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?


Implementation Resources: Apply and Practice

Early Childhood Assessment Project
University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Education and Development, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, has written the in-depth report Supporting the Use of Authentic Assessment Through Relationship-Based Professional Development: Protocols for Implementation to support professionals working with young children. It has also developed eleven online modules and five Spanish modules to support teachers, supervisors, and administrators with the implementation of high-quality early childhood assessment practices. These modules are free and open to the public.

Curriculum and Assessment Trainers

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration of Children and Families

This in-depth report provides an evidence base, a conceptual framework, and recommendations on how to build a high-quality early childhood assessment system.

This in-depth report continues the information provided in Volume I. It focuses on using ongoing assessment data to individualize instruction and provides the evidence-base for these practices.


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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