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Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS): Summer Institute 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

KITS 2015 Summer Institute: Powerful Partnerships

Engagement is at the center of learning.  Engagement is also the catalyst for creating powerful partnerships.  Fifty-seven early childhood professionals gathered at the KU Adams Alumni Center in Lawrence the second week of June to participate in the 22nd annual Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) Summer Institute: Powerful Partnerships.

Phoebe Rinkel, Nancy Miller and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Phoebe Rinkel (left), Nancy Miller (center)
and Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

During the KITS 2015 Summer Institute, nationally recognized experts examined the importance of those positive partnerships, not only for young learners, but also for those adults who work together on their behalf.  Daily presentations focused on how early childhood professionals engage and create partnerships with the children they serve, their families, other educational partners and coworkers, and even within themselves.

As a result of attending this year’s KITS Summer Institute, participants are able to establish partnerships utilizing specific intentional practices that have an evidence base to promote learning, to empower families, to support community partners, and to build upon their own personal strengths.  This year’s schedule included the following presentations:

  • Tuesday, June 9: Powerful Partnerships with Team Members – Dathan D. Rush, Ed.D., CCC-SLP and M’Lisa Shelden, PT, Ph.D., Morganton, NC.
  • Wednesday, June 10: Powerful Partnerships Promoting Child Engagement Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., Nashville, TN.
  • Thursday, June 11: Powerful Partnerships with Families: Linked Lives – Families and Our Use of Family Practices Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt, Ph.D., Tallmadge, OH.
  • Friday, June 12: Powerful Partnerships for Effective Practices Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D., Hinckley, OH.

The KITS Summer Institute is open to all people working with children in Kansas; but priority is given to those professionals working with children, birth to eight, who have disabilities.  To attend the Summer Institute, participants must submit an online registration and enroll for college credit with one of the six partnering universities: Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University, and University of Kansas.

Submitted by Karen Rowland, KITS Program Assistant

More information is available at http://kskits.org/training/KITSSummerInst.shtml

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