Effective Practices Leadership Initiative (EPLI)

EPLI Description

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

The EPLI trainer process is being updated for 2019-2020. More information will be provided to the RCN in the fall

EPLI Level 1 Trainer Individual Report:
This form is to be completed by approved EPLI Trainers and reported to the RCN twice a year. This report should include all trainings EXCEPT those as part of mini IT series training. Series trainings are reported on the EPLI Mini IT-Series Training Report. 

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).


Date: April 16, 2020
Location: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Registration will open in winter 2020. Registration is required to attend.