OSEP Model Demonstration Program
Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 Resources
This webpage provides information, tools, and resources to help parents, families, teachers and related service providers support continued learning and meet the behavioral, social, and emotional needs of children and youth with disabilities through remote and virtual learning and features information on OSEP's NEW Webinar Series!
OSEP Webinar Series Highlighting Resources For Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, and social/emotional and behavioral needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning.
See below for additional information on this webinar series as well as the link to registration.
Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers practical tools and easy-to-implement tips to help children learn at home during the school shutdowns caused by COVID-19. Created specifically with parents in mind, this module covers strategies to help parents get children ready to learn; support reading and mathematics instruction; promote children's social and emotional wellbeing, and help struggling learners and students with disabilities. These topics and more can be found in this engaging multi-media module: https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/c19/
Providing Distance Family Support: What do I say? How can I help? A Conversation with NCPMI Faculty
Have you asked yourself: Are you providing early intervention or preschool services using distance technology? Do you have questions about how you can support families as they help their children with learning activities or conducting intervention within routines? During a pre-recorded webinar the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) faculty address these questions and challenges related to assisting families. They share ideas on checking in with families, how to respond to difficult questions, and resources that might be shared.
Supporting Families with PBIS at Home
Families and caregivers should consider using positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in their homes on a daily basis. It is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines – events like worldwide health pandemics. This practice brief provides recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to continue to support their students’ social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home.
Sample Project Performance Measures
Please follow the link to see examples of generic project performance measures for model demonstration consistent with the model demonstration priorities. Grantees will work with their OSEP Project Officers to adapt these measures to meet the unique aspects of their projects and to develop additional measures, as appropriate.
Selected Literature on Model Demonstration
The purpose of this brief is to help model developers turn what may be implicit knowledge about model implementation into explicit information about what the model is, how it works, and what is needed to implement it to achieve the intended results. This brief has two primary sections. The first section outlines the factors that model developers should consider and document as their models are built, implemented, and refined in preparation for replication. The second section presents considerations for developing a dissemination plan for communicating information about a model in ways that reach and are useful to practitioners and others. Tools and additional resources are included in the appendices.
The purpose of this brief is to present lessons learned from the directors of OSEP-funded model demonstration projects on identifying the conditions, at potential demonstration sites, likely to promote or hinder the implementation of model demonstration projects. The most important indicators of site capacity necessary for successful model demonstration implementation are discussed. Resources for assessing site capacity for model demonstration are included in an appendix.
The purpose of this brief is to discuss issues and approaches to preparing for initial implementation of model demonstrations. The goal of this stage is to build the capacity of individual implementers, as well as the organizations or systems in which they work, to support implementation and optimize conditions for success. Much of the implementation literature highlights the importance of preparation in achieving high-quality implementation and ultimately, improved outcomes for the target population. This report summarizes the experiences of leaders of OSEP-funded model demonstration projects during the implementation preparation stage of their projects.
The purpose of this report is to describe lessons learned through 10 years of coordination and collaboration between the Model Demonstration Coordination Center and OSEP-funded model demonstration projects. The report begins with a description of the Model Demonstration Coordination Center, followed by a brief summary of research in implementation science, including conceptual frameworks that have been developed for understanding the implementation process. Next grantees describe experiences at the various stages of implementation, and strategies for assessing sites’ readiness to advance to the next stage are presented. The remainder of the report summarizes specific strategies that future model demonstration grantees and other intervention developers can use to increase the likelihood of high-quality and sustained implementation.
The purpose of this brief is to share findings from follow-up studies of OSEP-funded model demonstration projects that were conducted, in part, to examine model sustainment. Because a primary objective of most model demonstration projects during their grant period was to examine model feasibility in real-world settings, one justification for the follow-up studies conducted by the Model Demonstration Coordination Center and the projects themselves was to look at factors seen as promoting or hindering model sustainment after the project ended. The final chapter of this brief highlights some conclusions surrounding model sustainment drawn from these follow-up studies.
