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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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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KASB accepting nominations for Leadership Class of 2020

The Kansas Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020. Any past graduate of the program can nominate colleagues. Individuals can self-nominate and current KASB members can also submit a nomination.   The program is open to any KASB member district’s school board member or school administrator. Because the program is highly interactive, participation is limited. Building-level leaders are encouraged to apply. Board members and district-level administration will be given priority Deadline for nominations is Jan. 17, 2020. Once nominated an application and further instructions will be sent to the nominee, and all applications to participate...

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Leadership For Tomorrow class finishes program year

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 completed its year on Thursday in Wichita with programming around self-reflection, school redesign and continuous improvement, and skillfully leading important work in their school districts.  Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to explore change theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand understanding of education key issues. 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.  The class was honored at a graduation lunch on...

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Lakin, Garden City show LFT class programs that lead to student success

By Leah Fliter, Lfliter@kasb.org “If you believe in it, it will happen” was the overarching theme of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow trip to Lakin and Garden City. Although the school districts are markedly different in size and student demographics, their belief in the mission of serving students is the same. Leadership for Tomorrow offers school board members and school administrators the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Kansas public school system and increase their leadership skills. Over the course of five two-day visits, the LFT class travels across the state to observe and discuss issues and opportunities in...

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow traveling to Lakin, Garden City

The 2019 class of KASB Leadership for Tomorrow will be learning about school programs in Lakin in Garden City this week. On Thursday, the group will hear presentations in Lakin USD 215 on school redesign at the grade, middle and high school levels. On Friday at Garden City USD 457, the group will take a tour and hear presentations on numerous issues, including the teacher shortage, civic engagement and post secondary success. Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to participate in leadership skill training and expand their understanding of education key issues. Through five two-day sessions, the class...

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LFT in Manhattan for school safety and communications training

The Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 was in Manhattan Thursday and Friday for sessions on school safety and media training. The class, which is comprised of school board members, superintendents and administrators from across the state, spent Thursday afternoon observing USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden’s annual active violence scenario drill at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary school. The drill, held each summer at a different district school, involves intensive cooperation between the school district, police, fire and emergency medical first responders. Manhattan-Ogden Communications and Safety Director Michele Jones told LFT that the summertime drills have been nearly ten years in the making, beginning with...

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KASB’s LFT class headed to Manhattan to study school safety, careers for students

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow class will be focusing on student safety and connecting students with career opportunities during its meeting this week in Manhattan USD 383.  School leaders from across Kansas are participating in the 2019 leadership program, which focuses on developing leadership skills and increasing the understanding of key education issues to raise student achievement.  On Thursday, the group will observe a violence drill at Roosevelt Elementary and then participate in a “Leadership through Crisis” session led by KASB’s Gary Sechrist, leadership services field specialist.  On Friday, the class will work on crisis communication and media training, led by KASB’s Carol...

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Leadership for Tomorrow class learns powerful lessons in southeast Kansas

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program visited Coffeyville and Neodesha in May for powerful lessons about school redesign, community partnerships, and change theory. More than 200 school board members, superintendents and administrators have participated in LFT over the past 13 years. Visits to local schools, classroom observations and presentations provide a foundation for class discussion and analysis of issues and opportunities in Kansas education. Class members explore change theories and strategies, gain training in leadership skills and expand their understanding of education key issues for effective governance and raising student achievement. `Empathy education’ in Coffeyville Coffeyville USD 445 is one...

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New edition of KASB School Board Review is available

The new issue of School Board Review is available and features stories on the emphasis on early childhood services, a call for school board service as the candidate filing deadline nears, a wrap up of the legislative session and a look at what’s on the horizon for educators. The June issue is available here online and will be mailed out early next week. The edition also contains advice for school boards to reflect on what they did the past year to drive student success, a preview of the new task force that will recommend ways to address bullying, analyses of trends...

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