Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Learning Communities

Child and Family Outcomes Measurement

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

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 Other interested individuals should contact their Part C coordinator or Section 619 coordinator to request permission to participate.

Family Outcomes Data Community of Practice

The Family Outcomes Data Community of Practice allows individuals to share issues and resources related to family outcomes measurement, including analysis, data quality, and data use and dissemination. Specific topics will be prioritized by the members, and the calls will focus on state sharing and peer participation. The learning community is intended for Part C Coordinators, data managers, and other state staff who work directly with analyzing, interpreting, and sharing family survey data in their state. To join the community, please fill out the registration form or contact Siobhan Colgan at

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. Join by contacting Megan Vinh at

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 Megan Cox at

Topical Learning Communities

Early Childhood Inclusion

The IDEA Early Childhood Inclusion Community of Practice is supported by ECTA and NCSI. The purpose of the community is to address and improve inclusive policies, practices and state leadership. It is open to coordinators, directors and staff from state level Part C, Section 619, PDG, and other early childhood programs and TA projects. The content for the calls is organized around the nine recommendations of the HHS and ED Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Settings. The community has focused on personnel/ workforce and professional development, policy development and implementation, reducing suspension and expulsion and will begin to address systems of support for social emotional development and early childhood mental health. To join, or for more information, contact Kathy Whaley at

SSIP Social Emotional Community of Practice

This community of practice is a collaboration between ECTA, DaSy, and NCSI to support and connect Part C and 619 states that have selected social emotional outcomes as their State Identified Measureable Result (SiMR) for their State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs). The S/E CoP is coordinated with the NCSI-led Social Emotional Cross-State Learning Collaborative to ensure that content of the CoP calls are relevant to all state members. To join, or for more information, contact Sarah Thayer at

Dispute Resolution Learning Community

A new learning community starting in fall 2018, co-led by CADRE and ECTA, for state Part C coordinators and staff. Peer learning opportunity for participants to share experiences in addressing and resolving Part C disputes, both formal and informal. State-developed agenda topics might include: strategies for providing training for hearing officers and mediators; designing procedures, logs and forms for investigating complaints; options for collecting ongoing data on disputes; implications for general supervision and other topics as identified. To join, or for more information, contact Sharon Walsh at and Noƫlla Bernal at

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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 H326P170001 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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