The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.


As you look at the resources and tools provided here, consider:

What is the main focus and purpose of each resource?
How does this information align with what you currently know and do in your work with young children and families?
How will you integrate this information into your work?
How might you share or apply this information in working with: Children? Families? Colleagues?


Extending Practice: Resources

NAEYC Position Statement on assessing young English language learners
This document provides recommendations and specific indicators of effective practice for programs working with young DLL children.

McKnight Report - Perspectives on Assessment of DLLs Development & Learning, Prek-Third Grade
This research brief is organized around understanding and providing an overview of recommendations on four basic assessment questions: the important linguistic, cultural, and background factors to consider in the assessment of young DLLs; the most appropriate methods for assessing young DLLs for certain purposes (e.g., instructional improvement and developmental screening); the technical considerations required for testing DLLs; and what teachers need to know about the valid assessment of young DLLs.

Minnesota Department of Education - Bilingual Early Language Assessment (BELA)
The Bilingual Early Language Assessment (BELA) is an assessment instrument used with bilingual children from 2.9 to 5 years old. It is available in English, Hmong, Oromo, Russian and Spanish.


PDF-Guided Resources and Support

Please contact your regional PDF if you have investigated all resources provided here, but continue to have questions or concerns related to this core component of INSPIRE ACTION.

If you have an additional resource that supports professional development in this core component, please share it with your regional PDF. Your participation in this site's continued growth is encouraged and welcome!


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