The American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn. announced this month that the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center was one of 15 agencies from across the country published in two of their manuals on technology.
The publications, "The Administrative Applications of Technology" and "Computerizing Administrative Tasks in Schools," were developed as part of a research project funded by the Department of Education's division of innovation and development. The project aimed to describe state-of-the-art use of computers and related technologies and best practices within speech-language pathology and audiology services across the country; compile in-depth studies of administrative implementation of technology; prepare descriptive case studies of selected sites; and disseminate information on best practices.
The NKESC was cited for the NETworkingIEP as a "comprehensive example of the implementation of a local information database." The NETworkingIEP is a computerized Individualized Education Program, which features a single point of entry for the State Department of Special Education Management Information System.
The data originates with the teacher and then through a prescribed process, is used by administrators and the State Department of Special Education to generate local, state and federal reports without having to be collected or entered more than one time. The study recognized NETworkingIEP as one of the "applications that were truly unique."
The site license for NETworkingIEP currently is owned by 49 agencies representing 229 districts in the state. The NKESC supports these agencies using a variety of methods, including on-site training for teachers, centralized training of trainers workshops, development and distribution of training materials and troubleshooting and technical support.
Linda Shively Bowell, education coordinator for NETworkingIEP, said the national exposure could help attract more school districts to the program. "We're pretty excited," she said. "It's a real neat system and it's fairly extensively used throughout the state."