Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Announcements Archive

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2016

2015

  • DaSy and ECTA Center's Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module has helped hundreds of early intervention providers and preschool special education staff understand the Child Outcomes Summary process. Many states are using the module in their SSIP improvement planning. We're pleased to announce that we've added another informative session!
    Session 5: More Information About Determining a Rating describes how to apply the criteria on the 7-point rating scale to the child outcomes decision-making process, including special considerations for children with specific characteristics (e.g., infants born prematurely). You'll learn how to use a decision tree to help distinguish between ratings.
    If you've already registered for our Child Outcomes Summary Process module, Session 5 will now appear in your menu. If not, you can register for the module. (December 10, 2015)
  • aRPy's first road trip to Atlanta for the WWW: DEC Conference was a great success. If you missed meeting him, he has some conference swag for you! (October 19, 2015)
  • The US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released guidance on including children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs. The guidance sets a vision for action that recommends states, districts, schools and public and private early childhood programs prioritize and implement policies that support inclusion, improve their infrastructure and offer professional development to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. The Departments crafted the guidance with the input of early learning professionals, families and early learning stakeholders. The policy statement also includes free resources for states, local districts, early childhood personnel and families. See also: PDF: letter from the Utah Superintendent of Education encouraging school districts to expand preschool inclusion (September 18, 2015)
  • WWW: The National Training Institute on Effective Practices aims to provide professionals with an in depth, intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children. (September 2, 2015)
  • A new session has been added to the popular Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process module! The 7-Point Scale addresses the metric for comparing a child's status on each of the three outcomes to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age. If you're not already registered for the COS module, you can register from our Child Outcomes Summary Process page, or the WWW: DaSy Online Learning page. (August 27, 2015)
  • Recommended Resources for Planning to Evaluate Program Improvement Efforts (including the SSIP): Produced in collaboration with WWW: DaSy and WWW: NCSI, this document provides a list of recommended existing resources for state Part C and Part B 619 staff and technical assistance (TA) providers to utilize to support evaluation planning for program improvement efforts including the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). (Added July 20, 2015)
  • ECTA Center has released three products on the application of Implementation Science for System Improvement, in addition to the previously released Considerations for Implementing Systemic Change: (June 17, 2015)
    • Lessons Learned: Key Differences in Implementing System Change vs. Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
    • An Example of Improving a Finance System Component: Implementation of a Family Cost Participation Program in a Hypothetical State
    • An Example of Improving the Governance System Component: Promulgating State Rules in a Hypothetical State
  • 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. (May 15, 2015)
  • ECTA Center Resources for 2015 IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP: Compiled by the ECTA Center for the WWW: IDC Interactive Institutes on High-Quality Data & the SSIP occurring Spring 2015. (Added April 24, 2015)
  • ECTA Center and WWW: ELC TA have hosted a series of three webinars that provided up to date information regarding supports and resources to promote early childhood inclusion. Resources, including streaming versions of the presentations, are available in the archive. (June 12, 2015)
  • 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, 2012)
  • Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process: This interactive guide was designed 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)
  • 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 streaming recording of it is available: (February 16, 2015)
  • Our new SSIP topical page highlights information and relevant links from OSEP about the SSIP Phase I process, SSIP-related webinars from ECTA Center and our partners, and information on joining Communities of Practice focusing on this important work. The page also includes a new PDF: Quick Reference Guide: Working with Stakeholders to Identify Potential Improvement Strategies (Including the SSIP). (February 4, 2015)
  • ECTA faculty involved in supporting local programs in their use of WWW: DEC Recommended Practices will discuss the importance of a program-wide approach, critical components, and the tools and strategies that are used in program-wide implementation in a webinar on February 11, 2015. (January 20, 2015)
  • WWW: 12th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior. April 21-24, 2015. This conference provides an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence for Infants and Young Children. The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops and short tool-kit sessions offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional interventions and implementation science. (January 12, 2015)

