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Universal Self-Paced Courses from CDE

Currently Available from the CDE Preschool Special Education Team


Participation-Based IEPs in Early Childhood

This blended and flexible learning opportunity will explore the process of authentic assessment informing the priorities for creating a high quality IEP for young children with disabilities. The writing of goals that connect to the child's impact of their disability on daily routines and activities will be addressed while analyzing the elements in goals that make them functional and within reach.

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Guidelines for Identifying Young Children with Special Needs

Diving In! Engaging With the New Child Find Guidelines - This is a self-paced module on engaging with the newly revised Colorado Department of Education Guidelines for Identifying Young Children with Special Needs, ages three through five years old. The module itself contains a short series of slides describing the guidelines. Participants will then be asked to identify activities to help their team engage with this important resource.

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Communicating with Primary Care: How to Improve AU Efficiency through Better Partnership with the Medical Community - This is a  self-paced module presented by the Colorado Department of Education for Child Find staff, in partnership with Assuring Better Child Health and Development (or ABCD). Collaborating with primary care providers is critical to a successful Child Find program. if you don’t approach this relationship with intentionality, with a plan, your scattered attempts to coordinate will lead to frustration on both sides and many wasted man-hours.

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Continuous Quality Improvement: Tools for Improving Program Evaluation - This module will focus on continuous quality improvement as it pertains to evaluating the child find process. Note that our focus on evaluating the child find process, or the effectiveness of this program, is distinct from evaluating individual children. Technical assistance can be accessed by submitting a self-assessment at the end of the module.

Partnership, Collaboration and Screening - Based on the newly revised CDE Guidelines for Identifying Young Children with Special Needs (ages three through five years old), participants will learn about best practices in coordinating early childhood systems for screening activities. Technical assistance can be accessed by submitting a self-assessment at the end of the module.

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Improving Assessment, Preschool Services and Supports for Culturally, Linguistically and Diverse Children

This blended self-paced course, intended for team engagement, brings content developed by Clara Perez Mendez and Dr. Susan Moore of Puentes Culturales into a comprehensive examination of evidence-based practices for young children and their families whose background is culturally, linguistically, and/or ability diverse. The course consists of five learning modules that cover the following topics:

Module 1—Developing Leadership Capacity
Module 2—Understanding the Language Development of Children Learning More than One Language
Module 3—Reliable and Valid Assessment of Dual Language Learning: Stages, Processes, & Procedures
Module 4—Culturally Responsive Teaching
Module 5—Partnerships with Teachers in ECE Classrooms & Settings: Consultation, Collaboration, & Coaching.

Individuals may register. Contact Marcia Blum for more information.

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Dual Language Learners Webinar Series

This self-paced learning opportunity consists of four recorded webinars in partnership with Puentes Culturales. Suggested readings are also provided.

Beyond Words
Part 1: Effective Collaboration with Families, Interpreters, Translators, and Special Educators
Part 2: Teaming & Collaboration with Cultural Mediators and Cultural Liaisons

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching of Young Dual Language Learners

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Preschool Outcomes: A Data Dialogue on OSEP Indicator 7 Reporting

This module is for Special Education Administrators and Early Childhood Personnel who are involved with the OSEP reporting of Preschool Outcomes. It is designed to promote understanding of the three global child outcomes and how they fit into the ESSU's Results Driven Accountability System. Rating levels, progress categories and data quality will also be discussed.

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Principles for Principals: Leading and Adapting Learning in Inclusive Preschools

This presentation is adapted from a live webinar, Principles for Principals: Getting Preschoolers with a Disability Off to a Great Start presented by the Exceptional Student Services Unit Preschool Team and is related to providing quality special education services to all students with a disability. This information will aid in understanding the connection between preschool principles and practices, IEP requirements, and educational performance for preschool aged children.

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Early Transition Modules

These self-paced learning opportunities can be accessed through the Professional Development System (PDIS) at Colorado Shines. You will need to register with the system to enroll. A one hour certificate of attendance will be provided separately upon completion of each module. For an overview of the modules you can watch the webinar presentation, Promoting High Quality Early Childhood Transition Through Professional Development and Family Education.

Module 1: Early Childhood Transition Overview

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

Learn more about the key elements of child and family preparation and adjustment related to transition to preschool and kindergarten. This interactive module is research-based, practical, and includes downloadable transition tools and resources.

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