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Topic of the Month: February 2018

This month’s topic addresses ESE Services and Supports, including the impact of these supports and services on the learning outcomes of Pre-K ESE students. Turning our thinking to student outcomes is very timely as this is the time of year we prepare to assess the students who will be exiting Pre-K to determine their learning growth.  In turn, this topic addresses the activities that influence their learning.

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.

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 ESE Services and Supports and Child Outcomes – Resources and Evidence-based Practices with photos and quality indicators:
Administrators’ Guide – Administrators’ Guide – Focus on ESE Supports and Child Outcomes

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 – Embedding Instructional Strategies in Communication and Early Literacy

April – Engagement and Responsiveness

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