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BEYOND THE SCORE:  Coffee & Tea with the BDI-3

Presenters:  Tammy L. Stephens, Ph.D., & Thomas Smith

Bring your favorite cup of coffee or tea and join us virtually for a brief overview of the NEW Battelle Developmental Inventory, Third Edition (BDI-3).  This session will highlight the changes made to the battery (e.g., norms, test items, tests, etc.).  We will also briefly discuss the pricing options.  Multiple session offerings are listed below (all repeating topic presentations cover the same content).  Please click on the link, choose a date, and register:

Dates Offered:

Thursday, May 28, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST).  RECORDING AVAILABLE

Thursday, June 25, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST)

Thursday, July 23, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST)

Click on the following link to register for one of the session offerings:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


 BEYOND THE SCORE:  Coffee and Tea with the WMLS III

Presenters:  Tammy L. Stephens, Ph.D., & Thomas Smith

Join us with your favorite beverage for a virtual presentation highlighting the Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey, Third Edition (WMLS III).  We will highlight the features of the test and discuss ways it can fit into your dyslexia or dysgraphia evaluations.  Multiple session offerings are listed below (all repeating topic presentations cover the same content).  Please click on the link, choose a date, and register:

Dates Offered:

Thursday, July 2, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST)

Thursday, July 16, 2020 (12-12:30 pm CST)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


BEYOND THE SCORE:  Understanding Exclusionary Factors and their Implications Before & After COVID-19

Presenter:  Georgene Moon, M.Ed.

Exclusionary factors continue to be a vital part of the evaluation process.  The factors have become even more important given our current and unprecedented environment amidst COVID-19.  The presenter will provide a brief review of the Exclusionary factors and discuss additional considerations that should be made with regards to implications around social distancing and virtual instruction.  Resources will be highlighted.

Date of Webinar:  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (12-1pm CST). RECORDING AVAILABLE


BEYOND THE SCORE:  Addressing the COVID-19 Evaluation Backlog Using the C-SEP Framework

Tammy L. Stephens, Ph.D., Sarah B. Holman, Ph.D., & Georgene Moon, M.Ed.

Join us for a conversation focusing on how the use of the C-SEP framework could be helpful in meeting the increased evaluation backlog due to COVID-19.  We will highlight timesaving techniques and provide suggestions for a more targeted assessment process… cutting back on the testing time and focusing on interpretation and instructional programming.  Resources will be presented.

Date of Webinar:  Weds, May 27, 2020 (12-1pm CST). RECORDING AVAILABLE


BEYOND THE SCORE:  A Basic Introduction to the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP)

Presenter:  Tammy L. Stephens, Ph.D.

Have you heard of C-SEP and want to learn more about what it is?  Grab your favorite beverage and join me for a basic introduction to the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP).  This is a very basic overview of C-SEP.

Date Offered:  Friday, May 29, 2020 (12-1pm CST).  RECORDING AVAILABLE


BEYOND THE SCORE:  Tips for Effective Collaboration, Communication, and Facilitation for Evaluators

Presenter:  Christine Woodbury, Ph.D.

Even the simplest IEP/ARD meeting can become unexpectedly complex. During this session we will hone your facilitation skills to enhance the effectiveness of others and yourself. A good facilitator is grounded in sincere respect for all group members regardless of their age, rank, or cultural group. After completion of this webinar, you will be able to demonstrate an openness and commitment to collaboration. 

 Date of Offering:  July 22, 2020 (12-1:00 pm CST)

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BEYOND THE SCORE:  Conducting a Remote Administration of the Bateria IV and Triangulating Data for Spanish Assessments:  A Case Study

Presenter:  Angelica Cuevas-Duran, M.A., Licensed Bilingual Educational Diagnostician

Bring your favorite beverage and join us for a presentation focusing on Spanish assessments. The presenter will model virtual administration of some of the Bateria IV Cognitive and Achievement subtests and present a case study. The Case Study will focus on triangulating data as we navigate virtual assessments.

 Date of Offering:  July 28, 2020 (12:00-1:00 pm CST)

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Comprehensive Whole Child Development: SEL Tools for In-Person and Distance Learning

July 16, 2 p.m. EDT | REGISTER
Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
Grades preK-12
Prioritizing connection between adults and students is absolutely critical for students to feel safe, cared for, and ready to learn. Investing time to build these relationships will be even more important as we move to reopening schools in the fall and leveraging in-person time most productively. Additionally, equipping students and educators alike with the tools they need to manage the stress and trauma they have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic will be necessary for teaching and learning to be most effective.

Tune in to this webinar where we will dive into research-based strategies for building relationships and authentic examples of ways to promote social and emotional learning virtually. Participants will also explore free resources on the research behind adverse experiences and practices for improving their mental health and well-being. They also will review and build their own Learner Variability Navigator “workspace” of strategies.


