2018 Annual Conference

The KASB Annual Conference is the largest gathering of elected school board members and district leaders in Kansas. Special-topic pre-conference sessions, outstanding speakers, breakout speakers and vendor exhibits - the KASB Annual Conference is a great opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state, sharing ideas of what worked and what didn’t work!

The annual conference features a trade show, and suppliers and manufacturers of school equipment, products and services are invited to participate. Please contact Andrea Hartzell for details!

2018 Schedule At-A-Glance

7:30 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS for Early-Bird Onsite Meetings
Meeting All Kids Needs District Tours
  Winter School Law Conference
  Foundations of Boardsmanship
  Cultural Proficiency Workshop NEW in 2018
8:00 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Briefing
8:15 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Buses Depart
9:00 a.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Begin
Noon Early Bird Lunches
  Kansas School Attorneys Association Lunch
4:00 p.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Adjourn
  Exhibits and Vendor Fair [ONE DAY ONLY in 2018]
7:30 p.m. Evening Adjourns
8:00 a.m. General Session
Welcome and Opening Remarks
KASB President, KASB Executive Director
KASB Nominating Committee Report
8:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Garrison Wynn
Leadership Strategies for Educators-Embracing Change Starts at the Top
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
11:30 a.m. Networking & Solutions Lunch Begins
1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
3:30 p.m  General Session 
 Leadership for Tomorrow Graduation
 Westar STEM Award Recipient Recognition
 Sealing of KASB Time Capsule
 Keynotes: Dale Dennis and Randy Watson
5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Adjourn
8:00 a.m. Delegate Assembly Registration Opens
  Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Inspirational Keynote: Dan Meers/KC Wolf - Wolves Can't Fly
9:30 a.m. Break and Move to Election Locations
9:45 a.m. Regional Elections
10:00 a.m. Learning Clusters Sessions (Two 45 minute sessions to choose from)
Delegate Assembly Entertainment Begins
10:30 a.m. Delegate Assembly Begins
11:00 a.m. Learning Clusters Sessions (Two 45 minute sessions to choose from)
Noon Conference Adjourns for 2018

2018 Conference Housing Changes

We are using a Housing Bureau system. There will be one website everyone will use to make reservations or be put on a waiting list (much like NSBA). The housing reservation system will open up on Monday, October 1 at 8 a.m. at www.kasb.org/ConfHousing18. You will see exact room availability at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel as well as the three overflow hotels: The Hyatt Place, The Holiday Inn and the Courtyard by Marriott. We chose these hotels based on their proximity to the Sheraton and the Overland Park Convention Center as well as for their amenities and price.

Sleeping Room Cancellation Policy Change

The other change we wanted to let you know about is the cancellation policy for sleeping rooms. Many hotels, including the ones KASB uses for our conference headquarters and overflow hotels, have enhanced their reservation policies. This has caused KASB to adjust our policies as well in order to any avoid penalties and fees. These changes help ensure KASB meets its contractual obligations to the facilities and doesn’t incur any financial penalties.

Changes are as follows:

  • DEPOSIT: A deposit equal to one night's stay (including tax) is required to hold each guest’s reservation. Such deposit shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and upon check-in shall be applied to the first night of the reserved stay.
  • CANCELLATION AND REFUND OF DEPOSIT: These deposits are refundable if notice is received no later than October 22, 2018 and a cancellation number is obtained.
  • NAMES ON RESERVATIONS: Each reservation must be accompanied with the name for each room. There will be no multiple bookings under one name. All names are required at the time of booking. Name changes on guest room reservations will be accepted.

We are hopeful that the cancellation date of October 22 will allow those who were not originally in the conference headquarters or overflow hotels to have more time to make reservations in advance of the conference.


Go to THIS LINK to make your reservations! 

This is the only way to get reservations in the Conference Block.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Five Sessions to Choose From
Friday, November 30, 2018

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Briefing
8:15 a.m. Meeting All Kids Needs Buses Depart
9:00 a.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Begin
Noon Lunch
4:00 p.m. Early Bird Onsite Meetings Adjourn

Meeting All Kids Needs - District Tours
(Space is limited so sign up early!)

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.  

 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.  

The Blue Valley/Spring Hill tour will feature visits to USD 229’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies and the newly-renovated Harmony Elementary featuring flexible design along with Spring Hill’s Gemini redesign and recent bond issue to respond to enrollment growth.

