Outline of the state of Kansas, with the text "About the Project"
The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) and Drs. Amy Gaumer Erickson and Pattie Noonan partnered to offer the Kansas College and Career Competencies Project, inviting educators from middle and high schools throughout the state to participate in a professional development initiative. The project aims to support Kansas schools in implementing the College and Career Competency Framework (Gaumer Erickson, Noonan, & Soukup, 2013). During the 2017-18 school year, numerous professional development opportunities are available.

Team Training and Coaching for Middle and High Schools (Application due 9/29/17)

We are looking for teams from 12 Kansas middle and high schools to participate in a free 3-day training series that will be held in Topeka. The series will focus on the interpersonal competencies of assertiveness and conflict management. Team training is available to 12 interdisciplinary teams comprised of key roles (e.g., general education, special education, career technical education, counseling, administration). Download application. For more information, contact Pattie Noonan at pnoonan@ku.edu.

KS CCC Trainer/Coach Training (Application Due 9/29/17)

Are you passionate about the competencies and interested in training others? During 2017-18, six individuals will participate in intensive professional learning to become Kansas CCC Framework Trainers. These Trainer/Coach candidates will work directly with Drs. Noonan and Gaumer Erickson to expand their expertise through observation, coaching, performance-based assessment, and small-group learning. Once trained, Kansas Recognized CCC Trainers provide high-quality professional development specific to competency expertise. For information on becoming a Kansas CCC Framework Trainer, contact Pattie Noonan at pnoonan@ku.edu. Download application.

Online Learning: Courses full for 17-18; enrollment is closed

Free online courses on self-regulation, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management are being provided to Kansas educators who registered (30 educators per course). These courses are now full, and enrollment is closed. To sign up to receive information about 18-19 online courses as it becomes available, complete this form.

Independent Book Study (Available August 2017)

Want to learn more but unable to participate in training? The Skills That Matter: Teaching Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies in Any Classroom (Noonan & Gaumer Erickson, 2018) provides middle and high school educators with resources, tools, and practical examples to teach key intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, including self-regulation, goal setting, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Readers will find competency-specific, evidence-based instructional strategies with examples, as well as guidance on embedding competencies within content-area instruction. The book can be purchased from Corwin Press at https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-skills-that-matter/book255639.