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System Framework: Self-Assessment

The Framework Self-Assessment is a companion to the System Framework and the DaSy Data System Framework, developed with extensive input from Part C and Section 619 staff from partner states. The Self-Assessment tool allows states to record the current status of their state system and set priorities for improvement.

Demonstration Webinar (added June 25, 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)

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Using Concepts from Implementation Science for System Improvement

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:

  • 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

(June 17, 2015)

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Latest ECTA Center resources on the SSIP

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Updates from the ECTA Center

Welcome to summer!

Dear All,

No time to laze around, the summer seems to be busier each year.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our Part C, Section 619, and TA Colleagues at the WWW: OSEP Leadership Conference next month. Planning is progressing and the agenda is being finalized. Not just something for everyone, but a lot of things for everyone! We are excited to be sharing a lot of our work at the conference, including resources for improving systems, services, practices and outcomes.

Now in our third year, our Knowledge Development chickens are coming home to roost as Technical Assistance products and processes. Our Implementation Process work is being built upon to create resources in Implementing and Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices and Using Concepts from Implementation Science for System Improvement. Having supported the work of revising the WWW: DEC Recommended Practices, we are getting ready to share a number of Performance Checklists and Practice Guides at the Leadership Conference next month.

All of the activity associated with the State Systemic Improvement Plans can’t go unmentioned. To mention only two, we organized the ECTA resources on SSIP and we collaborate with DaSy and NCSI on the Social Emotional Community of Practice, to address needs that states who have selected social emotional outcomes as their State Identified Measureable Result (SiMR) for their State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs).

Almost daily we add new products to our website and send emails, post to WWW: Facebook, and WWW: tweet about them. New items are also shown in our News & Features panel above. Check it out- with a glass of lemonade.

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Who We Are

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Christine Wagner
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Betsy Ayankoya
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hille
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Joan Danaher
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Christina Kasprzak
Co-Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Debbie Cate
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Matt Coy
Social Research Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Alison Gunn
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Kathi Gillaspy
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Sue Goode
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Peggy Hensley
Project Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Megan Vinh
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Cherie Hipps
Applications Programmer
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Joicey Hurth
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Elizabeth Jones
Evaluation Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Alex Lazara
Applications Analyst
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Anne Lucas
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Jackie Marshall
Data Systems Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Katy McCullough
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Mary Peters
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Lynda Pletcher
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Sharon Ringwalt
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Evelyn Shaw
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Kathy Whaley
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Allison Jones
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Denise Binder
University of South Florida
 
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Ted Bovey
UC-Denver
 
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Abby Winer
SRI International
 
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Judy Swett
PACER Center
 
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Kaki Roberts
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Phil Strain
UC-Denver
 
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Barb Jackson
University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
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Carol Trivette
Puckett Institute
 
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Barbara Smith
UC-Denver
 
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Lise Fox
University of South Florida
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Carl J. Dunst
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
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Davon Embler
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Myrna Veguilla
University of South Florida
 
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Kathleen Hebbeler
SRI International
 
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Robert Kraus
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Laura Curtis
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Sharon Walsh
Walsh Taylor Associates
 
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Cornelia Taylor
SRI International
 
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Lauren Barton
SRI International
 
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Laura Hudson
SRI International
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Melissa Raspa
SRI International
 
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Donna Spiker
SRI International
 
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Dari Jigjidsuren
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Grace Kelley
SRI International
 

What We Do

  • Overview to the ECTA Center
  • The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

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Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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