IHE Pre-Service Faculty ECHO

Program goal

To increase collaboration and communication between and amongst transdisciplinary IHE faculty and stakeholders to work toward more coherent pre-service pathways in early childhood, early intervention and early childhood special education.  

About the IHE Pre-Service Faculty ECHO 

Institute of Higher Education (IHE) programs provide training for individuals to acquire the specified knowledge, skills and competencies required to meet state and national personnel standards in a specific discipline. The programs of study also include sufficient field-based experiences across a variety of high-quality infant and early childhood settings. 

IHE pre-service faculty and other stakeholders who participate in this ECHO will be able to:

  • Provide guidance to IHE programs and confirm curricula for each discipline are based on knowledge and skill competencies that are aligned with state personnel standards.
  • Ensure that the IHE programs and curricula for each discipline are based on knowledge and skill competencies that are aligned with professional organization personnel standards.
  • Assist IHE programs and curricula for each discipline are aligned with state and local program quality initiatives and evaluation systems (e.g., QRIS, educator effectiveness frameworks, licensing).

Who should attend? 

  • Pre-service faculty from the various disciplines that interact with early intervention.
  • Transdisciplinary faculty in pre-service programs preparing professionals for early childhood care and education settings, early intervention, and early childhood special education, family support, home visitors, including but not limited to:
    1. Early childhood and early childhood special education
    2. Physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and audiology
    3. Social work and psychology
    4. Family studies and child development
    5. Other related fields and other collaborators

Meet our team

  • Björg T. LeSueur, MEd, Clinical Assistant Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
  • Brandy James, PhD, University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  • Erica Melies, Arizona Department of Economic Security/Arizona Early Intervention Program (ADES/AzEIP)
  • Tanya Pinkerton, MEd, Clinical Assistant Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
  • Chantelle Curtis, ADES/AzEIP Professional Development Coordinator; AZ Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Coordinator
  • Shanna Kukla, Practicum Supervisor, Educator Preparation, NPC Northland Pioneer College
  • Laurie Seder, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice, Program Director, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development, University of Arizona 
  • Nicole Rambeau, OTR/L, Northern Arizona University Growing in Beauty Partnership Program, Arizona Early Intervention Program
  • Nuha Amireh, Adjunct Faculty/ECE - Grand Canyon University (GCU); ADES/AzEIP 
  • Lenka Studnicka, Arizona Department of Education 

Program Contact: 
Björg LeSueur 
Program Coordinator: 
Karie Taylor 

General ECHO Inquiries:


Program schedule 

All sessions take place from noon–1 p.m.

Session Speaker and Topic
Oct. 12, 2022 Chantelle Curtis
AzEIP Professional Development Coordinator/AZ and CSPD Coordinator
Laying the groundwork for Early Intervention in Arizona
Nov. 9, 2022 Julie Parker, PhD
Mississippi IHE: MSU - Master of Science in Early Intervention
Dec. 14, 2022 Family Member 
Family perspective and experience with Early Intervention in Arizona
Jan. 11, 2023 Current Student
Pre-Service Program
Lana Graber 
Early Intervention Agency
Feb. 8, 2023 April Boozer
Innovative practices to increase opportunities of in-service, internships, across settings (birth-age 8). 
March 8, 2023

Leona Pannabecker, LMSW, IMH-E®, CCTP

Infant Mental Health Reflective Practice

April 12, 2023 IHE Faculty 
Higher Education Partnerships Panel