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January 2019 Update
Early Identification and Intervention
Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope that this update finds each of you well and at least a bit rested after the holiday break.
It’s the first new year on the new grant, and I'd like to take a moment to learn from each of you (if you’re willing!) about your experiences with the Self Assessment Guide (SAG). If you have a moment to share your experiences in the chat below, please do! I’m especially curious to hear what has worked well and what hasn’t worked as well. What are the great parts and what are the sticky parts? If you’re curious, here are a few stories from states who have used the SAG.
Reflecting back on my experiences in Vermont, I completed the SAG and worked hard to try to follow through on the action steps. Then, if I’m being honest, I forgot about the action steps I’d built, and kept moving forward, sometimes going in tangents and false starts. In the end, I didn't make as much forward progress as I had wanted to. Partially, this was due to personnel changes and other complexities of the state systems I was working with, but partially, I believe that this was due to my own lack of straightforward targets. At times, I tried to change so much, rather than changing just a bit at a time. I lost track a bit of the trajectory and small steps that go into creating comprehensive systems change.
I’m in the process of beginning a Peer Learning Community for state projects considering diving into the SAG for the first time. At summit, we will have a small breakout session for states who are considering beginning the process to gather together and talk about how we can support each other as you move through the guide. It certainly would have been helpful for me if I’d had a group to meet with to share my successes and set backs and to brainstorm new strategies for outreach and change. That’s what I’m really hoping this group can be and I’d love to hear any comments about this as well.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Summit, and be well!