The health of Kansas families and communities requires investments in our children. That’s the idea behind Project LAUNCH, a program managed by the University of Kansas that’s helping Finney County children reach their potential.
Labette county high school science teacher Jenny Gartner is always looking for new ways to engage her students. She found exactly what she was looking for thanks to the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program at the University of Kansas.
It’s the nightmare scenario for grain workers: You’re working inside the grain bin when you’re suddenly engulfed by grain. You try to escape, but the grain acts like quicksand, making it impossible to pull yourself out — and difficult for anyone else to lift you out without specialized training.
Responding to the state’s increasing Somali-speaking population, the University of Kansas is now one of the nation’s first universities to offer Somali language training.
Matt Enyart and Kris Matthews recently spent 18 months traveling the state to train mental health professionals in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Now, the two University of Kansas researchers are delivering a “PBS-to-Go Box” to 21 community mental health centers so practitioners can help children across Kansas.
PBS is an evidence-based practice that changes behavior and the environment where it happens — in this case, the challenging behavior of high-risk, high-needs kids who often end up in psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
Teachers are always looking for new ways to inspire students. But as any teacher can tell you, it isn’t always easy to find new curriculum or educational materials for the classroom.
Although Kansas law requires elementary and secondary schools to have an anti-bullying policy, the schools often struggle to translate this legal obligation into effective policies and practices that address the pervasive problem.
But a team of University of Kansas researchers is developing a model policy that will help schools across the state clearly define bullying and implement strategies for dealing with bullying and related issues.