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?


Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

Alaska Staff Development Network - Intentional Instruction Guide (2013)
When working with preschool-aged children, teachers face the challenge of creating a single lesson that will be interesting and relevant to a wide variety of learners while addressing common early learning outcomes. The Intentional Instruction Guide offers a framework for addressing multiple needs, interests, and abilities within the same common activity using developmentally appropriate and intentional instruction strategies. Moreover, the guide serves as a tool for planning, delivering, and revising specific “dosages” of instruction across the typical preschool routine. Please note: MN CoE and MDE are not promoting the purchase of the “Big Ideas” resource referenced within the framework, but rather, acknowledging the guidance/approach the framework provides. - Individualizing Instruction in Preschool Classrooms (2010)
This article describes teaching techniques that ALL preschool teachers can use to support the learning needs of all children with whom they work, including young children with disabilities and special needs in order to support effective inclusion.

MDE ECIPS Practice Briefs
The Practice Briefs, created as companions to Minnesota’s 2016 ECIPs, are short, targeted information briefs designed to help early childhood professionals expand usage and application of the early learning standards to increase support for children and their families. 

  • #1 - ECIPs as the Foundation for the Intentional Teaching Process
  • #2 - Using the ECIPs to Support the Learning of All Children
  • #6 - Using the ECIPs in Play
  • #7 - Using ECIPs in Lesson Plans


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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