Monday, February 7, 11:00 12:30

Concurrent Sessions Round 1

Transdisciplinary And Functional Assessment: Making It Possible!

Adrienne Frank, Barbara Hanft and Toni Linder

Accountability, increasing numbers of children, and the natural environment mandate are pressuring the field to move away from the traditional concept of transdisciplinary (TD) practice. However, recommended practice in evaluation and assessment includes attributes such as family-direction, integrated team, and the problem-solving approach of TD philosophy. This session will define contemporary attributes of transdisciplinary practice and functional approaches to evaluation and assessment. Presenters and participants will discuss controversies and barriers and provide recommendations and strategies to overcome barriers.


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TD assessment OSEP 2-05




Discerning What Works Best In Improving Child Find, Early Identification
and Referral Practices

Carol Trivette, Carl Dunst and Stephen Bagnato

Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) activities will be described and used to illustrate how TRACE Investigators are culling research evidence, developing practice guides, and designing studies to improve child find, early identification and referral practices by Part C Early Intervention and 619 Preschool Special Education Programs. The TRACE approach will be used as part of facilitated discussions that sort out what is known about effective practices.


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Opening Doors To Success: The Status Of State Transition PolicyAnd Practice

Beth Rous, Gloria Harbin and Katherine McCormick

Current policy-related studies and preliminary findings from the National Early Childhood Transition Center will be presented. A discussion of relevant findings from a review of multiple state monitoring-related documents and samples of state approaches and strategies for addressing transition issues and barriers will be presented and discussed.


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Status_State P&P


Status of State Transition Policy and Practice



To Fee Or Not To Fee: That Is The Question!

Susan Mackey Andrews, Ron Benham, Terry Harrison and Kate Numerick

A panel composed of national and state representatives will provide their insights and experiences in decision-making and other factors that influence the execution of a Family Cost Participation Plan. They will talk about strategies that worked well and lessons learned. Resources will include state specific examples and research implications.


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NJOSEP MeetingPPt_2







Update On The Latest Data From NEILS

Kathy Hebbeler and Donna Spiker

The presenters will provide the latest results from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study and provide opportunities for participant reaction and discussion.




Examining The Content Of Early Learning Standards: Now That We Have Them, What Do They Look Like?

Catherine Scott-Little

This session will present an up-to-date picture of early learning standards developed by states to articulate expectations for children's learning and development prior to kindergarten. Results from a content analysis of these standards will be presented and political and practical implications for work with children with disabilities will be discussed.


PowerPoint Presentations:

Early Learning Standards



State ECCS Grants And Partnerships With Part C And Section 619

Mary Bostick, Joan Blough, R. Lorraine Brown and Mary Jones

Do you have a relationship with your state's Early Childhood Comprehensive System Maternal and Child Health (MCH) B funded grant? This planning and implementation initiative seeks to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn at school entry. A short overview to this federal program will be offered followed by a description of two states on how they have involved C and 619 in the system development relationship. A question and answer period will be held following the presentations.


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Meaningful Family Involvement: Beyond The IFSP Meeting

Desiree Brown and Salvador Hernandez

When is family involvement really meaningful? A true partnership involves engaging families in ways that enhance the development of their child within the context of their family structure. The presenters will share successful strategies for encouraging parental partnership with an emphasis on non-English speaking families. Participants will discuss how to improve parent participation beyond attendance at the IFSP meeting.


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The Ever-Expanding Early And Innovative Continuum Of Dispute Resolution Practices: Exploring The CADRE Continuum

Philip Moses

This interactive presentation will explore how many conflicts are being resolved prior to engaging the dispute resolution mechanisms under IDEA. While the mediation and hearings play a valuable role in the resolution of disputes, early and innovative methods of conflict management have also emerged on the frontline.



North Carolina's Statewide Model Preschool Literacy Program

Patsy Pierce and Kathy Baars

Now in its third year, North Carolina's 619 Program has funded eleven LEAs as model inclusive literacy programs that provide outreach to other LEA and community-based preschools. This session will describe the process of developing, maintaining and disseminating a statewide model that is based on the use of authentic assessment approaches, research-based practices, family involvement, and collaboration with institutions of higher education and Early Reading First Grantees. The presentation will also include a description of a literacy portfolio rating scale and provide an opportunity for discussion among participants.


PowerPoint Presentations:

Preschool Literacy Programs for DC



When Opportunity Knocks: The Child Care Bureau's Early Learning
Opportunities Act (ELOA) Program

Carol Gage

ELOA provides up to one million dollars for programs that are likely to produce sustained gains in early learning for young children. In FY 2004, $32 million was awarded in 30 states. This session will describe exciting ELOA initiatives, including those for young children with disabilities, and how to get connected.


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