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Online Courses

All of the online courses are limited to personnel working with Colorado preschool programs serving children receiving services under IDEA

Online courses are offered through the CDE-BlackBoard system.

 CDE’s online professional development priorities for 2014-15:

  • Collaboration with an AU administrator who is responsible for preschool special education to ensure staff commitment and follow through
  • Teams participating in online education together (group registration)
  • Individualized feedback from course facilitators
  • Consultation and post-course follow up with course facilitators to support implementation and sustainability of recommended practices 

Developing Functional IEP Goals for Preschool

Course Description: This 5-week course is offered to professionals working with preschoolers with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. A significant amount of time is spent developing the Individual Education Program (IEP), yet IEPs can sometimes be less than helpful for the classroom teams who support children with disabilities. The challenge to professionals then, is to write functional IEP goals that will guide the team in supporting a child within his/her everyday routines, activities and environment, engaging in ongoing monitoring of the child's progress and amending the IEP when necessary. We highly recommend that this course be taken by teams, but individuals are welcome when space is available.

This course is offered three times throughout the year as follows:

  • September 5, 2014 – November 12, 2014
  • October 24, 2014 – December 7, 2014
  • February 6, 2015 – March 15, 2015

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* A certificate of participation for 15 contact hours will be issued upon successful completion of online course.

For registration information: 

 If your team is interested in participating in this online course, please email the following information to Deb Schell-Frank

  1. Primary Contact Person within your district/AU for communication about Functional IEP and Inclusion coursework
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Best time to contact you

If you are an individual who would like to be alerted about open slots after team early registration closes, please email your information to Deb Schel- Frank

Practices for Preschool Inclusion

Practices for Preschool Inclusion, Part 1: This 5 week course is offered to both general and special educators and team members working with preschool-aged children with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. It will benefit participants by sharing learning strategies that will assist them in including children with developmental delays or disabilities into the general education curriculum. Participants will increase their understanding of and comfort with various aspects of inclusion. Family-centered practices with respect for cultural diversity are a given throughout the training units.

 * A certificate of participation for 15 contact hours will be issued upon successful completion of online course section.

Practices for Preschool Inclusion, Part 2: This 5 week course is a continuation of Practices for Preschool Inclusion Part 1, but Part 1 is not a pre-requisite for Part 2.  More inclusion tools and strategies are offered, with an emphasis on team collaboration and individualized instruction.

For registration information: 

If your team is interested in participating in this online course, please email the following information to Deb Schell-Frank

  1. Primary Contact Person within your district/AU for communication about Functional IEP and Inclusion coursework
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Best time to contact you

If you are an individual who would like to be alerted about open slots after team early registration closes, please email your information to Deb Schel- Frank

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Online Self-Paced Modules:

Module 1: Early Childhood Transition Overview [24 minutes]

This module is an overview of  transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education and from Preschool Special Education to Kindergarten. We encourage you to share this link with families, classroom staff, service providers, administrators, service coordinators and other Early Intervention collaborators.

Module 2: Early Transition Preparation and Adjustment for Children and Families: projected for May 2014.

Please direct questions about these Modules to Heidi McCaslin

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Regional Workshops

Dual Language Learners

Beyond Words: Preparing & Supporting Effective Cultural Mediators, Interpreters & Translators as Educational Team Members


A 2 day “train the trainer” workshop for Early Childhood Child Find Teams, including Cultural Mediators, Interpreters and/or Translators who evaluate and work with dual language learners and their families.

Teams will learn to prepare cultural mediators, interpreters, translators, parent-school liaisons and other support personnel to be integral team members who fulfill their roles and responsibilities by building positive relationships with families. Improve the team’s interaction skills and quality of information gathered with families to enhance team function, efficiency, improve reliability and validity of assessments, and strengthen quality of supports for families.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Heidi McCaslin.

Identifying Dual Language Learners for Preschool Special Education

In-depth, across the year support to child find teams to examine current processes and procedures and explore alternatives that will benefit children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse background and accurately document eligibility and determine strengths and needs for IEP planning with families. This across the year support includes a Fall workshop, an onsite visit to observe and provide feedback on the team’s evaluation process, and a Spring workshop to review outcomes and plan for sustaining changes. Workshop topics include Distinguishing Second Language Acquisition Processes from Language Impairments: Forming & Documenting Your Clinical Opinion Using Multiple Sources.

