Conceptual Framework

The IRIS Center’s conceptual framework is a graphic representation of our interrelated processes for creating, improving, and disseminating our resources and materials. Read on to learn more about each part of the process.

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The Development Petal represents the Center’s mission to develop teaching and learning tools and training Modules reflecting evidence-based instructional and intervention practices. These tools are designed for use by faculty, professional development providers, and practicing educators, and are high quality, useful, relevant and non-duplicative. The identification and development of tools occurs through a comprehensive needs-assessment, development, and field-testing process, and therefore is approved through a democratic and inclusive process.

The Dissemination Petal represents the Center’s mission to build faculty and PD providers’ awareness and knowledge regarding the infusion of IRIS and other federally funded products into their courses, program curricula, and PD trainings through a universal system of technical assistance and training; build practicing educators’ awareness and knowledge regarding the use of IRIS and other federally funded products that reflect evidence-based instructional and intervention practices to enhance their work with children and young people (birth through age 21), especially those with disabilities, through a universal system of technical assistance and training; and to develop high-quality, useful, relevant, and non-duplicative products and services.

The TA and Training Petal represents the Center’s mission to build IHE faculty and PD providers’ awareness and knowledge about the infusion of IRIS and other federally funded products into their courses, program curricula, and PD trainings through a universal, targeted, and intensive system of technical assistance and training, and to develop high-quality, useful, relevant, and non-duplicative products and services.

The Data-Based Decision-Making Core represents the Center’s drive to implement a process for making decisions about development, technical assistance and training services, and dissemination efforts that align with developments in the field, reflect evidence-based instructional and intervention practices, and are responsive to the needs of IHE faculty, professional development providers, and practicing educators.

The Collaboration Ring illustrates the Center’s mission to support development, technical assistance and training services, and dissemination efforts through a collaborative processes that involves a number of entities (e.g., our Steering Committee, EI/EC Task Force, Technical Advisors and Consultants) to ensure that products and services align with developments in the field; reflect evidence-based instructional and intervention practices; are responsive to the needs of faculty, professional development providers, and practicing educators; and are accessible, high quality, useful, relevant and non-duplicative.

The Evaluation Ring exemplifies the Center’s mission to support development, technical assistance and training services, and dissemination efforts through the implementation of a formative and summative evaluation process designed to provide data on the content, quality, usefulness, and relevance of products and services for faculty, professional development providers, and practicing educators; and by maximizing financial and intellectual resources through an annual symposia and mentoring initiative to facilitate impact studies designed to provide data on the effectiveness of IRIS and other federally funded products and IRIS services for faculty, professional development providers, and practicing educators.

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