Leadership for Tomorrow

Are you interested in…

lft-logo-small-onlineEnhancing leadership capacity at the local, state and national levels?
Gaining understanding of key education issues through onsite visits and presentations by local staff and community leaders?
Exploring education change theories, current state education initiatives and potential local impact?
Expanding skills for effective in communications and  advocacy?


Then KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow is for you!

Board members, superintendents and administrators explore change theories and strategies, gain training in leadership skills and expand understanding of education key issues for effective governance and raising student achievement. Visits to local schools, classroom observations and presentations provide a foundation for class discussion and collaborative analysis of issues and opportunities of Kansas education.

In the past 12 years 196 school leaders have completed the program.

2017 Session Dates

  • Session I – March 2 and 3, 2017
  • Session II – May 11 and 12, 2017
  • Session III – September 21 and 22, 2017
  • Session IV – November 30 and December 1, 2017 (In Conjunction with KASB Annual Conference)
  • Graduation – December 2, 2017 (During KASB Annual Conference General Session)

Through four two-day sessions, the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow program creates a greater understanding of the Kansas public education system and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills for effective governance and raising student achievement.

The program is open to any KASB member district’s school board member or school administrator. Participation is limited. Building-level leaders are encouraged to apply. Board members and district-level administration will be given first priority.

Topics include:

  • Education Trends, State Initiatives and Impact on Student Achievement.
  • Advocacy at the State and National Levels
  • Leading Change in the Local Community
  • Community Engagement and Creating Collaborative Cultures
  • Leadership Trends and Change Theories
  • Communications Training, Crisis Communications and Media Relations

What’s Involved?

  • Four sessions conducted at different locations across the state.
  • Faculty includes Kansas education practitioners, local and state leaders.
  • Sessions are a mix of onsite visits and participants’ interaction and discussions.
  • The curriculum is designed to build capacity through discovery and interaction. Participants are strongly encouraged to participant in all sessions

KASB recognized thirty-three graduates from its Leadership for Tomorrow program on Jan. 11. 2017. The ceremony took place after the fifth and final session for this year’s class of board members and district leaders.

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program identifies exemplary board of education members, school superintendents and administrators from across Kansas for the year-long leadership program. Also included in this year’s class were two KASB staff members.

The 2016-17 Leadership for Tomorrow class is the twelfth class to graduate from the KASB program. One hundred and ninety-seven board members and administrators have completed the program.

Graduates included:

  • Jeremy Boldra, superintendent, Flinthills USD 492;
  • Katina Brenn, superintendent, Colby USD 315;
  • Barb Brittan, board of education, Abilene USD 435;
  • Dale Brungardt, superintendent, Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327;
  • Rick Burgess, board of education, Lyons USD 405;
  • Lori Church, attorney, Kansas Association of School Boards;
  • Cindy Couchman, assistant superintendent, Buhler USD 313;
  • Justin Coup, superintendent, Solomon USD 393;
  • Shannon Culver, board of education, Woodson Co. USD 366;
  • Amy Garver, principal, Basehor-Linwood Middle School, Basehor-Linwood USD 458;
  • Dr. Jackie Glasgow, board of education, Wellington USD 353;
  • Mike Gower, superintendent, Phillipsburg USD 325;
  • Art Gutierrez, board of education, Emporia USD 253;
  • Sandra Halling, board of education, Bucklin USD 459;
  • Pat Happer, superintendent, Jefferson West USD 340;
  • Adam Hatfield, principal, Wellington High School, Wellington USD 353;
  • Nicole Hawkins, board of education, Goddard USD 265;
  • Jerry Hodson, superintendent, Chapman USD 473;
  • Lori Johnson, board of education, Girard USD 248;
  • Doug Lockwood, board of education, Turner-Kansas City USD 202;
  • Liz Maisberger-Clark, administrator, KASB Workers Compensation Fund, Inc.;
  • Angie McDonald, director of instruction, McPherson USD 418;
  • Jo McFadden, principal, Inman Elementary, Inman USD 448;
  • Gina McGowan, board of education, Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327;
  • Mischel Miller, superintendent, Vermillion USD 380;
  • John Montford, principal, Sunnyside Elementary, Dodge City USD 443;
  • Barb Sewing, board of education, Stafford USD 349;
  • Daryl Stegman, superintendent, Spearville USD 381;
  • Mike Stegman, superintendent, Cimarron Ensign USD 102;
  • Brad Stratton, board of education, Shawnee Mission USD 512;
  • Khris Thexton, interim superintendent, Great Bend USD 428;
  • Greg Tice, board of education, Renwick USD 267;
  • Brett White, assistant superintendent, Andover USD 385.

