The ECO Center facilitates a number of "learning communities" open to early childhood special education professionals as a way to connect and learn about topics in the field. Each group meets on their own schedule and focuses on a topic or area of service related to child and family outcomes measurement. Each community is listed here with a brief description and information on how to contact and/or join the group.
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This community was formed by the ECO Center as a way for interested individuals to share experiences using the TS GOLD for outcomes reporting. The group focuses on a variety of topics including training assessors, procedural issues, reporting, and new features. The group meets monthly. States identify questions/issues to discuss each month and one state leads the discussion. States do not have to lead discussions to participate in the community. To join this community, please email Cornelia Taylor at email@example.com.
This learning community is co-sponsored by NECTAC and ECO. The purpose of this community is to discuss ways to integrate IFSP and IEP processes with the child outcomes measurement process. Learning community calls will focus on sharing materials and resources developed by states, ECO, and NECTAC. For more information, please visit the IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration page. If you are interested in participating in this learning community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 3:30 pm EST. Alternating months the calls are at 2:30 pm EST for Part C providers and 3:30 pm EST for Part B providers. Please see the upcoming events page for more information on scheduled IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration learning community meetings including call-in information and agendas.
The ECO Center supports a core group of Technical Assistance (TA) providers who wish to develop their expertise in the area of early childhood outcomes measurement. Our goal is to develop a cadre of TA providers who can provide training and TA to state and local administrators, teachers, providers, and families on issues and challenges related to developing and implementing an outcomes measurement system. The Cadre is for TA providers from both federal and state-supported TA projects and will address all methods of child and family outcomes measurement. Participants will:
- Receive ECO TA support to increase their expertise related to training and TA on outcomes measurement
- Participate in peer-to-peer support in the area of training and TA on outcomes measurement
- Provide input to ECO about the issues and challenges related to training and TA on outcomes measurement
The COS Training Consortium is a subgroup of the TA Cadre and links states and providers who are using the Child Outcomes Summary (COS). The group meets several times a year on COS training topics of common interest.
If you are interested in joining the TA Cadre and/or the COS Training Consortium, or would like more information, please contact: email@example.com.
The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Data Community of Practice is a way for interested individuals to share data experiences specific to using the COS. The group has focused on issues of analysis and interpretation of COS child outcomes data. The group meets via conference call several times a year and in person, when possible, at national meetings. State Part C and Section 619 staff are invited to participate; to join please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other interested individuals should contact their Part C coordinator or Section 619 coordinator to request permission to participate
The Family Outcomes Community of Practice allows individuals to share experiences and issues related to family outcomes measurement. The group has focused on analysis and interpretation of the Family Outcomes Survey, family outcomes measurement processes, and data quality issues. The group meets via conference call several times a year and in person, when possible, at national meetings. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
The ECO Center has formed a group for interested individuals to share experiences using the Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI) for outcomes reporting. The group focuses on a variety of topics including quality assurance, data collection and analysis, and training and technical assistance. The group meets via conference call several times a year and in person, when possible, at national meetings. State Part C and Section 619 staff are invited to participate; to join please email Cornelia Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.