INSPIRE ACTION

The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.

Assessment

Definition

Assessment is a shared experience between families and professionals in which information and ideas are exchanged to benefit a child’s growth and development. Assessment practices should be integrated and individualized in order to: (a) answer the questions posed by the assessment team (including family members); (b) integrate the child’s everyday routines, interests, materials, caregivers, and play partners within the assessment process; and (c) develop a system for shared partnerships with professionals and families for the communication and collection of ongoing information valuable for teaching and learning (DEC). Progress monitoring is a form of assessment used to determine the student’s performance and the effectiveness of intervention and instruction.

 

Professional Standards

 

Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

 

Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement

 

Implementation Resources: Apply and Practice

 

Extending Practice: DLL Resources

 

PDF-Guided Resources and Support

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