COS Process Professional Development
Provided here is a collection of national resources to support COS training and technical assistance. These materials are displayed in the following sections:
- COS Process: Key Foundations
- Professional Development to Strengthen COS Knowledge and Skills
- Frequently Used Resources
Materials can used in various types of professional learning opportunities, such as webinars, face-to-face trainings, coaching, or as self-directed learning activities. TA providers are available to support state planning for professional development about the COS process.
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COS Process: Key Foundations
An online module provides foundational knowledge about the COS process. Information to access this module and to embed it within your state's professional development learning platform is below.
COS Process Online Module: Collecting and Using Data to Improve Programs
The ECTA Center and DaSy Center developed an online learning module that provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants learn about:
- why child outcomes data are collected;
- the key features of the COS process;
- the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
- how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;
- how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
- the importance of comparing children's current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
- when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
- how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.
The module is self-paced, so you can access it as many times as you need to.
Integrating the Child Outcomes Summary Process Module into State Professional Development Platforms (COS Module-PDP)
The purpose and content of the COS Module-PDP is identical to that of the online version of the module provided through ECTA and DaSy but provides the portability and interoperability necessary for integration into an existing learning management system (LMS).
The COS Module-PDP enables a state Part C or Part B Section 619 program to provide COS process training that is integrated into their state's LMS thus allowing the program to manage and track the usage of this PD. For instance, the COS Module-PDP can be setup as a course within a compatible LMS to provide credit or track the completion of those who may be required or encouraged to complete this training.
The integration of the COS Module-PDP into a LMS will also give the state staff the control needed to seamlessly tie-in or wrap-around related state-specific learning objectives, resources, assessments, completion certificates/credits, or follow-up training, as possible, depending on the capability of the LMS.
The DaSy and ECTA Center products, including the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Module, are available in the public domain as a packaged module. In general, permission is not given to edit or delete the content. Depending on the source of certain materials within the COS Module-PDP, licenses or other contractual terms restrict alteration, reproduction, or redistribution. State logo, procedures, or supplemental materials may be added. The organization of the activities for each session (i.e., the "Cycle of Instruction") cannot be modified and still retain the names of the components of the cycle or be called the "Cycle of Instruction," which is an evidence-based online adult learning structure developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education. Acknowledgement must be included as shown in the Session 6 "Just for Me Activity".
The restrictions include:
- The organization of the activities for each session (i.e., the "Cycle of Instruction") cannot be modified, in part, and retain the names of the components of the cycle or be called the "Cycle of Instruction" as it references the evidence-based online adult learning structure developed by Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education.
- Acknowledgement must be included as shown in the Session 6 "Just for Me Activity"
- Child Outcomes Step-by-Step video (Edelman, 2011) must be linked out and referenced in the overview page.
- Content cannot be edited or deleted.
Although not a requirement for use, ECTA and DaSy will be contacting states that are using the COS Module-PDP to request data about usage and we hope states will be willing to share such information.
The COS Process Standalone Module will be available upon request to any state Part C or Part B Section 619 program. This version of the module was developed using Articulate® Storyline® 3 and is available in two formats: HTML5 (for the web) or SCORM (version 2004 for LMS) packages. These packages will contain all the necessary content and coding for the various features/functions (e.g., videos, interactive activities) depending on how you deploy the module. The expectation is that the state has the technical capacity to integrate the COS Module-PDP into their LMS or website but assistance with the integration is available.
Professional Development to Strengthen COS Knowledge and Skills
Provided here is a collection of national resources to support COS training and technical assistance. The resources are designed to be embedded in various types of professional learning opportunities, including webinars, face-to-face training, and individualized coaching and practice. Some links connect directly to a specific resource, whereas others, like the link to "Topical COS PD Activities" include many organized training activities on specific topics.
- Topical COS PD Activities includes a collection of targeted PD activities and materials indexed by topic.
- Applied Practice for COS Skill Building Activity includes activity instructions and written case studies for practitioners' applied practice.
- Age Anchoring Guidance for Determining COS Ratings provides answers to commonly asked questions about age anchoring as it applies to the COS process and examples of how the guidance applies in practice.
- Aligning a Child's Functional Skills with the Breadth of the Three Child Outcomes supports high-quality COS ratings by helping teams connect their observations of children's functional skills and behaviors with the three child outcomes.
- Understanding Functional Skills: Background for the COS Process helps teams think about measuring a child's use and integration of functional skills to participate in their everyday routines.
- COS Practice Scenarios (COS-PS) are a collection of scenarios of children, ages 6 months to 5 years, that allow you to practice aligning information about each child with the three child outcomes and anchoring the information by age.
- COS Team Collaboration (COS-TC) includes training materials and online objects supporting self-assessment of COS teaming practices.
- COS Completion When Teams Can't Meet In Person includes considerations, best practices, and helpful resources for extenuating circumstances when teams must conduct COS meetings using telecommunication devices such as phone and/or computers with or without video or having discussions with team members in different locations through teleconferencing.
- Special Considerations When Using the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) 7-Point Scale: Questions and Answers
Following professional development activities for the COS Process, consider using the Child Outcomes Summary Knowledge Check (COS-KC) as an assessment that examines whether a practitioner has sufficient knowledge to participate in the COS team process and produce accurate ratings for child outcomes measurement.
Frequently Used Resources
- Breadth of the Three Child Outcomes
- Decision Tree for Summary Rating Discussions
- Definitions for Outcomes Summary Ratings
- COS Process Discussion Prompts
- Child Development Resources
- State/Program-Specific COS Process Policies and Procedures Checklist
- Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Quick Reference Guide
- Resources for More Information about the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
- Outcomes FAQ