Topic of the Month: April 2018

The TATS topic for the month of April centers on evidenced-based practices for Engagement and Responsiveness, focusing on adults engaging with and responding to children and their families. Adult engagement and responsiveness are prime factors that influence the learning and development of young children. To find out more information, please go to our website and click on April 2018 to find related resources.

In addition, this month TATS is hosting four Regional Data Workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to review and analyze Child Outcomes data for program planning and system development to meet their districts’ own needs. In addition to this, participants will explore tools that support reliable data entry and determine next steps towards improving your Child Outcomes data. If you have not received registration information please go to our TATS website calendar found at  to see the 4 locations with dates and times.  Click here for Regional Data Sessions 2018 registration information.

I know all of you are working hard to capture all of your students who will be exiting Pre-K this year using the BDI2 for our Child Outcomes Measure. Ensuring that you capture all the targeted students and conducting the assessments with fidelity is the best way to ensure accurate and reliable data. Our TATS website has a section dedicated to supporting these efforts, located at Child Outcomes Resources or by contacting your TATS Regional Facilitator.

**Reminder- students who received the BDI2 NU on data entry (enter after October 1, 2017) should receive the BDI2 NU on exit.


Please review the information linked to our topic of the month as well as the tools to support the child outcomes measurement system, BDI-2, and the exit assessment.

  • For training in assessing using the BDI-2, please link to BDI2 Tool Kit for Staff Administration
  • For additional tools and resources for indicator 7 Child Outcomes Measurement: State Indicator 7; Child Outcomes

We thank you for your continued efforts for our youngest learners. Your TATS Regional Facilitator looks forward to supporting your initiatives. TATS Staff

Please return at the beginning of each month to view our new topic. We hope you visit even more frequently and familiarize yourself with all of the resources we have available to support your district plan to increase child outcomes for young children with disabilities.

Resources for previous months can be found from the home page on the pages Administrator Resources  and Curriculum and Instruction (links under Classroom Ideas)

The TATS Professional Development series includes multiple resources in the Administrators’ Observation Guide for Evidence-based Practices and the corresponding “Rock Your Classroom” guide for teachers.  The links are below: 

“;Rock Your Classroom” – Focus on Engagement and Responsiveness – Resources and Evidence-based Practices with photos and quality indicators:
Adminstrators’ Resources – Guide to Evidence-based Practices – Focus on Engagement and Responsiveness

The entire “Rock Your Classroom” document with all topics listed below can be accessed at the following link; “Rock Your Classroom”

Checklist for Guide to Evidence-based Practices


 Previous and Future Topics based on the Observation Guide for Evidence-based Practice

September Classroom Spaces

October – Lesson Planning

November –  Social Skills and Classroom Behavior Management     

December –  Embedding Instruction of Social Skills

January – Embedding Instruction in Self-care and Motor Skills

February – Focus on ESE Services and Supports and Child Outcomes

March – Focus on Communication and Language

AprilFocus on Engagement and Responsiveness 

May – Differentiated Instruction and continued focus on Child Outcome Measurement System