Leadership for Tomorrow - 2018

April issue of School Board Review focuses on upcoming school board elections, safety drill

This year is an election year for school board members and the April issue of School Board Review includes a four-page, pull-out section dedicated to people who want to run for their local board. The section includes information on what school board members do, why the positions are so important for the success of Kansas students and how to file to run for office. Also in the April issue is a special report on a recent crisis drill conducted by Auburn-Washburn USD 437. We hope the story, which illustrates the collaboration between school and emergency responders, helps districts that are contemplating...

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KASB seeks nominations for LFT Class of 2019

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org The Kansas Association of School Boards is accepting nominations for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019. 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 first priority.   Deadline for nominations is Jan. 18, 2019. Once nominated an application and further instructions will be sent to the nominee,...

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LFT Class of 2018 completes program

By Carol Pitts, cpitts@kasb.org Twenty-six education leaders from across Kansas recently completed a year-long leadership development class sponsored by the Kansas Association of School Boards.   KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 were chosen last January through a nomination and application process focusing on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  A combination of site visits, group reflection and collaboration projects were used during the four sessions. The goal is to give the participants time to explore a broad spectrum of issues and concerns related to public education and student achievement....

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SBR: Leadership for Tomorrow visits Wichita, Wellington

By Leah Fliter, lfliter@kasb.org KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 visited Wichita and Wellington in September to learn how those districts focus on the needs of each student. Wichita USD 259 is the state’s largest school district with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. The school district, in its second year under Superintendent Alicia Thompson, has adopted a mission statement that students and staff will be empowered to Dream, Believe and Achieve. To that end, it offers 27 career and technical education pathways ranging from A/V Communications to Health Science to Web and Digital Communications. At Wichita Northwest High School,...

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow heads to Wichita, Wellington

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow (LFT) class will visit Wichita and Wellington Sept. 13 and 14. Class members will learn how the state’s largest school district serves a diverse student body and how the Wellington community has embraced school redesign.  LFT’s visit to USD 259 will feature tours of Wichita Northwest High School’s FACs, Manufacturing, Woods, and IT Academy CTE pathways and a stop at Beech Elementary for a discussion of culturally responsive instruction and the school district’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.  Wellington USD 353 is one of the Kansas Department of Education’s Mercury 7 school redesign districts. To be...

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SBR: LFT class practices crisis response with Manhattan emergency responders

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 traveled to Manhattan in July to observe an active violence drill and learn how to lead through crisis. School safety and crisis training will see a heightened focus during the 2018-19 school year as the Kansas State Board of Education develops school safety standards and the State Fire Marshall’s office has announced new requirements for school intruder and lockdown drills. Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 conducted its 2018 active violence drill at Manhattan High School’s West Campus. Over three days, law enforcement and emergency responders from Riley County Police Department, Manhattan Fire...

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KASB Leadership for Tomorrow to visit Manhattan

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 will be in Manhattan on Thursday and Friday for programming about leveraging community partnerships. The session will include observation of an active violence drill at a local school and discussion of successful local community and intergovernmental initiatives.  Through five two-day sessions, the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. In the past 13 years more than 200 school leaders have completed the program.  Board members, superintendents and administrators explore change theories and...

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SBR: Leadership for Tomorrow class travels to western Kansas

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow class heeded the advice of Horace Greeley and took a trip out west for the group’s second two-day session. The first stop was Hugoton, Kansas. Adrian Howie superintendent of schools for Hugoton USD 210 and a 2017 Leadership for Tomorrow graduate, welcomed the group to the Southwest Kansas community. Following tours of the early education center, middle and high school schools, Howie led a discussion on how the school and community are working through school funding challenges and creating career education opportunities for students. The Leadership for Tomorrow Class then traveled to Liberal and spent the next morning...

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SBR: Leadership for Tomorrow class visits McPherson, Twin Valley

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow 2018 class kicked off its session year with visits to the McPherson and Twin Valley school districts earlier this month. Through five two-day sessions held around the state, the Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. The program began in 2005 and has graduated 221 school leaders. McPherson USD 418 and Twin Valley USD 240 are participating in the Kansans Can Mercury 7 school redesign initiative. The LFT class met with local teams of administrators, teachers,...

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LFT kicks off 2018 session with visits to McPherson and Twin Valley school districts

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2018 kicked off its session year with visits to the McPherson and Twin Valley school districts last week.  Through five two-day sessions held around the state, the Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement. The program began in 2005 and has graduated 221 school leaders.  McPherson USD 418 and Twin Valley USD 240 are participating in the Kansans Can Mercury 7 school redesign initiative. The LFT class met with local teams of administrators, teachers,...

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