BACKGROUND ON THE PROJECT
The New York State Early Intervention Program Online Professional Development Center is the New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program’s online training site. The goal of the NYS EIP Online Professional Development Center is to offer high quality online training on approved early intervention topics relevant to those who provide services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families and other early intervention stakeholders. This training supports our mission to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in New York State's Early Intervention Program through access to qualified personnel. The NYS EIP Online Professional Development Center was developed in collaboration with Early Intervention training contractor, Measurement Incorporated.
KEY PROJECT STAFF
Rusty Kindlon, Project Director
Bernadette DeVito, Project Coordinator
Ms. DeVito joined Measurement Incorporated’s Evaluation and School Improvement Services Division in September 2017 as Administrative Coordinator--supporting several client projects, managing marketing and social media efforts, helping to identify and bid on project opportunities, and overseeing office administrative functions. In the Spring of 2018, she became the Project Coordinator for the New York State Early Intervention Program Online Professional Development Center. In this role, Ms. DeVito develops and monitors workplans, assists the instructor with developing course-related materials, coordinates logistics for live, online classes, builds out the self-paced courses, provides technical support to learners, and assists with reporting and communications related to the project.
Early in her career, she managed research and evaluation projects for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. More recently, Ms. DeVito has focused on communications, fundraising, and event planning within the nonprofit sector in support of such issues as youth development, dropout prevention and recovery, social justice, community and economic development, and women’s health.
Phone: (800) 330-1420 ext. 209
Rusty Kindlon has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of capacities providing training and technical assistance to administrators and teachers with a focus of special education. She has collaborated with numerous state and local agencies, including the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, NYS Office of Professions, NYS Office of Mental Health, Justice Center, and Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities to facilitate best outcomes for students with disabilities. During her work at the NYS Office of Special Education, she monitored public and private school special education programs serving preschool and school age students for consistency with State and federal laws and regulations and provided assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities. As Senior Training Specialist at MI, Rusty is responsible for managing, designing, and implementing web based professional development and training for NYS Department of Health Early Intervention stakeholders.
Measurement Incorporated (MI) is an industry leader in providing performance assessment scoring services, automated essay scoring services, developing assessment methodologies, and providing innovative solutions for all testing needs.
MI’s Program Evaluation and School Improvement Services division, based in Albany and White Plains, assists education organizations at the federal, state, and local levels to advance their programs and services through high-quality research and evaluation, measurement, data management, professional development, and technical assistance. We offer our clients a team of experienced professionals with deep content expertise, a thorough understanding of research methodology, and the ability to help bring about meaningful change. We’ve completed more than 2,000 projects, adhering to the highest standards of quality.
Our areas of expertise include: special education systems and practices, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), early literacy, leadership development, bullying prevention, school safety and healthy school climate, career and technical education, STEM, and student support services.