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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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow heads to Coffeyville, Neodesha

KASB Leadership for Tomorrow will hit the road this week for learning sessions at Coffeyville USD 445 and Neodesha USD 461.  At Coffeyville on Thur. May 2, the group will cover numerous topics including school-based community health, trauma-informed care, student-led marketing and retail endeavors.  On Fri. May 3, LFT will visit classrooms in Neodesha and discuss transformations under the Kansans Can School Redesign project.  LFT members are also studying and will be reporting on the works of several change theorists.   Leadership for Tomorrow gives board members, superintendents and administrators time to explore education theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand...

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LFT class hears from two Gemini districts

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org & Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org During the first session of KASB’s 2019 Leadership for Tomorrow class, class members learned about the diversity of Kansas school districts and ways to make informed, reasonable decisions that will affect student success. As part of a get-to-know-you exercise, the class of 27 board members and administrators from across Kansas lined up from smallest enrollment district to largest; then from smallest to largest district in area and from the district with the lowest poverty rate to the one with the highest rate. The exercise showed the variance in Kansas’ 286 districts. Members also noted...

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KASB’s 2019 Leadership for Tomorrow class begins work

The first session of KASB’s 2019 Leadership for Tomorrow class meets this week with visits to Beloit USD 273 and North Ottawa County USD 239. The LFT class of 27 public education leaders from across Kansas will get to know each other, hear from KASB experts on leadership and from Beloit and North Ottawa County school leaders. Both districts have been realigning school operations as part of the “Gemini” portion of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The LFT class will meet at Beloit High School on Thursday and Minneapolis High School on Friday. LFT gives board members, superintendents and administrators time...

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