Join DaSy & ECTA at the 2023 DEC Conference

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Join DaSy and ECTA at the Division for Early Childhood’s 39th Annual International Conference on Young Children With Disabilities and Their Families. Learn more about our sessions below. Download a list of the sessions.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

ECTA and DaSy Session: Surveying Families Building on Basics to Ensure Equity
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm CST
Location: Marquette II, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Tony Ruggiero, Naomi Younggren
Programs survey families to collect information about services provided. But do survey approaches ensure accessibility? This session explores survey design fundamentals to ensure diversity, equity, & inclusion. Together we’ll unpack survey approaches to examine effectiveness of achieving survey objectives, attaining acceptable return rates, & ensuring representativeness.

ECTA and DaSy Session: Keep It Real: Talking With Families About Their Child’s Functioning
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm CST
Location: Marquette V, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Lauren Barton, Naomi Younggren, Stephanie Moss
Having genuine conversations with families about the child’s functioning relative to age expectations is central for effectively measuring the three child outcomes using the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. Join us to explore, with families, how and when to have these conversations and what they sound like from entry to exit. Improve your practice and data quality.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

DaSy Session: Local Data Use to Improve Child and Family Outcomes
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm CST
Location: Marquette VII, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Sheresa Blanchard, Grace Kelley, Michelle Lewis, Cindy Weigel
Successful data use involves diverse people coming together to examine data, reflect on its meaning, create solutions, and act based on what was found. This sessions will increase participant knowledge on strategies to build stakeholder data expertise and how to use the Look! Think! Act! process for using data to improve local and state programs.

Friday, December 1, 2023

ECTA and DaSy Session: Building an Equitable System: Six Components of High-Quality
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am CST
Location: Marquette I, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Katy McCullough and Grace Kelley
This session will focus on recent revisions to the ECTA/DaSy System Framework to more intentionally infuse equity in the indicators of quality that reflect an equitable system. Participants will learn how the Framework has been used in the past, and brainstorm with colleagues, opportunities for application at both the state and local levels of their systems.

DaSy Session:Evaluating Practitioners’ Use of Evidence-based Practices
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm CST
Location: Symphony II, 2nd Fl
Presenter: Mary Lee Porterfield
Need practical strategies for evaluating how practitioners are doing with implementing evidence-based practices? Not sure what to do with all the data you’ve already collected? In this session, presenters will share tips for high quality practice evaluation and analysis.

DaSy Session: Crossing the Divide: An Intersectional Approach to Data Analysis
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm CST
Location: Orchestra Ballrm C, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Nicholas Ortiz, Kellen Reid, Elizabeth Schroeder
Go beyond the surface with data. Learn how to adopt an intersectional lens to data analysis – drill down to uncover hidden patterns across subgroups, make qualitative meaning from the numbers, focus your improvement strategies to meet the needs of unique groups, and move the needle. Presenters will showcase examples of this approach using child outcomes data.

DaSy Session: Improving Data Quality Using the Child Outcomes Summary Knowledge Check
Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm CST
Location: Marquette I, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Mary Lee Porterfield, Lauren Barton. Michelle Ogorek, Brandi Brown
Learn about the Child Outcomes Summary Knowledge Check (COS-KC) and hear how two states have implemented it in their systems. Assessing knowledge about the COS process provides valuable information to target professional development and improve data quality and usefulness. Participants will consider ways to implement the COS-KC and use its reports for program improvement.

DaSy Session: Walking the Walk: Using Child Outcomes Data for Improvement
Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm CST
Location: Symphony I, 2nd Fl
Presenters: Kellen Reid, Christina Kasprzak, Kathleen Hebbeler, Marcia Blum
Improving the outcomes of young children with disabilities is an early childhood mantra, but are we? The child outcomes data will help us decide but that is not all we will discuss as one presenter will demonstrate how their state and local level personnel use these data to answer their critical questions and promote promising practices.