2019 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!

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2019 Schedule At-A-Glance

FRIDAY, December 6, 2019
7:30 a.m. REGISTRATION OPENS for Early-Bird Onsite Meetings
Meeting All Kids Needs District Tours
  Winter School Law Conference
  Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0
  Poverty Paradigm Simulations NEW in 2019
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
  Networking Reception
6:00 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: Tim Hodges
The State of Our Schools: Public Opinion and Best Practices for Addressing the Challenges Facing Education
10:00 a.m. Break & Trade Show Opens
10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
11:30 a.m. Networking & Solutions Lunch, Vendor Trade Show Open
1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
2:30 p.m. Break and Vendor Trade Show Open
3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Variety of 60 minute sessions to choose from)
4:30 p.m  General Session 
Keynote: Randy Watson
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Adjourn
7:30 a.m. Delegate Assembly Registration Opens
  Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Regional Elections
9:00 a.m. Delegate Assembly Begins
Roundtable Discussions Begin
10:00 a.m. Break and Entertainment Begins
10:30 a.m. Closing Keynote: Chad E. Foster
Blind Ambition: Circumstances Are Far Less Relevant Than the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Noon Conference Adjourns for 2019

Meeting All Kids Needs - Tours

(Space is limited so sign up early!)
7:30 a.m. Registration; 8:00 am. Briefing; 8:15 a.m. Buses depart

Attendees will be able to participate in one of three tours of Wichita-area school districts. Tour One will visit Wichita USD 259 and Andover USD 385; Tour Two will visit Maize USD 266 and Renwick USD 267 and Tour Three will visit Haysville USD 261 and Derby USD 260.

These tours will provide participants the opportunity to learn more about innovative and effective programs including KSDE School Redesign, Postsecondary Success, Bond Issues, School Safety, Kindergarten Readiness, Character Education, and Social and Emotional Readiness.

Poverty Paradigm Workshop

12:30 p.m. Registration 1:00- 4:00 p.m. Workshop

Poverty is the reality for many students and their families, affecting every facet of life and interaction with the school system. Gaining a greater understanding of these challenges will help board members and district leaders adjust school policies and procedures, resulting in greater support for all students to succeed. KASB’s Poverty Paradigm Experience is an intensive, half-day simulated journey through the tangle of housing, utilities, food, transportation, school, mental health, social services and work the children or parents in poverty experience every day. Each participant role plays a person experiencing survival mode for one month, simulated in four weeks of fifteen minutes each. Participants leave with a deeper understanding of facilities in poverty and how schools can better support and create change for low SES students.

This pre-conference session is moderated by ESSDACK’s Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz. Participants may attend the afternoon session, with time to join other pre-conference workshops for the balance of the day.


7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Workshop

CLICK HERE to download an Agenda.

The 2019 KSSA Day is just around the corner and KSSA is taking a step back from our traditional “sit and get” style of meeting. This year we are going to allow you to create the conversation. During this year’s event you will have the opportunity to share, ask questions and learn from your peers. With everything happening in Kansas Education you almost need a scorecard to keep up. We plan to use this year’s event to catch-up, understand and more importantly allow you to ask why and how.

We are still planning our traditional inspirational storyteller. This year we are pleased to welcome Steve Dickie from Wichita State University. Steve is the Executive Director of The CharacterWorks Group, a non-profit organization that coaches leadership from the inside out. Steve is also the Character Development Coach for the Wichita State Shockers Men’s Basketball Team. Steve is originally from Southern California but is proud to call Kansas home. Mr. Dickie has been with the Shockers basketball team for the last eight years and truly appreciates what Kansas has to offer him and his family.
Please plan to join KSSA in Wichita for dinner with the McCownGordon Construction Team at 5:30 on December 5 and December 6th to “Connect with Kansas Leaders.”

Ready to Register?

Log into the KASB Member Portal, then click on "events." For assistance call KASB at 800-432-2471 or email pinpoint@kasb.org

Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0

7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Workshop

CLICK HERE to download an Agenda.

KASB’s Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0 provides dynamic, interactive presentations and time for collaboration and discussion focused around the skills and knowledge you need to be an exceptional board member. Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0 training is useful for any board of education member - newly elected, just appointed or veteran. And attending as a team - with the superintendent and a 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. Topics 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.

