February 3, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. New Concept Paper on Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - January 31, 2012
  2. Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 2, 2012
  3. New Get Ready to Read! Website
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - January 31. 2012
  4. IDEA Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase
      Source: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - February 3, 2012
  5. Three New Audio/Video Practice Guides from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 1, 2012
  6. The Road to High-Quality Early Education
      Source: The Education Commission of the States - Retrieved January 30, 2012

1. New Concept Paper on Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - January 31, 2012

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) has published a new concept paper, Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood: Building Consensus on the Defining Features (January 2012), which provides a framework for thinking about the meaning of RTI in early childhood and outlines important considerations for early care and education programs that choose to adopt and implement RTI. It was developed with input from national experts and key stakeholders gathered over a two-year period (2009-2011). Additional information and resources are available on NPDCI's Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (RTI-EC) Webpage.

2. Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 2, 2012

Improving the Odds for Young Children (ITO) at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems: Approaches Used by TA Providers to Improve Quality in Early Care and Education Programs and Home-based Settings (2012). This report presents findings from an interview study that investigated features of the professional development and on-site technical assistance available to center-based staff and home-based providers who participate in states' Quality Rating Improvement Systems.

3. New Get Ready to Read! Website

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - January 31. 2012

Get Ready to Read! has launched a new Website with updated content, and streamlined navigation. The new Get Ready to Read! Website is organized by the following sections:

  • Screening Tools - Includes the Get Ready to Read! screening tool and the new Early Learning Observation Rating Scale (ELORS)
  • Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit - Includes practical and easy-to-use materials to enhance children's transition to kindergarten
  • Skill-Building Activities - Includes activities and games to support developing literacy skills
  • Early Learning and Childhood Basics - Includes a collection of expert-written articles and other resources on early childhood development, reading, and math

Get Ready to Read! is an initiative of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

4. IDEA Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase

Source: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - February 3, 2012

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) has developed a Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase - a collection and systematic organization of resources relating to the IDEA's dispute resolution procedural safeguards provisions (Part C and Part B) that may be useful to states and districts as they pursue improvements in their special education dispute resolution systems and processes. Please spread the word about this resource! If you are aware of items that should be added or if you have questions about the Showcase, please contact Amy Whitehorne at CADRE: awhitehorne@directionservice.org or (541) 686-5060.

5. Three New Audio/Video Practice Guides from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 1, 2012

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released three new CELLcasts. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download. Baby's First Games includes ideas for parents to support their infants' play with others. Art of Writing helps parents of toddlers encourage scribbling and mark making to develop writing skills. Who's Listening shows parents of preschoolers how to promote private speech to develop early literacy.

CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

6. The Road to High-Quality Early Education

Source: The Education Commission of the States - Retrieved January 30, 2012

The Education Commission of the States recently published a paper, entitled The Road to High-Quality Early Education (December 2011), which addresses questions related to what constitutes high-quality early childhood education and how can it be achieved. It is based on discussions from the Education Commission of the States' 2011 National Forum on Education Policy. Part I highlights Colorado's efforts to establish the structures and governance needed to deliver high-quality early childhood education and care. Part II describes one classroom-level approach to achieving high-quality early education.