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Professional Development and Technical Assistance that Achieves Implementation of Evidence-based Practices PI and
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Stepping-Up Implementation of IGDI Technology to Improve Data-based Decision Making for Infants and Toddlers with or at-risk for Disabilities


Buzhardt, J., (PI) Greenwood, C. (Co-PI), and Walker, D.(Co-PI)

1/01/14-08/31/19

USDE - Office of Special Education Programs

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Brief Description: For the Stepping Up project, we will develop a science-based implementation framework with web-based tools needed to support large-scale implementation of Infant and Toddler Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs). These measures are short, six-minute observational assessments used for universal screening, progress monitoring, and informed decision making in the early childhood domains of language, literacy, social, problem solving, and movement. IGDIs provide the wide array of early childhood service providers (e.g., home visitors, early interventionists and child care personnel working in Part C or other programs) with tools used to identify children who need greater intensity of services, monitor individual children’s progress toward meaningful outcomes, and use data to drive intervention and program decision making and accountability. During the project the following resources will be developed to support scale-up and high fidelity implementation of IGDIs: IGDI Readiness Evaluation, a revised website and data system, a social networking presence, IGDI Web-based Implementation Advisor, protocol for implementation teams, a mobile IGDI app, and trainer of trainer professional development modules. Short-term outcomes include improved implementation of IGDIs for intervention decision making leading to wider adoption of IGDIs. Results will be an improved infrastructure supporting usability with links to state-wide longitudinal data systems. Long-term outcomes include fewer children needing special services, and a greater proportion of children equipped with the skills (language, literacy, social, and problem solving) for success in Pre-K-12.

 

 

 


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  • Assistant Researcher We are looking for a part-time (50-75% FTE), bilingual (Spanish/English) assistant researcher. The assistant researcher on this project will be part of a research team, and will administer and score standardized and progress monitoring assessment measures for infants and toddlers with and without special needs. Assessments are conducted in child care/early learning center-based programs, and in children's homes in Wyandotte County (Kansas City, KS). Training and professional development will be provided for assessment administration and data entry. View the full job posting and apply here.   
  • Research Aides We are looking for research aides who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool parents and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. View the full job posting and apply here.
  • Student Hourly Positions We are seeking to fill student hourly positions. These students will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation adn delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro area, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. View the full job posting and apply here.  
 
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