This year’s class participated in five two-day sessions centering on student achievement, key education issues and leadership skills. Site visits included McPherson USD 418, Smoky Valley USD 400, Dodge City USD 443, Montezuma USD 371 and Kansas City, Kansas USD 500.  The final session for the class included a visit to Seaman USD 345 and attendance at the KASB and USA Kansas Advocacy in Action conference.

The class also met for a half-day in December to explore the state’s new accreditation system and using data to make decisions on how to use resources at the local level. Class members then joined KASB Annual Conference early bird sessions on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

February 8, 2017

TOPEKA – The Kansas Association of School Boards is pleased to announce our Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2017. The 25 participants were chosen through an application process based on individual leadership in public education and participation in activities that promote effective governance and raise student achievement.

The Class of 2017 is comprised of board members and superintendents from across Kansas, representing schools of different sizes, geographic location and demographic enrollment.

“Leadership for Tomorrow gives everyone a chance to learn more about who we are and what we have in common,” said Dr. John Heim, KASB executive director. “It’s also a way to gain perspective on our shared challenges and how schools across the state are meeting the needs of the kids in their schools.”

Heim said part of the program focuses on expanding skills to become more effective advocates for improvement and change, benefiting not only the participant’s local school district, but also Kansas public education.

“This year’s class will be in the front row as our state grapples with education funding and policies that will impact every district in our state,” Heim said.

Four sessions will be held in various locations across the state. This year’s class sessions will be held in Hutchinson, Stafford, Coffeyville Parsons, Ness City, Garden City and Wichita. Through these onsite visits, presentations and class discussions, participants expand their knowledge of leadership skills and education key issues by learning about the unique challenges and opportunities in schools across the state.

The 2017 KASB Leadership for Tomorrow Class includes:

  1. James Adams, Board of Education, Seaman USD 345
  2. Art Baker, Superintendent/High School Principal, Clifton-Clyde USD 224
  3. Rick Behrens, Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas USD 500
  4. Chad Burman, Board of Education, Cimarron-Ensign USD 102
  5. William Cook, Board of Education, Erie-Galesburg USD 101
  6. Aaric Davis, Superintendent, Royal Valley USD 337
  7. Jeff Ellis, Board of Education, Mulvane USD 263
  8. Kelly Franke, Board of Education, Paola USD 368
  9. Angela Handy, Board of Education, De Soto USD 232
  10. Penny Hargrove, Superintendent, Hiawatha USD 415
  11. Janell Harman, Board of Education, Inman USD 448
  12. Adrian Howie, Superintendent, Hugoton USD 210
  13. Steve Karlin, Superintendent, Garden City USD 457
  14. George Leary, Superintendent, Moundridge USD 423
  15. Brian Leighty, Board of Education, Dighton USD 482
  16. Karl Matlack, Board of Education, Burrton USD 369
  17. Mike Morrison, Board of Education, Topeka USD 501
  18. Eric Norstrom, Board of Education, Canton-Galva USD 419
  19. Steve Richards, Board of Education, Newton USD 373
  20. Bill Rinkenbaugh, Board of Education, Augusta USD 402
  21. Sara Smith, Board of Education, Vermillion USD 380
  22. Chris Vignery, Superintendent, North Ottawa County USD 239
  23. Scott Wilson, Board of Education, Andover USD 385
  24. Jason Winbolt, Board of Education, Spring Hill USD 230
  25. Tim Winter, Superintendent, Wamego USD 320

In the past 12 years 199 school leaders have completed the leadership program. The Kansas Association of School Boards is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas. Members include governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. The Association provides legal, advocacy and leadership training in addition to offering a number of products and services to support local school districts in daily operations and management.