Put Students First

Engaging Your Community -
How KASB Can Help

Three proven community engagement strategies

To learn more, please contact

Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org
Advocacy/Outreach Specialist
Kansas Association of School Boards
1420 SW Arrowhead Road Topeka, KS 66604

Community Conversation

Invite boards, site councils, staff, parents, civic groups, legislators. Or focus first on site councils and staff. It’s up to you! This Community Conversation model takes approximately two hours and can be facilitated by a KASB staff member. The “Rose Capacities” will be the jumping-off point for an energetic, guided discussion focusing on expectations for success and what is required to meet those expectations.

Flexible. Focused. Facilitated. 

KASB will help you design the process that works best for you.

Leadership for Success

Create awareness and build understanding through a local Leadership for Success program. Based on KASB’s highly successful Leadership for Tomorrow, this community engagement model includes three to five sessions spread out over a three month time-frame (or whatever works best in your community).

Identify a core group of community leaders who come together to observe programs, hear presentations and participate in discussions (led by you or a KASB facilitator). KASB provides a template to get your started and helps you develop a local “curriculum” designed to build understanding and support for making sure every child is successful. One session will include presentations by KASB staff and a discussion of how local priorities fit within the “Rose Capacities” and state-driven policies.

Start Talking

KASB provides training and resources to engage your community through technology and social media.

It is the perfect way to create a two-way dialogue focusing on sharing information and increasing understanding. The first step to creating understanding and a shared vision is to Start Talking!


Put Students First


In 2015 the Kansas Legislature voted to repeal the 1992 school finance formula, citing the complexity and unpredictability of the formula. In its place, the Legislature instituted a block grant funding system. This system froze funding for two years while a new funding formula could be developed. This block grant system will expire in 2017 and Brownback has invited public input into the development of a new school funding mechanism.

KASB is urging school leaders to help organize events during the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4 to promote understanding of education issues, encourage voting in the Nov. 8 General Election and develop interest in these issues after the election and moving into the 2017 legislative session.

We are also encouraging Kansans to speak up and submit information to Governor Brownback on the developing of a new school funding formula for Kansas Schools.

Resources for Local Discussions about School Funding

Funding the Future Powerpoint(pdf)
***To receive a PPT version of this powerpoint - or for additional ideas on how to engage your community in this discussion - please contact  Leah Fliter or Carol Pitts.

Funding the Future Discussion Toolkit
Funding the Future Discussion Toolkit (doc)

KanSPRA "Quick Start" Process

KSDE, KASB and USA|Kansas have developed resources to lead local discussions and develop recommendations to send suggestions to Gov. Sam Brownback about a new school funding plan for Kansas schools. Also included is a one-page “quick start” process developed by representatives of KanSPRA who attended the Aug. 31 school finance conference. The governor has requested that recommendations be submitted by Nov. 30 to StudentsFirst@ks.gov. Additionally, if you would like KSDE, KASB and USA|Kansas also to receive your recommendations, you may carbon copy schoolfundinginput@kasb.org.

Funding Considerations for Kansans Can

Need some help?

KASB stands ready to provide support for “Put Students First!” community meetings by providing school finance information, staff and other assistance.

Go local!

  • Focus local media, social media and district events and communication around the "Put Students First" initiative.
  • Shoot and post videos on your homepage, on Facebook and Twitter during the “Put Students First Week.”
  • Remember to use #KSputstudentsfirst so KASB can repost/retweet!
  • Write letters to the editor, website posts, blog posts and send emails to staff and community members (contact KASB for ideas and assistance!)
  • Invite media and the community into your schools for tours and classroom visits.
  • Approach city leaders and other community partners and sponsor a joint resolution.

Students First Videos and Other Content

KASB Webinar: Put Students First Powerpoint PDF (Oct 28)

Click on video links below or go to https://youtu.be/6D4jfLa-b_k