Project Prepare: IEP: Modules for Competency-Based Personnel Preparation in Early Childhood Education

Sally E. Pisarchick, Phillip Safford, Judith Stahlman, Diane Wells, Denise Byo, Jeannie Defazio, Jan Smith, Joyce Davies

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One of nine competency-based training modules for personnel preparation in early childhood special education, this guide focuses on developing the individualized education program (IEP). All modules are adaptable for use with a general audience, direct service personnel, or administrators and are based on the following principles of the Ohio Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Education: developmentally appropriate practice, integration of children with disabilities with typically developing peers, collaborative relationships with families, attention to individual needs, and provision for and valuing of diversity among young children and their families. Modules are intended to be used in whole or in part, in groups or for self-instruction. Each module comprises goals, competencies (knowledge, skill, and values and attitudes), and objectives, with a matrix for each objective identifying enabling activities, resources, and leader notes. Relevant handouts, forms, and readings are provided for each objective. This module provides participants with five goals: (a) state the definition and understand the purpose of an IEP, (b) understand state and federal regulations in regard to the IEP, (c) recognize that the IEP is one component of a comprehensive service delivery system, (d) recognize the importance of an integrated IEP, and (e) understand various IEP formats appropriate for young children with disabilities. 

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Sally E. Pisarchick, Phillip Safford, Judith Stahlman, Diane Wells, Denise Byo, Jeannie Defazio, Jan Smith, Joyce Davies. Project Prepare: IEP: Modules for Competency-Based Personnel Preparation in Early Childhood Education (1995). Ohio Department of Education: Columbus, OH. (325 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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Ohio Department of Education
Office of Early Childhood Education
Center for Students, Families, and Communities
25 South Front Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH
43215

Phone: (614) 466-0224
Fax: (614) 728-2338

URL: http://education.ohio.gov

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Intended User Audience:

This model is intended for administrators, parents, students, faculty/trainers, paraprofessionals, and service delivery personnel.

The model is intended for professionals in the field of early intervention/early childhood special education at an advanced level.

The material speaks to the needs of multicultural groups, though it is only available in English.

The material is designed for both in-service training of professionals and for parent education.
 

Product Development:

The material was researched and developed by teams of service personnel with leadership provided by a Director/Research Team.

Administrators, parents, faculty, service delivery personnel and paraprofessionals participated in the development of this material.

Those who participated in the development were from a variety of disciplines, including audiology, early intervention and early childhood special education, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, family therapy, physical therapy, and speech pathology.

 

Product Evaluation:

The material was evaluated by the following groups: a steering committee comprised of local leadership in early childhood with state and regional leaders from Ohio, a reactor panel, university leadership, and the members of the 8 teams involved in the development of the other 8 modules.
The material underwent field-testing in the state of Ohio.

Those that participated in the evaluation included European Americans, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans.
 

Product Dissemination:

Approximately 400 sets of Project Prepare have been distributed.

The modules have been distributed through the Ohio Department of Education Special Regional Service Center to the following: directors of Ohio early childhood programs, instructional resource coordinators, higher education trainers in early childhood, and supervisors of early childhood programs.

 

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