Winter School Law Conference

7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Workshop

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This year’s conference will focus on:

  • Cyberliability: The Perils and Pitfalls of Modern Internet Usage. Protecting school districts from cyber criminals and rebounding from their attacks is becoming increasingly complicated. Come to learn more about what risks are lurking and how to defend against and respond to attacks on your data and technology. Presented by Sam Blasi, KASB Attorney
  • A Potpourri of School Finance and School Business Issues. Drawing from his experience as a school attorney, chief fiscal officer for a school district and school board member, Norm will lead us through commonly confusing school finance law issues such as investing funds, fundraising, Kansas Use Law purchases, bidding, making specific expenditures and acquiring insurance. Presented by Norm Wilks, Attorney, El Dorado USD 490 Board Member
  • Worker’s Compensation Law Update. Get an overview of worker’s compensation law for school districts, and take the opportunity to ask a practitioner in this field about your worker’s compensation conundrums. Presented by Matthew R. Bergmann, Attorney, Frieden & Forbes, LLP, Topeka, Kansas; KSAA President
  • Special Education Law Update. Listen in on the latest information regarding special education law in the state of Kansas. Presented by Mark Ward, Attorney II, Special Education and Title Services, Kansas State Department of Education
  • What’s Cooking With Student Rights? Join us for a smorgasbord of student rights law topics impacting our members. The menu will include the most recent developments in the Gavin Grimm case and potential impacts on transgender law, free speech, search and seizure and other topics with which our members are grappling. Presented by Angie Stallbaumer, KASB Attorney, Assistant Executive Director of Legal Services
  • Navigating Construction Contracts and CMAR Procedures. This presentation will focus on AIA contracts, lease-purchase agreements and construction manager at risk procedures. Presented by Luke Sobba, KASB Attorney

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

Welcome to Wichita

Expect the unexpected! Big-city amenities - Midwestern prices! Explore art museumshands-on exhibits, Old West and Indian artifacts - even a T. Rex skeleton. Dine at more than 1,000 restaurantsShopping choices abound with eclectic shops, antique stores, and open-air shopping centers. When it comes to dining, shopping and playingWichita has something for everyone!

December 8, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. | Eagle Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, Wichita

The KASB Delegate Assembly will begin with elections for President-Elect Designee. There will be a discussion and vote on proposed legislative resolutions and changes to KASB policies that provide the basis for the association’s lobbying efforts during the 2020 Legislative Session.

Find the 2020 Legislative Committee Report to Delegate Assembly


Candidate for President-Elect Designee

Brad Bergsma
Goodland USD 352
Voter Guide (pdf)




Candidate Video

2019 Conference Breakout Sessions

10:45 a.m. –
11:45 a.m.

Case Studies in Civil Rights


A discussion-based examination of the application of discrimination laws and school board policies, with special focus on discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex and disability.

Ashley Rohleder


Kansas Association of School Boards

Legislative Committee Report

Advocacy and Community Engagement

Advocacy staff will review recommendations from the Legislative Committee that will be considered by the Delegate Assembly, with questions and discussion. The committee is expected to present new positions on federal issues and propose priority positions for the 2018 Legislature.

Leah Fliter

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

Mark Tallman

Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communications

Rob Gilligan

Governmental Relations Specialist

Kansas Association of School Boards

312’s Redesign Journey

School Redesign

USD 312 Haven Schools will share insights related to the ups and downs associated with redesign. Most importantly we will share the outcomes related to this one-year process and how we believe our students will benefit from this process.

Clark Wedel


Alice Glendening

Haven Grade School Principal

Shannon Atherton

Haven USD 312

Principal @ Yoder Charter School and Haven Middle School

Travis Moore

Haven High School Principal

Haven USD 312

Applying the Four Disciplines of Execution to Strategic Plan Goals

Foundations of Boardsmanship

Once Strategic Plan Goals have been identified the next step is structuring an approach that produces results. Achieving district goals requires focus, specific action, monitoring, and accountability. Covey’s Four Disciplines of Execution provides a roadmap for district leaders in developing a plan of work to create a district-wide culture of execution. The 4DX process has been refined to achieve three objectives: high quality implementation in the shortest possible time; maximum leader and team engagement, and; sustainable results through full process adoption (new habits). This session will identify and explore these four key steps in institutionalizing a common approach toward Strategic Plan execution.

