Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.

KansaStar/IndiStar

KansaStar

To set up a new KansaStar account, to obtain log-in information, and questions related to state-level requirements please contact Jean Rush at jrush@ksde.org or 785.296.7884.  

For all other questions related to best practices while using KansaStar please contact Kayla Day - KLN Implementation Coach & Process Manager at kayla.day@swplains.org or 620.640.1569. 

 

The following modules model the process of working in KansaStar. 

Foundational

Defining and/or Refining the Leadership Team The leadership team in your system plays an important role.  This group is responsible for setting school improvement goals, serving as key communicators to all stakeholders, analyzing data to make school-wide decisions, and determining professional development needs.  This tutorial will provide context as the administrator is creating a leadership team or is redefining the current team. 

Effective Communication The leadership team is the conduit of communication for all stakeholders (students, staff, parents, community members, etc).  A clear method and protocol of how, when, and why something is communicated will ensure that the leadership team is providing consistent messaging, giving necessary information to the appropriate groups, and helping to process information.  

Collaboration -  Leadership teams are not born. They're developed.  So often, teams are asked to be on committees or to be members of a group without truly understanding how to function as a collaborative team member.  This resource offers research around what it means to be collaborative, why it's necessary, and how to achieve it.  

Data-Based Decision Making Developing a systematic and purposeful way of exploring data as a leadership team is essential in the successful implementation of effective practices for school improvement. 

Decision-Making Decision making is a vital piece of any groups' success and many don't know that there should be a process around how decisions get and stay made.  This tutorial will encourage leaders and teams to think through the steps needed to move from dialogue to discussion to finally decision making.  

Prepare

Choosing Indicators - Coming Soon

Implement

Assessing Indicators  When the leadership team assesses an indicator, the team is assessing the current level of implementation of that indicator of effective practice in your school.  This module will walk the team through reflective questions and other considerations when determining the level of implementation for indicators.  

Current State & Desired State The leadership team begins the assessment of the current state by looking at the current level of implementation of an indicator of effective practice in the school.  The desired state is the narrative the team creates around what the indicator will look like when fully implemented within the system. 

Monitor & Adjust

Monitoring Progress Implementation to fidelity refers to how closely the procedures of a process are followed (Mellard & Johnson, 2008).  One of the most critical roles of the leadership team is to ensure that all procedures and practices within a system are followed. (KS MTSS & Alignment Structuring Guide).

Sustainability - Coming Soon 

Navigating the KansaStar Platform

Our Direction-Video

Our Meetings-Video

Success Cycle-Video

Our Progress-Video

Data Mining-Video

Viewing Feedback-Video

Helpful Resources

Effective Practices: Research Briefs and Evidence Ratings

KansaStar Indicators of Effective Practice

4 Rs Aligned with KansaStar Indicators

Wise Ways

2019 Summer Leadership Conference: KansaStar for CSI, TSI, ATS, Schoolwide, Redesign, and KESA (Video)