Professional Personnel

KASB legal team providing inservice training

As the start of the new school year approaches, KASB attorneys are on the road providing training and resources to help education officials. This week, they are leading inservice sessions on principal training, sexual harassment and racial discrimination laws, discipline procedures, administrative training and bullying. Next week, KASB lawyers will be visiting districts to discuss school law, social media, confidentiality and other “hot” topics. The KASB Legal and Policy Services team can keep you informed on new and emerging legal developments and issues that will arise during the school year. Members of KASB can schedule KASB attorneys to provide training to board...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables continue this week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe

Hot education topics ranging from student safety to school redesign are among those being discussed at KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings that continue this week. Meetings will be held Tuesday in McPherson and Greenbush; Wednesday in Haysville and Topeka and Thursday in Olathe. At meetings last week in Stafford, Hiawatha and Colby, school board members and other leaders discussed challenges and opportunities for the upcoming school year. In addition to student safety and redesign, the topics focused on were legislative priorities, the 2020 Census and local issues. For more information and to register online go to www.kasb.org and click on the specific...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtables to feature format designed for discussion on local education issues

KASB’s Summer Regional Roundtables, which begin next week, will provide local education leaders an opportunity to interact with their regional counterparts to discuss hot topics affecting public schools. The emphasis of the meetings will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to local school districts while KASB staff will also provide updates on important issues that are likely to dominate state and national politics. KASB Deputy Executive Director Brian Jordan said the new structure of the meetings is meant to encourage more interaction among board members and other education leaders in a more informal setting, while also providing local advocates...

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Have briefs, will travel. KASB Legal/Policy Services department coming to a town near you

KASB’s Legal/Policy Services department will be on the road over the next few weeks and will be happy to visit member districts to offer training or legal updates.  The Summer Regional Roundtables for Boards take place July 30-August 8 across Kansas; the schedule is available here. In addition, KASB attorneys are scheduled to present staff inservices in the first week of August, and Donna Whiteman will represent KASB at the August 5 State Blue Ribbon Task Force in Salina. Members should take advantage of the legal road trip to gain valuable insights for your board and staff.  The KASB Legal Department...

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KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings start soon

KASB is hitting the road again for Summer Regional Roundtables that will give board members and district leaders the opportunity to discuss crucial education issues with their counterparts in area school districts.  Meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. and last no longer than three hours — providing plenty of time for sharing ideas on the following topics: school safety and security; school redesign and success; the 2020 Census; school funding post-Gannon and the upcoming legislative session; and issues and challenges unique to your district and area of the state.  “We designed these opportunities to build on the value of school board...

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Applications sought for 2019-2020 BOLD class

KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development), a leadership development opportunity for new superintendents (within the first two years in their position) and aspiring superintendents, is seeking applications the 2019-2020 class.  Application deadline is Sept. 13, 2019. The 2019-2020 class will be announced by Sept. 23, 2019, and the first class session is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, 2019.  Participants will be selected based on their current role in their district. New superintendents or aspiring superintendents in the early stages of their career will be given first consideration. Gender, ethnicity, district size, and region of the state will also be considered...

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KASB offers leadership workshops

KASB will conduct a Board President and Leadership Team workshop in Hays next week and is offering to come to districts to provide future sessions. The workshops are designed for board presidents, vice presidents, clerks and superintendents to help them manage challenges, deal with legal issues, bring on new board members and provide a quality board agenda. In addition to the Hays meeting on Tuesday, one is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Topeka. However, more sessions in which KASB officials come to your district are available by contacting Brian Jordan, KASB’s deputy executive director of leadership services. His email address is bjordan@kasb.org....

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As schools look toward next year, KASB on-site training available

As school officials prepare for the next school year, KASB officials will hit the road across the state to facilitate training of staff, teachers, administrators and board members.   KASB offers numerous on-site training opportunities that provide needed expert instruction while reducing time and travel costs to your district.  You and your staff members can remain in your district while KASB sends experts to provide training in scores of areas that touch on advocacy, community engagement, public relations, legal, leadership and research.  This allows school boards or districts to save time and money while also receiving the up-to-date training that will help your...

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KASB announces Advanced Advocacy Training Initiative

To develop a deeper understanding and network of education advocates in Kansas, KASB is excited to announce the Advanced Advocacy Training Initiative (AATI) for the 2019-2020 school year.  “With the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in support of the four-year school finance plan adopted by the Kansas Legislature, advocacy and support for education becomes more critical than ever,” said KASB governmental relations specialist Rob Gilligan. “The focus of our efforts will now be less on securing additional funding than on keeping the long-term financial commitments in place and ensuring that we communicate effectively the progress that continues to be made...

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KASB Focus: Restorative practice: Is it a game changer in improving school climate?

By Leah Fliter lfliter@kasb.org  Continuing concerns about how Kansas students’ social and emotional health, bullying and other behavioral challenges affect learning have prompted educational leaders to explore new ways to influence school climate. “Restorative practice” is one such strategy.  Restorative practice, also known as restorative justice, works to keep students in school while addressing problem behavior and its impact on the school community. Students are held accountable for their behavior, but educators are trained to look for the root causes of the behavior and respond accordingly.  For example, a student witnesses a fight between her parents just before she leaves for school. Upset...

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