The TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports project (ATBS) task is to: Develop agency capacity to serve students with ASD and other complex needs in a manner that maximizes positive outcomes. Our activities that lead to improving outcomes include: We work directly with agency administrators to identify the goals of their agency. We collaborate with leadership to identify the resources within their agency to meet the diverse needs of students with ASD and Complex Needs. We help to analyze the gaps in those resources. We work together with agencies a systematic plan to address the professional development needs of staff who serve students with ASD and other Complex Needs. We support the agency in the implementation of their targeted professional development plan and the application of evidence-based practices through the development of internal agency-wide coaches.
Families Together, Inc. is the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for Kansas. They provide support to families of children with disabilities. This support includes programs designed to build and sustain strong, healthy, informed, and actively involved family members who can work together to improve the lifelong outcomes for their child or sibling with a disability.
The General Supervision, Timely and Accurate Data (GSTAD) project provides data management for the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, including reporting district performance and supporting the Kansas Integrated Accountability System.
The Kansas Infinitec project provides educators in Kansas with access to resources, information, and training on state of the art assistive technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
InfiniTEXT is a partnership with the UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago and the Kansas State Department of Education. This partnership provides state-wide access to an on-line repository of digitized instructional materials including textbooks and other classroom related printed materials.
The Kansans Can Competency Framework provides a structured, embedded process for developing career-equipped, lifelong learners that are socially and emotionally engaged. Through a school-wide focus on specific competencies and their respective essential components, enacted through implementation elements (i.e., effective collaboration, multi-tier instruction and interventions, and data-based decision making), students will be ready to take on the real-world challenges that await them.
The Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Visually Impaired provides, or assists in the procurement of, Braille, large print, or recorded textbooks and other educational materials for Kansas students who are blind/visually impaired.
The Kansas Learning Network (KLN) project provides targeted intensive support and ongoing coaching to districts and schools identified by KSDE through their accountability systems.
In an effort to build capacity of districts to support early literacy, struggling readers and to ensure teachers have the knowledge to effectively support all students with reading instruction, KSDE TASN is supporting LETRS 3rd Edition Facilitator training on an annual basis in Kansas beginning in June 2020.
The Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) project provides resource development, training, and support for district wide implementation of the Kansas MTSS framework. This includes implementation preschool through high school and includes support for reading, math, behavior, early childhood, and secondary transition.
The Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) project provides information, training and support to educators and families in developing and implementing effective parent engagement practices.
The Kansas Recruitment and Retention project provides support to Kansas districts, schools and educators through the Kansas Education Employment Board (KEEB) and to early career special education staff through the Kansas e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) effort.
The Kansas TSVI/COMS project supports the preparation and mentoring of TSVIs and COMS in order to provide effective instruction for students who are blind or visually impaired across the state.
The Kansas Teachers of the Deaf project supports the preparation and mentoring of teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Special Education and Title Services (SETS) provides leadership and support all learners receiving special education or title services throughout Kansas schools and communities.
The School Mental Health Initiative provides school communities with resources, consultation, and training to aid in the development and integration of a continuum of social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health practices and supports for children within a multi tier system framework.
The TASN Coordination project assists educators and families in connecting to resources and supports available through TASN and partners. In addition they work closely with KSDE SETS Leadership in ensuring that TASN is meeting statewide needs.
The Kansas Co-Teaching project and training cadre provides training, coaching and support to districts and educators state wide to effectively use co-teaching practices within classrooms at all levels.
The TASN Evaluation project assists the entire TASN system in designing and implementing an evaluation system that focuses on measuring the effectiveness, implementation, and sustainability of efforts.