Developing
High-Quality, Functional

IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals

Training Package

A Message from the Authors

Our Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package was introduced in a webinar on September 26, 2012. A recorded version of this overview presentation is available for viewing below. This is an evolving resource and we look forward to hearing from you and how you have used the materials and your suggestions for future development of this product.

    ~ Anne Lucas, ECTA Center (formerly NECTAC) / WRRC : anne.lucas@unc.edu
    ~ Kathi Gillaspy, ECTA Center (formerly NECTAC) / ECO : kathi.gillaspy@unc.edu
    ~ Mary Peters, ECTA Center (formerly NECTAC) : mary.peters@unc.edu

Overview

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photo: Alex Lazara

This product was developed collaboratively with staff from NECTAC, WRRC and ECO in response to the need expressed from state and local providers to have specific information and resources about developing IFSP outcomes and IEP goals. The training package includes:

All the materials needed, including instructions for use and adaptation, are included in the training package. To familiarize yourself with this product, we invite you to view an overview of the training package, the materials within, and information on how to use and adapt the materials for your own use.

Training Presentations: Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals

The training packages' presentation materials are provided in Microsoft Powerpoint format in six sections. Each presentation includes information for both Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) settings, and can be freely edited and adapted by presenters based on needs such as time allotted and audience.

Each presentation includes activities, links to additional resources and a link back to the webpage you're reading right now. The closing slide of each section has been set up for up to two presenters to add their own contact information.

Presentation materials last updated: March 11, 2014

Handouts, Activities and Supplemental Materials

Note: The section and slide numbers provided for these resources match the downloadable presentations linked above. Editing and adapting those presentations may result in changes to the slides' numbers. Make any edits to these materials carefully!

Handout materials last updated: May 14, 2013

Handout, Activity, Supplement Title and Link EI / ECSE Section,
Slide(s)
Annotation
Handout PDF: Developing High Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes/IEP Goals Training Package - Guidance for Trainers EI, ECSE Section 1,
Slide 1
This document provides the purpose and background, content organization and use and adaptation suggestions for the training. Appendices include a draft participant agenda as well as references and resources.
Handout PDF: Family and Child Outcomes for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education, April 2005 (ECO) EI, ECSE Section 1,
Slide 18
This document is referenced in the training as the source for the goals of early intervention and of early childhood special education.
Handout PDF: Agreed Upon Mission and Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments, 2008 (Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments) EI Section 1,
Slide 19
This document is referenced in the training as the source of the mission and principles of Part C early intervention.
Handout PDF: Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/ Doesn’t Look Like, 2008 (Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments) EI Section 1,
Slide 19
This document is referenced in the training as an additional source of information about the principles of Part C early intervention.
Handout PDF: Key Principles Underlying the IEP Process: Supporting Family Participation, Inclusive Practices and Positive Outcomes for Preschool Children with Disabilities, 2012 (Workgroup on Principles and Practices for the IEP Process) ECSE Section 1,
Slide 20
This document is referenced in the training as an additional source of information about the goal and principles of early childhood special education.
Handout PDF: At a Glance: Child & Family Outcomes, 2010 (ECO) EI, ECSE Section 1,
Slides 25-26
This document provides a brief overview of the child and family outcomes, as well as information on the conversion of child outcome information into the federal progress categories and the summary statements reported for the APR.
Handout PDF: Questions for Eliciting Family Interests, Priorities, Concerns, and Everyday Routines and Activities

DOC: Questions for Eliciting Family Interests, Priorities, Concerns, and Everyday Routines and Activities
EI, ECSE Section 2,
Slides 16-17
This handout provides the full list of questions from which the examples on slides 17 and 18 were pulled. It is a comprehensive list of questions that may be asked of families to gather information.
Handout, Activity PDF: Table Talk: Authentic Assessment

DOC: Table Talk: Authentic Assessment
EI, ECSE Section 2,
Slide 20
This handout accompanies an activity, during which participants talk at their tables about current practices in authentic assessment.
Handout PDF: Integrated Outcomes – Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process EI Section 3,
Slide 9
This is the flow chart of the IFSP process with the steps of including child outcomes measurement highlighted in red text.
Handout PDF: Integrated Outcomes – Individual Education Planning (IEP) Process ECSE Section 3,
Slide 9
This is the flow chart of the IEP process with the steps of including child outcomes measurement highlighted in red text.
Activity Streaming & Downloadable Video:
WWW: "Nolan's Story"

