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.

Curriculum

Definition

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines curriculum as “the means by which a society helps learners acquire the knowledge, skills, and values that that society deems most worth having.”

The comprehensive curricular framework promoted by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) includes four elements: assessment; scope and sequence; activities and intervention strategies; and progress monitoring. A curriculum framework is a dynamic system that should guide all aspects of a high quality program.

 

Professional Standards

DEC Recommended Practices
DEC Recommended Practices are a DEC initiative that bridges the gap between research and practice, offering guidance to parents and professionals who work with young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. There is information within the assessment section of the Recommended Practices that addresses curriculum. (DEC, 2014, p.1)

Position Statements

 

Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

 

Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement

 

Implementation Resources: Apply and Use

 

Extending Practice: DLL Resources

 

Extending Practice: Family Engagement Resources

 

Suggested Reading

 

PDF-Guided Resources and Support

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