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Universal Self-Paced Courses from CDE

Currently Available from the CDE Preschool Special Education Team


Instructional Supports that Promote Inclusion

This course is presents a different way of thinking in regards to individualizing instruction for all young children. Authentic assessment, connected to global outcomes and aligned with preschool standards lays the foundation for the learning experiences that we want for every child to thrive at home, in school and in many settings throughout their communities. Instruction should be intentional at the universal, targeted and individualized tiers. This course will help participants understand how to blend practices to teach with intentionality. Individualized instruction is not only for children with disabilities, systematic instruction is based on what children need to learn on not based on whether they have developmental delays.

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Developing Participation-Based IEPs that Promote Inclusion

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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Beyond Words, Part I & Part II

Effective collaboration with families, interpreters, translators and special educators (Part I)
Teaming and collaboration with Cultural Mediators/Cultural Liaisons ~ Grow Your Own! (Part II)

This self-paced learning opportunity will feature two recorded webinars in partnership with Puentes Culturales in addition to suggested readings. The first webinar addresses the importance and relevance of specific roles while engaging families with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the Child Find process.The second webinar explores the expansion of interpreters' roles to build a local cadre of cultural mediators and parent-school liaisons.

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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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