In Step 1, learners watch videos portraying the real world dilemma of a preschool teacher in a community-based child care program as she attempts to include a child with disabilities in her classroom for the first time. Learners are asked to describe the dilemma in an activity following the videos.
In Step 2, learners use a tool called PICO to turn the dilemma in Step 1 into an answerable question. The activity helps learners create a focused question that is answerable through research.
In Step 3, learners are presented with relevant sources of general evidence to consider in answering the question they posed in Step 2. The practice of embedded interventions is defined through video and photo examples. Handouts of evidence are provided on research, policies, and experience-based knowledge related to embedded interventions. Activities for learners to check their knowledge are provided throughout this Step.
In Step 4, learners listen to audio perspectives of those involved in the dilemma to gain an understanding of their contexts. In an activity, they integrate the general evidence from Step 3 with perspectives and contexts unique to the dilemma in Step 1 to make an informed decision. Finally, learners are introduced to planning and implementation. Learners are asked to complete a Child Activity Matrix in the culminating activity.
In Step 5, learners consider ways to evaluate the decision to use the practice. Learners determine:
if the intervention was implemented, and
if the intervention was effective.
Handouts are provided showing sample assessment methods.