Sue Givens

Leadership Services Field Consultant

Kansas Association of School Boards

Working with Disruptive Kindergarten Students

Efficient and Effective Practices

Elementary schools throughout our nation have witnessed an epidemic of kindergarten students whose behaviors cause substantial disruption in classrooms and are putting other students, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators in position to be hurt or injured. Haysville USD 261 has created a special kindergarten readiness program that helps these students to learn to self-regulate their behavior so that they can learn and transition back to a regular kindergarten classroom. This program can readily be replicated.

Dr. John Burke


Shari Burke

Kindergarten Readiness Teacher

Jennifer Reed

Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services

Haysville USD 261

Kansas State High School Activities Association

Reflections and Points of Emphasis from the Kansas State High School Activities Association

Bill Faflick, Executive Director

Kansas State High School Activities Association

Mentoring New School Leaders: A Foundation for Success

Board members will learn how high-quality mentoring supports new school and district leaders. An overview of the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI) will highlight program components, mentoring training, and impact on retention. Principals and superintendents influence student learning and school culture and benefit from mentoring as they make decisions and provide leadership at the local level. Mentoring is an investment in professional development, providing a foundation for success for new leaders in Kansas.

Dr. Donna Augustine-Shaw

Associate Professor

Kansas State University

Dr. Rick Doll

Executive Director

Kansas Educational Leadership Institute

Leading by Instinct

Each of us has a unique profile of instincts for how we solve and react to problems and challenges. This session provides an overview of the research-based Kolbe © indexes through discussion and hands-on activities. Understanding and leveraging individual strengths can not only improve hiring practices but also increase the effectiveness of administrative teams, teacher teams, and school boards.

Dr. Shelly Martin

Assistant Professor

Pittsburg State University

Bullying and Vaping Task Force Reports, Policy Updates, and 2020 Legislation 


Bullying and student use of vaping products continue to be major student discipline behaviors requiring school board and building administrators’ attention. In preparation for the 2020 Legislature, this session will review the program and statutory changes recommended by the 2019 Bullying Taskforce appointed by the Kansas State Board of Education. Student use of vaping products continues to create staggering health and safety concerns. The role of the school district in prevention and the recommendations of the Kansas Department of Health’s Vaping Task Force will be discussed along with school district discipline consequences. KASB’s midyear board policy recommendations will also be reviewed.

Donna Whiteman

General Counsel and Assistant Executive Director of Policy Development

Kansas Association of School Boards

Compelling Bond Campaign Wins 75% Support

Aligning to the Kansans Can Vision, Facility Planning

Caney Valley developed a compelling campaign leading to their first successful bond election since the 1970s. Learning objectives: Master Planning – Facility Committee Role – Crafting a Compelling Scope Prioritized by Stewardship, Safety, Security & Space – Setting Scope Parameters to Remain Realistic - BoE Involvement – Plan of Finance – Communication & Community Meetings – Personnel Development Opportunities – Long Term Support – Data Analytics & Applied Learning for District Students IPSs Leading to Industry Recognized Certifications.

Blake Vargas


Caney Valley USD 436

Dan Whisler

Educator in Residence

Keven Ward

Strategic Programs Consultant

Chad Remboldt

Strategic Programs Consultant


School Partnerships Support Community Conversations about Safety

School Safety and Security

Lawrence High School administrators and School Resource Officers with the Lawrence Police Department confiscated firearms from students twice, within a week's time, in February of 2019. No one was harmed during either incident. Would Lawrence be so fortunate next time? Superintendent Anthony Lewis convened two Community Conversations about Public Safety, one at each of the district's high schools, inviting community partners representing law enforcement, mental health, and parent and student advocacy groups to join him in leading the discussions. More than 350 stakeholders came together to identify strengths and gaps in how the community provides for the safety and security of its children and youth and to make recommendations for improvements. Dr. Lewis and Deborah Boatright, the Lawrence leader of Be SMART, will share how they have partnered to raise awareness that through responsible gun safety, every adult in the community can play a role in saving lives.

Anthony Lewis, Ph.D.


