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KASB Delegate Assembly approves 2020 advocacy policies

From protecting students to retaining high quality educators, the policies and priorities of Kansas school boards were recently approved by the KASB Delegate Assembly.  The 10-page report will guide KASB advocacy efforts during the 2020 Kansas legislative session and on federal actions affecting education. Here is a link to the document.   The report supports increased efforts to attract and retain qualified educators, boost opportunities for students to succeed and ensure the health and safety of students. It includes language on several high-profile issues, such as educating immigrant students, fighting the vaping epidemic and reducing bullying.  On the issue of school finance,...

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2019 KASB Annual Conference evaluations; please provide feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated this weekend in the 2019 KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. It was great to see so many of our members from across the state showing such passion and commitment to education in Kansas. If you did not get a chance to fill out evaluations in the conference app, KASB staff would still very much like your feedback in order to help us plan for future events. Please take a few minutes to complete the Pre-Conference and Conference Evaluation Survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPHWLS2 Thanks in advance for your response!

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KASB conference concludes with officers elected, legislative report approved

Delegates at the 102nd annual KASB Conference on Sunday elected officers and approved a legislative report that will guide KASB advocacy efforts for 2020.  The actions, along with inspiring words from Chad Foster, who overcame blindness as a young man, concluded the conference in which more than 500 education leaders from across Kansas, met, learned, shared and discussed major education issues facing Kansas during more than 40 breakout sessions, workshops, school visits and a vendor show.  In addition, Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson; Tim Hodges, director of research at Gallup polling; KASB President Shannon Kimball, Lawrence USD 497, and KASB Executive...

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Candidates for KASB Regional Vice President in regions 4,5,6 and 10

KASB Regional Vice-President elections will be held for Regions 4, 5, 6 and 10 on Sunday during the 2019 KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The elections will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Eagle Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. There is one vote per member district. In contested races, candidates can give a 3-minute statement. Regional vice-presidents serve a three-year term as members of the KASB Board of Directors. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms on the board. The Board meets five times a year at the KASB office in Topeka. Region 4 candidates are Bruce Coleman, Wamego...

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Registrations up for KASB Annual Conference

After local school board elections and the appearance of numerous education issues on the horizon, registrations are up for the 2019 KASB Annual Conference.  As of Tue. Dec. 3, there were 551 school board members and school administrators registered to attend the Dec. 6-8 conference at the Hyatt Regency & Century II Convention Center in Wichita. That’s the highest total since 2009 when 658 registered.  The conference is the largest gathering in the state of local school board members and offers a wide range of activities, breakout sessions and nationally-recognized keynote speakers designed to help local school board members fulfill their...

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Board members encourage fellow board members to attend Poverty Simulation workshop Dec. 6 in Wichita

A unique opportunity to gain insight into the social and economic challenges faced by today’s students is coming up Dec. 6.   The Poverty Paradigm Experience is a half-day afternoon workshop during the KASB Annual Conference pre-conference sessions at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita. The workshop is included in the KASB Season Pass, which means registration is unlimited for board members and district leaders of season pass holders. Participants can also register just for the workshop or register for the full day and attend other pre-conference sessions in the morning. The Poverty Simulation runs from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.  Three Kansas...

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Meeting All Kids Needs deadline approaching

KASB’s popular Meeting All Kids Needs tours are filling up. The deadline to register for these tours, held in conjunction with KASB’s Annual Conference in Wichita, is Friday, November 22.  The Meeting All Kids Needs district tours offer attendees the opportunity to observe innovative programs and interact with students, teachers and administrators. You will learn about different ways to improve state-endorsed student outcomes of kindergarten readiness, social and emotional health, graduation rates and post-secondary success.   “KASB is excited to offer excellent opportunities for our attendees to observe some of the outstanding programs our public schools utilize to Meet All Kids Needs,”...

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KASB Legislative Committee finalizes draft report

The KASB Legislative Committee has approved its draft recommendations on legislative policy provisions.  The proposals will now go to the Delegate Assembly for a vote on Sunday, Dec. 8 during the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. Once approved by the Delegate Assembly, the report will guide KASB on issues that arise before the Kansas Legislature and on the federal level.   Here is a link to the draft document. Proposed changes from last year’s resolutions are shown in red.  The draft report includes additional statements on the education of immigrant students, vaping, bullying, Medicaid, federal special education funding and teacher recruitment and...

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Volunteers needed to help conduct poverty simulation at KASB Annual Conference

Several volunteers from KASB member entities are needed to help conduct a poverty simulation workshop at the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The Poverty Paradigm Experience is an intensive simulated journey through the tangle of housing, utilities, food, transportation, school, mental health, social services and work the children or parents in poverty experience every day. Several volunteers are needed as assistants during the Fri. Dec. 6 session, which will be moderated by Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz, director of ESSDACK Learning Centers. who has been working to engage educators, community members and families into conversations that lift students out of poverty. For those interested in...

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KASB Board reviews strategic plan, recognizes outgoing members

The KASB Board of Directors worked through a busy and diverse agenda during its meeting in Topeka on Saturday.  Awards were presented to Board of Director members completing their KASB terms of office in December. Recognized were Past President C. Patrick Woods, Topeka USD 501; Region 15 Vice-President Rick Schier, Olathe USD 233; Region 6 Vice-President Susan Walston, Haysville USD 261 and Region 4 Vice-President Curt Herman, Manhattan USD 383  The KASB Legislative Committee joined the board for the first part of the meeting, hearing a report from Leah Fliter, KASB advocacy and outreach specialist, on potential legislative and policy issues...

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