Early Childhood Cadre Projects

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CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PROJECTS

MN Centers of Excellence for Young children with Disabilities is an initiative designed to regionalize professional development system in Minnesota. The eight economic development regions are being used as a framework for this system. Each region is coordinated by a Regional ECSE Professional Development Facilitator who is responsible for coordinating the various professional development activities across their regions.

Overview

Vision Statement

“Our vision is that early childhood professionals will have the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to be effective in their respective roles in order to increase the probability that young children with disabilities and their families achieve positive outcomes”

Project Goals

Our goal is to build regional capacity by training practitioners to use evidence-based strategies that can translate into practice across settings. Through this project, we will also be able to evaluate models of effective practice and disseminate those findings.

Overall, this project will:

  • Develop a Cadre of Regional Consultants to Serve Key Stakeholders.
  • Enhance Regional Training and Coaching Capacity.
  • Support Regional Coordination Capacity.
  • Build Statewide Training Dissemination Capacity.
  • Create a “Knowledge Bank”.

Background

A Comprehensive System of Personnel Development is one of sixteen requirements of a statewide system under Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) used stimulus funds to scale-up the use of existing evidence-based practices among early childhood practitioners. This effort will develop and implement technical assistance, training, coaching and logistical support to early childhood programs (Birth-Five) across the state of Minnesota.

Research indicates that one-time face-to-face trainings are not effective in changing practitioner behavior over the long-term. For the trainings to be effective there must be consistent follow-up, mentoring and coaching provided to the practitioner. The regional network of training and technical assistance, including “just-in-time” technical assistance, promises to accomplish exactly that. Additionally, the regional framework will ensure that professionals across the state will be able to access high quality training and technical assistance regardless of their geographic area. Adding a strong follow-up component via the use of technology will help build a robust professional development system to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of practitioners in Minnesota’s system early childhood care and education.

The following links will provide you with interpreter contacts throughout MN.

1. MDE interpreter contact database (voluntary)

2. Additional interpreter contact information collected by district staff

Region 10 Professional Development Facilitators:

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI).   The goal of the TACSEI project is to plan,
implement and sustain a professional development system to enhance the knowledge and skills of the early childhood workforce in meeting the social and emotional needs of young children, particularly those with or at risk for delays or disabilities in inclusive and natural environments.
Master cadre members received intensive training from Dr. Lise Fox before beginning training practitioners in the region.  More information related to TACSEI can be found at:  http://challengingbehavior.org/

Consultant: 

Cadre Members:

Expansion Site:
Goodhue County Education District

  • To Be determined, GCED ECSE Supervisor

Expansion Site:
Austin

Expansion Site:
Red Wing

Expansion Site:
Blooming Prairie

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)
The Centers of Excellence are working to build regional capacity towards “Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Families:  “Assessment, Evaluation and Intervention Practices” for children birth to three years of age and their families.  This project will provide an
opportunity for selected practitioners (master cadre members) to enhance their skills in practice, mentorship and coaching and then go on to work with practitioners in the region.

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Consultant: 

Master Cadre Members:

  • Pam Anfinson (Austin)
  • Melissa Kossoris (Austin)
  • Theresa Steege (Rochester)
  • Sheri Strusz (Rochester)
  • Stephanie Doyle (Albert Lea)
  • Viki Sigler (Albert Lea)
  • Laura Jensen (Owatonna)
  • Diane Driessen (Owatonna)

Family Guided Routines Based Intervention (FGRBI)is a systematic approach to embed intervention consistently by all family members and service providers throughout the day rather than in individual, isolated therapy sessions.  Routines are functional events of daily living that offer opportunities to
teach and practice meaningful skills in settings and situations as they are needed. By definition, they occur on a regular basis and are repeated frequently, offering multiple opportunities for teaching and learning.  Family-guided routines are those functional and predictable activities that match the interests and individual schedules of the child and family. The family guides the selection of appropriate targets and contexts for intervention. Routines which are selected for intervention are predictable and positive for both the child and care provider to enhance the ease of use and the potential for positive outcomes. Cadre members are trained in this approach, so they will be able to offer training to other cohort members/practitioners in the region.