Lawrence USD 497

Deborah Boatright

Lawrence Be SMART Campaign Leader

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

USD 423 Long Term Maintenance Plan (an owner's manual for the district facilities & equipment)

Facility Planning

USD 423 Moundridge was in dire need of a long-term maintenance plan. We want to insure our facilities and equipment were being well maintained and operate at peak efficiency. We developed a 25-year plan to identify the life expectancy of our major mechanical and structural components. This plan allows for us to budget of the proper funding to support the facilities.

George Leary, Superintendent, Moundridge USD 423

Darreld Toothman, Senior Project Manager, Vogts Construction

Phillip Jordan, Principal, Alloy Architecture

Reaching Kids Beyond School

Advocacy/Community Engagement, School Redesign

Students at USD 108 can’t get enough of school. Join us as we talk about how a community in the county with the lowest average weekly wage provides cutting edge STEAM activities, internships, and a platform for students to dream big. PowerZone (K-6) and The Infinity Project (7-12) are changing the face of education in USD 108. Come find out why…

Joy McClure, PowerZone Program Director

Teryl Goeckel, High School Counselor

Washington County USD 108

10 Commandments of Board Members

Foundations of Boardsmanship

The skills of an individual board member are crucial to the board’s work of governing the school district. A highly effective board of education needs all board members working together towards a common vision. This session will examine the 10 traits that “thou shall not do.”

Gary Sechrist, Field Services Specialist, Kansas Association of School Boards

1:30 p.m. –
2:30 p.m.

Getting Your Story Out

Advocacy and Community Engagement

KASB staff with backgrounds in communications and journalism will share ways to make sure your local communities know about the great things your schools are doing. Will include tips on how to work with the media.

Carol Pitts

Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Public Relations

Kansas Association of School Boards

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Association of School Boards

Communications Editor

Legislative Session Overview

Advocacy and Community Engagement

KASB advocacy staff will report on anticipated hot topics for the 2019 Legislature, State Board of Education and federal government, including interim study committees, issues assigned for Legislative study, school finance developments and federal issues.

Mark Tallman

Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communications

Leah Fliter

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

Rob Gilligan

Governmental Relations Specialist

Kansas Association of School Boards

Kansans Can School Redesign at David Brewer Elementary

School Redesign

The school's recent targeted school improvement efforts and KSDE Gemini School Redesign initiative (August 2017 – Present) have resulted in positive student outcomes, improved staff and family buy-in, and recognition as Promising Practice in Character Education. The Kansans Can School Redesign Project was launched by the Kansas State Department of Education, with districts invited to apply for selection around five outcomes established by the State Board of Education, five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future.

"Mr. I" and staff representatives will walk attendees through the transformation process from the perspective of the building’s instructional leaders, share current school redesign highlights and best practices and plans for the school’s future.

The session will provide details specific to the school's focus on Social/Emotional Development; Individual and Project-Based Learning; and grade level Building Blocks, and feature student/staff video testimonials sharing their perspectives from within the school’s classrooms.

Craig Idacavage

Elementary Principal

Leavenworth USD 453

Negotiations: Bringing Your “A” Game to the Table


This session will discuss legal requirements under the Professional Negotiations Act and strategies for seeking a mutually beneficial agreement between the board and professional staff. The presentation will satisfy the statutory requirement of annual training for board negotiators.

Luke Sobba


Kansas Association of School Boards

Managing Behavioral Disruptions in the Early Grades

Efficient and Effective Practices

Elementary schools across the country have seen a dramatic rise in disruptive behavior across the past three years, and school staff are struggling to meet the emotional needs of today’s students. In this session, EAB Research and Haysville School District will present an evidence-based, system-wide approach to managing behavioral disruptions that utilizes innovative, proven, and replicable tactics deployed by leading districts nationwide.

Benjamin Court

Associate Director, District Leadership Forum


Dr. John Burke

Haysville USD 261


A Conversation with Kansas State Board of Education Members

Kansas State Board of Education members will be available for an informal conversation on the Kansans Can Vision as well as other topics or issues.

Uncommon Leadership for Success

Efficient and Effective Practices

“The Uncommon Leader for Success” is a student lead process centered around implementing “intentional leadership” skills that helps create a culture where all students and staff feeling safe and connected in our schools and communities. We will use five core values in teaching social and emotional learning.

Joe Coles

Educational Consultant

Coles Consulting

Jay Gifford

Athletic Director

Dodge City USD 443

Insurance: Raw, Uncensored and No B.S.

