Improving Data, Improving Outcomes (IDIO) 2022 Encore

Improving Data, Improving Outcomes (IDIO) 2022 Conference Virtual Encore

Don’t Miss the IDIO Encore Virtual Series!

We invite you to join DaSy for the IDIO Encore, a virtual event to connect, learn from other states, network with peers, and hear the latest early childhood updates from the federal partners. This event is a virtual extension of the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes (IDIO) 2022: Leadership, Equity, Impact Conference held in Washington, DC in August 2022.

Intended Audience

The IDIO Encore is designed for IDEA Part C and Part B Section 619 Coordinators, IDEA Part C and B Data Managers, parent leaders, and others working to improve state capacity for equitable, evidence-based data systems, programs, and practices, and ultimately improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. IDIO Encore will be a REPEAT of a small number of selected sessions from the IDIO 2022 Conference in August 2022. IDIO Encore is intended for those professionals who were not able to attend in person or those professionals who attended but, were not able to attend the sessions at the IDIO 2022 in-person Conference that are offered on the IDIO Encore agenda.

Don’t miss this virtual professional development opportunity!

Intended Outcomes

Participants of the IDIO Encore will increase their knowledge and skills to:

  • Improve state capacity to collect, analyze, report, and use high- quality IDEA Part C early intervention and Part B preschool data, including child and family outcomes
  • Address equity throughout the data life cycle
  • Enhance, streamline, and integrate early childhood data systems to address critical policy and practice questions that will facilitate program improvement and improve compliance accountability and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families
  • Use national resources and other states’ experiences and resources to build organizational capacity and support the implementation of evidence-based practices

Types of Sessions

IDIO Encore will include a combination of sessions from the IDIO 2022 Conference including the opening and closing plenaries, concurrent sessions, and DaSyTalks that will be offered virtually.

IDIO Encore Timeline

December 2022 through March 2023 – two-hour virtual sessions each month.


Session #1: Friday, December 16, 2022 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM–1:00 PM PT

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Closing Plenary: Leadership, Equity, Impact: Federal Programs Supporting Early Care, Education and Well-Being – recorded plenary session with interactive activities.

  • Welcome and Introductions:
    • Sharon Walsh, Moderator, The DaSy Center
  • Setting the Stage:
    • Katherine Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary*, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, *Delegated the Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Early Care and Education Federal Initiatives:
    • Ruth Friedman, Director, Office of Child Care (OCC), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health, and Human Services
    • Swati Adarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
    • Valerie C. Williams, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
    • Michael D. Warren, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health, and Human Services

Session #2: Friday, January 20, 2023 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM–1:00 PM PT

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Concurrent session – 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Childhood Care and Education

Shantel Meek, and Evandra Catherine of The Children’s Equity Project (CEP). Grave inequities have long pervaded the education system and have affected the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities, starting at birth. In this session, participants will examine ways institutional racism and other forms of bias have impacted the experiences of children and families from marginalized communities. The presenter will highlight 14 critical priorities and actionable steps that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely use to advance equity, to build stronger, more equitable systems for all children and families.

DaSyTalk – Improving the Child Welfare Referral Process Through Automation
Ginger Elliott-Teague and Lou Anne Mullens, Oklahoma. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require state child welfare and Part C programs to establish procedures for the referral of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated or exposed to drugs to Part C services. In this DaSyTalk, a representative from Oklahoma will describe how the state automated the child welfare referral process through an online form and demonstrate how the form is used. Participants will learn about several benefits Oklahoma has realized since establishing this process: using built-in rules of completion; referrals not meeting CAPTA requirements being screened out; and, when submitted, referrals being sent immediately to the appropriate Part C personnel based on children’s residence.

Session #3: Friday, February 10, 2023 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM–1:00 PM PT

Watch Session #3.

Concurrent session – No Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Professional Development Resources to Reinforce Core COS Practices

Lauren Barton, Henry Matthews, Naomi Younggren. Join us to explore available Child Outcomes Summary (COS) resources that support teams to focus on functionality, cover the breadth of the outcomes, age anchor skills, determine ratings with the decision tree, and engage families in COS conversations. Discover how these resources help improve, refresh, or refine team implementation of the COS process.  Meet with professional development providers and TA staff using these resources to explore strategies for practical implementation of high-quality learning activities for busy practitioners. Effective professional development improves team skills, COS data quality, and program practices.

DaSyTalk – Improving Preschool Outcomes in Colorado

Heidi White, Colorado. Colorado Department of Education will share the process used to improve child outcomes through the stakeholder identification of critical questions. Stakeholders prioritized family partnerships, high quality programs, and service delivery as the focus of critical questions to guide our work with the field. The vision for this work created with stakeholders is: We work together on data relevant to children and families that promotes inclusion and shows progress in routines. Data culture is part of the culture of what we do. Data helps us tell the story.

Session #4: Friday, March 17, 2023 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM–1:00 PM PT

Opening Plenary – Data Equity: How to Align Your Data with Your Mission – recorded plenary session with interactive activities.

Heather Krause. Data and evidence are not value-neutral activities. Every choice we make along the data process prioritizes a community or privileges a person, including young children with disabilities and their families. When we align these choices with our mission, our data can effectively answer our critical questions and provide guidance. In plain language, with real-world examples, Heather illuminates how the data privileged person is more respected, served, and rewarded by the data process. From the power dynamics of data collection and privacy to the eternal struggle between certainty and inclusivity. From how we unconsciously adopt and reinforce perspectives in our modeling and in our math to how when we impose “best practices” in data design, we need to ask, best for who? This talk is designed as a rousing introduction to the practice of aligning your data work with your mission through the choices you make. Rather than a laundry list of problems, this talk leaves audiences feeling refreshed and hopeful, coming away with sharp, concise explanations of issues they knew they were facing but could not describe; empowered and excited to regain control over how their choices to collect, report, analyze data and the stories it tells, affect young children with disabilities and their families.

Don’t miss this great Professional Development Opportunity!

The IDIO 2022 Conference was rated highly by the participants who attended. You will not want to miss IDIO Encore, a robust virtual professional development opportunity!

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Published November 2022.