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The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS)

The Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) is designed to meet the need for a comprehensive statewide professional development and technical assistance system for early intervention professionals, related services professionals, and families. The framework supporting this system is composed of collaborative linkages, information services, training, and technical assistance. Research-validated strategies and results-based professional development are addressed at three levels of training:

  • Proactive/General Issues Staff Development
  • Focused Staff Development
  • Intensive Staff Development

The project's goals are accomplished through activities such as results-based training; dissemination of information; a web site and listservs; provision of technical assistance; development of focused guided study; new provider, new administrator and technical assistance packets; the identification of exemplary practices in the state; and the management of an Early Childhood Resource Center whose materials are accessible through an online searchable database.

Goals

  1. Maintain a system of support as a part of a comprehensive system of personal development for early intervention services.
  2. Sustain collaborative partnerships with KDHE and other state agencies, institutions of higher education, local service agencies, and organizations to support professional development.
  3. Increase the knowledge, skills, and capacity of individuals and/or organizations across the state through results-based training and technical assistance.
  4. Develop and disseminate evidence and research-based materials, state level guidance documents, and training materials.
  5. Provide leadership and training for the implementation of the State Systemic Improvement Plan activities related to early intervention.
  6. Implement a plan for evaluating the impact of training and technical assistance on statewide systems, participating agencies and staff, and children and families served by participating programs.

 

System Components and Activities

Collaboration/Linkages  

  • Partnering with Colleges and Universities Involved in Early Childhood Educator Training
  • Co-Sponsor Training Events
  • Collaboration with State Agency Programs and Professional Organizations Central to Early Childhood Services
  • Co-Sponsor Conferences

Training

  • General Issues Staff Development
  • Focused Staff Development
  • Intensive Staff Development
  • Topic Specific Training
  • Summer Institute
  • Online/On-Demand Training

Information Services

  • List Service email for Infant-Toddler Networks, Infant-Toddler Program Coordinators, and Preschool Program Staff
  • Online Collaborative Training Calendar
  • Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Web Page: kskits.org
  • eUpdate
  • Best Practices Program Profiles
  • Quarterly Newsletter

Technical Assistance

  • Individual TA Plans
  • Information Packets on Specific Topics
  • New Teacher/Interventionist Support Information Packets
  • New Administrator/Service Coordinator Support Information Packets
  • Consultation/Cross Program Visitation

­Values Relating to Inservice Training for People Working

With Children (0-5)

  • Anticipated outcomes are clear and understandable.
  • Learning opportunities are provided in multiple learning formats to foster growth for all adult learners.
  • Information sharing and networking among participants acknowledges their positive contributions to the learning process.
  • Family members are included as presenters and participants.
  • Interagency and interdisciplinary participation is encouraged.
  • Collaborative training with partner agencies and programs is actively sought to maximize resources.
  • Professional development is a continuous process rather than a discrete activity, and is viewed within the context of life-long learning.

For more information  contact:

Staff, Email Links and Telephone Numbers Addresses

David P. Lindeman, Ph.D., Director
Toll free: 1-800-362-0390 ext. 1713 
or 620-421-6550 ext. 1713

Kim Page, M.S., Coordinator, Early Childhood Resource Center
Toll free: 1-800-362-0390 ext. 1638 
or 620-421-6550 ext. 1638

E-mail KITS

2601 Gabriel 
Parsons, KS 67357 

FAX: 620-421-0671

Misty GoosenEd.S., Technical Assistance Specialist
785-864-0725

Barbara Kramer, M.A., Technical Assistance Specialist
785-864-5550

Michele Utt, M.P.A., Technical Assistance Specialist
785-864-8168

University of Kansas 
Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Center
Lawrence, KS 66045
 

Peggy Kemp, Ph.D., Technical Assistance Specialist
785-456-8881
Wamego, KS 66547
Tammy Wallin, M.S., Technical Assistance Specialist 
307-797-2112
McFarland, KS 66501

Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) is a program of the Life Span Institute at Parsons and is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Infant Toddler Services.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY


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