Professional Personnel

March issue of School Board Review available now

The March issue of School Board Review is full of news about what is happening in education from Washington, D.C. to Topeka and throughout Kansas. Here is a link to the publication and a hard copy should be arriving for school board members and administrators in the mail soon. Federal K-12 issues are previewed with insights from NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel and new polling information about the public’s view of public schools. Meanwhile, KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter provides coverage of KASB attendees recent trip to the NSBA Advocacy Institute in D.C. in which Kansas board members met with Kansas’ congressional...

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KASB selects 2020 Leadership for Tomorrow class

The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce its Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020.  Participants are nominated and then chosen through an application process that focuses on individual leadership in Kansas public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.  “Every member of this year’s class is already a leader in their local district,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB Executive Director. “Through Leadership for Tomorrow they connect with board members and district leaders in other districts, learning from each other and gathering ideas they can take back home. They will also visit classrooms...

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Registration open for 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Summit in March

By Carol Pitts cpitts@kasb.org Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Also speaking will be the Honorable Marla J. Luckert, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court and Melissa Rooker, executive director Kansas Children’s Cabinet. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy...

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KASB training, seminars, workshops this week

KASB officials will be conducting training sessions throughout the state this week. KASB attorneys will be helping school officials in training for negotiations. The seminars will focus on setting goals, avoiding and resolving conflict and seeking agreement that serves the best interests of the school district and its staff. The annual training satisfies requirements under the Professional Negotiations Act. Seminars are being held in Dodge City on Tuesday and Wednesday; Lyons on Wednesday and Clearwater and Parsons on Thursday. Meanwhile, KASB will conduct Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship on Wednesday in Goodland and Clerks Workshop in Topeka on Thursday. Foundations of Boardsmanship provides...

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Registration open for March 24-25 Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the KASB and United School Administrators-Kansas 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit in Manhattan on March 24 and 25. For more information and to register for the event, go here. The second annual summit features award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group. Current female school board members and school administrators will learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, self-confident communication and communication strategies for the board and leadership teams. The summit is also a great opportunity for aspiring leaders, especially classroom teachers who desire...

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Upcoming KASB workshops focus on social, emotional needs and boardsmanship

Meeting the social and emotional needs of students and staff and becoming better board members will be the focus of KASB workshops next week. The “Addressing Social and Emotional Needs of Students and Staff” workshop will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 8) at the Alvin A. Morris Administrative Center, Wichita USD 259. For more information. go to this link. The workshop will help education leaders develop a healthier, more nurturing school culture that is trauma-informed. “Foundations of Boardsmanship” will start at 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 11) in The Learning Center, Haysville USD 261. For more information, go to this link....

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State Board approves wide-ranging policies on dyslexia

The State Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved policies aimed at improving the identification of students with dyslexia, providing them with better services and increasing teacher training. The wide-ranging measures follow more than 18 months of discussion by educators, advocates, psychologists and other stakeholders and will require more funding, although a specific amount wasn’t cited. Board member Jim Porter, who had led a task force on dyslexia, said the policies are needed and represent compromises. “This is a nationwide movement and we are slow to come to the table,” Porter said. Cynthia Hadicke, an education program consultant for the Kansas State...

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More superintendent searches than usual

The school year hasn’t even reached the Thanksgiving break and KASB is already conducting a dozen school district superintendent searches in Kansas. “At this point in the year there seems to be a little bit higher number this year than in past years,” said Dr. Brian Jordan, who is deputy executive director of KASB Leadership Services. Jordan said many superintendents —just as in the ranks of teachers — are nearing retirement age. In addition, he said with the recent increases in school funding, some superintendents feel the time is right to step down — satisfied they can leave the district in...

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Women’s Leadership Summit to feature Smarsh and Fagan

The Kansas Association of School Boards and United School Administrators-Kansas 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit will feature award-winning author Sarah Smarsh and Dr. Helen Fagan, CEO and Founder of the Global Leadership Group.   The Summit, March 24-25, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, will offer female school board members and school administrators opportunities to learn and network about timely topics including recognizing and overcoming bias, managing leadership transitions, balancing work and healthy lifestyles, and self-confident communication. Speakers and panelists will include state-level and local female leaders from across Kansas.  “We’re excited to build on the success...

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KASB BOLD session set for Topeka on Thursday and Friday

The first meeting of this year’s KASB BOLD class will convene this week and cover sessions on school board relationships, building leadership teams and problem solving. The Thursday-Friday meeting will be held at KASB’s headquarters in Topeka and feature talks from KASB executive staff and former KASB presidents Frank Henderson Jr., a member of the Seaman USD 345 board and NSBA board, and Patrick Woods, a member of the Topeka USD 501 board. In its third year, the Business Operations Leadership Development (BOLD) program includes six training sessions developed by KASB leadership staff, KASB business partners and experts from across the...

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