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Keys offers a variety of trainings that develop skills and knowledge to help parents help other families and engage in system level advocacy.

Trainings to Help Others: These trainings can help you help both your own child and other families.

Collaboration Between Families and Providers

This 3 hour training explains federal and state requirements for family involvement and outlines the rationale behind them. Participants learn strategies to help families and providers move to higher levels of expert-identified best practice. Participants are exposed to national research and best practice and given opportunities to apply theory to specific incidents of school and mental health planning for children with serious emotional and/or behavioral problems. This training is also available on CD-Rom for purchase from Keys.

Connecting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

This is a 12 hour training that introduces participants to changes made in the 2004 IDEA Reauthorization, espcially those that align special education law with NCLB. Participants learn to develop IEPs, according to IDEA 2004 and NCLB, that a) address academic, developmental, and functional needs, b) align goals with curriculum standards, and c) provide services and supports that have been proven to work in scientific research. The training also addresses how to evaluate the effectiveness of IEP goals by monitoring academic progress.

Cultural Competence

The 3 hour Cultural Competence training defines categories of culturally competent practice and establishes criteria to move to higher levels of expert-identified best practice. Participants are exposed to national research and best practice and given opportunities to apply theory to specific incidents of school and mental health planning for children with serious emotional and/or behavioral problems. This training is also available on CD-Rom for purchase from Keys.

Developing Behavior-Focused IEP’s

This is 6 hour training for parents on planning and preparing strategies to assist school teams to develop behavior-focused Individualized Education Plans for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The training leads parents through strategies that identify behavioral needs, establish a vision and set goals, brainstorm service options, select interventions based on strengths and resources of the team, and, finally, establish the protocols and timelines to evaluate progress. The training helps parents understand their rights at each stage of the process: referral, identification, placement, and evaluation.

Developing Behavior-Focused Section 504 Plans

This 6 hour training focuses parents on planning and preparing strategies to assist school teams to develop behavior-focused Section 504 plans for children with emotional and behavioral problems. The training helps parents whose children are found ineligible for special education related services. The training leads parents through strategies that identify behavioral needs, establish a vision and set goals, brainstorm service options, select interventions based on strengths and resources of the team, and, finally, establish the protocols and timelines to evaluate progress.

Family Involvement

The Family Involvement 3 hour training defines the continuum of deepening family involvement principles and establishes criteria to move to higher levels of expert-identified best practice. Participants are exposed to national research and best practice and given opportunities to apply theory to specific incidents of school and mental health planning for children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. This training is also available on CD-Rom for purchase from Keys.

Monitoring Academic Progress

Monitoring Academic Progress (12 hour training) teaches strategies to monitor academic progress according to state and district curriculum standards. Participants learn to compare student performance on state assessments, report cards, and class work. The training focuses on utilizing this information to develop appropriate educational services and supports.

Negotiation Skills

Negotiation Skills training is available in 3 and 6 hour sessions. This course offers families, schools, and community service providers instruction in the basic concepts and techniques of Win, Win negotiation. Instructors help participants identify options and communication strategies in the context of securing children’s services. The class is based on the concepts set forth in Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Fisher, Ury, & Patton

Outcome Development

The Outcome Development 3 hour training focuses parents on developing specific behavioral outcomes and benchmarks so they can participate with provider teams (school, mental health, court services, foster care reintegration, etc.) in defining the success/failure of agency plans for their children and family. The course teaches families to develop check points and strategies so they can determine when agency plans are working/not working. This class is offered by request.

Parent-to-Parent Support/Advocacy

This 12 hour training is available in both face-to-face and telephone group presentations. It is offered four times per year through a grant with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Additional trainings are available by appointment. Costs are negotiable. The training includes many of the small topics covered in individual trainings.

Supporting Your Child in School and Developing Parent, Teacher, and Student Learning Compacts

This is a 6 hour training offered on site to help parents establish and maintain relationships with teachers through an analysis of the child’s learning strengths. Participants develop a learning compact to facilitate communication links between home and school. This training is offered by request to Kansas schools and community agencies. It is free to agencies that include parents in the training.