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10/21/2019 5:30 PM

(CANCELLED) Developing Cultural Proficiency (Sublette)

10/22/2019 11:30 AM

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10/23/2019 11:30 AM

Fall Board Clerks Support Session (Topeka)

10/23/2019 5:30 PM

[Cancelled] Developing Cultural Proficiency (Haysville)

10/24/2019 11:30 AM

Fall Board Clerks Support Session (Hays)

10/28/2019 9:00 AM

Threat Assessment Team Training (Topeka)

10/30/2019 5:30 PM

Developing Cultural Proficiency (Topeka)

11/5/2019 9:00 AM

Aspiring Superintendents Workshop-Hays

11/12/2019 8:30 AM

Employment Law & FMLA/ADA (Dodge City)

11/14/2019 8:30 AM

Employment Law & FMLA/ADA (Topeka)

11/15/2019 9:00 AM

School Finance Advocacy Workshop

11/15/2019 9:00 AM

Aspiring Superintendents Workshop-Topeka

11/18/2019 12:30 PM

Impact of Trauma on Student Success (Topeka)

11/20/2019 10:30 AM

Impact of Trauma on Student Success (Hays)

12/6/2019 8:00 AM

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State has numerous initiatives aimed at helping student mental health

State officials are working on several fronts to address the mental health needs of Kansas students. More than 1,700 students received help last year through the school Mental Health Intervention Program. Most of those students showed improvements in attendance, behavior and academics, Diane Gjerstad, who has been helping with implementation of the program, told the School Mental Health Advisory Council on Thursday. The program initially included nine school districts in partnership with Community Mental Health Centers. But it has since been expanded with a second year of funding from the Legislature to 180 schools in 32 districts. The council also received an update...

KASB Employee Benefit Solutions program grows

The ranks of KASB’s Employee Benefit Solutions customers continue to grow, as three additional districts prepare to entrust their employee benefits with the organization.   Andover USD 385, Concordia USD 333 and Lyndon USD 421 are the newest customers of EBS.   Employee Benefit Solutions, which is offered by KASB Risk Management, is a technology-based service that improves management of both employer sponsored benefits and voluntary benefits. EBS streamlines the annual job of selecting benefits.  KASB for decades has offered districts workers’ compensation, property casualty and student accident insurance. With the recent addition of Employee Benefit Solutions, KASB Assistant Executive Director of Risk Management...

Proposal to replace state assessments with ACT shelved for now

A proposal by Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson to use the ACT or ACT Workkeys as a replacement test for the high school state assessment was put on hold Wednesday. In August, Watson unveiled the idea of having all Kansas students take the ACT in 11th grade instead of the state assessments in math and English in 10th grade and the science test in 11th grade. Watson said he would gather input on the proposal before making a recommendation. He surveyed school superintendents, state assessment advisors, special education directors and curriculum directors. He found generally more support than non-support but also...

Kansas teacher vacancies increase 27 percent over last fall

Teacher vacancies in Kansas increased by 27 percent over this time last year, according to figures given Tuesday to the State Board of Education. There were 815 vacancies reported currently, compared with 642 last fall. There were 550 last spring. The largest number of vacancies have been in special education — 186 this year and 158 last fall, followed by elementary — 115 this year and 113 last fall. Science, English Language Arts and math round out the top five groups of vacancies. Teaching licenses for new Kansas graduates and out-of-state applicants has steadily decreased over the past six years. In 2014,...

Valley Center USD 262 Superintendent Cory Gibson selected as Kansas 2020 Superintendent of the Year

The Kansas School Superintendents' Association has selected Valley Center USD 262 Superintendent Dr. Cory Gibson as the 2020 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Since 2012, Gibson has been superintendent of Valley Center, which serves more than 3,130 students from the communities of Valley Center, Park City, Kechi, and Wichita. Gibson started his administrative career in 2002 as a principal in Miami, Okla. before moving to Pittsburg where he served as a principal and assistant superintendent. In 2010, he moved to Halstead as the superintendent. Gibson, along with fellow Superintendent of the Year finalists Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, Cherryvale-Thayer USD 447, and Dr. Chad...

KASB BOLD session set for Topeka on Thursday and Friday

The first meeting of this year’s KASB BOLD class will convene this week and cover sessions on school board relationships, building leadership teams and problem solving. The Thursday-Friday meeting will be held at KASB’s headquarters in Topeka and feature talks from KASB executive staff and former KASB presidents Frank Henderson Jr., a member of the Seaman USD 345 board and NSBA board, and Patrick Woods, a member of the Topeka USD 501 board. In its third year, the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program includes six training sessions developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB business partners and experts from across the...

School districts should be on alert for email-paycheck scam

School districts should be on alert about cyber-scammers using email to get a district employee’s paycheck. The fraudulent email usually says the employee has changed banks and needs to have their paycheck re-routed. The problem is, the money is sent to a fake account. School districts are urged to have processes in place to ward off such attacks. This would include personal verification by contacting the employee before authorizing such a payroll change. Districts that are victimized by such a scam should check with their property and casualty insurance carrier to see if such a loss is covered.

Deadline to register in Nov. 5 election is Tuesday

Are you registered to vote in the Nov. 5 election? If not, or if you need to update your registration, Tuesday is the deadline to register. For more information, go to this link. On Nov. 5, Kansans will vote on a variety of municipal, school board, other elected positions, local questions and a constitutional amendment.  

50 years ago, Kansans set up the State Board of Education

In the early days of the Kansas State Board of Education, board members raced to get up to speed on public education issues and were quickly immersed in the politics of the day, according to news articles and minutes of board meetings from the late 1960s. This year represents the 50th anniversary of the board’s existence.   On Nov. 8, 1966, Kansas voters approved a constitutional amendment on education that essentially modernized the state’s education system into what we know today.   The change created an elected State Board of Education, instead of one appointed by the governor, and replaced the Kansas State...

KASB workshops designed to help teachers, administrators make all students feel welcome

Craig Wilford, with KASB Leadership Services, is on a mission to help schools make all students feel welcome and worthy.  Wilford is leading KASB workshops on “Developing Cultural Proficiency” that will be held Mon. Oct. 21 in Sublette, Wed. Oct. 23 in Haysville and Wed. Oct. 30 in Topeka. Here is a link for more information.   Developing cultural proficiency in schools is about enabling teachers and staff to look at the school experience through the eyes of those who may be different than they are.  “To put it into a nutshell, it’s really about respecting and recognizing individual students and their differences,...

State Board of Education combines busy agenda with 50th anniversary

At this month’s State Board of Education meeting, the board will observe its 50th anniversary with a history lesson and reception while also conducting business as it has for the past half-century — meeting, discussing and making decisions on a broad range of education policy issues. The State Board meets Tuesday and Wednesday; here is a link to the agenda. Mary Madden, museum and education division director for the Kansas State Historical Society, will present a summary of the State Board’s origins. Following her presentation, there will be a reception to celebrate the anniversary and citizen leadership in public education. The first...

Education groups, including NSBA, push for protections of gay, lesbian, transgender employees and students

In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, NSBA and other leading education groups say the main federal anti-discrimination law protects transgender, gay and lesbian employees and students.  Last week, the court held two hours of arguments over whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender status.   The dispute arises from on-the-job incidents, and experts agree a decision in the case could extend to both employees and students in public schools.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion....