KASB Updates

Tell your story at the 2019 Annual Conference Breakout Session Proposals

Today is the deadline for proposals to present at the 2019 KASB Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7 in Wichita, Presenting at the KASB Annual Conference is a great way to tell your story. We know all districts are working on innovative ways to improve student success from pre-K to post graduation in addition to addressing the challenging social and emotional needs of young people. We encourage KASB member entities to take this opportunity to share best practices, effective strategies that lead to student success, and expand understanding of emerging issues in education. The best presentations honor...

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KASB staff to learn `Finding Your Why’ during Monday professional development session

KASB staff will spend Monday in a unique professional development opportunity entitled, “Finding Your Why.”  KASB’s Board of Directors and staff have been working for the past year on strategic planning and aligning departmental and personal goals with the strategic plan. The Monday session will supplement a book discussion this past spring on “Why the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins.   Risk Management Director and assistant executive director Rod Spangler attended “Finding Your Why” training a few years ago. “It was easily in the top 3 professional development activities I have ever participated in, throughout my entire career,” Spangler said. “We are...

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More than 120 education leaders participated in KASB Summer Regional Roundtables

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables drew more than 120 education leaders and produced discussions on a wide range of school topics. The meetings were held July 30-Aug. 8 in Stafford, Hiawatha, Colby, McPherson, Greenbush/Girard, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. The average attendance was 15 per meeting, with 12 of those being local school board members. The roundtables were organized around topics of school safety, superintendent evaluation, the upcoming U.S. Census, legislative issues and local challenges. The legislative issues discussed the most were special education funding, including dyslexia; the school bond cap and interest aid; Medicaid expansion; bullying; vaping and funding for pre-kindergarten, at-risk, Supplemental Nutrition...

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KASB Board, Legislative Committee, Workers Comp Board will conduct meetings on Saturday

KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees will hold their quarterly meetings this weekend in Topeka.  The Board of Directors is comprised of four elected officers (president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee) and 15 regional vice presidents. Shannon Kimball of Lawrence USD 497 is this year’s President. Past-President C. Patrick Woods of Topeka USD 501 serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306, is KASB President-Elect.  The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time...

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Inaugural Advanced Advocacy Training Institute class announced

Ten education leaders have been selected to take a deep dive into the world of public school advocacy in KASB’s inaugural class of the Advanced Advocacy Training Institute.   “We are excited to have such a diverse group of individuals that bring a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the first year of the program,” said Rob Gilligan, KASB’s Government Relations Specialist.  The AATI will focus 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...

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SBR: Deadline August 23, 2019 for Annual Publications Contest

KASB and the Kansas School Public Relations Association are accepting entries for the co-sponsored annual contest recognizing top publications produced by Kansas school districts, cooperatives and vocational-technical schools. Entries must be from KASB members and received by midnight Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Publications produced between July. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible. Awards will presented during the KanSPRA Annual Conference Oct. 24-25, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas. For more information on the contest and submission details see kasb.org/awards. CLICK HERE to Download the August 2019 SBR.

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State and national experts on tap for IDEA workshops

State and national experts on special education advocacy and practice will present at KASB’s IDEA workshops later this month. Click here to register.   The workshops are on Aug. 27 in Topeka; Aug. 28 in Dodge City and Aug. 29 in Salina. Each workshop will feature regional special education experts and KASB General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy Donna Whiteman. National School Boards Association Chief Advocacy Officer Chip Slaven will join KASB Advocacy staff Leah Fliter and Rob Gilligan and NSBA Western Region Director Frank Henderson of the Seaman USD 345 Board of Education to brief attendees on the...

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Application deadline today for KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute

The application deadline for the first KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute (AATI) is fast approaching, and interested parties are encouraged to send their completed applications soon.   Designed to put a greater focus on developing a network of public education advocates throughout Kansas, the AATI Program will give participants added skills and training in effectively supporting our K-12 system.    The program begins at the end of August with a training session on federal Issues that will include support from NSBA Chief Lobbyist, Chip Slaven. In October, KASB Prestige Partner Piper Jafray will host a visit to USD 266 Maize where we will...

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SBR: ‘Tis the season to send KASB your data

As we look toward the end of the summer and the beginning of a new school year, we find ourselves playing the reset game. Resetting classrooms, resetting our expectations for a new school cycle, and resetting our data. Okay, so maybe not everyone worries about that last one. But KASB does. The Kansas Association of School Boards is one of the only school board associations in the nation that conducts annual data collections from its members and then shares that information with its members for comparison. This is a value-added service school districts in other states do not have access...

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KASB hosts session on leading change for school redesign teams

Over 250 educators from the “Apollo” school redesign districts received training in the art and science of leading change this week, led by KASB’s leadership services staff.  The Apollo schools are the fourth group approved by the Kansas State Board of Education for the Kansans Can “Moonshot” redesign program, which began with the Mercury 7 districts in 2017. The purpose of the program is to increase student graduation rates, postsecondary education and preparation for adult life through more individualized education that better engages students.  Redesigning schools to improve student success, particularly for students who continue to struggle in the current system,...

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