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Online Training Resources

From the Results Matter Professional Development library:

The use of ongoing observation as part of an authentic assessment and child-centered planning system is an essential component of the Results Matter System. These materials are designed for paraprofessional and entry level early childhood providers who have not yet taken a formal course in observation or assessment, or as a refresher for more experienced educators. Training resources included are a comprehensive trainer’s guide, handouts, PowerPoint slides, video clips, and an evaluation form to be used by leaders to host their own professional development.

  • PDIS Courses

Colorado’s Professional Development Information System (PDIS) offers a wide range of online professional development opportunities to any user. The two listed above are especially relevant to Results Matter assessment. The Introduction to Child Assessment course is a condensed version of the Observation module listed above. The second set of courses, available in different versions for teachers and administrators, covers foundational principles of data use; strategies for using child assessment data at the educator level such as planning, communication, self-monitoring, and self-reflection; and strategies for using child assessment data at the administrator level such as data analysis, reporting, program improvement, and support and monitoring. See the brochure for more information.

  • Introduction to Child Assessment
  • How to Use Child Assessment Data to Achieve Positive Outcomes
  • GOLD® Self-Reflection Tools
    Know exactly what it takes to be a successful user of GOLD® in Colorado. Use our Self-Reflection Tools for Teachers and Administrators to assist with professional development and implementation planning. These tools identify discrete performance expectations for beginners as well as veterans.

  • Administrative Data Use Self- Assessment
    Designed to support early childhood program staff interested in building their capacity to use data to inform, plan, monitor, and make decisions for program improvement. The checklist is organized around three key elements: Planning for Data Use, Using and Communicating Data, and Self-Reflection and Monitoring.

From the CDE’s On-Demand Modules:

This module is for special education administrators and early childhood personnel who are involved with OSEP Preschool Outcomes reporting. It is designed to promote understanding of the three functional child outcomes and how they fit into the Exceptional Student Services Unit's Results Driven Accountability system. Rating levels, progress categories, and data quality are also discussed. Sign in as a Guest when prompted.