KASB update for Tuesday, July 14

This is the KASB Update for Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

The Kansas State Board of Education met today to begin discussion of the state department of education’s “Navigating Change 2020” guidance document. Board members are scheduled to vote on the guidance document tomorrow.

Education Commissioner Randy Watson acknowledged a wide variance of public opinion existed on how schools should re-start, along with much anxiety as the start of school approaches in mid-August as COVID-19 cases have been on the rise.

Watson urged calm, patience and collaboration. He pleaded with Kansans to stay off of social media and instead volunteer to help districts put their local plan together. “When we roll up our sleeves, we will find the solution,” he said.

You can read more about the reopening guidance document in our KASB News Briefs today or on our website at www.kasb.org/newsroom.

We’ve posted the draft guidance document on our website. Go to www.kasb.org then click on the “Covid 19 information” graphic. You’ll be directed to a page with a Roadmap to Reopening graphic and the link to the document.

KASB will hold online meetings to help Boards process the reopening guidance beginning at noon this Friday, July 17 and at various times on July 20, 22 and 23. We’ll also offer weekly board and leadership support sessions each Wednesday at noon through September. You can find those meeting details on at kasb.org/training and events.

While the COVID-19 pandemic shut down school buildings it hasn’t stopped state efforts to re-imagine public education in Kansas.

The Kansas State Department of Education today  announced more districts and schools joining the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

The latest phase is called Apollo II in keeping with the theme of U.S. space exploration efforts. The first redesign groups were dubbed Mercury 7, Gemini I, Gemini II, Apollo I and Apollo II.

Under the redesign project, schools are realigned to focus on five outcomes for student success that were established by the State Board of Education in 2015. Those outcomes are social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, high school graduation and post-secondary success. You can read more about the Apollo II schools in today’s KASB News Briefs.

Also in today’s News Briefs, KASB Executive Director Dr. John Heim has a new blog about an important acronym: CCOI. That stands for Culture, Communication, Order, and Input. Each of those topics is critical for school boards as they work through the issues around reopening schools.

In other news, KASB’s Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the position of KASB President-Elect Designee. The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non voting member of the KASB board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. August 28. The position will be up for election at the annual KASB Convention in December.




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