Edelman, L. (Producer) (2001). Nolan’s Story in Just Being Kids: Supports and Services for Infants and Toddlers and Their Families in Everyday Routines, Activities, and Places (video). Denver: Western Media Products: media-products.com/catalog/early-childhood-c-24.html. Used with permission from JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Department of Education.
EI Section 3,
Slide 11
This is the video that is shown for the Video: "Nolan" activity. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the "Nolan's Story" video.
Activity Streaming Video: WWW: "Tim"

Download Video: Video: "Tim"

Courtesy Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL).
ECSE Section 3,
Slide 12
This is the video that is shown for the Video: "Tim" activity.
Handout, Activity PDF: Enhancing Recognition of High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals: A training activity for Infant and Toddler service providers and ECSE teachers EI, ECSE Section 4,
Slide 33
This training activity is used to support participants’ understanding of the criteria needed to develop and write high quality, participation-based IFSP outcomes and IEP goals.

IFSP Outcomes Answer Key: Pages 22-23
IEP Goals Answer Key: Pages 40-42
Handout, Activity PDF: Worksheet: Developing Measurable and Functional IFSP Outcomes/Strategies and IEP Goals/Objectives

DOC: Worksheet: Developing Measurable and Functional IFSP Outcomes/Strategies and IEP Goals/Objectives
EI, ECSE Section 6,
Slide 5
This worksheet will be completed as a part of the final activity, during which participants read a case study (Kim) and use the information to develop high quality outcomes/goals, as well as strategies, services and supports.
Handout, Activity PDF: Early Intervention (Part C) Child Example Kim at 17 Months EI, ECSE Section 6,
Slide 5
Participants who work in early intervention Part C programs will use this case study to complete the final activity of the training. The case study includes medical and developmental background on Kim, information on family routines and priorities, and child developmental background that will be used to complete the worksheet above.
Handout, Activity PDF: Preschool Case Study – Kim at 35 months of Age ECSE Section 6,
Slide 5
Participants who work in early childhood special education (section 619) programs will use this case study to complete the final activity of the training. The case study includes medical and developmental background on Kim, information on family routines and priorities, and child developmental background that will be used to complete the worksheet above.
Supplement WWW: Resources for Writing Good IFSP Outcomes; NECTAC website EI   This webpage provides presentation examples and resources for developing IFSP outcomes
Supplement PDF: Agreed Upon Practices For Providing Early Intervention Services In Natural Environments EI   This document provides additional information on the quality practices that, when used, can lead to high quality, participation based, functional IFSP outcomes
Supplement PDF: Tips and Techniques for Developing Participation-Based IFSP Outcomes Statements, BriefCASE, Vol 2, No. 1. Dathan Rush & M'Lisa Shelden EI, ECSE   This document by Rush and Shelden provides in depth information on the process of gathering information about children and families in every day routines and activities for the purpose of developing participation based IFSP outcome statements.
Handout, Supplement PDF: Resources for Writing IFSPs & IEPs

DOC: Resources for Writing IFSPs & IEPs
EI, ECSE   This resource provides several web links with annotations to additional resources.
Supplement PDF: Examples of Functional Articulation IEP Goals ECSE Section 4,
Slide 32
This document provides examples of high-quality, functional IEP goals in the area of articulation (making speech sounds). It may be used as a supplement in the training when participants include speech –language pathologists to support their understanding of writing functional IEP goals for children receiving services for articulation only.
Supplement PDF: Key Practices Underlying the IEP Process: Supporting Family Participation, Inclusive Practices, and Positive Outcomes for Preschool Children with Disabilities, 2012 (Workgroup on Principles and Practices for the IEP Process) ECSE   This document provides additional information on the quality practices that, when used, can lead to high-quality, participation-based, functional IEP goals.
Supplement WWW: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program – IEP Contents ECSE   This Department of Education website provides information on the requirements for Individual Education Plans. Section 5 of this webpage provides specific information on the content requirements of the IEP.
Supplement PDF: OSEP Model IEP Form ECSE   This OSEP document provides an example of an IEP that meets the federal requirements for IEPs.
Supplement WWW: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program – Writing the IEP EI, ECSE   This Department of Education website provides information on the requirements for Individual Education Plans. Section 8 of this webpage, provides information on writing IEP goals, including the special factors that must be considered when developing IEP goals.
Supplement PDF: A Guide to Connecting Academic Standards and IEPs To supplement: A Guide to Writing IEPs, 2009 (Wisconsin Department of Education) ECSE   This document from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is an example of a state guidance document for writing quality IEPs.
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