Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI)

Updated for 2020-2021


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. 

As we move into the 2020-21 school year, START has decided to move Trainer Preparation and Support 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 the Spring of 2021. 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.

EPLI Trainer of START Content Modules available for 2020-2021:

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

EPLI Trainer of START Content Modules that will available at a later date:

  • Peer to Peer Support
  • IEP Development & Implementation

My Trainer Designation is:

As a potential EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content, you must first complete the EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content Application   and submit it to kurekm@gvsu.edu prior to the scheduled EPLI modules required to become an EPLI Trainer. As part of that application:

  • Ensure you meet all of the Requirements to apply to become an EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content.
  • Check that you meet  all of the Required Module Expertise Criteria for each of the modules you are seeking to become an EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content.   
  • Obtain your direct supervisor’s signature to verify your qualifications and assure they are aware of the EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content Expectations.
  • Obtain a signature from your ISD/district Regional Collaborative Network Leadership Representative. The representative will notify the RCN that you are applying to become a trainer in the selected content area(s) and to ensure you are added to their EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content list once you have completed all the requirements.
  • Once all of the above requirements are completed and checked, submit your application electronically to Melissa Kurek: kurekm@gvsu.edu. If you have any questions, please contact kurekm@gvsu.edu.

After the START office receives your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email. Once you receive your confirmation email, you can proceed to the  EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan and begin by following the steps laid out in the course plan.  The Hybrid Learning Plan will guide you through the full EPLI Trainer Focus Course. 

EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plans

Current, active trainers will now be called 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. A current EPLI Level 1 Trainer of START Content may wish to participate in any portion of the Trainer Focus Course(s) to familiarize themselves with the extensive revisions to the PBIS and Educational Strategies modules and to strengthen their knowledge and skills. 

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

EPLI Trainer Course Timeline and Registration 

EPLI Videos and Webinars 

EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plans

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 in with the RCN. If more than two years have passed without training, the trainer is considered Inactive and is encouraged to participate in the EPLI Trainer Focus Courses in order to reactivate their status to current. To reactive:

  • Visit the  EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plan and begin by following the steps laid out in the course plan.  The Hybrid Learning Plan will guide you through the full EPLI Trainer Focus Course. 
    • One of your first steps is to register for the Zoom Sessions 1 & 2 and the Trainer Focus Day. Your registration will notify the START office that you are in process of reactivating your status to current. 

EPLI Trainer Focus Course: Hybrid Learning Plans


Additional EPLI Information:


EPLI Trainer Focus Course Timeline & Registration

Timeline of the PBIS Course: 

  • Live Zoom Session 1: October 1, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Live Zoom Session 2: January 27, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • In-Person Trainer Focus Day: April 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    • Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center 
    • For trainers of PBIS and Educational Supports and Strategies

Timeline of the Educational Supports and Strategies Course: 

  • Live Zoom Session 1: November 16, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Live Zoom Session 2: March 8, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • In-Person Trainer Focus Day: April 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    • Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center 
    • For trainers of PBIS and Educational Supports and Strategies

Registration


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