Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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System Framework

On Friday, February 6, 2015, ECTA staff and state Part C and Section 619 Coordinators co-presented on the components of a high-quality system and how a state can evaluate and plan for improvement using the new System Framework and corresponding self-assessment tool and process.

If you missed the event, a recording of it is available:

(February 16, 2015)

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Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

This online learning module from ECTA Center and WWW: DaSy provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:

  • the key features of and essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
  • how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
  • the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
  • when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
  • how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.
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(May 15, 2015)

Photograph: An toddler reaches for his shovel in a sandbox. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

2014-2015 Inclusion Webinar Series

ECTA Center and WWW: ELC TA are partnering to host a series of three webinars that will provide up to date information regarding supports and resources to promote early childhood inclusion. Session 3: State Professional Development Strategies to Support Inclusion is scheduled for June 2, 2015, 3:00-4:00 PM EST.

Sign up now! for session log-in and call-in information

(May 12, 2015)

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Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

Can't see the embedded video? Watch it on YouTube.

The purpose of this interactive guide is to assist state, regional and local EI and ECSE providers to take the steps needed to integrate the child and family outcomes measurement with the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

(May 6, 2015)

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ECTA Center resources for 2015 IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP

ECTA Center has collected a set of resources for the WWW: IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP occurring Spring 2015. It is available for download below as a .ZIP package or as individual file downloads. The package contains Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word and URL files.

(April 24, 2015)

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Photograph: A preschool-aged boy looks through a pair of toy binoculars. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

OSEP Draft Policy Statement and Executive Summary out for Comments

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs.

Please consider WWW: reading the blog with attachments for the Draft Policy Statement and Executive Summary and leaving comments on the proposed statement no later than Friday, May 22, 2015.

(May 18, 2015)

 

Updates from the ECTA Center

Photo: Lynne Kahn

Thank you, Lynne!

Lynne Kahn, Co-Director of ECTA Center since 2012, has retired as of the end of February. We are very grateful for her leadership in a time of transition and in seeing us through to new endeavors.

Lynne has served as Director of NECTAC 2007-2012, and Director of TA for the Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO). Her many years of experience prior to those roles in leading the TA centers' evaluation efforts and designing the approach to state systems TA were the foundation for our current work in developing a system framework, implementing evidence based practices, and improving data and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. She has promoted collaboration across TA centers to benefit the programs we serve directly as well as other early childhood programs that interface with early intervention and early childhood special education.

While she leaves us in good stead, we will miss her presence every day and are happy she will remain close by.

Photo: Lynne Kahn Signature: Lynne Kahn
Christina Kasprzak

Director
ECTA Center

We at ECTA Center are delighted to announce that Christina Kasprzak has been appointed Director of the ECTA Center. Christina brings considerable experience and expertise to this role, given her previous administrative role as co-director of ECTA Center. We are very fortunate that she has agreed to accept the position of Director of ECTA Center and we wish her well with these expanded responsibilities. (posted April 8, 2015)

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University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
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University of South Florida
 
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SRI International
 
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SRI International
 
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