Providing Virtual Professional Learning on DBI in Colorado

Providing Virtual Professional Learning on DBI in Colorado

By Jason Harlacher, Ph.D., Veronica Fielder

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has been working closely with NCII to align and scale up use of data-based individualization (DBI) across the state. One of the strategies CDE has used is the development of virtual learning resources and online learning modules on DBI to help make professional learning accessible to all educators. In this Voices from the Field video, Dr. Jason Harlacher and Veronica Fielder share CDE’s process for developing virtual learning modules on DBI and their strategies for ensuring the modules are accessible to educators.


About the author

Jason Harlacher
Jason Harlacher, Ph.D.
/ American Institutes for Research

Jason Harlacher, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher with American Institutes for Research and formerly the MTSS Specialist at CDE. He provides technical assistance to state agencies and school districts on intensive intervention, classroom management, data-based decision making, and implementation of MTSS. He has over 15 years of experience in education, having previously worked as a school psychologist, district-level coach, adjunct professor, state-level TA provider, and researcher. He presents nationally on topics related to MTSS, is a published author, and holds several publications in peer-reviewed journals. He earned his Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Oregon in 2009.

Veronica Fielder
Veronica Fielder
/ Office of Special Education at Colorado Department of Education
Veronica Fielder has been the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Office of Special Education at CDE since 2017, after working for 20 years in K-12 schools. As a special educator, Veronica is inspired by technology and its ability to create accessible learning experiences for students with special needs. She is passionate about education and feels honored to support Colorado educators with developing systems and employing practices that promote mastery of content and skills for diverse learning communities.