Instruction & Services

August School Board Review with feature on restorative justice is available

The August edition of KASB’s School Board Review features a look at restorative justice, columns by KASB leaders and a profile of KASB’s newest regional board member. The issue is available online here and is already in the mail for those who prefer a print copy. Many school districts are incorporating restorative justice to handle student discipline. KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter takes an-depth look into this method. KASB President Shannon Kimball writes about the oath that school board members take to “faithfully discharge" their duties and KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about the anxiety that some students experience on the...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables continue this week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe

Hot education topics ranging from student safety to school redesign are among those being discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that continue this week. Meetings will be held Tuesday in McPherson and Greenbush; Wednesday in Haysville and Topeka and Thursday in Olathe. At meetings last week in Stafford, Hiawatha and Colby, school board members and other leaders discussed challenges and opportunities for the upcoming school year. In addition to student safety and redesign, the topics focused on were legislative priorities, the 2020 Census and local issues. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific...

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KASB Summer Regionals kick off in Hiawatha, Stafford

School leaders in Stafford and Hiawatha met Wednesday to discuss major education issues and how to improve Kansas public schools as the KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings kicked off. The next meeting is set for Thursday in Colby with meetings scheduled next week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. Board members and district leaders discussed challenges and opportunities in schools after KASB provided focus topics that included school safety, school redesign, the 2020 Census, upcoming legislative session and local issues. In Hiawatha, board members and superintendents from the Atchison, Hiawatha, Sabetha, Marysville and Washington school districts said they worry that the...

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Hot education topics to be discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that start this week

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtable meetings begin this week and will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The meetings will be held in Stafford and Hiawatha on Tuesday; Colby on Thursday; McPherson and Girard, Tue. Aug. 6; Haysville and Topeka, Wed. Aug. 7 and Olathe, Thur. Aug. 8. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific event location that you want to attend. Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours. Here is a link to a short...

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National school board leader at KASB workshops to improve federal special education law

KASB’s August workshops on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will offer attendees the chance to work with a national expert on K-12 education.  Chip Slaven is the new Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association. Slaven will attend each of the workshops, scheduled for Aug. 27-29 in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina, respectively, to meet KASB members and allies and discuss a nationwide effort to modernize and fully fund the federal special education law.   The campaign, entitled, “It’s Time for a Great IDEA!” is designed to help school board members and others acknowledge the 1975 law’s successes...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables to feature format designed for discussion on local education issues

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables, which begin next week, will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The emphasis of the meetings will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to local school districts while KASB staff will also provide updates on important issues that are likely to dominate state and national politics. KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan said the new structure of the meetings is meant to encourage more interaction among board members and other education leaders in a more informal setting, while also providing local advocates...

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Have briefs, will travel. KASB Legal/Policy Services department coming to a town near you

KASB’s Legal/Policy Services department will be on the road over the next few weeks and will be happy to visit member districts to offer training or legal updates.  The Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards take place July 30-August 8 across Kansas; the schedule is available here. In addition, KASB attorneys are scheduled to present staff inservices in the first week of August, and Donna Whiteman will represent KASB at the August 5 State Blue Ribbon Task Force in Salina. Members should take advantage of the legal road trip to gain valuable insights for your board and staff.  The KASB Legal Department...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings start soon

KASB is hitting the road again for Summer Regional Roundtables that will give board members and district leaders the opportunity to discuss crucial education issues with their counterparts in area school districts.  Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours — providing plenty of time for sharing ideas on the following topics: school safety and security; school redesign and success; the 2020 Census; school funding post-Gannon and the upcoming legislative session; and issues and challenges unique to your district and area of the state.  “We designed these opportunities to build on the value of school board...

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Applications now open for KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute

Applications are now available online to become part of a select group of 18 education advocates from across Kansas who will be invited to take part in the inaugural KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute or AATI.    The KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute is a deep-dive, limited-group program focused on public education advocacy. Advocacy for education doesn’t just happen at the Statehouse in Topeka. It is a local issue, and each community needs champions - both within the public education system and outside of the system – who can effectively communicate the positive work that is being done and the need...

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As schools look toward next year, KASB on-site training available

As school officials prepare for the next school year, KASB officials will hit the road across the state to facilitate training of staff, teachers, administrators and board members.   KASB offers numerous on-site training opportunities that provide needed expert instruction while reducing time and travel costs to your district.  You and your staff members can remain in your district while KASB sends experts to provide training in scores of areas that touch on advocacy, community engagement, public relations, legal, leadership and research.  This allows school boards or districts to save time and money while also receiving the up-to-date training that will help your...

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