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ECTA Center was charged with assisting the WWW: DEC and WWW: DEC Commissioners to revise the WWW: DEC Recommended Practices and with developing products that would promote the use of the Recommended Practices, and with providing intensive TA to assist states in implementing evidence-based practices.

ECTA Center Staff Contributors

Icon: Illustrations

These Illustrations provide links to vignettes from our collection and others. They are meant for practitioners and leaders to increase their understanding and use of the DEC Recommended Practices.

The illustrations are listed below by the DEC Recommended Practices topics:

Leadership Illustrations

  • Meeting the educational, health and developmental needs of young children and families requires leadership to work within and across agencies and programs at the state and local level. For example, state leaders may work with other state agency colleagues to raise funds, set new rules and plan new initiatives for young children and families. They may work with universities to ensure that professional development programs address the DEC Recommended Practices. At the local level, leaders may work across community agencies to make it easier for families to access needed services, or to raise community awareness about a particular issue. Collaboration is essential at all levels of leadership.

    Collaboration with Pediatricians: Strategies to Support Collaboration

    A pediatrician and pediatric nurse discuss ideas and strategies to support collaboration between the early intervention system and medical providers.

    Video courtesy WWW: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center (VEIPD).

    The Collaborative Challenge: Making Quality Decisions Together in the Age of Complexity

    8:28 - 11:16 highlights Basic principles of collaboration.

    Video courtesy Matt Koschmann, Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder

  • Leaders motivate and provide guidance to get the work done in an effective and rewarding way. Providers who are expected to demonstrate beliefs and values that include behaviors such as valuing and respecting families, supporting their decisions, including them as full team members and helping to enhance their confidence and competence need a work environment that exemplifies and demonstrates the same beliefs and values. Leaders at the state and local program levels have an obligation to create work environments where these values can be practiced on a daily basis. Leaders lead by doing and setting the example.

    What if?

    Motivational video with key ideas and attributes leaders need to keep and motivate coworkers.

    Kid President: Pep Talk

    Kid President's pep talk on teamwork and leadership.

    The 5 Whys Problem Solving Method

    This video illustrates one way to promote participatory decision making.

  • Well-functioning and forward thinking organizations have leaders who can articulate and use the purpose and vision/mission of the organization to help practitioners feel a sense of belonging as they understand their purpose within the organization. This vision will not only guide the daily work but will help determine future activities to improve services and supports for all children and families they serve. The vision and mission help to provide direction to the larger early care and education community for improving services for ALL children and families.

    What is Leadership? Learn What Makes a Good Leader

    A Details of the concept "transformational leadership" that is needed to provide vision and inspiration.

    Produced by WWW: Mindtools.

    Where Will We Find Tomorrow's Leaders?

    This video appears on a WWW: two page description of when and how to use collaborative leadership as a way to inspire. At 3:40, Dr. Linda Hill of Harvard University says that to be a leader now, one needs not to focus on formal authority, but recognize one is in a complex web of relationships.

    Video courtesy WWW: Community Tool Box, a service of the WWW: Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

Assessment Illustrations

  • EI Colorado: What is an evaluation?

    This video for parents describes an evaluation, types of methods, and the role of the parent.

    Video courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

    What Is Early Intervention in Virginia?

    4:59 - 5:11 illustrates how an early intervention provider can explain the critical role that families have in informing the team about their concerns, issues, and priorities related to their child’s development.

    Video courtesy WWW: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.

Teaming and Collaboration Illustrations

  • The "IFSP" Video

    This video shows an IFSP (could also apply to IEP) meeting gone wrong. In watching, pay careful attention to how the family was not a full team member. Compare your observations to the second half of the video in which many points of poor team functioning are explained, including the parents role.

    Video courtesy WWW: Illinois Early Intervention Training Program.

    Bri IFSP Video Chapter 4.3

    The first 3 minutes of this video illustrates "Families are full team members."

    Video courtesy WWW: Illinois Early Intervention Training Program.

  • The "IFSP" Video

    This video shows an IFSP (could also apply to IEP) meeting gone wrong. In watching, pay careful attention to how the family was not a full team member. Compare your observations to the second half of the video in which many points of poor team functioning are explained, including the parents role.

