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National Professional Development Center on ASD. Lisa Sullivan MIND Institute, UC Davis. National Professional Development Center on ASD. Where we began and where we are now The future of the Center Your work in Idaho and other states. Goals of NPDC.

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National professional development center on asd
National Professional Development Center on ASD

Lisa Sullivan

MIND Institute, UC Davis

National professional development center on asd1
National Professional Development Center on ASD

  • Where we began and where we are now

  • The future of the Center

  • Your work in Idaho and other states

Goals of npdc
Goals of NPDC

Promote effective use of evidence-based practices (EBP) to support optimal student and family outcomes

Develop successful teams of implementers through sustainable technical assistance and professional development

Translate research into practice

Bridge the gap
Bridge the Gap

Research-based practices

Replicable practices in the classroom

State involvement to date
State Involvement to Date












Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Cohort 3

Cohort 4


Systems approach
Systems Approach

  • State leadership involvement

  • Establish infrastructure and resources for change

  • Recruit teams

    • Local and state coaches

    • School sites & families

  • Start with targeted change

  • Support sustainability

Implementation science and systems change
Implementation Science andSystems Change

School Sites and

School Districts




State Wide

Across Systems

Promoting real change
Promoting Real Change

  • Implementation Science Research

    • Change happens at different levels

    • Change takes time and requires organizational shifts and reflection

    • Sustainability must be built in to process

      National Implementation Research Network, Fixsen & Blase (2007)

Summary of activities
Summary of Activities

  • Introductory Online Course

  • Intensive Summer Training

  • Introduction to EBP, Measurement Tools and Protocol

  • Prioritize student goals

  • Monthly Coaching and Consultation

  • Team meetings

  • Data collection, assessment, feedback

  • Monitoring progress and modifying plans

Npdc website
NPDC Website


Site descriptions 2007 2012
Site Descriptions (2007- 2012)

  • 12 states; 61 model/expansion sites

    • 10 preschools

    • 27 elementary schools

    • 13 middle schools

    • 11 high schools

  • Breakdown by type of program

    • 51% are self-contained programs

    • 49% are inclusive programs

Outcomes of npdc partnerships
Outcomes of NPDC Partnerships


Program Quality

Individual Student Progress

Use of Evidence-Based Practice

Family Satisfaction

Data represent the first 28 model sites

Assessing program quality
Assessing Program Quality

Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS)

  • Designed to assess quality indicators of programs for students with ASD

Description of scaling
Description of Scaling

Consists of a five point range of performances for students:

-2 Much less than expected(present level)

-1 Somewhat less than expected

0 Expected level of outcome (annual goal)

+1 Somewhat more than expected

+2 Much more than expected

Family program satisfaction
Family Program Satisfaction

Effect Size



National professional development center on asd

  • What’s next?

Npdc updates
NPDC Updates

  • Qualitative Study

  • Manual of Procedures (MOP)

  • Coaching Manual

  • Creating additional videos for modules(?)

  • Piloting early intervention materials thanks to Autism Speaks grant

  • Updating List of EBP based on recent

    research / literature review

State partners
State Partners

Examples from other states

  • Michigan – START

  • California – CAPTAINS

  • Texas – Using NPDC model statewide

  • New Mexico

Systems change implementation science resources
Systems Change / Implementation Science Resources


Thank you
Thank You!

  • Families & children

  • School teams

  • State and Local Trainers

  • State Leaders

  • NPDC Team

Contact info
Contact Info