KASB Leadership for Tomorrow heads to Wichita, Wellington

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow (LFT) class will visit Wichita and Wellington Sept. 13 and 14. Class members will learn how the state’s largest school district serves a diverse student body and how the Wellington community has embraced school redesign. 

LFT’s visit to USD 259 will feature tours of Wichita Northwest High School’s FACs, Manufacturing, Woods, and IT Academy CTE pathways and a stop at Beech Elementary for a discussion of culturally responsive instruction and the school district’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. 

Wellington USD 353 is one of the Kansas Department of Education’s Mercury 7 school redesign districts. To be considered for the project, districts had to designate one elementary school and one secondary school to be redesigned around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future. Wellington’s redesign schools are Kennedy Elementary and Wellington High School. 

Through five two-day sessions, the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. In the past 13 years more than 200 school leaders have completed the program.  

Board members, superintendents and administrators explore change theories and strategies, gain training in leadership skills and expand understanding of education key issues for effective governance and raising student achievement. Visits to local schools, classroom observations and presentations provide a foundation for class discussion and collaborative analysis of issues and opportunities of Kansas education.  

In March, the class visited McPherson USD 418 and Twin Valley USD 240 to learn about education innovations and school redesign. The June session featured a visit to Hugoton USD 210 to learn about its school funding challenges and how it creates career education opportunities for students. The July class meeting featured an observation of the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 active violence training, discussion of community partnerships and programming on leading change. The class also took part in crisis media training. 

Leadership for Tomorrow will wrap up its year with a November session in the Kansas City area and graduation at the KASB Annual Conference General Session on Dec. 1.  

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