Child Find teams interested in this intensive support should contact Heidi McCaslin 

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in EC Classrooms Serving Children with Disabilities

Learn more about patterns of first and second language acquisition, early bilingual behaviors, and implications for progress monitoring, classroom teaching and/or intervention for students with disabilities. Communication with families who speak a language other than English is critical for establishing parent-school partnerships. This workshop provides perspective through a cultural lens that views each child in the context of their home and culture. Strategies for teachers foster the learning of students in their classrooms with a focus on children from culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse backgrounds.

Workshops will be scheduled according to needs and available resources, please direct questions about these workshops to Wynette Howard

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Coaching to Support Professional Development of Early Childhood Staff in Inclusive Classrooms, Coaches Skill-Building Two Day Workshops

This training for early childhood education staff working with children with disabilities in inclusive settings use evidence-based practices to help early childhood coaches develop and improve their coaching skills to support participation and access of young children with disabilities. Coaching knowledge can be used in a variety of capacities and with a variety of programs including inclusion strategies, The Teaching Pyramid, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and on-going assessments to track child outcomes. These trainings promote effective coaching strategies and opportunities to practice new skills applicable to all coaches in the early childhood field of special education and are non-specific to any single model.

Sustaining Coaching in Early Childhood

This workshop is a follow up workshop for those who have previously attended a Two Day Skills Building Workshop for Early Childhood Coaches. This is being held in regional locations across the state, to support early childhood coaches to continue to improve their practices and skills.

Partners in Coaching

This workshop is designed to support educational staff who work with children with disabilities participate in the coaching process in order to improve outcomes in inclusive settings. Designed for teachers, teacher assistants, specialized support staff, and supervisory staff who work with children with disabilities understand the coaching process and contribute ideas toward making coach-coachee interactions more efficient and successful.

Please direct questions about these workshops to Wynette Howard.

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Intentional and Individualized Curriculum Planning Using Observation-based Assessment Information

This workshop is designed for or early childhood personnel who work with preschoolers with disabilities. It assists early childhood teaching teams to collect meaningful assessment information more efficiently and use observation-based evidence in meaningful and manageable ways to inform curriculum planning, ultimately improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Teachers learn to individualize their teaching and become more intentional in their instruction. Administrators and coaches learn ways to support teachers in this process.
After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify purposes for child assessment

  • Utilize an on-going process of Assess, Reflect, Plan and Individualize

  • Design a systematic method for collecting observation-based assessment information

  • Integrate data collection into everyday classroom activities and routines

  • Concisely summarize children’s interests, strengths, developmental gaps and next steps for instruction

  • Link assessment to curriculum planning and intentional teaching

Please direct questions about this workshop to Wynette Howard

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Child Find Regional Meetings

Regional meetings are held in the fall of each school year. Information will be published on the Child Find list serve in late summer of each year. For more information contact Heidi McCaslin.

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2014 State Preschool Special Education and Child Find Meeting

Thursday, March 6, 2014

 Friday, March 7, 2014 

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Conference phone calls

- Audio Call for June 12, 2012 Part C Technical Assistance Call for CCBs and Child Find

On June 12th, 2012 CDE Preschool Special Education/Child Find conducted a joint teleconference with Division for Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention Colorado staff to present information to local Special Education Administrative Units and Community Centered Board Early Intervention programs about changes in the Part C regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that will impact your local transition and child identification practices for birth to three year olds starting July 1, 2012.

The presentation was recorded in a MP3 file format; you will need Windows Media Player or any other mp3 player such as Apple Quick Time or VLC Media Player to open and listen to the call:

- Audio File from CDE-DDD Call on IFSP Form and Process, February 2011

Access the audio file of the technical assistance call hosted by Early Intervention Colorado, in which CDE and EI staff presented information and answered questions, that was held on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. The purpose of the call was to review the recent revisions to the IFSP form and instructions manual. The following topics were covered and questions and answers from the field are incorporated: Responsibilities, Collaboration, and Interagency Operating Agreements between CCB’s and AU’s; IFSP form changes; Evaluation/Assessment process for Part C; Initial IFSP Meeting, Additional Resources

It will be helpful for you if you are able to review the materials prior to the call. Presentation slides and handouts that accompany the presentation can be downloaded from the following location on the EI Colorado website: http://www.eicolorado.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Professionals.content&linkid=713

We recommend having the following materials available while listening to the call: presentation slides, IFSP form changes, IFSP form, and IFSP instruction manual; other docs at this site are for future reference and as resources.

* You need Windows Media Player or any other mp3 player such as Apple Quick Time or VLC Media Player to open and listen to the call:

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Webinars

- Recorded Webinar on Colorado Early Childhood Hearing Screening Guidelines

This 33 minute webinar provides an overview of the guidelines for providing hearing screening for young children.

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