Within the Framework Webinar
Digging Deeper into Inclusion in Colorado: National Implications for the Utility of Indicator Six and Quality Improvement

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December 4, 2020
Duration: 50 min



While Colorado as a state has the highest Indicator 6 data in the country, the Preschool Team at the Colorado Department of Education sought to more deeply understand the quality of inclusive practices being implemented in publicly funded preschool classrooms across the state. This webinar will describe a study that was conducted to gather information from special educators and related service providers on how inclusive practices are implemented in programs and inform barriers to inclusion at the local policy and procedural level. Results of this study will be shared along with next steps the state will take to move forward to improve the dosage and quality of inclusive practices delivered to children.

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Phil S. Strain, University of Denver

Dr. Phil S. Strain is James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education at the Morgridge College of Education and Director of the PELE Center, University of Denver. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, has served on the editorial boards of 22 professional journals and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of grants and contracts totaling over 80 million dollars. He is particularly interested in expanding inclusive preschool options, comprehensive services for young children with autism and prevention and intervention for children with challenging behaviors.

Alissa Rausch, University of Denver

Dr. Alissa Rausch is an Assistant Research Faculty Member in the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Denver. She has worked as clinical faculty in the early childhood and early childhood special education licensure program at CU Denver. Her work in higher education blossomed from 15 years of practice as an early childhood educator working in inclusive preschool classrooms serving young children and their families. Alissa also had the privilege of serving children from diverse backgrounds and their families in their homes and in community settings. Her current work centers on supporting preservice and in-service practitioners to build their capacity to act as agents of social change and implement quality inclusive practices for young children in the field of early childhood education.

Marcia Blum, Colorado Department of Education

Marcia Blum is a specialist for preschool special education at the Colorado Department of Education. She has worked in early childhood education for 40 years as a physical therapist, child find coordinator and assistive technology specialist. Prior to bringing her expertise to the state, her practice and leadership in an inclusive preschool program provided high quality learning opportunities for diverse families where every child had membership and belonging in their classroom. In her current role, Marcia promotes supporting young children in least restrictive environments where there is a strong foundation of a multi-tiered system of supports.

Heidi White, Colorado Department of Education

Heidi is the Preschool Director in the Preschool through Third Grade Office at the Colorado Department of Education. She serves as the 619 Coordinator and oversees the implementation of early identification and preschool special education services, as well as state funded preschool for children with risks that may impact their later success in school. Over her 25 year career in early childhood, Heidi has worked to implement evidence based home visiting, early intervention, child care resource and referral, and child care assistance supports for vulnerable children and their families.

Sandra Link, Colorado Department of Education

Sandi is part of the Professional Learning Team for preschool special education at Colorado Department of Education. Sandi has worked in the field of Early Childhood for over 40 years as an occupational therapist, consultant, coach, and professional learning specialist. Her work at CDE has focused on supporting the development of high quality inclusive practices including: leadership, teaming, transition, assessment, developing participation based IEP goals, and instructional practices including blended practices. She is a parent of two children with special needs.