During this unique session, we will help pull the curtain back on important items relating to most district's second largest budgetary item, insurance. We will provide you information in an easy to understand format so that you can take back knowledge to your district to help navigate the traitorous waters of the insurance industry. This session will provide you with enough information to further the conversation within your district and have a credible understanding of insurance concepts to utilize within your own district.

Kati Wolfgang

Director of Human Resources

Wamego USD 320

Jeremy Woydziak

Account Manager

KASB Risk Management Group

Technologically Speaking: What You need to Know about the Apps and Tech Your Students are Using


A deep-dive into the capabilities of the hottest apps that teens are using, and discussion of the risks they create

Ashely Rohleder


Sam Blasi


Kansas Association of School Boards

Strategic Planning for Student Success

Efficient and Effective Practices, Foundations of Boardsmanship

In 2019, the Shawnee Mission School District’s Board of Education implemented a public engagement process to develop a strategic plan which serves as a roadmap for improving student learning. Responding to increasing student diversity and increased expectations for student outcomes, the strategic planning process produced three clear and powerful objectives that connect the plan to the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) process and will drive the district’s work for the next five years and beyond.

Dr. Mike Fulton


Brad Stratton

Board President

Shawnee Mission USD 512

Equity at The Center

Equity and Access

Lawrence Public Schools has been intentional about addressing the inequities in our academic and discipline data for more than ten years for our students of color and special education students. Recently our board adopted a five-year strategic plan that intentionally places equity at the center of all our decisions. We engaged key stakeholders, including our DELTA (Parents of Color) and Equity Advisory Committee to partner with us in development of the plan and continue to partner with them to hold ourselves accountable.

Anna Stubblefield

Deputy Superintendent

Samrie Devin

Lawrence USD 497

Director Human Resources

Leah Wisdom

Director Equity, Instruction, and Student Support

Lawrence USD 497

Making Schools Softer & Safer

Facility Planning, School Safety and Security

Logically, one knows that school safety is about deterrence, detection, delay and defend. Those strategies not only mean “hardening” the school with things such as metal detectors and shelters. It also means implementing strategies that promote transparency, community connectivity and healthy well-being of students and staff. The American Institute of Architects in Kansas members will share the latest school safety approaches and how they are promoting softer schools which are viewed as homes of opportunity.

David Wilde


Geary County USD 475

Malcolm Watkins

Vice President

SJCF architecture

Creating a “Portrait of a Graduate”

Aligning to the Kansans Can Vision

Have you identified the most important skills, qualities, and attributes that you want your high school graduates to possess? This session will share the “Portrait of a Graduate” journey that the Andover and Olathe districts have completed. By involving their stakeholders and communities, they have engaged in dialogue to create a “Portrait of a Graduate” for their districts. Each day, those skills, qualities, and attributes are developed in students, from the time they enter kindergarten through and beyond high school graduation to ensure they are ready for real-world success.

Brett White


Andover USD 385

John Allison


Olathe USD 233

Jill Lachenmayr

Assistant Superintendent for Academic Affairs

Andover USD 385

Dr. Jessica Dain

Assistant Superintendent of Support Services

Olathe USD 233

Board Agenda Development

Foundations of Boardsmanship

The business of the board of education occurs around the board table. The short time reserved for board of education business needs to be used efficiently. How does your board decide the importance of your agenda items? This session is designed to identify what agenda items are important vs not important and urgent vs not urgent.

Gary Sechrist

Field Services Specialist

Kansas Association of School Boards

3:15 p.m. –
4:15 p.m.

Immunizations: The Legal Implications of Including and Excluding Unvaccinated Students


How should schools balance the health and safety of students with their right to a free and public education? What does the future of education look like in a world of fewer and fewer vaccinated students?

Samuel C. Blasi, JD, MBA


Kansas Association of School Boards

Laura Blasi, M.D.

Foundations of Democracy: 2020 Census, General Election and Civic Engagement

Advocacy and Community Engagement

2020 is going to be a lively year for many reasons. KASB staff will share why it’s important that education leaders try to lead the political discussion, engage on the issues and participate in the Census.

