Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI)
EPLI is an effort to increase regional and local district capacity to effectively educate students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The project includes developing trainers who can provide professional development in ASD and Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for their regional and local district staff and developing Coaches who assist in the follow-up support necessary to assure that EBP and other effective supports are implemented with fidelity.
There are two trainer levels in the START EPLI project:
- Level 1 Trainers go through a rigorous process to be approved by START staff to present START content in their local and regional areas.
- Level 2 Trainers apply to and are approved by their local RCN to 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, etc.).
Each RCN maintains a list of their approved Level 2 trainers and submits to START at the mid and end year reporting time.
Level 1 Trainers
EPLI Trainer Process:
This document outlines the requirements necessary for a school professional to become an approved Level 1 or Level 2 presenter of START content. Approved START trainers can provide professional development in START content in their local and regional areas as outlined in their RCN grant, local PD plan, school improvement and/or as requested and approved by their local administration and RCN leadership.
EPLI Level 1 Trainer Application:
This form is to be completed by individuals requesting to become EPLI Level 1 Trainers.
EPLI Trainer Recommendation Checklist:
For individuals applying to become an EPLI Level 1 Trainer, this form must be completed by 3 references (including one administrator and one RCN member) and accompany the applicant's EPLI Level 1 Trainer Application.
Level 2 Trainers
EPLI Level 2 Trainer Application:
This form is to be completed by all applicants wishing to become a Level 2 EPLI Trainer. The RCN then maintains these applications along with a list of approved Level 2 Trainers.
EPLI Level 2 Trainer Report: (for RCN grant reporting):
This form is to be completed by the RCN and reported twice a year with the RCN grant (Deadlines: Feb 1 and July 15).