Building Blocks Framework for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs

The Building Blocks Framework for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs (Sandall et al., 2019) instructs educators to meet federal requirements for special education and provides educators with practical, research-based strategies to promote progress in critical areas such as behavior, emergent literacy, and peer relationships. This evidence-based framework was developed by UW researchers and is based on over fifty years of research in best practices for inclusive preschool settings. When teaching teams use this framework to assess, plan, and provide instruction, all preschoolers can participate and be fully included in any setting.  

This is a fully asynchronous module designed for you to access whenever you like. It is broken into 4 modules. 

- Part 1: Building Blocks Framework
- Part 2: Curriculum Modifications
- Part 3: Planning for the Individual Child
- Part 4: Activity Matrices 

1. Introduce the Building Blocks Framework
2. Review each Block in the framework
3. Use the Building Blocks framework to assess, plan, and provide instruction.  

Includes 2 clock hours

Audience: Preschool and instructional assistants, early learning coaches, and administration

Meet the instructor:

Julie is a Partner Manager at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Family Studies and her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington. 

Julie’s work focuses on supporting special education and inclusion in early childhood programs. She supports the provision of training, coaching and consultation around inclusion and individualization for Early Achievers coaches. 

Prior to joining the Haring Center team, Julie worked as a special education preschool teacher at the Experimental Education Unit for seven years. Julie has experience supporting special education students, dual language learners and students in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Julie is fluent in Spanish, and passionate about supporting dual language learners and collaborating with multilingual families. Julie also has experience coaching pre-service teachers in early childhood and special education. Julie is passionate about helping all students, families and adult learners to feel welcome and included in the classroom setting.

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