 The two groups will meet for lunch at Olathe North High School for a discussion of the Johnson County school superintendents’ joint teen suicide prevention initiative. Lunch will be prepared by Olathe North culinary program students. 

Foundations of Boardsmanship 2.0 - SERIES CONCLUSION

KASB’s Foundations of Boardsmanship training provides dynamic, interactive presentations and time for collaboration and discussion focused around the skills and knowledge you need to be an exceptional board member. Advocacy, legal topics, communication, boardsmanship, finance, goals and priorities, superintendent evaluation and how to use a systems approach to leadership...are just a few of the topics to be covered! This training is useful for any board of education member - newly elected, just appointed or veteran! And attending as a team - with the superintendent and fellow board member who can serve as a mentor - is an excellent way to develop shared understanding of challenges and opportunities at the local level!

Winter School Law Conference

This one-day school law seminar 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. It will also review the Legal Authority of Kansas School Boards along with the school board’s Role in Handling Parent and Teacher Complaints; Employee Benefits, Behaviors and Best Practices; Social Media; 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.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with your colleagues from across the state to discuss and review new ways to handle difficult legal issues.

PLEASE NOTE: A special luncheon will be held for members of the Kansas School Attorneys Association attending this pre-conference. This pre-conference qualifies for CLE.

Cultural Proficiency Workshop

School is a place to nurture all students and help them reach their infinite potential. Every school has a stake in creating a culturally proficient environment that supports all students, staff and families. Participants in this new KASB workshop will learn what cultural proficiency means, what other schools are doing and what specific actions you as a board team can take to becoming culturally proficient. Discussions will include:

  • Diversity in your life.
  • What is cultural proficiency and why is it important?
  • What does the data mean to you?
  • About the change process.

Presenters include KASB Field Service Specialist Craig Wilford, Phyllis White-Cotter, Wichita USD 259, and Frank Henderson, Jr. Seaman USD 345 board member.


The Kansas School Superintendents Association is again excited to host the superintendents’ at the annual KSSA Day at the KASB Pre-Conference! Join us for a day of learning, conversation, and laughs.

Continuing on the theme, "Leading Through Change" KSSA will be joined Brian Davidson, Intrinsic Institute, Dr. John Vadewalle, Owner and CEO of multiple companies, and Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro League Museum.

Please plan to join your fellow superintendents and DLR for a dinner Thursday evening.

PLEASE NOTE: This session is NOT included in the KASB Season Pass or the USA PLN.

About the Trade Show

The Convention features a Trade Show, on November 30 Exhibition Hall of the Overland Park Convention Center. A Friday Night Reception provides four hours for attendees to register early, visit vendors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music and door prize giveaways. On Saturday, exhibitors may sponsor a lunch table.

Suppliers and manufacturers of school equipment, products and services are invited to participate. More than 500 school board members, superintendents and guests attend the KASB event.


NEW IN 2018

  • One DAY SHOW
  • Sponsor a Saturday Lunch Table

Back for 2018!

  • Purchase an ad in the Conference Program
  • Sponsor a Friday Night Raffle Item

Information and Forms

~ Exhibitor Kit (8 page pdf)

~ Floor Map (1 page pdf)

~ Exhibit Space Contract (2 page pdf)

~ Sponsorship Options (1 page pdf)

~Booth Accessory Rental Form-Helgerson Co (pdf)

~Shipping/Freight Form-Helgerson Co (pdf)

~ Electrical Order (takes you to the Overland Park Convention Center website)

~ Exhibitor Packet for Overland Park Convention Center  (takes you to the Overland Park Convention Center website)

Exhibit Hours

Friday, November 30
Bus/Vehicle ONLY Move-In & Registration Noon-2 p.m.
Booth Set-Up & Exhibitor Registration 2:3:30 p.m.
Exhibits Open/Reception 4-7:30 p.m.
End of Show 7:30 p.m.
Tear Down/Move Out 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1
Networking Lunch [Exhibitors Can Sponsor a Table] 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Vendor Workshops [Limited Spaces] 12:15-12:45 p.m.


Exhibit Space Pricing

Booths Early Bird
After Oct. 5
Single $600 $650
Double $850 $925
Triple $1,025 $1,125
Bus Rates Early Bird
After Oct. 6
24' or less $650 $700
25'-34' $700 $750
35'-39' $750 $800
40'+ $800 $850