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Sustained Training for the Kansas Infant/Toddler System (STKITS)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

This is a new two-year grant received by David P. Lindeman, Ph.D., Project Director.

The project is funded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The grant start date: October 1, 2009.

Project Staff: Carol Stewart, Ozawkie; Jean Kang, Lawrence; Peggy Miksch, Wamego; and Debbie Moody, Parsons.

The purpose of this project is to assure that Kansas tiny-k infant/toddler networks have access to critical and fundamental information, when they need it, when it is important to them, in a style conductive to adult learning, and on demand. Research informs us that adult learners need and often prefer “just in time” information and information that can be quickly transferred from the training/learning environment to the work environment. In other words, it is no longer enough to train an early intervention provider one time on how to do the crucial tasks or activities of their job.

Project Summary

The purpose of this project is to assure that Kansas tiny-k infant/toddler networks have access to critical and fundamental information, when they need it, when it is important to them, in a style conductive to adult learning, and on demand. Research informs us that adult learners need and often prefer “just in time” information and information that can be quickly transferred from the training/learning environment to the work environment. In other words, it is no longer enough to train an early intervention provider one time on how to do the crucial tasks or activities of their job. A critical feature to the implementation of knowledge is that additional feedback and follow-up is essential to learning and that the feedback and follow-up support skill application. Additionally, training must be paired with access to information throughout the provider’s career so that the provider has the information at the ready and quickly accessible when a question, issue or problem arises.

The training components of this project will allow access at any point along the learner’s professional development and work continuum and not just at certain points in time such as entry into the system.     

This paired with on site support and additional resources will allow an early intervention provider to revisit the job informational/training materials, as they need it.

The goals of this project are to:

  1. Expand the knowledge base and improve the skills of new and existing tiny-k infant/toddler network staff in the area of Family Service Coordination through the provision of online interactive toolkits;
  2. Expand the knowledge base and improve the skills of new and existing tiny-k infant/toddler network staff in basic and foundational early intervention evidence based practices for the provision of Part C Service through online interactive training modules; and
  3. Develop a network/infrastructure of professionals as a state resource for training through the further development of a train the trainer system and development of Communities of Practice around topics identified as a need by the tiny-k infant/toddler programs.


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