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

Expansion Site:
Austin

Expansion Site:
Red Wing

Expansion Site:
Blooming Prairie

Expansion Site:
Pine Island

Expansion Site:
Albert Lea

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)
  • Margo Anderson (GCED)
  • Jesse Duden (GCED)

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 January 30, 2015

DCD Network Mtg

Starts: 9:00 am

Ends: 3:00 pm, January 30, 2015

Location: Ramada Rochester, 16th Street Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

Description: Need help with significant behaviors for students with DCD and ASD? Interventions and Ideas to support you in the classroom.

Based on the CoP Goal: Dealing with behaviors for students who have severe disabilities

use Link: http://stream3.video.state.mn.us/Mediasite/Play/846cd3b063ea4fb18f5e559091ddeee91d

TARGET: Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching. The TARGET manual is divided into four sections Introduction, Glossary, Evaluation, and Interventions.

Events on February 2, 2015

Statewide PHD Mtg

Starts: 9:30 am

Ends: 3:50 pm, February 2, 2015

Location: District 287/ITV in Byron

Events on February 3, 2015

Voice to Sign Interpreting

Starts: 5:30 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, February 3, 2015

Location: Faribault Middle School 704 17th Street SW, Faribault MN 55021 Room A100

Description: Target Audience:

Interpreters working or seeking to expand their work in educational settings

Workshop/Course Description:

Voice interpreting can be challenging especially when a deaf person uses a lot of non manual markers, gestures and facial expressions that don’t have a “word” or a “glossed sign” for the interpreter to use. This workshop will help interpreters working towards certification learn how to let go of word/sign translations, voicing fragmented sentences and to focusing more on meaning, smooth transitions, reading facial expressions, body language and giving the complete meaning of what a deaf person is conveying. This workshop will also address strategies for picking up fingerspelled words and numbers, using fillers for transitions and expanding on the message.

This workshop is open to all levels of interpreters.

Educational Objectives:

Practice word choices for facial expressions, non manual markers, gestures, etc.. that don’t have a “sign” or “glossed word”.
Share and practice strategies to let go of word/sign translations and go for meaning.
Practice producing an interpretation with complete English sentences and incorporating smooth transitions, language expansions and use of fillers to keep the language and message flowing.