State Board working on Kansans Can, teacher retention

The Kansas State Board of Education will be working on its Kansans Can goals, teacher shortages and many other topics during its monthly meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials.

The board will:

  • Receive an update from the Early Childhood team to support kindergarten readiness, which is one of the five areas of focus under the State Board’s Kansans Can initiative of helping every student become successful.
  • Discuss a proposed marketing campaign for teacher recruitment and retention. A state task force has reported that the number of teacher education majors and teaching degrees in Kansas has decreased significantly over the past few years.
  • Consider a request from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts for 16 specialized certificates for Kansas City USD 500. The certificates allow unlicensed instructors to teach for one year in hard-to-fill areas.
  • Receive a presentation from students of Ness City High School, Ness City USD 303, on an industrial education project in which the students constructed a “tiny house” and how the project related to math, language, arts and business standards.
  • Conduct public hearings on regulations related to Emergency Safety Intervention, school bus safety and higher education teacher preparation programs.

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