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Kansans Can School Redesign

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education is accepting applications for seven school districts to participate in its Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

This project will require selected districts 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.

These seven districts will serve as demonstration sites for the remaining 279 districts.


Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

Five outcomes: 

  • Social-emotional growth
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Individual Plan of Study (IPS)
  • High school graduation rates
  • Postsecondary completion/attendance

Definition of a successful high school graduate: 

A successful Kansas high school graduate has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.

To be considered for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, districts must:

  • Agree to redesign one elementary and one secondary school
  • Each district and school must provide evidence and have approval by school board with vote; faculty with a vote of 80 percent; and local Kansas-National Education Association or other professional organization support.
  • Be able and willing to completely redesign one elementary and one secondary school around the vision, outcomes and definition of a successful high school graduate.
  • Be able and willing to launch a new school design in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Be willing to serve as a demonstration school/district for others in Kansas to study, learn and visit.

Submit the application electronically to bneuenswander@ksde.org by Aug. 1, 2017.

This application package contains the necessary information and form to apply for the Kansas Can School Redesign project. If applicants have any questions or need additional information, please contact Deputy Commissioner Brad Neuenswander with the Kansas State Department of Education via e-mail to bneuenswander@ksde.org or by telephone at (785) 296-2303.

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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