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The KIDS Coaching and Training Project staff (KIDS coaches) offer individualized classroom teacher and team support that builds on strengths and facilitates high quality practice through on-site visits, on-going communication and reflective and embedded professional learning opportunities.  In addition, educators can find professional learning opportunities on a range of topics relating to KIDS.​​

 Professional Learning Opportunities

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten. Below is a calendar of professional learning opportunities for those who administer KIDS or who are interested in knowing more about it. Check back periodically for updates. If you are interested in a KIDS training but are unable to find a session near you, please contact Michelle Escapa at 217-652-4276 or​.​

 Presentations & Webinars

  • ​KIDS On-Demand Sessions - Access pre-recorded webinars on specific topics below:
    • Accessing Reports in KIDStech (Tutorial)
      This webinar provides an overview of available reports and step-by-step directions on accessing reports for individual students or groups of students in KIDStech.​
    • ​Social Emotional Learning Life Skills NOT Lesson Plans
      From practical, hands-on activities to embracing a holistic SEL framework, this session makes social and emotional learning the foundation for promoting positive student outcomes. Participants will understand how a comprehensive, equity-based SEL approach aligns to the SEL Framework competencies, the Illinois Social/Emotional Learning Standards, and KIDS Measures.
    • ​KIDS Refresher
      If you have previously attended the required KIDS Implementation Training or it has been a while since implementing the tool due to a grade level change then this refresher is for you. This session is a review of implementing the KIDS tool focusing on the developmental continuums, importance of observing and documenting and how to access KIDStech reports. 
    • KIDStech Tutorial:  Entering Ratings
      Learn ho​w to enter ratings in KIDStech​PDF Document. This webinar walks you through how to enter ratings on the 14 State Readiness Measures and more. Step-by-step directions are given on how to access the instrument view or rating record view. Instructions are provided on how to ensure all student ratings are entered and locked. 
    • Observing and Documenting: Anytime, Anyplace
      This session will focus on refining observation skills and documenting evidence-- in any setting-- to support and inform instruction. We’ll review best practices in collecting evidence that can work for your learning plan. Tune in to learn strategies on collecting descriptive and rich documentation.
  • KIDS Overview webinar (8​/23/2017)
  • KIDS Second Year Results: An Overview for Administrators (4/4/2019)

 KIDS Coaching

KIDS coaches provide tailored, on-site support to Kindergarten Teachers and Administrators across the state. Districts, schools and individuals can request FREE support by reaching out to their assigned, regional KIDS coach or the KIDS coach may initiate the first contact, based on information from data or the field. Learn more about available Learning Opportunities with KIDS Coaches through the Learning Opportunities link below. You can also find your KIDS coach and contact information by using the KIDS Coaching Interactive Map (below). For questions about Coaching, please send an inquiry to Michelle Escapa at 217-652-4276 or​.​

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