Rob Gilligan

Governmental Relations Specialist

Scott Rothschild

Communications Editor

Leah Fliter

Advocacy and Outreach Specialist

Kansas Association of School Boards

Twin Valley’s Redesign Journey

School Redesign

The leadership team from Twin Valley (BOE and Superintendent) will give the audience a glimpse into their Redesign journey as a Mercury School district.

Fred Van Ranken


Juanita Morris

Twin Valley BOE member

Twin Valley USD 240

Discovering Our W.I.N.G.S.

School Redesign

The journey of redesign in our small-town school. We realized we were not meeting the need of each student and decided to take action to redesign the way we do things in our school.

Kara Mayo

2nd Grade Teacher

Julie Matthew

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kate Barnes

MS/HS Math

Jason Marlin

MS/HS Social Studies

Caldwell USD 360

Building Board Efficacy for Improving District Culture and Climate

Aligning to the Kansans Can Vision, Efficient and Effective Practices, Equity and Access, Policy/Legal, School Redesign

“Our system is perfectly designed for the results we are getting.” Are we playing the lottery with SEL & school climate initiatives? Do we know if they're working and what questions to ask? Understanding school culture & climate improvements can be difficult. We will share evidential and understandable data points, connect how improved school climate aligns with academic rigor, and provide time for you to exchange system improvement efforts.

Susan Schiffelbein

TASN Kansas MTSS and alignment trainer

Baldwin City USD 348

Kacie Olson


Kansas Learning Network trainer

Fact or Fiction?  Responding to Criticisms of Public Education 

Mark Tallman and Ted Carter will review the most commonly heard criticisms of public education and arguments against the need for increased funding in Kansas and will talk about the most effective ways to respond to them.

Mark Tallman

Associate Executive Director of Advocacy and Communications

Ted Carter

Chief Data Officer

Kansas Association of School Boards

Building Leadership Through A Partnership with The Kansas Leadership Center

Through the ongoing support of the Kansas Leadership Center, Emporia Public Schools has leveraged a Transformation Grant to provide support that fosters leadership development, a deeper understanding of the change process, and a common language and framework, all of which support the statewide school redesign process. Join us to learn more about our experience and the process to apply for a transformation grant.

Kevin Case, Superintendent

Emporia USD 253

Teacher Retention through Highly Effective Mentor Training

Efficient and Effective Practices

Teacher turnover costs can be reduced by providing effective support for new teachers. Several districts have discovered an investment in highly effective mentors for their teachers results in reducing teacher turnover, as well as improving overall performance in their buildings. In this session, three districts will share their experience in designing effective mentor and induction programs to improve retention and professional practice in their staff through their work with the Kansas Mentor & Induction Center.

Sherry Goodvin


Wichita State University-- Kansas Mentor & Induction Center

Jeff Hersh

Assistant Superintendent

Goddard USD 265

Penny Stoss

Assistant Superintendent

Nickerson USD 309

Mark Littell

Assistant Superintendent

Winfield USD 465

Vaping/E-Cigarettes: What Kansas Schools Should Know

School Safety and Security

Vaping/E-Cigarette use has exploded among Kansas schools over the past three years. The impact this is having on Kansas schools is significant. This presentation will provide an overview of the work of the Vaping/E-Cigarette Task Force that has been formed by the Kansas State Board of Education, educational information on the harm posed by vaping, and resources schools can use to create awareness, educate students and parents, and take steps toward helping students quit, if they are currently using.

Mark Thompson

Education Program Consultant-Health & Physical Education

Kansas State Department of Education

Jordan Roberts

Prevention Program Manager

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Angie Stallbaumer

Assistant Executive Director for Legal Services

Kansas Association of School Boards

USD 453 Bond Issue - Bringing a School Community Together Through a Facilitated Design Process

Facility Planning

The presentation will feature administrators from the Leavenworth Unified School District and lead designers from DLR Group, an education-focused firm located in Overland Park, Kansas. They will walk attendees through the timeline and activities of a continuous stakeholder involvement process during pre-bond considerations, bond campaign, and initial design and construction efforts resulting in community support of a no tax increase bond issue with an adjusted grade level alignment and increased focus on safety, next generation learning, and kindergarten readiness.

DLR Group will also highlight facilitated group meeting efforts with Leavenworth board members, administrators, staff, and community to ensure local control of proposed design solutions, and the usage of virtual reality facility tours to build enthusiasm among the first students to attend the new 5th/6th grade intermediate center.

