Conference

KASB inspirational keynote speaker Chad Foster perseveres over blindness

Despite a rare eye disease, Chad Foster always gave ‘150 percent” effort while growing up in Tennessee.   But that changed early in college when his eyesight completely failed.   “I was very bitter and disappointed in the way things were going,” said Foster, who will deliver the inspirational keynote address at the 2019 Annual KASB Conference on Dec. 8 in Wichita.  But that didn’t last long. Shortly after losing his sight, in the summer of 1998, Foster went to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Mich. where he spent nearly a month in the guide dog program.  While there, he met people...

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KASB Annual Conference keynote speaker Tim Hodges has studied schools big and small

Tim Hodges has studied the public school system from the perspective of a student in a one-room schoolhouse to consulting the largest districts in the country.  After years of research work with the Gallup polling firm, Hodges has reached a basic conclusion about what is most important in education. “At the end of the day, it comes down to the relationship between the teacher and the student,” Hodges said.  Hodges will bring that message as the keynote presenter during KASB’s 2019 Annual Conference in Wichita on Dec. 7. His talk will focus on public opinions on public education and addressing the...

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Hotel reservations for KASB Annual Conference opens Wednesday morning

The KASB 2019 Annual Conference is using a Housing Bureau system to make reservations for the event in Wichita. The Housing Bureau will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday. School District Clerks have been sent an email from KASB with the access link. The Housing Bureau is a website that will show exact room availability and rates at the Hyatt Regency Wichita as well as the overflow hotels: Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview and The Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown. These hotels were chosen based on their proximity to the Hyatt, Century II and Wichita’s free downtown shuttle the Q-Line as well...

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September issue of School Board Review is out; focus on vaping

The September issue of the KASB School Board Review focuses on the alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young Kansans and includes articles covering numerous other education issues. The issue, available here online and in the mail to school leaders, also includes columns by KASB President Shannon Kimball and Executive Director John Heim. In addition, Mark Tallman, KASB’s associate executive director of advocacy and communications, provides further analysis of the achievement gap in the second installment of a three-part series. SBR also includes coverage of KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Committee; KASB Annual Survey data;...

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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 2019 Annual Conference Call for Presentations open

Apply online at www.kasb.org/CFP2019 Deadline: July 12, 2019 The KASB Annual Conference is the association’s flagship event, providing intensive learning and networking experiences that bring together hundreds of Kansas board of education members, school district leaders and content experts. KASB is seeking engaging, creative and thoughtful submissions from KASB MEMBERS for the 2019 Annual Conference. The 60-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 7. At least one quarter of the program should be devoted to questions and answers. In designing your program, consider using any one of the following formats: single speaker, panel, or some other program structure. If there is more...

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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 using telephone survey to gather information to improve annual conference

Kansas school leaders may be getting an important telephone call in the next few days that will help KASB provide the best, possible annual conference. The call will feature a 10- to 15-minute survey, specifically on the benefits of attending the KASB annual conference, why members attend and the value of the learning experiences offered. “This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our members about how we can make our annual conference better,” said KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim. “We’ll hear from members in all regions of the state, including board members and...

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Get the latest information on education issues at the Advocacy in Action Conference set for Jan. 16-17 in Topeka

With school finance at the top of the 2019 legislative session, education advocates can get the latest information on K-12 issues, visit with legislators and hear from state leaders during the Advocacy in Action Conference in Topeka.  The conference, a joint effort of KASB and United School Administrators of Kansas, will be held Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 16-17 at the Maner Conference Center. To register, go here.  On Wed. Jan. 16, the conference will include talks from state officials and bus transportation to the Statehouse for meetings with legislators. The conference will also include a watch party as incoming Gov. Laura Kelly...

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President’s Perspective: ‘Keep it simple’ is a winning equation

by C. Patrick Woods KASB President Topeka USD 501 As we head into the holidays, my mind drifts back to the music that I associate with the season. During Christmas, my family would often play music by artists from the Motown Record Label, such as The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc. We were not alone in our love of Motown. Throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Motown was a virtual hit factory, discovering talent in every corner of the country. Many record labels tried to emulate the Motown success. Legendary music executive and Motown founder, Berry Gordy, had a maxim to which he...

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