Instruction & Services

KASB conducts workshop on recent special education decision

More than 70 educators from across the state gathered at KASB on Monday to learn about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on special education. Sarah Loquist, KASB attorney, led a workshop on the Endrew F. v Douglas County (Colorado) School District ruling in which the court set a higher standard for schools to follow in providing education to students with disabilities. Loquist said the previous standard to determine whether a student received appropriate education services was based on showing merely more than minimal progress. The new standard is more ambitious. The unanimous decision states that "every child should have the...

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Coalition of Innovative School Districts updates State Board

The Kansas State Board of Education received its bi-annual report from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts during its regular April meeting Tuesday in Topeka. Marysville USD 364 Superintendent Bill Mullins represented the group of six districts sharing the work that has been their focus over the past few months. First up was sharing the Vision and Mission of the group: Vision: Act as purposeful risk takers to meet the needs of our diverse learners, by challenging the status quo. Mission: Challenge traditional thinking, construct brighter futures, through collegiality, with a focus on research based practice. Mullins also reported on the work of two...

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Trauma workshop offers strategies

Dr. Marcia Weseman on Tuesday presented “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” to a capacity audience of school social workers, teachers, superintendents and other school leaders at KASB. The day-long workshop offered strategies to help teachers and others understand the impact of trauma on children and how to help those children recover and become successful. Weseman has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. Trauma is any event that places overwhelming demands on the body’s psychological systems, resulting in a profound sense of helplessness and lack of control. Children who’ve experienced trauma...

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KASB offers summary and seminar on Supreme Court special education decision

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could have a significant impact on how school districts develop services for special education students, according to the KASB legal department. KASB attorneys have prepared a summary of the Endrew F. decision released last month, and will hold a special seminar on the  implications of that case for school leaders and special education staff on Monday, May 8 at the KASB office in Topeka. In the decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Kansas) had not been applying the appropriate standard to determine whether a...

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Trauma workshop set for Tuesday

KASB will host a workshop Tuesday to help educators understand the needs of students who have experienced trauma. The workshop will be led by Dr. Marcia Weseman, who is a trainer for the Trauma Smart Program at Crittenton Children’s Center, which is part of the St. Luke’s Health System. Weseman has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” will be a day-long workshop that help schools help children cope and recover from traumatic experiences and become successful students. To register online go to www.kasb.org and click on...

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No efficiency savings compounds budget challenge

The chairman of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee says the state will not realize $47.2 million in savings from consolidating school district procurement and health insurance next year, but the state should continue to seek efficiencies in those areas. However, the Governor's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 has already cut school district aid by that amount, and reduces school aid by $89 million in FY 2019. That means the Legislature will have to find a way to restore that funding or district aid will be reduced even with a plan to cut costs. K-12 Budget Committee Chair Larry Campbell, R-Olathe, reported to the full House Appropriations Committee Monday...

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