Dr. Mike Roth


Leavenworth USD 453

Jake Potter, APR

Director of Public Relations

Leavenworth USD 453

Amber Beverlin

Senior Architect

DLR Group

Closing the Digital Gap: How to get every student access, everywhere, anytime

Equity and Access

Digital equity is the most critical issue facing public education. And while it seems everyone is talking about it, not everyone has ideas on how to tackle it. This panel from Lawrence Public Schools will discuss how they are tackling digital equity, how to get started, and why it is so important to today’s learners. Lawrence Public Schools are Integrating the ISTE Student Standards into curriculum. These standards cannot be met by all students unless we first address the issue of digital equity. For students to become digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative and global communicators, they must engage with modern technology and have access to the internet beyond the school day.

Jerri Kemble

Assistant Superintendent

Shannon Kimball

School Board Member and KASB President

Lawrence USD 497

Safety and Security in Schools: Creating schools that are safe for students and staff

School Redesign, School Safety and Security

This presentation will show several ways to design schools and implement measures to improve school safety and security. The presentation will show floor plans to control the flow of people in a school, look at several devices that can help with locking classroom doors, and discuss ways to help schools implement measures to address social-emotional needs of students that can help to prevent any unknown issues arising from students.

Greg D Tice

School Board President/Architect

Renwick USD 267

SOS Serving Our Students

USD 368’s S.O.S. Serving Our Students community back-to-school readiness event, aligned with the district’s Kansas Education Systems of Accreditation, helps students in need prepare for a successful school year. Annually, a local elementary gymnasium is transformed into assistance stations designed to provide resources to students and families in need. The goal of the event is to provide items to economically disadvantaged students, to assist them with a successful start to the school year.

Rotary & Teacher of Year visiting team

Jimmy Hay

Director of Finance

Matt Meek


Board of Education representatives

Paola USD 368

Creating Demand for Improving Districts

School Redesign

Change is the way of life for most people. Most people “want” change, but fewer people “want to” change. For people to adopt a new idea they must see the relative advantage before they will accept the change. All districts have been charged to redesign the way we are preparing students for the world. This session will help frame the “why” change is critical to improving student success.

Britton Hart

Leadership Services and Partnerships Director

Kansas Association of School Boards

December 7, 2019
Eagle Ballroom - Hyatt Regency

8:00 a.m. This kick-off General Session features welcomes and addresses by

  • KASB President Shannon Kimball
  • KASB Executive Director John  Heim
  • Nominating Committee Report

Keynote Address:
8:45 a.m. (Time Approximate)

The State of Our Schools: Public Opinion and Best Practices for Addressing the Challenges Facing Education

Tim Hodges, Gallup
Twitter: @timhodges402
Gallup BIO

Preparing students for a successful future requires us to understand the opinions of key stakeholders, including students, educators, administrators, parents, employers and the broader community. Gallup has uncovered key areas of agreement as well as gaps in perceptions among these stakeholder groups. Leading with this information in mind will help our students be engaged in school today and hopeful about their role in a changing workplace for the future.

General Session
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson.

Throughout his career, Dr. Randy Watson has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for his educational insights as well as his clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policy makers, educators and students. He and his team at the Kansas State Department of Education provide the leadership for Kansans Can, the state boards vision for public education in Kansas: Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, Dr. Watson began his education career as a high school social studies teacher in Tescott, KS. Dr. Watson served the community of McPherson for 22 years as an assistant superintendent from 1993-2005 and as superintendent from 2005-2015.

Closing Keynote
December 8, 2019
Eagle Ballroom - Hyatt Regency

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Blind Ambition: Circumstances Are Far Less Relevant Than the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Chad E. Foster
Learn More About Chad in this video or at chadefoster.com

Could anyone in your life benefit from creating a resilient mindset? Do you find it's sometimes challenging adapting to change? In this entertaining and powerful keynote, Chad shares the critical insights that have enabled him to think differently after losing his eyesight in his late teens. As a finance leader for a multibillion-dollar company, Chad combines business success with real-world experiences to motivate audiences using humor and inspiration. His extraordinary story of overcoming adversity and achieving a high level of success is sure to leave you energized and eager to apply his tools to overcome your own obstacles.

