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Early childhood advocates present preliminary report

Kansas families face numerous gaps and inequitable access to early childhood services, according to a needs assessment released Friday. “Where you live makes a difference for better or worse for a wide range of services for your family,” said Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. She said “geography” within the state and within local communities was often a major factor in early childhood services. She added, “We are seeing incredible stress placed on families because of the lack of child care.” Through a federal planning grant, the state conducted 53 public meetings across Kansas this spring and summer to...

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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 staff to learn `Finding Your Why’ during Monday professional development session

KASB staff will spend Monday in a unique professional development opportunity entitled, “Finding Your Why.”  KASB’s Board of Directors and staff have been working for the past year on strategic planning and aligning departmental and personal goals with the strategic plan. The Monday session will supplement a book discussion this past spring on “Why the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins.   Risk Management Director and assistant executive director Rod Spangler attended “Finding Your Why” training a few years ago. “It was easily in the top 3 professional development activities I have ever participated in, throughout my entire career,” Spangler said. “We are...

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KASB’s Jordan to be featured guest on Education Commissioner’s `Talk-O Tuesday’

KASB’s Deputy Executive Director/Leadership Services Brian Jordan will be the featured guest next Tuesday on the Kansas State Department of Education feature “Talk-O Tuesday.”  “Talk-O Tuesday” is hosted by Education Commissioner Randy Watson. The video event is live-streamed at the department’s Twitter account, @ksdehq, starting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. There will be time for questions and answers from viewers.  Jordan, a former assistant superintendent and an expert in leadership development, will discuss the many challenges facing Kansas school superintendents and resources that are available to assist them.  

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Vaping task force continues work to curb use of e-cigarettes by students

The state task force on vaping met in Topeka on Monday to discuss research on the negative effect of vaping on health, outreach to students, and to prepare for its September report to the State Board of Education.  The Task Force was established at the direction of the State Board following a presentation by public health officials that shocked state board members. They directed the immediate formation of a Work Group to develop recommendations by June. The work group evolved into a permanent Task Force that will make monthly progress presentations to the State Board; KASB Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services Angie Stallbaumer represents the association on the task...

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Research-based threat assessment key to stopping school violence, KASB’s Weseman says

Research-based threat assessments are key to stopping violence in schools and will be the focus of upcoming workshops at KASB. KASB’s Randy Weseman, a former school superintendent who has studied extensively violence in schools, will conduct three sessions next month on making schools safer: “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools.” In an interview with WIBW, Weseman said the training focuses on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. That way, threats can be known and evaluated. "In early work by the Secret Service, that developed the original threat assessment model,...

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More than 120 education leaders participated in KASB Summer Regional Roundtables

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables drew more than 120 education leaders and produced discussions on a wide range of school topics. The meetings were held July 30-Aug. 8 in Stafford, Hiawatha, Colby, McPherson, Greenbush/Girard, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. The average attendance was 15 per meeting, with 12 of those being local school board members. The roundtables were organized around topics of school safety, superintendent evaluation, the upcoming U.S. Census, legislative issues and local challenges. The legislative issues discussed the most were special education funding, including dyslexia; the school bond cap and interest aid; Medicaid expansion; bullying; vaping and funding for pre-kindergarten, at-risk, Supplemental Nutrition...

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KASB Live: Threat assessments in schools — workshops available in September and team training in October

Research suggests the best way to address violence in schools is to implement evidence-based threat assessment models to try to stop incidents from happening or escalating. In this KASB Live video, Randy Weseman, assistant executive director for operations and leadership services at KASB, talks about why schools should focus on opening lines of communication and trust between schools, law enforcement, staff, students and parents. Studies have shows that in nearly nine out of 10 instances of school violence, someone, if not many people, had information about the perpetrator’s intentions but the information didn’t make it to those who could take action...

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KASB Board, Legislative Committee, Workers Comp Board will conduct meetings on Saturday

KASB’s Board of Directors, Legislative Committee and Workers Compensation Board of Trustees will hold their quarterly meetings this weekend in Topeka.  The Board of Directors is comprised of four elected officers (president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee) and 15 regional vice presidents. Shannon Kimball of Lawrence USD 497 is this year’s President. Past-President C. Patrick Woods of Topeka USD 501 serves as the Legislative Committee Chair. Lori Blake, Southeast of Saline USD 306, is KASB President-Elect.  The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time...

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State Board of Education approves mental health grants

More Kansas schools and students will be benefiting from state mental health grants. Earlier this week, the State Board of Education approved $3.8 million to school districts and $2 million to local community health centers for the Mental Health Intervention Team Program for the 2019-20 school year. The effort started last year as a pilot program to increase mental health services for students. Nine districts benefitted from the pilot program last year. Now funds will be going to 31 districts to hire school liaisons who will coordinate services for students between the staff, parents and mental health centers and will also provide...

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