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EI/ECSE

Nebraska Team Self Assessment B-3

Team Self Assessment for Center-Based Programs

Home and Community Settings

Center-Based Settings

  1. Program philosophy
  2. Professional development & training
  3. Family partnerships
  4. Attention to family needs
  5. Promoting appropriate terminology
  6. Child assessment practices
  7. Purpose of child outcomes
  8. Interventions and supports in daily routines
  9. Using specialized equipment, strategies or AT
  10. Roles of itinerant staff and classroom teacher
  11. Teaming time with itinerant staff
  12. How children spend their time
  13. Active participation
  14. Child engagement
  15. Responsive and incidental teaching
  16. Positive behavior support
  17. Using child and program data
  18. Transition for children with IFSP/IEPs

Nebraska Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services Early Intervention
Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Training and TA

  • Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey attended the RBI institute in the summer of 2009 and became certified trainers for the RBI and the ecomap. During the fall of 2009, Nebraska invited Dr. McWilliam to provide training on the RBI and eco map in two locations:  Omaha and Kearney.  Following that training, Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey provided follow up with RBI teams who submitted action plans following the training, as well as providing RBI demonstrations in the Holdrege area and for the statewide annual Services Coordination training in June, 2010.  In addition, a number of short awareness presentations were provided around the state, along with technical assistance related to implementation.

  • In 2010, Nebraska, working in conjunction with Dr. McWilliam, developed a “Nebraska version” of the FINESSE Self Assessment Tool.  The intention for the tool is that EI/ECSE teams/programs use the FINESSE as it was intended, i.e. as a self assessment.  Team members reach consensus about each item, both for typical/current practices and also those practices the team considers ideal.  The results are not a “judgment” of right/wrong but rather individualized information useful in guiding a team plan toward implementation of priority practices for early intervention and early childhood special education services.  The discussion and process of using the tool is just as valuable as the plan that should result.

  • Six more RBI certified trainers were added to the state capacity after their attendance at the 2010 National RBI Institute in Chattanooga, TN.  The six new trainers are from the following districts: Papillion La Vista, Gretna (2 trainers), Bellevue, Kearney and Grand Island.  These individuals are responsible for the training and implementation plans for their districts. 

  • On September 23, 2010, a group of 10 teams consisting of both district level and ESU teams (including an administrator, a practitioner, and a services coordinator) piloted the Nebraska FINESSE by reaching consensus on full team practices as perceived and agreed upon by the 3 member representatives.  The 6 new RBI certified trainers were included in these teams, as were 3 ECPD coordinators (Susan Strahm, Cara Small and Jennifer Haggart).  Based on the results of their own self-assessments, the 10 teams participated in a group discussion facilitated by Robin McWilliam so as to generate priorities as well as begin planning for solutions, action plans and resources related to their priorities.   The priorities identified during this workday were:  (1) Item 10- Including Family Outcomes (5 teams); (2) Item 6- Child Assessment (4 teams); (3) Items 1-3 Written Program Descriptions, Referral Call, and Intake (4 teams), and (4) Item 14- Service Delivery Model (3 teams).

  • On September 22 and 24, 2010, Dr. McWilliam provided one day trainings in Kearney and Omaha on the topics of Support Based Home Visits, Integrated Service Delivery, and Collaborative Consultation with Child care.  At the conclusion of the training, each team was asked to identify priority practices for their teams related to implementation of the information.  The priorities identified from large training days on September 22 and 24 in Omaha and Kearney were:  (1) Child assessment – FINESSE items 4, 5, 6; (2) Including family level outcomes –FINESSE items 7, 10, 13 (and related items 5, 6); (3) Determining most likely Primary Service Provider  - FINESSE items 13, 14 (including requests for service page examples); (4) Conducting home visits – FINESSE items 11, 13, 15; (5) RBI- eco map implementation – FINESSE items 3, 5, 6; and (6) Functional goal writing – FINESSE items 9, 10 (related item 6). 

  • On February 11, 2011, Dr. McWilliam provided a one day training in Omaha on the topic of Engaging Every Child in the Preschool Classroom.  At the conclusion of the training, each team was asked to identify priority practices for their teams related to implementation of the information. 

  • Books written by Dr. Robin McWilliam:  Engagement of Every Child in the Preschool Classroom, Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs, and Routines-Based Early Intervention were provided to each participant attending the McWilliam trainings.

  • Follow up with state teams continued with supports provided by Sue, Cindy and the 6 certified RBI trainers.  Training over the fall/winter of 2010-11 included 5 component model in Scottsbluff by Janice Lee, meetings with the ESU 3 team by Cindy Hankey, RBI overviews by Sue Bainter at the PRT 4 annual meeting and parent meeting, RBI overview by Jeanne Fielder and Peg Rowley with PRT 3, and RBI demonstration by Jenny Fundus and Kerry Miller at South Sarpy 46.

  • In the spring of 2011 the Nebraska Team Self Assessment for Center Based Programs was drafted by Cindy Hankey and Sue Bainter using works from McWilliam, the ECERS, and work by Dunst and Raab.  The draft version was sent to a center-based stakeholder group that was formed in the spring, 2011.  The stakeholder group met on June 14, 2011 with Dr. McWilliam for the purpose of reviewing the results of the tool leading to the identification of training and technical assistance needs across the state.

  • The home-based stakeholder group met with Dr. McWilliam on June 13, 2011 for the purpose of reviewing training priorities, identification of current issues and technical assistance tips and plans.

  • Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey worked with Elisabeth Reinkort to develop RBI video clips for training purposes.  The clips are posted on the RBI website for viewing by PRT teams.

  • Sue Bainter worked with Joan Luebbers and Amy Bunnell to draft sample IFSP services pages for training purposes.  These samples have been posted on the EDN web site.

  • Sue Bainter worked with Joan Luebbers and Amy Bunnell to draft sample IFSP goals using evidence-based functional goal writing for training purposes.  These samples have been posted on the EDN website.

  • Five more RBI trainers became certified following the 2011 National RBI Institute in Chattanooga, TN.  The five new trainers are from the following districts:  Papillion La Vista, Bellevue, Grand Island, Lincoln, and Scottsbluff.  Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey also attended the 2011 RBI Institute and participated as coaches.

  • Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey hosted the first of 2 stakeholder team conference calls in November of 2011.  The purpose of the calls was to follow up with each team’s action plans as well as to address technical assistance needs and questions regarding implementation of evidence based practices.  A third conference call was to network with all RBI trainers in the state to help support individual training efforts in each trainer’s region as well as to collaborate about statewide efforts and planning that is needed.  The intention is to hold these conference calls at least twice per school year.

  • On February 23, 2012, Dr. McWilliam provided a one day training on Family Centered Services at the 2012 Results Matter Institute in Kearney.  Teams in attendance wrote action plans with priorities for the audience centering on:  RBI, ecomap, and other family engagement tools.

  • In March of 2012, Sue Bainter and Cindy Hankey hosted the second set of conference calls with the two stakeholder groups (home and center based) and the RBI trainers.  Discussion items centered around folding in new priorities resulting from the February Results Matter Institute, planning for upcoming events with Dr. McWilliam, RBI implementation fidelity and final revisions to the Team Self Assessment for Center Based Settings.

  • In April, Nebraska was notified that all 6 new applicants for the 2012 National RBI Institute in Chattanooga, TN were accepted.  The 6 new trainers are from the following districts:  Lincoln, Grand Island, ESU#7, and ESU#11.  The final group of all trainers includes services coordinators, service providers, and both home and center based staff.