TASN works with technical assistance providers throughout Kansas.

Educate Kansas

Educate Kansas (formerly the Kansas Education Employment Board - KEEB), administered by the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush), is a free recruitment service aimed at attracting highly qualified candidates to Kansas education jobs. Educate Kansas provides an innovative, user-friendly, universal recruitment and employment website (www.kansasteachingjobs.com) that Kansas schools and universities can use to advertise job openings. Educate Kansas allows applicants to apply for positions electronically and provides information on licensure, state sponsored tuition and scholarship programs, and resumé assistance. Additionally, Educate Kansas produces the annual Kansas Special Education Attrition Report to determine the number of individuals leaving special education positions in Kansas each year.

Families Together, Inc.

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.

Instruction within Inclusive Learning Environments

The High Quality Instruction within Inclusive Learning Environments project is a long-standing partnership with KSDE and Infinitec at United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago. We build upon the successful alliance and history of the Infinitec Coalition and Co-Teaching. The project’s overarching goal is to increase inclusion, integration of technology, and implementation of high leverage and evidence based practices to improve student outcomes. Our structured, ongoing professional learning systems build educator capacity statewide.

Kansans Can Competency Framework

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 intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, enacted through implementation elements (i.e., effective collaboration, multi-tier instruction and interventions, and data-based decision making), students develop self-regulation, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Through collaboration with KSDE, Kansas educators become recognized trainers in the Competency Framework and provide professional development across the state.

Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC)

The Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC) provides instructional materials and services, including professional development seminars, to support teachers across Kansas working with students with visual impairments. The project represents a partnership between the KSDE and the Kansas State School for the Blind.

Kansas Learning Network (KLN)

The KSDE addresses the Elementary and Secondary Education Act priority of providing comprehensive support and improvement to qualifying schools through sustained coaching within a rigorous and collaborative systems-change process facilitated by the Kansas Learning Network (KLN). In partnership with the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, KLN coaches work closely with school and district leadership teams to complete a comprehensive needs assessment focusing on root causes, data analysis, risk factors, and expansion of successful elements of the school system. Schools and districts then develop and carry out action plans to modify their infrastructure to improve outcomes for all learners.

Kansas LETRS

In an effort to address potential learning loss and improve early literacy, struggling readers and to ensure teachers have the knowledge to effectively support all students with reading instruction, KSDE is supporting the training of PreK-Grade 3 instructional staff in identified districts using LETRS 3rd Edition. This effort will begin in the fall of 2021.

Kansas MTSS and Alignment

The KSDE, through a collaboration with Keystone Learning Services, offers the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Alignment project, which provides multi-phase training and coaching to district leadership and building teams pre-k through high school to implement an aligned academic, behavioral, and social-emotional framework in achievement of the five Kansas State Board of Education outcomes.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)

The KSDE and the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) support meaningful family engagement at all levels of education to promote the educational success of each Kansas child. KPIRC partners with other TASN projects (e.g., Kansas Learning Network, Kansas MTSS and Alignment, the School Mental Health Initiative) to infuse family engagement strategies into statewide professional development. Staff collaborate at the state and local levels to incorporate family engagement into policies for accreditation (KESA); School Redesign; and the five State Board outcomes of Kindergarten Readiness, Graduation Rates, Postsecondary Success, Individual Plans of Study, and Social-Emotional Growth.

Kansas Teacher Retention Project (eMSS)

The Kansas Teacher Retention Project provides ongoing, online mentoring to teachers beginning careers in special education through e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) program. This project represents a partnership between the KSDE and Pittsburg State University. Mentors, who are experienced educators in Kansas and nationwide, undergo a rigorous training process to ensure mentees receive quality mentorship.

Kansas Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists Preparation and Mentorship

The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) Field Services Department collaborates with both the KSDE and the TASN Coordination project to recruit and train Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (TSVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS). The TASN support offsets tuition and fees, books, and some travel while participants are attending the out-of-state, graduate-level teacher preparation programs. This includes KSSB providing preservice mentoring and onsite support to participants in training. Additionally, participants complete an immersion experience at KSSB which fulfills the student teaching and/or internship requirements of their program.

Kansas Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) Endorsement & Professional Development Project

The KSDE, through collaboration with the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) and the TASN Coordination project, facilitates access to training to develop Teachers of the Deaf by offsetting tuition and books for a master’s level teacher preparation program. Additionally, KSD provides mentoring, on-site student teaching, and immersion experiences.

KSDE Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Team at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) supports local agencies providing early learning opportunities and collaborates with internal and external partners to strengthen early childhood in Kansas. Early childhood spans birth to age 8 (third grade). Our goal is that each student enters kindergarten at age 5 socially, emotionally and academically prepared for success.

KSDE Special Education & Title Services

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.

TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports (ATBS)

The Kansas Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports (ATBS) project is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of master educators, behavior specialists, speech language pathologists, and social workers with the goal of supporting Kansas school districts in building local capacity to serve children with diverse learning or complex and challenging behavioral needs. In collaboration with the KSDE, the ATBS team provides on-site support; technical assistance and consultation; resources; and interrelated, evidence-based professional development on the educational identification of autism, structured teaching, behavior interventions, communication assessment and instruction, social competencies, coaching, and skills for Kansas educators.

TASN Capacity Development Project

The TASN Capacity Development Project, through contract, is administered by Utah State University/TAESE and awarded by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Special Education and Title Services division. The TASN Capacity Development Project assists in maintaining State Education Agency compliance with IDEA and ESSA and supports activities to attain the vision and outcomes of the Kansas State Board of Education and KSDE.

TASN Coordination

Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) Coordination collaborates with the KSDE Special Education and Title Services (SETS) leadership to maintain the vision of the KSDE TASN. TASN Coordination is administered by Pittsburg State University College of Education. The TASN Coordination team focuses on scaling-up the TASN in a way that aligns and integrates the work of the funded initiatives to build statewide capacity. The goal is a structure that provides accessible, statewide services and supports to educators and families to achieve improved outcomes for students pre-kindergarten through high school.

TASN Evaluation

In collaboration with KSDE Special Education and Title Services leadership, TASN Evaluation provides a comprehensive evaluation of the KSDE Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) and each TASN project. Evaluation efforts focus on increasing the effectiveness, implementation, and sustainability of TASN projects to ensure that projects’ efforts are evidence based, meaningful, and have a positive, lasting impact on educators, families, and students. The TASN Evaluation project is housed at Research Collaboration in the University of Kansas Life Span Institute.

TASN General Supervision, Timely and Accurate Data (GSTAD)

The General Supervision, Timely and Accurate Data (GSTAD) project, through a contract administered by Keystone Learning Services and awarded by the KSDE Special Education and Title Services division, supports Kansas districts by: • Assisting with training and support for Management Information System (MIS) data collection • Assisting with data reporting, ensuring that KSDE has timely and accurate data.

TASN School Mental Health Initiative

The KSDE operates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 84.323A State Personnel Development Grant, which funds the Kansas School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI). The SMHI provides a professional development and coaching system to integrate school mental health and trauma-informed practices within the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment framework. By leveraging school-community resources and facilitating collaboration between school districts and community mental health providers, the SMHI aims to improve outcomes for students and families in alignment with the Kansas State Board of Education outcome of social-emotional growth.

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