Members of DEC's Recommended Practices Commission
DEC has formed a Commission to oversee the revision of Recommended Practices. The Commission is charged with ensuring that the updated DEC Recommended Practices achieve our goal of informing and improving the quality of services provided to young children with disabilities and their families. The Commission will approve and formalize the guiding principles and criteria for the revised practices; oversee the process of identifying and validating the practices; ensure the active engagement of DEC members; and advise DEC on dissemination and other activities. The following individuals currently serve on the Commission:
- Barbara Smith (Chair)
- Rashida Banerjee
- Judy Carta
- Tricia Catalino
- Chelsea Guillen
- Kathleen Hebbeler
- Mary Louise Hemmetter
- Mary McLean
- Lori Erbrederis Meyer
- Susan Sandall
- Patricia Snyder
- Judy Swett
- Pam Winton
Click here to see the DEC Recommended Practices Commission Workspace
DEC Recommended Practices Commission “Charge”
The DEC Recommended Practices Commission is charged with supporting DEC’s stated End that recommended practices “represent owner values, are contemporary, and are grounded in evidence.” The Commission is responsible to update the DEC Recommended Practices and ensure that they inform and improve the quality of services and outcomes for young children with disabilities and other special needs and their families. Accordingly, the Commission aims to move the field forward in utilizing practices that are research-, values- and experience- based.
The Commission will develop guiding principles and criteria and will oversee the process of identifying and validating the practices. Further, the Commission will provide input to and collaborate with DEC to actively engage practitioners and families in applying the practices.
History and Context:
Conversations regarding how to update and revise the DEC Recommended Practices started at the 2010 Annual Conference. Feedback from previous authors and contributors to all previous versions and products related to the Recommended Practices was sought. The idea was to get a sense of the direction we should head and how we might involve the greatest number of members.
Since 2010 - we've created a process for getting input from all DEC members and have been spreading the word about how to better use the existing Recommended Practices (see the DEC Executive Board Blog as an example). We plan to use social networking sites (e.g., blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to keep members informed and repeatedly invite members to participate in the process.
We hope you will bookmark this page and visit often/as prompted to learn the very latest and to stay involved.
DEC is hoping to learn more about how you use the existing Recommended Practices, ideas for the next iteration, and invite YOU to be involved.