Consultant:

Cadre Member: 

  • Barb Collins (Zumbro Education District)
  • Colleen Johnson (Zumbro Education District)

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Region 10 Events
  • Events on August 13, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, August 15, 2014

  • Events on August 15, 2014
    • Directors Mtg

      Starts: 8:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 pm, August 15, 2014

      Location: ZED

  • Events on August 18, 2014
    • MN BVI Mentoring Workshop

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:20 pm, August 18, 2014

      Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota 36, Roseville, MN, United States

      Description: Mentors & Proteges

  • Events on August 19, 2014
    • Chairs/Co-Chairs - Planning

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 2:00 pm, August 19, 2014

      Location: People's Food Cooperative, 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: To network chairs:
      Some dates were changed due to conflicts with LILF Meetings, presenter availability, etc. There will be a simplified registration process for the year so that members can ask for all the dates at once for network members. We are still connecting with some presenters to see what the costs will be and if they are available.

      Registration process:
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cL5rKFV2nsSH4492nOMHW7VpTsdD8PG-bT0URtPMprY/viewform?usp=send_form

      All Network members will be invited to all network meetings in August.

      Additional dates may have been added due to needs to accomplish some regional business as well.

      Regional business includes exploring Best Practices for each network (top 5) building capacity regarding UDL, Science of Implementation, and Results Based accountability, etc. Activities for this may include, viewing webinars and holding discussions, conversations on "how does this apply to my work", etc...

      Due to funding limitations this year we will be doing more ongoing trainings within the networks, conversations on behavior and mental health with your suggested presenters. This should in turn assist in developing relationships with those who are leaders in the field outside of education.

      There will be a Chair/cochair meeting on 8-19-14. Stipend of $125 for the day.

      Agenda Items
      9 am - meet and greet
      9:30 - What new for the Projects (terms, definitions, what it means to you)
      10-30 - Trainings/dates/times
      11 - Standard agenda items
      11:30 - lunch
      12:00 - topics of interest for you...What are you thinking about in regards to your area of expertise, non expertise, hearing from your colleagues as needs, want to know more about, don't know what you don't know????
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12D2UXhDan_tO_6nKLExBw8KyRpiYILm2dXruQ6ZQta8/viewform?usp=send_form
      End: What do you want from me...Next steps?


      Stipend of $125 for the day.

  • Events on August 20, 2014
    • Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Strategies for Individual Students

      Starts: 8:30 am

      Ends: 3:45 pm, August 20, 2014

      Location: Rochester International Event Center, Airport View Drive Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: The Interventions training for Region 10 will help improve the behavior management and intervention skills of the teachers and paraprofessionals by looking at research-support behavioral interventions and strategies. The goal is to ensure that behavior interventions are designed and implemented in the most time, personnel, and cost effective manner possible, while still meeting student’s needs. Mike Booher, from Safe & Civil Schools, will be the trainer/consultant. The materials and resources for this training are based on one book:
      • Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions for the Individual Student by Randy Sprick and Mickey Garrison (2008)

      The training will look at what we know about changing student behavior, especially those students who continue to display inappropriate behavior despite teachers' classroom management plans. The training will focus on how to help teachers and paras work collaboratively to implement six early-stage interventions from the Interventions book that research has shown to be highly effective in promoting positive behavior change. These six early-stage interventions are easy and quick for a teacher to implement with the support of a para-professional.

      Agenda

      1. Providing an overview of behavior interventions and the essential ingredients to intervening successfully:
      Understanding the history of behavior interventions and why schools and teachers have struggled
      What the research says are the five key variables to manipulate
      Key elements in effective interventions
      Understanding how student motivation impacts an intervention plan

      2. Learn specific behavior interventions:
      Coverage of the 6 evidence-based early-stage interventions from Interventions:
      Planned Discussion
      Academic Assistance
      Goal Setting
      Data Collection and Debriefing
      Increasing Positive Interactions
      STOIC Analysis and Interventions

      3. Provide a quick overview of Managing the Cycle of Emotional Escalation which is a highly structured interventions from the book.

  • Events on August 21, 2014
  • Events on August 22, 2014
  • Events on September 5, 2014
    • State Directors

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 6, 2014

  • Events on September 10, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 12, 2014

  • Events on September 15, 2014
    • ASD Network Mtg

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, September 15, 2014

      Location: People's Food Co-Op, 6th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: Elizabeth Reeves