Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

2014 SSIP Webinar Series

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About this Webinar Series

OSEP's new accountability system, Results Driven Accountability (RDA), balances improving developmental and educational results and functional outcomes for young children and students with disabilities while considering compliance as it relates to those outcomes and results. OSEP views the SPP/APR as a critical component of RDA. As a result, the SPP/APR for FFY 2013 through 2018 incorporates a qualitative indicator, the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) that focuses on improving results for children with disabilities.

The SSIP is a comprehensive, ambitious, yet achievable multi-year plan that is developed in Phase I (FFY 2013) and Phase II (FFY 2014) and then implemented in Phase III (FFY 2015-2018). In developing the SSIP, States must assess the capacity of their current infrastructure systems and their ability to enhance their infrastructure to increase the capacity of LEAs/EIS programs to implement, scale up, and sustain, evidence-based practices that will result in improved outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities through a detailed data and infrastructure analysis. To assist states with implementing these SSIP activities, the RRCP Part C/619 State Accountability Priority Area, in collaboration with the ECTA Center, IDEA Data Center, and DaSy Center, planned a series of SSIP webinars for Part C and Section 619 in 2014.

ECTA Center Staff:

  • Anne Lucas
  • Christina Kasprzak
  • Cornelia Taylor


Session 1: SSIP Overview

  • Date: March 6, 2014
  • Presenters:
    • Megan Vinh, WRRC
    • Anne Lucas, WRRC/ECTA Center
    • Brenda Sharp, Louisiana Part C
    • Stacy Kong, Hawaii Part C

The first webinar in the SSIP webinar series provided an overview of the SSIP. It includes information about:

  • The SSIP Phases and components;
  • Considerations for engaging stakeholders in the SSIP process;
  • Ideas for using implementation science throughout the development and implementation of the SSIP, and;
  • Several resources that support planning of SSIP activities and timelines.

Streaming Presentations with Audio

Session Resources

Session 2: SSIP Phase I: Data Analysis

  • Date: April 8, 2014
  • Presenters:
    • Christina Kasprzak, ECTA Center
    • Megan Vinh, WRRC
    • Beth Tolley & Kyla Patterson, Virginia Part C
    • Shannon Dunstan, Idaho Section 619

The second webinar includes:

  • Information about The Phase I Data Analysis process;
  • Resources and strategies that can support you in the Phase I Data Analysis process, and;
  • Ideas for engaging stakeholders in the Data Analysis process.

Streaming Presentation with Audio

Session Resources

Session 3: SSIP Infrastructure Analysis

  • Date: May 1, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT
  • Presenters:
    • Anne Lucas, ECTA Center
    • Grace Kelley, SERRC
    • Arlene Russell, NCRRC

The third webinar includes information about:

  • The SSIP Infrastructure Analysis requirements and process for completing the analysis;
  • Resources and strategies that can support states in the Infrastructure Analysis process, and;
  • How other states are approaching infrastructure analysis.

Streaming Presentation with Audio

Session Resources

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