching collaboration designed specifically for preschool educators in Tennessee who directly serve students in an inclusive environment. The purpose of the Early Childhood Inclusionary Practices collaboration is to provide educators with knowledge and strategies to better serve all students. This collaboration will consist of webinars, online learning assignments, engagement with an online learning community of other early childhood educators, and individualized remote coaching from a TRIAD consultant.

Participant Requirements
  1. Register as an individual. Participants should be individual early childhood teachers working with students receiving special education services, ideally in an inclusive setting.
    • Workshop is open to 5 educators from each region of TN (east, middle, and west)
    • Preference will be given to lead preschool teachers who teach in an inclusive classroom setting
  2. Participants are expected to attend all webinars
  3. Participants are expected to engage in individualized remote coaching (live or recorded teaching observations and coaching meetings with TRIAD consultant) throughout the school year
  4. Additional details regarding participation requirements for ongoing collaboration are outlined in a participant agreement.
Training Topics
  • Core characteristics of ASD in young children and its impact on learning
  • Effective ways to structure and set up your classroom for student success
  • Evidence-based practices (EBPs) that help children achieve the goals set by the TN Early Learning Standards and optimize learning for all students
Workshop Format
  • Large group instruction, modeling, and discussion via webinar format
  • Small group application and role play activities via webinar format
  • Online, self-paced e-learning
  • Online observations in inclusive preschool model classrooms (either live or recorded observations)
  • Remote planning and coaching with TRIAD Educational Consultants
  • Individualized classroom-based goal setting and action planning
Coaching Format
  • Format: delivered remotely, with zoom and/or video reflection
  • Technology required: webcam
  • Frequency: to be determined by participant and TRIAD consultant; expect approximately 1-hour of coaching per month (divided across multiple observations and coaching sessions)
  • TRIAD will utilize a Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) format
Online Learning Assignments
  • Asynchronous online learning modules will be assigned over the course of the coaching collaboration
  • All modules are brief in length (20 minutes or less)
  • There may be accompanying homework assignments with the online learning assignments, including readings or viewing other videos/online modules.
Proof of Attendance Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in the Early Childhood Inclusionary Practices program. Educators will earn 10 hours of professional development and 10 hours of coaching over the length of the project (a total of 20 hours of professional development).*

*Participants must attend all webinars and coaching sessions to receive 20 professional development hours. All coaching hours will be documented by the TRIAD consultant.

Webinar 1 = Oct. 21, 2021
Webinar 2 = Nov. 18, 2021
Webinar 3 = Dec. 16, 2021
Webinar 4 = Jan. 2022 (TBD) Webinar 5 = April 14, 2022



This workshop is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and is available to LEAs in Tennessee at no-cost to participants.



Please note: Due to the ever changing reality of COVID-19, TRIAD services are subject to change in terms of service delivery. We are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of coaching and support possible during these uncertain times for the entirety 2021-2022 school year as educators navigate serving students in a variety of settings.

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