SBR: KASB Conference will feature activities, learning aimed at improving schools

By Scott Rothschild, srothschild@kasb.org

The 2018 KASB Conference will offer school leaders a wide array of experiences and knowledge they can take back home to their districts and use to help improve student success.

Running from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Overland Park, the conference features visits to schools, a trade show, seminars, workshops and more than 40 breakout sessions.

More than 500 school board members are expected to attend, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit with colleagues from across the state to discuss and review new ways to handle challenges and approach new opportunities.

Author and motivational speaker Garrison Wynn will deliver the opening keynote address on leadership strategies for educators. On Sunday morning, Dan Meers, better known as KC Wolf, the Kansas City Chiefs mascot, will share his inspirational story told in his book `Wolves Can’t Fly,’ about an accident that nearly ended his life. Other featured speakers include Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis.

The expert-led breakouts will cover numerous classroom innovations, school safety, social media and school culture. Other breakouts include how to gain community support for bond issues, how districts can help transgender students thrive, developing student leadership, and how to see through misleading information.

The one-day KASB Winter Law Conference on Nov. 30 will discuss the new school safety and crisis planning requirements schools must implement along with the school district’s legal responsibilities for student health and wellness.

As schools focus on employee retention and improvement strategies, this seminar will include topics on Employee Benefits, Behaviors and Best Practices along with Social Media and School Employees’ Free Speech Rights and Responsibilities, Employee Leave Rights under the federal Family Medical Leave and Americans with Disabilities Acts and Documenting Employee Performance and Discipline Issues.

This Winter School Law Conference will also review the legal authority of Kansas school boards along with the school board’s role in handling parent and teacher complaints.

KASB’s popular and informative Meeting All Kids Needs Tours will highlight student mental health, school redesign, community partnerships and more on Nov. 30 in Johnson County.

Participants will visit either Olathe USD 233 and De Soto USD 232 or Blue Valley USD 229 and Spring Hill USD 230. Attendees will see innovative programs and practices, observe in classrooms and interact with students.

Olathe will highlight its Mercury redesign work and the new Olathe West High School. The De Soto visit will feature community and business partnerships and the district’s work with KASB Prestigious Partner K12itc.


Garrison Wynn
Keynote Sat. Dec. 1
Dan Meers KC Wolf
Keynote Sun., Dec. 2
Randy Watson
Keynote Sat., Dec. 1
Dale Dennis
Keynote Sat., Dec. 1

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