KSSB provides a network of services to meet the needs of students with a visual impairment in the state of Kansas.  Services extend beyond the main campus in Kansas City to reach local school districts in every corner.  The local school district strives to provide quality instruction that enhances the eduction for each student. KSSB offers a variety of  professional development and technical assistance opportunities to partner with the local education address the needs of students with a visual impairment.

KSSB Professional Development Opportunities
Other Professional Development Opportunities

Using a Team Approach when Evaluating Students with the Woodcock-Johnson IV Braille Adaptation (click to expand)

When: January 27, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM

Where: Zoom

Register for Team Approach when Evaluating Students

Psychologists and diagnosticians trained in using the Woodcock-Johnson IV rarely have the knowledge and experience necessary to validly evaluate students with visual impairments who use braille. Join this webinar to learn how to be a valuable team member in administering and scoring the tests and in interpreting the results.

Foundations of Duxbury (click to expand)

When: January 31, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM

Where: Zoom

Register for Foundations of Duxbury

The Communication Continuum (click to expand)

When: February 2, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Register for The Communication Continuum

Early Childhood PLC 2/3 (click to expand)

When: February 11, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Zoom or In-Person

Register for The Early Childhood PLC 2/3

Calling Early Childhood Educators!  A learning community of enhanced collaborative and individual support of Kindergarten Readiness is beginning October 8. Learning community content will be driven by KESA state board outcomes as outlined by KSDE/KSBE. Focused topics will include KSDE Early Childhood Program updates, but also will be driven by educators, as we strive to administer and interpret ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 students’ data, consider state and federal grant applications, connect with Parents as Teachers’ programs, and strategize ways to engage our families and communities as partners in education. Importantly, networking and collaborating with fellow early childhood educators will be emphasized. Our learning communities will plan to meet three times (second Friday of the month) with college credit available for participants attending 3/3 learning communities.

  • Participants will gain knowledge of KSDE Early Childhood program updates and other state-wide initiatives.
  • Participants will engage in curriculum development, content, and strategies to more effectively teach young children
  • Participants will collaborate and share resources.

REGISTRATION FEES: NO CHARGE
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level credit available from MNU for $45 at conclusion of all sessions. Requires attendance at all 3 sessions plus assignment completion.
CANCELLATION:
Events with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to event date.

Early Childhood PLC 3/3 (click to expand)

When: April 8, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Zoom or In-Person

Register for The Early Childhood PLC 3/3

Calling Early Childhood Educators!  A learning community of enhanced collaborative and individual support of Kindergarten Readiness is beginning October 8. Learning community content will be driven by KESA state board outcomes as outlined by KSDE/KSBE. Focused topics will include KSDE Early Childhood Program updates, but also will be driven by educators, as we strive to administer and interpret ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 students’ data, consider state and federal grant applications, connect with Parents as Teachers’ programs, and strategize ways to engage our families and communities as partners in education. Importantly, networking and collaborating with fellow early childhood educators will be emphasized. Our learning communities will plan to meet three times (second Friday of the month) with college credit available for participants attending 3/3 learning communities.

  • Participants will gain knowledge of KSDE Early Childhood program updates and other state-wide initiatives.
  • Participants will engage in curriculum development, content, and strategies to more effectively teach young children
  • Participants will collaborate and share resources.

REGISTRATION FEES: NO CHARGE
COLLEGE CREDIT: Optional 0.5 graduate-level credit available from MNU for $45 at conclusion of all sessions. Requires attendance at all 3 sessions plus assignment completion.
CANCELLATION: Events with less than 5 registrants are subject to cancellation one week prior to event date.

Kansans Can and Do Symposium (click to expand)

When: February 28 – March 1, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Manhattan, KS (In-Person)

Register for the Kansans Can and Do Symposium

Learn more about the Kansans Can and Do Symposium

 The Symposium is specifically designed to support the implementation of the Kansans Can initiative and will focus on Kansas school districts who are successfully implementing the Kansans Can model.

TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour (click to expand)

When: Mondays

Time: 3:00 PM (CDT)

Where: Virtual

View the TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour Schedule

Looking for some PD Time? Need a chance to visit with colleagues?

Please join members of our Outreach team in discussing topics related to supporting students and families of students with visual impairments or who are deafblind.

Captioning will be provided, if you need anything else, please email Kaycee Bennett at . Some logistics will be different this time around, but you can expect the same commitment to providing information, discussion, and collaboration on topics important to students who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind, including CVI, Active Learning, distance strategies, and family engagement.

Here are some important details:

1. Coffee Hour sessions happen every week on Mondays at 3:00 pm (CDT)  starting on August 2nd, 2021.

2. Registration is required for each session. This means that CEUs are available! Registration links can be found in the schedule on this page. (You must have an account in our ESC-Works system to register for the Coffee Hour sessions. If you do not have an account, you can set one up here.)

3. Zoom links will be provided for each session. So again, please make sure you register!

Looking for certificates, handouts, chat logs, or recordings?

Visit the TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour archives. Here you can watch recordings and download handouts from past sessions. 2020 Coffee Hours – 2021/2022 Coffee Hours (combined)

For sessions held before August 2020, view past materials (2019–2020 school year sessions only)

Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference (click to expand)

When: February 23rd – February 25th

Where: Double Tre by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel

Register for the Early Childhood Conference

40th Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) has scholarships available to help childcare providers pay for professional development opportunities in Kansas including conference fees, CEUs, online or community training, and early childhood community college courses.  If you are a Kansas resident and accept DCF subsidy in your licensed childcare, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship for the cost of registration for this conference. Contact Haley Hynek at KCCTO for more information about this scholarship opportunity – 1-785-532-7197 or 1-800-227-3578.

Community of Practice Seminars

The KSSB Field Services Specialists hold Community of Practice (COP) seminars around the state of Kansas. The COP seminars are designed for TSVIs and COMSs to collaborate and exchange ideas for instruction, adaptations, and assistive technology.

KSSB Field Service Specialist Contacts

Pam Arbeiter: Northeast Kansas

Cell: 913-424-3324opens phone dialer or Email: parbeiter@kssdb.orgcreate new email

Anna Cyr: North Central Kansas

Cell: 913-645-5324opens phone dialer or Email: acyr@kssdb.orgcreate new email

Menely Hogan: Western Kansas

Cell: 913-645-2659opens phone dialer or Email: mhogan@kssdb.orgcreate new email

Debbie Moody: South Central Kansas

Cell: 913-982-7712opens phone dialer or Email: dmoody@kssdb.orgcreate new email

Molly Reardon: Wyandotte/Johnson

Cell: 913-309-7041opens phone dialer  or Email: mreardon@kssdb.orgcreate new email

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