Teacher Issues

Application deadline today for KASB’s new Advanced Advocacy Training Institute

The application deadline for the first KASB Advanced Advocacy Training Institute (AATI) is fast approaching, and interested parties are encouraged to send their completed applications soon.   Designed to put a greater focus on developing a network of public education advocates throughout Kansas, the AATI Program will give participants added skills and training in effectively supporting our K-12 system.    The program begins at the end of August with a training session on federal Issues that will include support from NSBA Chief Lobbyist, Chip Slaven. In October, KASB Prestige Partner Piper Jafray will host a visit to USD 266 Maize where we will...

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KASB hosts session on leading change for school redesign teams

Over 250 educators from the “Apollo” school redesign districts received training in the art and science of leading change this week, led by KASB’s leadership services staff.  The Apollo schools are the fourth group approved by the Kansas State Board of Education for the Kansans Can “Moonshot” redesign program, which began with the Mercury 7 districts in 2017. The purpose of the program is to increase student graduation rates, postsecondary education and preparation for adult life through more individualized education that better engages students.  Redesigning schools to improve student success, particularly for students who continue to struggle in the current system,...

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Anti-bullying task force receives expert testimony

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying met in Salina on Monday to continue gathering data and public input. The task force will make recommendations to the Kansas Legislature in January 2020.  As the task force meets across the state, a new national report offers some insights into the bullying; you can read KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communications Mark Tallman’s blog about it at this link.  Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson announced the formation of the Task Force in March, citing data that 28 percent of students in grades six through twelve experience bullying. Bullying has also...

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August School Board Review with feature on restorative justice is available

The August edition of KASB’s School Board Review features a look at restorative justice, columns by KASB leaders and a profile of KASB’s newest regional board member. The issue is available online here and is already in the mail for those who prefer a print copy. Many school districts are incorporating restorative justice to handle student discipline. KASB Advocacy/Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter takes an-depth look into this method. KASB President Shannon Kimball writes about the oath that school board members take to “faithfully discharge" their duties and KASB Executive Director John Heim writes about the anxiety that some students experience on the...

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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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August is Breastfeeding Month. KASB has suggested policies for Boards

Gov. Laura Kelly proclaimed August 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week and August as National Breastfeeding Month this morning at the Kansas Statehouse.   The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. is comprised of individuals from a wide variety of organizations, agencies and private businesses that promote breastfeeding in Kansas.     While school boards are not required to have policy language regarding the accommodation of staff who are nursing mothers, federal law requires accommodations to be made in certain circumstances.  KASB’s Legal and Policy staff worked with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition in 2017 to develop policy that local school boards can adopt to assist staff members who...

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KASB Summer Regionals kick off in Hiawatha, Stafford

School leaders in Stafford and Hiawatha met Wednesday to discuss major education issues and how to improve Kansas public schools as the KASB Summer Regional Roundtable meetings kicked off. The next meeting is set for Thursday in Colby with meetings scheduled next week in McPherson, Greenbush, Haysville, Topeka and Olathe. Board members and district leaders discussed challenges and opportunities in schools after KASB provided focus topics that included school safety, school redesign, the 2020 Census, upcoming legislative session and local issues. In Hiawatha, board members and superintendents from the Atchison, Hiawatha, Sabetha, Marysville and Washington school districts said they worry that the...

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National school board leader at KASB workshops to improve federal special education law

KASB’s August workshops on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will offer attendees the chance to work with a national expert on K-12 education.  Chip Slaven is the new Chief Advocacy Officer for the National School Boards Association. Slaven will attend each of the workshops, scheduled for Aug. 27-29 in Topeka, Dodge City and Salina, respectively, to meet KASB members and allies and discuss a nationwide effort to modernize and fully fund the federal special education law.   The campaign, entitled, “It’s Time for a Great IDEA!” is designed to help school board members and others acknowledge the 1975 law’s successes...

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Kelly urges Education Council to provide bold ideas

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday urged leaders from across the state to propose bold recommendations in helping align education and economic needs. “I encourage you to work toward bold innovations,” Kelly said in a recorded message to the Governor’s Council on Education, which was meeting at Wichita State University. Kelly also affirmed her position that improved access to early childhood learning is key to improving opportunities. “I believe early childhood development is essential to put every Kansan on the path to success,” Kelly said. Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers, a former Wichita USD 259 board member, attended the daylong meeting, and gave the...

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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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