Dr. Samuel Meisels: The history and life of the Early Screening Inventory

Dr. Samuel Meisels
Shortly after completing his doctorate at Harvard University, Dr. Meisels became an assistant professor at the department of child study at Tufts University, and Director of the Eliot-Pearson Children's School. One day in 1974, he received a call from the Director of Special Education in a neighboring school district with a high percentage of English Language Learners.

A new Massachusetts law, Chapter 766 (now called IDEA), was requiring developmental screening for all kids entering Kindergarten, and the Director was looking for some help in finding a screening tool that could be used for the 1,000+ students coming in — and those already enrolled.

After discovering that what was already available was woefully inadequate, Dr. Meisels got to work developing what is now the Early Screening Inventory (1975), introducing the Third Edition, or ESI-3. 

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