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KITS 2012 Summer Institute

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Dr. Bagnato at Summer Institute

Dr. Bagnato looks over the shoulders of Taci Alpers and Heather Caswell while they are discussing how to identify examples of exemplary authentic assessment measure.

Fifty-seven early child care professionals gathered in Wichita June 5-8, 2012, to participate in the 19th annual Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) Summer Institute: Linking Assessment Instruction and Individualized Interventions. This year's Summer Institute focused on the topic of assessment in early childhood, specifically as it is applied to making decisions related to instruction or intervention. When applied to the field of early childhood, the word "assessment" often highlights differing beliefs, expectations, and at times misconceptions regarding the assessment of young children. Appropriate collection, analysis, and utilization of meaningful data to make important instructional and/or intervention decisions is critical to quality services.

This year's Summer Institute focused on the topic of assessment in early childhood, specifically as it is applied to making decisions related to instruction or intervention. When applied to the field of early childhood, the word "assessment" often highlights differing beliefs, expectations, and at times misconceptions regarding the assessment of young children. Appropriate collection, analysis, and utilization of meaningful data to make important instructional and/or intervention decisions is critical to quality services. Professionals who do not appropriately collect and use assessment information to make instructional changes may be providing inadequate or inappropriate services to the children they serve.

Photo of Dana Pfanenstiel

Dana Pfanenstiel, an Early Childhood
Special Education Teacher with High Plains
Educational Cooperative, has attended several of
the KITS Summer Institutes; and commented:
"This year's Summer Institute was once again very
beneficial to me as a professional. The wealth of knowledge
the speakers shared with us was outstanding.
As a result, I am going to share the
information that I learned with my
team members so we can refine our assessment procedures."

"Kansas professionals were fortunate again at this year's Summer Institute to have access to nationally recognized experts in the assessment of young children", noted Dave Lindeman, KITS Director. (Pictured at the left, participating in an assessment data collection activity.)

These recognized experts led the four daylong sessions: Stephen Bagnato, Ed.D., NCSP, University of Pittsburgh – Schools of Education and Medicine; Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D., University of Kentucky – College of Education; Terrie Rose, Ph.D. , LP; Greg Cheatham, Ph.D. and Audra Classen, MSE , University of Kansas – Department of Special Education.

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. More information is available on their website.



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