KASB accepting breakout session proposals for Conference

KASB is proud to provide the highest quality educational leadership for boards of education in Kansas. The KASB Annual Conference is the association’s flagship event, providing intensive learning and networking experiences that bring together hundreds of Kansas board of education members, school district leaders and content experts.

We invite you to share your expertise and experience to help create these opportunities for our annual conference attendees.

The 50-minute presentations will be given on Saturday, December 2.

Deadline for submitting a proposal is July 14, 2017. We expect available slots to fill up early, so please submit your proposal as soon as possible!

Presenting at the KASB Annual Conference is a great way to tell your story! Take this opportunity to share best practices, effective strategies that lead to student success, and expand understanding of emerging issues in education.

The best presentations honor the governance role of boards of education, include the voice of school board members and the leadership team and give participants time for interaction and questions.

Presentations should focus on at least one of the following strands:

  • Advocacy and Engagement: Stakeholder engagement by the community is critical to maintaining quality schools and creating opportunities for future success. These sessions will emphasize how communities and school districts are advocating for their students at the local, state and/or federal levels. Presenters will share strategies and structures they have developed or used to create a strong voice for their students.
  • Aligning to the “Kansans CAN” Vision: The Kansas State Board of Education adopted a new vision for Kansas schools based on feedback from across the state. This vision includes the following outcomes or measures: Kindergarten readiness, Individual Plan of Study focused on career interest, High school graduation rates, Post-Secondary completion/attendance and Social/emotional growth measured locally. Presenters will share how they are aligning their system to meet these outcomes and how they are measuring progress and success.
  • KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation) Framework for Success: KESA is the new accreditation system for our state. It uses a framework of rubrics to guide the process: Relationships, Relevance, Responsive Culture and Rigor. In these sessions presenters will share programs and practices they are currently using within at least one of the KESA “R’s.”
  • Efficient and Effective Practices: Schools across Kansas have responded to dwindling resources through innovation, collaboration and reallocation of resources. These sessions will highlight the work districts have done or are pursuing to become more efficient while still being effective at improving student success.
  • Foundations of Boardsmanship: Boards of education have several functions that help ensure a successful school system. These include (1) establishing the vision for the district; (2) setting priorities and goals; (3) creating ;policies; (4) hiring and evaluating the superintendent of schools; (5) holding the superintendent accountable for accomplishing district goals; and (6) helping build support for public education. These sessions will equip new and experienced board members with foundational skills for basic boardsmanship.
  • Policy/Legal: Societal trends, community pressures and changing circumstances can impact both the quality and equality of education offered to our students. These sessions provide the latest guidance and information on legal issues and policy matters relating to school law, student and staff issues.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your submission no later than July 14, 2017.

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