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Kentucky Intiative for Social Skills and Emotional Development

Kentucky Initiative for Social Skills and Emotional Development



The KISSED modules have been revised. We are offering a session, Preschool Pandemonium: Calming the Chaos (A Prelude to KISSED) Training Highlighting Conscious Discipline Strategies. 

This training provides an overview of Conscious Discipline with an emphasis on Universal Strategies to help children with challenging behaviors.  Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a Conscious Discipline book.  This training is open to all teachers and administrators regardless of whether they plan to attend KISSED.  It is a requirement for those who plan to attend KISSED during this school year if they have not had training on Conscious Discipline.   


Preschool Pandemonium will be offered on September 7th in Ashland.

Register using the link below:



Research study after research study continues to support that strong, nurturing, supportive relationships teachers have with students are the single greatest indicator of academic success for children.  This is the premise for which all of the KISSED content was developed.

KISSED content will explore issues relating to best practice and tools effective in promoting young children’s social emotional development. From setting up the learning environment to problem solving for individual children, KISSED  offers an opportunity for preschool staff to create a team approach in response to challenging behavior. The series also offers many resources which are practical and may be easily implemented. 

Research also indicates the number of preschoolers with challenging behavior is increasing each year.  By investing time in the professional learning KISSED offers, you will gain the latest research/evidence based strategies and practices to impact young children.  Developmental domains are inter-related in preschoolers.  We have statistics to accurately predict poor school achievement for children with social delays.  Join the KISSED sessions to be proactive in nurturing social-emotional development for all preschoolers and in addressing social delays and challenging behavior.

KISSED (Kentucky Initiative for Social Skills and Emotional Development) utilizes a Professional Learning format to train early childhood educators and support staff to facilitate social-emotional development in young children.  KISSED involves 5 days of face-to-face training spread over several months. It utilizes a problem solving approach and is designed to strengthen early childhood educators’ capacity to meet the differing social-emotional needs of young children.  Participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to promote children’s increased social competence in school and at home.

The 2018-2019 dates for the Ashland RTC KISSED series are:

Session I: November 16, 2018

Session II: December 14, 2018

Session III: January 25, 2019

     **Tentatively, sessions 1-3 will be held in Ashland.  Location TBD

Session IV: March 14, 2019 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and

                    March 15, 2019 – 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

     **Session IV will be held at Four Points Sheraton, Lexington, KY


In the past, many of our districts have sent a team to KISSED.  This ensures all of their staff are equipped to participate in on-going problem solving and utilize the latest techniques and resources to promote social-emotional growth in all children – especially children with challenging behavior. However, in revising the KISSED content, we considered a more “individualized” approach in collecting and utilizing data, ensuring relevance to all who attend.  Individual teachers (or other staff) may attend without a team. One person, a team, or a group of individuals from a district may attend.

Note:  Many districts also use the challenging behavior tiered approach in their KSI/RtI plans.    


Join Ashland RTC and other professionals as we network with colleagues and benefit from all the collective expertise of early childhood educators who are determined to make a difference in the lives of children with challenging behavior and their families.


To register to send individuals or a team to KISSED during the 2018-19 school year please register at the following link:



NOTE:  If you have attended KISSED in the past and would like to attend again, please call Stacey Stevens at 606-327-2706, Ext. 2731.