In 1998, the Kansas State Department of Education provided funding to Project STAY to conduct an intensive team training around the team problem-solving process that Project STAY utilizes. This team training is centered around a host district. This training generally consists of three parts, a 1-2 day preservice in which up to 50 school staff from the host district and surrounding districts are able to attend an in-depth overview of the project STAY problem-solving process. Topics which are covered will include: educational philosophy, teaming, working with families, the functional behavioral assessment process, data collection, academic curriculum assessment and development, learning strategies, and system analysis.
Following this initial preservice, between two and three teams of five members will be selected by the host and other participating districts to receive the second part of the training. Each team needs to consist of someone who will fill the roles of each of the positions on the Project STAY team: a teacher with experience in both special and general education; someone with experience in writing behavioral descriptions and data collection systems; someone with experience in working with families; an individual with a strong background in using computer software; and one other member. During this 2-3 day intensive, Project STAY will work closely with trainees, as they work through an actual case referred in the host district. From start to finish, trainees with be able to take part in the functional behavioral assessment process, data collection, home visit/family interview, brainstorming sessions, coming up with potential interventions, and a system to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Two sets of the data collection software and hardware will be given to the host district to share with the participating teams.
A month or two after the inservice, Project STAY will return to the host district to meet with team members to discuss how the intervention has fared, assist with troubleshooting, and provide additional trainings on specific topics as requested by the teams.