Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI)

Updated for 2021-2022


Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI) is an effort to increase regional and local district capacity to effectively educate students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The project includes developing Trainers of START Content who can provide professional development in ASD and the use of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for their regional and local school staff and families. Trainers work with coaches who assist in the follow-up support necessary to assure that research-based practices and supports are implemented with fidelity.  

In an effort to further expand regional and local capacity, and to deepen both initial and ongoing development of trainers, START has discontinued the formal approval process and competency day. The intent is to focus on a rigorous training and preparation process in order to ensure that START trainings conducted at regional and local levels remain of the highest standard. In addition, START will provide ongoing support to Trainers of START Content by providing opportunities to strengthen content knowledge and deepen skills. 

Beginning in 2020-2021, the Trainer Preparation and Support was moved to a virtual format and have created EPLI Trainer Focus Courses for both the PBIS and Educational Supports & Strategies modules, as both modules have undergone extensive revisions. The Trainer Focus Courses include individual work, participation in two live Zoom sessions, and in-person training in April 2022. Completion of the Trainer Focus Course in the module(s) of interest is required for both new applicants and inactive Level 1 Trainers of START Content. Current Level 1 Trainers are also welcome to participate in the components of the Trainer Focus Courses.

Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI) Flyer

EPLI Trainer of START Content Modules available for 2021-2022:

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) 
  • Educational Supports & Strategies 

Additional START Content Modules will be available at a later date

All Applicants and Trainers: Begin Here

Applicants, Current EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content, and Inactive EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content who are interested in participating in any part of the 2021-2022 EPLI Trainer Focus Course should begin here. 

As a New Applicant for EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content, you must complete the following steps to begin:

  1. Submit a completed EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content Application by November 4, 2021.  
  2. Review the information in your confirmation email. You will also receive a separate email from the START office with unique link to your Trainer Portal. The Trainer Portal is where you can monitor your EPLI status and also access the EPLI Resource Center. 
  3. Follow all of the steps in the EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan  for your module(s). This course plan is a step-by-step guide and also requires attendance at Zoom Sessions and a Trainer Focus Day.

Current EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content may participate in any portion of the EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan(s)  to familiarize themselves with the revisions to the PBIS and Educational Strategies modules and to strengthen their knowledge and skills. 

To participate in any portion of the 2021-2022 EPLI Trainer Focus Course, submit this brief formThis form will take approximately 5-10 minutes and should be completed in one session.

  • If you are a Current EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content and would like to apply to participate in an additional module, please submit the above form. 

What is a Current EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content?

A Current EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content must have trained START content within the past two years and content trained should be logged with the RCN. If more than two years have passed without training, the trainer is considered Inactive and should participate in the EPLI Trainer Focus Courses in order to reactivate their status to current.

Current, active trainers are designated as EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content (vs “approved” START Trainers) and are welcome to access upcoming START Trainer support activities, including the EPLI Trainer Focus Course for PBIS Hybrid Learning Plan or the Trainer Focus Course for Education Supports & Strategies Hybrid Learning Plan.

EPLI Resource Center

To be considered a Current EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content, a previously approved trainer must have trained START content within the past two years and content trained should be logged with the RCN.

If more than two years have passed without training, the trainer is considered Inactive and should participate in the EPLI Trainer Focus Courses in order to reactivate their status to Current.  

To reactive, complete the following steps:

  1. Submit this applicationby November 4, 2021.  
    1. This application will take approximately 15-20 minutes and should be completed in one session.
  2. Review the information in your confirmation email. You will also receive a separate email from the START office with unique link to your Trainer Portal. The Trainer Portal is where you can monitor your EPLI status and also access the EPLI Resource Center. 
  3. Follow all of the steps in the EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan  for your module(s). This course plan is a step-by-step guide and also requires attendance at 2 Zoom Sessions and a Trainer Focus Day.

EPLI Trainer Corner
Announcements and Information for Trainers

Check back here for regular announcements and information for EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content! 

Date Published Announcements
10/1/2021

Visit the Accessibility and START Standards page for information on accessibility, formatting, icons and images, and presentation design tips.

9/29/2021

EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content Application must be submitted by November 4, 2021. This impacts New Applicants, Inactive Trainers (reactivation), and Current EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content seeking to add a module. 

9/28/2021

Have you checked in with your RCN this school year? It is helpful to check in with your RCN to support coaching for the implementation of the content you present. 


Glossary of Terms
  • EPLI Trainer Corner: A section on our website where START will share regular announcements and information with EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content. 
  • EPLI Trainer Tips and Tidbits: A newsletter sent three times year to support EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content with tools, tips, and resources. 
  • EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plans: The Hybrid Learning Plans are intended to guide new and inactive trainers through the EPLI Trainer Focus Course. New and inactive trainers should follow the Hybrid Learning Plans through the full process. Current Trainers may participate in any portion of the EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan(s)
  • EPLI Trainer Resource Center: A Google Folder for EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content where START will share tools, strategies, and development and collaboration resources. The EPLI Resource Center is only intended to be accessed by Current EPLI Level 1 Trainers of START Content and Applicants.
  • Trainer Portal: An individual link where Applicants can follow their status as they move through the EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plans. RCN Leadership also have access to their RCN's status log of Current Trainers, Inactive Trainers, and New Applicants.

RCN Involvement in EPLI Trainer Process to Building Capacity

  • Each RCN should ensure they have a sufficient number of Level 1 Trainers of START Content in their region for each module to cover training needs.
  • If more Trainers are needed, RCNs should identify qualified individuals to go through the EPLI Trainer of START Content Development Process
  • RCN may recruit qualified Level 2 trainers. Level 2 trainers present with Level 1 trainers through their local RCN. They work to help develop training materials and present information that provides a specific example of the application of START information based on EBP (e.g. high school peer to peer program implementation, use of self-management system in general education, systematic use of meeting mechanics). Level 2 Trainers must present with an EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content

Trainer Portal: RCN Access

Purpose: The RCN Trainer Portal is a status log of each RCN’s Current Trainers, Inactive Trainers, and New Applicants. It is intended to be accessed only by RCN leadership to view START's current EPLI records for each RCN.

Instructions for RCN Leadership:

  • Each RCN’s EPLI Trainer Portal should only be accessed by the RCN leadership. The login and username/password should not be shared outside of the RCN leadership.
  • To login to your RCN’s EPLI Trainer Portal, go to your RCN Google Folder/START Contract Information and open the document titled: Your RCN Name EPLI Trainer Portal Link and Login. You will find the login, username, and password.