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Kansas Redesign Project

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has launched the Kansans Can School Redesign project.

Kansas school districts were invited to apply to become one of seven districts selected for the redesign project. To be considered for the project, districts had to designate one elementary school and one secondary school to be redesigned around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future. Each district also had to have support of their local school board, their faculty and their local Kansas National Education Association or other professional organization.

KSDE received 29 applications, and on Aug. 8, 2017, the seven selected districts, each representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts, were announced.

The seven school districts — 14 schools — will serve as demonstration sites for others in Kansas to study, learn and visit. The new school designs are slated for launch in the 2018-2019 school year.

Latest Redesign News

Editorial: Education plan is promising

Lawrence Journal World
Posted: Aug. 10, 2017
Author: J-W editorial staff

The Kansas State Department of Education is embarking on a long overdue effort to remake the state’s public schools.

The Kansans Can School Redesign Program, announced Tuesday, holds tremendous promise for reinvigorating public education.  MORE ...

Editorial: Catching up with our economy

Topeka Capitol Journal
Posted: Aug. 9, 2017
By The Capital-Journal Editorial Board

Kansans CAN is an ambitious and promising education plan, but we’re awaiting the data ... MORE ...

Seven districts named to take part in Kansans Can School Redesign project

Posted: Aug 8, 2017
Categories: KSDEKansas State Board of Education
Author: Ann Bush

TOPEKA — The seven Kansas school districts taking part in the Kansans Can School Redesign project were announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting. MORE ...

Editorial: Will redesigning Kansas schools prepare students for life?

Kansas City Star
Posted: Aug. 8, 2017
Author: The Kansas City Star editorial board

By 2020, nearly three-quarters of all jobs in Kansas will require training or classwork beyond a high school diploma.

So why are we still measuring school success rates by how well students perform on standardized tests? Or by whether they simply graduate from high school?  MORE ...


Elementary School
Redesign Specialist

Tammy Mitchell
(785) 296-4623

Secondary School
Redesign Specialist

Jay Scott
(785) 296-6818

Questions about this page contact
Ann M. Bush
Communications Specialist

Cheryl Franklin
Graphic Design Specialist

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