Early Childhood Ed: What Parents and Schools Should Do Now to Prepare for Reopening
July 16, 3 p.m. EDT | REGISTER
National Women’s Law Center, and the AFT
Grades preK-2
Research has proven that high-quality early childhood education helps bridge the achievement gap, reduces dropout rates, and increases social stability. Children succeed when they have been exposed to secure and caring relationships with educators and caregivers, stimulating learning opportunities, and experiences that enhance their preparation for the later school years. Join us to learn more about what parents, educators and administrators need to keep in mind as they prepare for summer learning opportunities or for reopening in the fall.

Disclaimer: We have permission to repost Professional Development opportunities on our website. We want to be sure to state that NCED does not promote any one company, methodology, assessment tool/battery, or theory, we are simply providing an opportunity for professional growth should it be of interest to you.   


Professional Development Requirements

The NCED Code of Ethics describes an Educational Diagnostician as a “professional holding an advanced degree with qualifications necessary to select, administer, interpret, and report results of educational assessment procedures for purposes of individual eligibility, program and intervention planning, and progress  monitoring” (p. 1).  Continuing education, growth, and development for NCED certificate holders should revolve around current practices to ensure a professional quality of practice.



NCED holders must earn and document 150 clock hours of professional development activities within a five-year cycle.

PD hours will be submitted electronically at the NCED web site,

All required PD hours must be submitted no later than June 30th after the five-year cycle concludes.

All PD submissions are subject to audit by the NCED Board of Directors.  Renewal documentation should be maintained electronically on a CD/DVD or other electronic format that can be submitted to the Board upon request.

  • Upon completion of the audit, the NCED Board of Directors shall notify NCED Holders who have accumulated the required PD hours of the satisfactory completion of this requirement.
  • Following the audit, any certificate holder who has not satisfied the requirements shall be notified they have 30 calendar days to respond and be in compliance.
  • Failure to be in compliance within 60 days of the NCED Board’s notice will result in revocation of the certificate and removal of the individual’s name from the National Registry (By-Laws 14 B)
  • Individuals who have an extraordinary reason for not completing the hours in the required timeframe should notify the NCED Board Chair and Professional Growth Chair in writing with the reason for a request for an extension before June 30th of the year the PD hours are due. The NCED Board will review the request and notify the NCED holder of the decision.

    Professional development is limited to only those that directly relate to the practice of educational assessment, as described in the NCED Code of Ethics cited above.

    Professional development is divided into six (6) areas of activities to encourage breadth of professional growth and development as provided below. The 150 clock hours must reflect a minimum of three (3) areas of professional development activities.  All PD activities must focus on educational assessment procedures for the purposes of individual eligibility, program and intervention planning, and progress monitoring. 


    AREA 1: Professional Meetings

    •    Conferences

    •    Workshops and seminars

    •    Online webinars and training modules

    •    Attending or Providing Professional development sessions

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Certificate of attendance

    •    Conference handouts/program

    •    Conference registration receipt

    •    transcripts documenting PD hours

    AREA 2: Collaborative Study

    •    Study groups

    •    Case discussion groups

    •    Journal clubs

    •    Book discussion groups

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Summary (1 paragraph) of material studied, including discussion topics and names and contact information of attendees

    AREA 3: Independent Study

    •    Videos, DVDs

    •    Audiotapes, CDs

    •    Books, monographs, journals

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Record of running time of video/audio- presentation or study time, photocopy of title page of material studied, and a 5 – 7 sentence summary

    AREA 4: Teaching, Research, Development

    •    Presentations and professional meetings

    •    Academic courses (Max. course clock hours; no duplication)

    •    Web sites (Max. 25 hours; 5 hrs./page)

    •    Manuscripts, articles (Max. 30 hrs. – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Books, grants

    •    Assessment/intervention products

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Presentation handout

    •    Course outline/syllabus

    •    Copies of Web site content

    •    Copies of manuscripts/proposals

    •    Copies of published works, letter of acceptance

    •    Copyright/patent letter of product

    AREA 5: Graduate Coursework

    •    Graduate-level courses (Max. course clock hours)

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Transcripts of coursework

    AREA 6: Professional Consults

    •    Mentoring (Max. 45 hours – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Program evaluations/review (Max. 45 hrs. – during a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Program development (Max. 45 hrs. – over a 5 year submission cycle)

    •    Recognition of leadership roles

    §    To enhance and promote high standards of practice for Educational Diagnosticians

    §    NCED Holders can earn PD hours for time spent on Executive Boards of State Associations (TEDA, LEDA, NJALC) or on Executive Boards of National Associations (NCED, CEC, CEDS) (Max. 45 hours – over a 5 year period)

    Example(s) of Documentation

    •    Verification of mentoring placement and dates/hours (those in which the mentor does not recieve compensation for or is not included in member’s job description)

    •    Copy of evaluation/review report

    •    Copy of development report

    •    Documentation of service to board from copy of newsletter, letterhead, or other form of published verification



    NOTE: PD hours must directly relate to the practice of educational assessment, as described in the NCED Code of Ethics.

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