2014

  • The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children's 2014 edition of the WWW: DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education is described in WWW: two new videos on their website. (October 31, 2014)
  • The ITCA Fiscal Initiative, in partnership with the ECTA Center and the WWW: RRCP hosted a series of webinars on Part C Finance in 2014 for Part C Coordinators and their fiscal team invitees. Content from all four webinars are available below: (September 19, 2014)
  • September 8-10, 2014, WWW: DaSy, the ECTA Center, and the WWW: IDC hosted their second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families in New Orleans, LA. Materials from the conference are available at the conference website. (September 18, 2014)
  • Find out how several states have used and adapted the Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package developed by the ECTA Center and WRRC to assist in improving providers'/teachers' skills in developing IFSP outcomes or IEP goals and integrating child outcome measurement. (July 16, 2014)
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early Webinar: Join us Friday, June 27 at 1 PM EDT for a webinar featuring the CDC's WWW: Learn the Signs. Act Early. Campaign. Participants will learn about the program's components, tools, and resources and how these have been used in coordinated, cross-sector developmental monitoring, screening and Child Find to improve early identification for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. (June 19, 2014)
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!: U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - a National initiative to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for young children on March 27, 2014.
    Tools and resources for families and service providers across disciplines, service sectors and programs were developed for the initiative, including a compendium of screening measures. (March 28, 2014)
  • ECTA Center mourns our friend, colleague, and mentor Tal Black who died on March 23. He was Associate Director of our former TA projects at FPG Child Development Institute: TADS, NEC*TAS, and NECTAC for 35 years. He provided TA to virtually every state and territory in the nation and was a leader in developing TA strategies to promote improved services and programs for young children with disabilities. He was President of DEC and was awarded the Merle B. Karnes Award. Please see his WWW: obituary and memorial plans. For contact information for his family, please email ectacenter@unc.edu. (March 26, 2014)
  • Save the Date: September 8 - 10, 2014, New Orleans, LA - The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), and the IDEA Data Center (IDC) are working together on our second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. DaSy will be sponsoring up to four people from each state. Look for your invitations later this month. We look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting in September. (March 21, 2014)
  • On December 6, 2013, The ECTA Center shared the status of a System Framework for Part C and Section 619 systems. The framework is being designed to support states in:
    • analyzing the capacity of their current systems;
    • building quality systems that support implementation of effective practices; and, ultimately,
    • improving child and family outcomes.
    Feedback is being collected on two draft components: (posted March 21, 2014)
  • The Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO) is now the Outcomes Measurement TA Team of ECTA Center. Visit our new website. The presentation and resources from our webinar held Monday, March 17 on Tools and Strategies for Using Child Outcomes Data for Program Improvement are now available. (March 20, 2014)
  • The ECTA Center has been funded by OSEP to improve state early intervention and ECSE service systems, in part by increasing the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes for young children and their families. A state application, due May 8, 2014, is available. Additional information on the application process was made available through a WWW: recorded conference call held February 28, 2014. (March 3, 2014)
  • Save the Date: Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Early Childhood National Conference, September 8 - 10, 2014, New Orleans, LA: WWW: The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), and the WWW: IDEA Data Center (IDC) are working together on our second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. DaSy will be sponsoring up to four people from each state. Look for your invitations later this month. We look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting in September. (February 7, 2014)
  • Thanks to everyone who provided input on the Draft Recommended Practices. Excitement is building for the final set of Practices, which a parent, home visitor and educator share in the following video: WWW: DEC Recommended Practices: Parents, Home Visitors and Educators Speak! (February 3, 2014)
  • The DEC Recommended Practices Commission has issued a draft set of revised Recommended Practices and is inviting everyone to WWW: review them and provide feedback. The survey requires respondents to complete the demographic information prior to answering the survey questions. The survey will be available through February 3, 2014. (January 24, 2014)

2013

  • The ECTA Center is excited to announce a new resource for states to understand their child outcomes data. The state child outcomes data quality profiles include an individualized analysis of a state's data compared to national data, trends over time within the state, and data quality criteria including out of range progress categories and missing data. States that register for the webinar will be sent their individualized state child outcomes data quality profiles ahead of the call. On the call we will walk participants through the charts and graphs included in the report and will have TA providers ready to answer specific questions either privately or publicly in a chat room. (posted February 20, 2014)
  • The National Training Institute (NTI) on Effective Practices, hosted by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities and the Pyramid Model Consortium, provides professionals with an in depth, intensive learning experience around the Pyramid Model framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children. For information on the agenda, hotel, registration, see: (posted December 13, 2013)
  • On October 9, 2013, the WWW: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and ECTA Center co-hosted an introductory webinar for the Formative Assessment Peer Learning Community: PDF: Focus on Formative Assessment (Slide Presentation). The web-conference presented critical information for states as they engage in activities to improve the quality of teaching and learning through supporting formative assessment processes. (posted December 18, 2013)
  • The ECO Center presented two webinars highlighting national data for the 2011-2012 APR Indicators. Information included national trends in performance over time.
  • The ECTA Center has been funded by OSEP to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, in part by increasing the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes for young children and their families. A state application is available, and more information on the application process were be made available through two conference calls. (posted September 27, 2013)
  • PDF: Beyond the Grapevine: Mobile Device & Social Media Use Among Early Childhood Professionals: We asked early childhood professionals of all kinds about their regular use of mobile devices and social networking sites as part of their work with colleagues and families. The use of mobile devices throughout their work day ranged from 50% to 75% across the different groups. Their responses provide a picture of the field stays in touch and shares information. (posted September 27, 2013)
  • The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (WWW: DaSy), along with the Early Childhood Outcomes (WWW: ECO) Center and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, hosted a national meeting Improving Data, Improving Outcomes in Washington, DC on September 15-17, 2013. The meeting agenda and presentations from the conference are available for download. (posted September 27, 2013)
  • The DEC Recommended Practices Commission is making progress on the updates to the Recommended Practices. Spread the word! VID View the video, like it on WWW Facebook, then share it, WWW re-tweet it and be part of developing this exciting product. (posted September 9, 2013)
  • Our tool kit to help states identify where and how monitoring and program improvement activities could be streamlined and better integrated to meet both state needs and national reporting requirements is available. (posted August 30, 2013)
  • New Resource: Interactive Guide to Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process (posted August 7, 2013)
  • Mary Beth Bruder, Director of the new WWW: ECPC TA center, WWW: introduced the center's activities and resources in a webinar presentation. (posted July 15, 2013)
  • The ECTA Center is developing a system framework for high quality, effective, and efficient Part C and Section 619 programs as one of its initial knowledge development activities over the first two years of its cooperative agreement with OSEP. The work will involve collaboration with national, regional, and state partners. (posted June 17, 2013)
  • Overview to the ECTA Center - View our brief overview videos that cover the five year work scope and activities of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). (posted April 25, 2013)
  • "Addressing Challenging Behavior: Supporting Young Children's Social/Emotional Development" is the theme for the WWW: 10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices. Sponsored by the WWW: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) and the WWW: Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), the conference will be held in Clearwater, Florida on March 20-23, 2013. Registration is open for this event. (posted January 18, 2013)

2012

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