Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Outcomes Measurement: Learning Communities

The ECTA Center facilitates a number of "learning communities" open to early childhood special education professionals as a way to connect and learn about topics in the field. Each group meets on their own schedule and focuses on a topic or area of service related to child and family outcomes measurement. Each community is listed here with a brief description and information on how to contact and/or join the group.

List of Learning Communities

TS Gold Learning Community

This community offers a way for interested individuals to share experiences using the Teaching Strategies (TS) GOLD for outcomes reporting. The group focuses on a variety of topics including training assessors, procedural issues, reporting, and new features. The group meets monthly. States identify questions/issues to discuss each month and one state leads the discussion. States do not have to lead discussions to participate in the community. To join this community, please email Abby Schachner at abby.schachner@sri.com.

IFSP/IEP- Outcomes Integration

The purpose of this community is to discuss ways to integrate IFSP and IEP processes with the child outcomes measurement process. Learning community calls will focus on sharing materials and resources developed by states, as well as the ECTA Center. For more information, please visit the IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration page.

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Data Community of Practice

The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Data Community of Practice provides opportunities for interested individuals to share and discuss their experiences working with COS data. Together, learning community members consider ways to address specific issues with COS data as well as sharing data analysis approaches and discussing possible interpretations of data. The group is co-facilitated by the DaSy Center and the ECTA Center. Conference calls are held several times a year and community members can access a shared web space for ongoing exchanges of resources and for discussion forums. When possible, the group also meets in person. Interested state Part C and Section 619 staff may join by contacting Megan Cox at megan.cox@sri.com. Other interested individuals should contact their Part C coordinator or Section 619 coordinator to request permission to participate.

Family Outcomes Community of Practice

The Family Outcomes Community of Practice allows individuals to share experiences and issues related to family outcomes measurement. The group has focused on analysis and interpretation of the Family Outcomes Survey, family outcomes measurement processes, and data quality issues. The group meets via conference call several times a year and in person, when possible, at national meetings. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please contact Siobhan Colgan at siobhan.colgan@unc.edu.

BDI Users Group

The ECTA Center has formed a group for interested individuals to share experiences using the Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI) for outcomes reporting. The group focuses on a variety of topics including quality assurance, data collection and analysis, and training and technical assistance. The group meets via conference call several times a year and in person, when possible, at national meetings. State Part C and Section 619 staff are invited to participate; to join please email Cornelia Taylor at cornelia.taylor@sri.com.

Social Emotional Community of Practice

This community of practice is a collaboration between DaSy, ECTA, and the RRCP to support and connect Part C and 619 states that have selected or are leaning toward selecting) social emotional outcomes as their State Identified Measureable Result (SiMR) for their State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs). To join, or for more information, contact Abby Winer at abby.winer@sri.com.

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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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