Goal 1: Improve achievement of students with disabilities through the sustained implementation of research-based instructional practices.
MTSS is a coherent continuum of evidence based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and behavioral needs, with frequent data-based monitoring for instructional decision-making to empower each Kansas student to achieve high standards.
Official Website: http://www.kansasmtss.org/
The KSDE Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) is jointly administered by Pittsburg State University and the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) at Utah State University. TASN's goal is to effectively support Kansas districts’ systematic implementation of evidenced-based practices resulting in improved results for children in Kansas.
Official Website: http://ksdetasn.org/
The activities within the Kansas SPDG are evaluated through a utilization-focused method in which evaluation is most concerned about supplying decision-makers with high quality data to guide their actions toward systemic educational improvement. In addition, the evaluation team from the KU Center for Research on Learning collaborates with KSDE Special Education Services to build the capacity for all contractual partners to incorporate a systematic approach to evaluation, progress monitoring, and continuous improvement of their professional development efforts.
Families Together, Inc. collaborates with KSDE to ensure that the interests of families of students with disabilities are taken into account in developing and implementing the MTSS initiative. The project supports family involvement in all aspects of the educational process and disseminates information on MTSS and other initiatives to families.
Official Website: http://www.familiestogetherinc.org/
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The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) collaborates with KSDE to ensure that the interests of families are taken into account in developing and implementing the MTSS initiative. The project supports family involvement in all aspects of the educational process and disseminates information on MTSS and other initiatives to families.
Official Website: http://www.kpirc.org/
The Kansas Education Employment Board (KEEB) has two primary goals: the recruitment of qualified teachers for high-need positions and the retention of effective teachers. Much of KEEB’s work occurs through their online tools. Their recruitment site (called the Kansas Education Employment Board, http://www.kansasteachingjobs.com) has searchable job postings, accepts online applications, and provides resources on résumé building and finding scholarships and tuition assistance programs. Through collaboration with the New Teachers' Center, the KEEB offers e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) to early career special educators in Kansas.
Official Website: http://www.kansasteachingjobs.com
The Mission of TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports is to support Kansas school districts in building local capacity to serve students with diverse learning needs through results based professional development training and technical assistance.
Official Website: http://www.kansasasd.com/
Project Success is dedicated to improving student performance in reading and math for students in special education, through supporting Kansas schools, teachers, students in special education, and families.
Project Success supports Kansas schools by:
- Collecting and disseminating resources about reading, math, and LRE.
- Supporting districts to analyze their data to identify root causes of low scores on performance and compliance indicators related to serving students in special education.
- Providing training and technical assistance to Kansas districts on applying evidence-based practices, including co-teaching, to improve performance of students in special education in reading and math.
- Providing training and technical assistance to Kansas districts on improving their capacity to serve students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
Project Success is a partnership of The Beach Center on Disability and the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas, and the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center and Families Together, Inc.
Official Website: https://www.kansasprojectsuccess.org/about
Dr. Richard A. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the world, to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings. Rich has been a middle and high school classroom teacher, special educator, special education coordinator, pupil personnel services director, and director of instructional services. Rich works with schools, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and advocacy organizations. He has authored over a hundred articles and book chapters regarding inclusive education, differentiated instruction, collaborative planning and teaching, and school restructuring. Dr. Villa has co-edited twelve books and developed three multimedia kits for teachers, administrators, and parents. Rich possesses the conceptual, technical, and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with others and facilitate change and progress in education. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and is known for his enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and humorous style of presenting.
Official Website: http://www.ravillabayridge.com/index.html
The New Teacher Center e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) is an innovative, nationwide content and exceptionality specific online mentoring program that advances high-quality math, science and special education instruction for all students by accelerating the effectiveness and increasing the retention of new teachers of these subject and specialist areas.
Talented and expert science, math and special education teachers are often in short supply in hard-to-staff schools. School leaders have limited availability to release the few content experts available from their classrooms to focus on instructional mentoring or professional development of their newer colleagues. Even with face-to-face induction and mentoring programs in place, science, math, or special education teachers may have nowhere to turn for content or exceptionality specific support or professional development related to their subject area.
Official Website: http://newteachercenter.org/services/emss
The Kansas School for the Deaf, where a vision for the future combines with a rich heritage to produce a remarkable present, is a placement option available to all deaf children in Kansas ages 3-21. The Kansas State School for the Deaf provides a barrier-free communication environment which fosters early, fluent communication and on-going fluent communication as a means of broadening horizons and maximizing possibilities.
Official Website: http://ksdeaf.org/
The Kansas State School for the Blind is a special purpose school for students aged 3-21 years of age who are visually impaired and are referred by their local school district for evaluation at KSSB in consideration of a placement decision. KSSB is a secondary service provider that assists school districts in their provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education for their students, through time-limited placements and statewide outreach services. Regardless of where KSSB services are provided, school districts retain primary responsibility for their students.
Official Website: http://www.kssb.net/