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KITS - Early Childhood Outcome Training

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Chelie Nelson, PhD

To ensure that Kansas early childhood special education professionals have the most current guidance regarding early childhood outcome (ECO) reporting, the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) has designed a variety of training activities and materials for 2011 – 2012. On August 31st and September 2nd, more than 135 sites participated in the Kansas Early Childhood Outcome Update webinar.

This webinar was designed to provide early childhood special education professionals with an overview of the Kansas requirements for completing ECO ratings using the Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF), and entering rating information into the Outcome Web System (OWS). A recorded version of the webinar will soon be posted on the KITS website, along with the PowerPoint slides and a written questions and answer document based on the questions that were asked during each webinar.

In October, KITS will provide 3 regional trainings entitled, Early Childhood Outcomes: Using the Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) to Report Progress. These half-day regional workshops will be held in Topeka (Oct. 13th), Newton (Oct. 18th), and Garden City (Oct. 28th), and are designed to be an introduction to the team process for completing ECO ratings using the COSF. They were designed specifically for staff new to the ECO rating process or those who would like to review the requirements for completing a COSF.

The KITS website is the official repository for Kansas ECO resources and training information. There is a direct link to the Kansas ECO webpage from the KITS home page. This rich resource includes a section for Hot Topics where new information is posted, and a link to the OWS Login and User Guide. There are pages specific to administrators, data entry personnel, direct service providers, and those who are training new staff. Training materials are posted for both individual and group training, as well as case studies that include example COSFs.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and KITS are developing written guidance and training related to understanding and using ECO data. A document is planned that will provide local networks and districts with information, investigative questions, and strategies for understanding and looking at patterns in ECO data. A future webinar and/or training sessions will be held in the spring of 2012 to introduce the data-drill-down document and strategies.

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