FPG Targets Higher-Ed Faculty and Professional Development Providers for New Online Learning Modules on DEC Recommended Practices
an announcement from FPG's Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
FPG, with funding from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education, will develop online learning modules for early intervention, early childhood and early childhood special education higher-education faculty and providers of professional development to support the use of the Recommended Practices that the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Early Childhood (DEC) developed in 2014. These modules will showcase the alignment between the Recommended Practices and NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation. Specifically, the new online learning modules will build on other resources developed to help early childhood practitioners learn about and apply evidence-based practices such as CONNECT Modules, also funded by OSEP and developed at FPG. The modules will be developed in partnership with DEC, the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, the University of Connecticut (UConn), other OSEP-funded centers, and faculty and providers of professional development. These partnerships will ensure that the modules and supporting materials are high quality and reflect the intent behind the Recommended Practices.
Christina Kasprzak, director of FPG’s Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), will serve as principal investigator for the project. The online learning modules and accompanying online resources, including instructional supports and opportunities to actively engage, will support faculty at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, professional development and technical assistance providers in building the capacity of IDEA Part C lead agencies, early intervention service providers, and other early childhood programs serving children with disabilities and their families in using the DEC recommended practices.