KASB Updates

KASB Leadership Academy Awards presented to 507 board members, district staff

KASB Leadership Academy 2019 Awards presented to 507 board members, district staff KASB today announced the recipients of the 2019 Leadership Academy Awards. In total, 507 board members, superintendents and staff earned Level I or Level II distinction by participating in workshops, onsite trainings and other board and staff development offered by KASB. “We are pleased to present these awards to those who have earned distinction by attending workshops and training in 2019,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director. “Their commitment to learning more about board governance and improving the effectiveness of their district leadership teams deserves recognition.” School board members...

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Registration open for March 24-25 Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register for the event, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, self-confident communication and communication strategies for the board and leadership teams. The summit is also a great opportunity for aspiring leaders, especially classroom teachers who desire...

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Being counted in the upcoming 2020 Census makes dollars and sense for communities

By Rob Gilligan, rgilligan@kasb.org The 2020 Census is now less than three months away, and efforts to make sure we have an accurate and complete count are beginning to ramp up. One of the ways education leaders can help is to be champions for this important work and share how critical it is to schools and communities that we work together for a good count on April 1. Here are some great talking points and opportunities to highlight as we move toward spring. Community opportunities Beyond the constitutional requirement for appropriation of seats for the House of Representatives, the Census has become...

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KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees to meet

The KASB Workers’ Compensation Board of Trustees will meet Friday and start work on putting together rates for the next school year. The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. at KASB headquarters in Topeka. The Board of Trustees is composed of locally-elected board of education members and governs the KASB Workers Compensation Fund, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of KASB. The Fund was created in 1987 by the association to provide KASB members with affordable, reliable insurance. The fund operates solely for the benefit of KASB members and is designed to return favorable operating results to members through dividends or a...

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KASB President’s Perspective: KASB completes year in a strong position

By Shannon Kimball KASB President Lawrence USD 497 Welcome to a new year! And welcome to the 2020 legislative session. This month, I want to give you a short update on the work of your KASB board of directors and staff in 2019 and to note a couple of issues to keep an eye on as the legislative session gets underway. If you have visited the KASB website recently, you have seen this header: Leading Success! The Kansas Association of School Boards is proud to support you in your role as a local leader. So what has KASB accomplished in 2019 toward providing that...

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Foster care reporters will discuss findings at Advocacy in Action Conference

Two Kansas City Star reporters, who were part of a team that uncovered numerous problems in the foster care system around the country, will share their findings and discuss foster care in Kansas at the Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka on Jan. 15-16.  The conference, hosted by KASB and USA-Kansas, will help kickoff the 2020 legislative session and give education advocates from across Kansas the opportunity to meet state leaders and learn about the latest developments on crucial issues affecting public education. For more information and to register, go here.  Veteran journalists Judy Thomas and Laura Bauer helped report and...

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January School Board Review previews legislative session and more

The January edition of School Board Review offers a preview of top education issues for the 2020 legislative session and information on how education leaders can stay on top of developments under the Statehouse dome. The issue is now available online here and is in the mail to members. In addition to news about the session that starts Monday (Jan. 13), SBR covers the election of new KASB officers, an update from KASB President Shannon Kimball about the association’s work and thoughts from KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim on mixing education and politics. The edition also provides more information on...

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The year in review in Kansas public school education

By Leah Fliter KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist 2019 saw a lot of changes in Kansas education. The resolution of the Gannon school finance lawsuit was the biggest education policy story of the year but concerns about student health and well-being prompted new recommendations against vaping and bullying.   The State Board of Education’s focus on the continual improvement of Kansas public schools saw the launch of the “Apollo” phase of the school “redesign” initiative. Gov. Laura Kelly reinvigorated the Council on Education, and the state ramped up its focus on early childhood. The year ended with a controversial audit report on K-12...

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Advocacy in Action conference Jan. 15-16 will provide insights into major issues facing schools

KASB and USA Kansas will conduct its annual Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka on Jan. 15-16 to help kickoff the 2020 legislative session. The conference will give education advocates from across Kansas the opportunity to meet state leaders and learn about the latest developments on crucial issues affecting public education. For more information and to register, go here. Guest speakers include Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who will talk about efforts to address the rise in youth suicide, and Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who will discuss ways schools can help build civic engagement. The annual event also includes time...

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow 2019 class graduates

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 recently completed its year with programming around self-reflection, school redesign and continuous improvement, and skillfully leading important work in their school districts.   The Leadership for Tomorrow program gives board members, superintendents and administrators opportunities to study change theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand understanding of education key issues through onsite visits and presentations. Through five two-day sessions, the class visited local schools in Beloit, North Ottawa, Coffeyville, Neodesha, Lakin, Garden City, and Manhattan and participated in class discussions on issues and challenges facing Kansas education.   Keith Griffin, Seaman USD 345 board of education, said visiting...

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