    Video courtesy WWW: Illinois Early Intervention Training Program.

    Conversation with Examples of Attending and Active Listening

    A conversation between two early childhood team members using active listening.

    Video courtesy WWW: CONNECT at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

    Everybody Loves Raymond Uses Active Listening

    A Clip from the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond that illustrates active-reflective listening practice.

    Video courtesy WWW: Parent Effectiveness Training.

  • What Intervention Can (and Should) Look Like

    In this second of a three-part series, three service providers describe coaching and mentoring and give examples of their use in visits with family team members.

    Video courtesy WWW: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.

    Adult Learning Principle #4: Active Practice and Participation are Key!
    Go to: Active Practice and Participation are Key!

    Part of a series on Adult Learning Principles, this describes how adults need time to practice a new skill. Includes 2 examples highlighting different approaches with different results.

    Courtesy WWW: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.

    Adult Learning Principle #5: Feedback is How We Grow
    Go to: Feedback is How We Grow

    Part of a series on Adult Learning Principles, this describes how adults need time to practice a new skill. Includes two examples highlighting different approaches with different results.

    Courtesy WWW: Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.

    How to Run an Effective Team Meeting

    Practical information on the importance of team meetings and what a good team meeting looks like and contains.

    Video courtesy WWW: Rasheed Ogunlaru.

Transition Illustrations

  • Video Scrapbook on the Medical Home
    Go to: Video Scrapbook on the Medical Home

    These twelve videos clips that with medical home issues related to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. The transition from hospital to home is addressed. Transcripts of each video clip are provided.

    Courtesy WWW: The National Center for Hearing, Assessment and Management.

    Early Intervention Colorado for Infants and Toddlers Video Library

    The following videos are useful for learning about family experiences with first contacts, the early intervention process and other relevant topics related to beginning early intervention services. Practitioners share tips for early intervention processes.

    What is it like to begin services?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

    Why did your family pursue Early Intervention?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

    What is a Service Coordinator?

    Courtesy WWW: EI Colorado.

  • Foundations Of Transition

    3:37 - 5:13 summarizes research in effective transition practices. A family story is given to illustrate effective staff practices.

    Video courtesy WWW: CONNECT at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

    Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool

    This presentation describes the process for transition from early intervention into preschool special education including legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act (IDEA). From 2:00 - 4:01, strategies for parent participation and learning about the transition planning team are described.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Tina's Story

    Tina, a parent, describes how the early intervention and school district staff used collaborative planning strategies in transition planning and facilitated program visitation to support her preparation and adjustment to her child's transition to preschool.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Tom and Lori's Story

    Tom and Lori, Emma's parents describe how the Utah Parent Center supported their preparation for transition planning by offering useful questions to consider and visiting schools programs.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Christine's Story

    Christine, a parent, describes how positive the transition planning experience was and shares the support provided by the early intervention and school district staff.

    Video courtesy WWW: Utah Parent Center.

    Parents' Perspectives on School: Tips and Transition

    Six parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs share their top tips on preparing children and families for school transitions. EI to preschool and preschool to K transitions are represented.

    Courtesy WWW: The Center for Learning and Leadership at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

  • So, You Are Going to Kindergarten

    Developed through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Program, this video is geared to incoming kindergarteners and their families. See kindergarten classrooms in action and hear advice from parents, children, teachers and a principal to prepare children and families for a smooth adjustment.

    Video courtesy WWW: Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

    Transition to Kindergarten Resources and Videos
    Go to: Transition to Kindergarten Resources and Videos

    Transitions: From Children's Perspectives provides comments and interviews by children on what to expect and what kindergarten is like.

    Transitions: A Community Perspective on Transition offers strategies used by community program and school personnel to assist families and their children and ensure smooth transitions.

    Courtesy WWW: National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning.

    From Kindergartner to Kindergartner: What's Important for You to Know

    Children in kindergarten offer advice for being successful and adjusting to kindergarten by sharing how to behave in different routines and how to be kind to others.

    Video courtesy the Capistrano Unified School District Department of Media Services of the WWW: Orange County Department of Education.

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