Chad will provide you with a framework for thinking that will enable you to:

  • Live happier lives
  • Be more productive at work
  • Discover unforeseen opportunities
  • Adapt to change with greater success
  • Lead teams through change
  • Set ambitious goals while crafting the right mindset to achieve them
  • Nurture resilience, which is the cornerstone of grit/tenacity and success

The 2019 KASB Conference Housing Bureau will open on September 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

We are again using a Housing Bureau system in 2019. 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 be live on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 a.m. at www.kasb.org/ConfHousing19.

You will see exact room availability at the Hyatt Regency as well as the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview and The Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown.

Sleeping Room Cancellation Policy 

  • 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 21, 2019 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 21 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.

Headquarters Hotel:

Hyatt Regency
400 W. Waterman
Wichita, Kansas
From $130 a night

Drury Plaza Broadview
400 West Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas
From $128 a night

Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown
525 S. Main St
Wichita, Kansas
From $122 a night

Online Registration (click below)

Conference Registration

Pre-Conference Registration

Onsite Conference and Voting Delegate Registration

Please stop by at one of these times to pick up your
conference registration packet and name badge.

Friday, December 6 | 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Saturday, December 7  | 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Sunday, December 8 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Eagle Ballroom Foyer

About the Trade Show

The Convention features a Trade Show, on Saturday, December 7. This show has two exclusive exhibitor breaks and a Networking Lunch in the exhibit hall.

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.

Exhibit Hours-NEW in 2019!
Friday, December 6
• Bus/Vehicle ONLY Move-In & Registration Noon-2 p.m.
• Exhibitor Set-Up Limited Opportunity-Ask for Details
Saturday, December 7
Booth Set-Up & Exhibitor Registration 8-10 a.m.
• Exhibits Open/Networking Lunch 10 a.m-3 p.m.
• Tear Down/Move Out 3:00 p.m.

Information & Forms

2019 Floor Map & Exhibitor List

as of November 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Company & Booth #
In Numerical Order

Kansas Soybean Commission 100-101
Newkirk Novak Construction Partners 102
NAMI Kansas 103
Riggs Recreation 104
JE Dunn 105
Compliance One 110
Alloy Architecture 122
Coonrod & Associates Construction Co., Inc. 123
OPAA! Food Management, Inc. 201
Grasshopper Company (Moridge Manufacturing, Inc.) 202
Family Heritage 203
US Engineering 204
McCownGordon Construction 205
Washington Roofing and Insulation 206
INA Alert, Inc. 207
Mid-States School Equipment Co. 208
VS America 209
Greenbush Cooperative Purchasing 210
Mid-America Sports Construction (Mid-America Golf & Landscape) 211
Oklahoma LED 213
International Academy of Science 214-215
Energy Solutions Professionals, LLC 300
Kansas Health Foundation 301
Athco, LLC 302
Kansas State University Global Campus 303
A-Lert Roof Systems (Centurion Industries) 304
EAB 305
*DCS Services 306
Peerbolte Creative 308
Pur-O-Zone 309
Twotrees Technology, LLC (Woodard Technology & Investments) 310
HTK Architects 311
SJCF Architecture 312
Cunningham Recreation (Cunningham Associates, Inc.) 313
Synlawn/Turf, Etc. 400
Trane 401
DGJD, Inc. 402
Hollis & Miller Architects (2 booths) 403-404
SGH Concepts & Calco Supply (SGH Redglaze Holdings, Inc.) 405
*OFG Financial Services Inc. 406
*Kansas Turf 407
Scott Rice Office Works/Steelcase 408
Software Unlimited 409
Kansas Information Consortium, LLC 410
Raymond James Financial, Inc. 411
DLR Group 412-413
Commercial Laundry Sales & Service 500
Heartland Seating 501-514
Hutton Builds 502
ESS 503
RSP & Associates 504
ACI Boland 506
Universal Construction 507
*Piper-Jaffray & Co. 508
Navitas 509
The Garland Companies 511
The Pando Initiative 512
FieldTurf and Beynon Sports 513
*George K. Baum & Company 515
Kansas Truck Equipment Bus 1
DS Bus Lines/The Kincaid Group Bus 2
Midwest Bus Sales Bus 3
Midwest Transit Equipment Bus 4