The primary purpose of this paper is to provide suggestions to researchers about ways to present statistical findings about the effects of educational interventions that might make the nature and magnitude of those effects easier to understand. These suggestions and the related discussion are framed within the context of studies that use experimental designs to compare measured outcomes for two groups of participants, one in an intervention condition and the other in a control condition.
The primary purpose for this link is to share an IES repository of resources related to designing studies, implementing programs, and analyzing data.
Selected Products from Funded Model Demonstration Projects (posted with permission)
Resources developed by English Learner Model Demonstration Projects
In this introductory brief, three model demonstration projects describe their work implementing various tiered instructional models focused on language and literacy at schools with high percentages of English learners in kindergarten through grade 3. This brief is the first in a series devoted to effective practices for English learners.
This document is the second in a series of briefs for school leaders, educators, and policymakers charged with implementing or supporting multi tiered instruction that meet the needs of English learners (ELs). In this brief, three model demonstration projects address issues that school and district personnel frequently encounter when designing and implementing tiered instruction in schools that implement bilingual programs or that serve ELs in English as a second language programs.
This document is the third in a series of briefs for school leaders, educators, and policymakers charged with implementing or supporting multi tiered instruction that meet the needs of English learners (ELs). In this brief, three model demonstration projects share their framework for the successful design and delivery of core and supplemental literacy instruction for kindergarten to grade 3 ELs who receive literacy instruction in English only. This brief provides guidance to educators in preparing and delivering English instruction for ELs and in framing supports for classroom teachers that ensure culturally and linguistically responsive core and supplemental English literacy instruction.
This brief is the fourth in a series for school leaders, educators, and policymakers charged with implementing or supporting multi tiered instruction that meet the needs of English learners (ELs). This brief summarizes the work of three model demonstration projects that implement research-based practices for the successful delivery of core and supplemental literacy instruction for ELs in urban, near-urban, and rural schools. Brief 4 includes three major sections: (a) an overview of biliteracy and bilingual education, (b) a framework for biliteracy instruction, and (c) examples of the principles of biliteracy instruction in practice in project schools.
This document is the fifth in a series of briefs for school leaders, educators, and policymakers charged with implementing or supporting multi tiered instruction that meet the needs of English learners (ELs). In this brief, three model demonstration projects share their framework for providing quality, evidence-based professional development (PD) that supports educators’ efforts to understand and meet the needs of ELs. This brief emphasizes the importance of supporting educators within a multi tiered instructional framework.
Resources developed by Project ELITE (EL Model Demonstration)
This flip book presents a routine for teachers to use in their classrooms. There also is a K–3 version of the flip book. Citation: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2014). Read-aloud routine for building vocabulary and comprehension skills in prekindergarten. Austin, TX: Author.
Project ELITE designed professional development and tools for implementing structured data meetings at key assessment points throughout the year (Beginning-, Middle-, and End-of-Year) for all educators serving ELs, as well as monthly for core (Tier I) classroom teachers. Self-paced training modules were also developed and used by educators to increase their understanding of the purpose of structured data meetings in a multi tiered instructional framework. The trainings include an overview of the purposes, procedures, and materials needed to conduct successful structured data meetings. Citation: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2016). Implementing structured data meetings: A year-round tool for optimizing instructional planning for English learners. Austin, TX: Author.
Project ELITE worked with K–3 to implement a new way of reading books aloud to enhance students' vocabulary and comprehension. This flip book presents a routine for teachers to use in their classrooms. Citation: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2014). Read-aloud routine for building vocabulary and comprehension skills. Austin, TX: Author.
Project ELITE worked with K–3 teachers to implement a new way of reading books aloud to enhance students' vocabulary and comprehension. This bookmark presents a routine for parents to use with their children. Citation: The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2013). Read-aloud routine: Rutina de leer en voz alta. Austin, TX: Author.
Selected Instrumentation from Funded Model Demonstration Projects (posted with permission)
Class and School Context Instrument. The Adolescent Literacy Model Demonstration projects created an instrument to capture the context features of their implementation sites. The instrument summarizes demographic and instructional features at the school- and classroom- levels.