Topic of the Month: January 2018

Happy New Year! We are excited to continue providing our monthly topics to support your work in providing high quality early learning, which will increase child outcomes and the number of students graduating college, career, and community ready. Additionally, we are pleased to announce our 2018 Statewide Conference for our Pre-K ESE Contacts –  2018 PreK Save The Date

The January topic is on embedding adaptive and physical skills into instruction. These skills promote independence throughout daily activities and increase child engagement. Information, strategies, and resources for training can be found at this link: Focus on Self-care and Motor Skills

Pre-K Contacts’ Conference registration will open January 8, 2018. This year’s focus is on Social and Emotional development. TATS will pay for travel and hotel for one district representative.

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 Self-care and Motor Skills – Resources and Evidence-based Practices with photos and quality indicators:
Administrators’ Guide – Administrators’ Guide – Focus on Self-care and Motor Skills

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


 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 – ESE Supports and Services including Child Outcome Measurement System

March – Embedding Instructional Strategies in Communication and Early Literacy

April – Engagement and Responsiveness

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