Chairman Jana Shaver shared the following opening statement at the April Board meeting:
While the simplicity of "thank you" is powerful, this school year just two words are not enough. The State Board of Education is extremely proud to commend Kansas educators, administrators and students for their many achievements and for surpassing expectations. This year, educators in Kansas are working especially hard to implement a host of new initiatives. The Board knows that educators work tirelessly toward the goal of preparing students for better futures. In Kansas, that task is directed by more rigorous standards, coursework and assessments, as well as the vision of better preparing students for college and careers. Educators recognize what it takes to provide quality education and have supported efforts to address any challenges that arise. It is through this "can do" spirit that Board members remain confident in what the future holds for public education in Kansas. National Teacher Day is right around the corner on May 6. This is a perfect time to acknowledge the contributions educators make, not only in their classrooms, but in their communities as well. There is much to be grateful for in Kansas.
The Kansas State Board of Education created a series of themed postcards to promote positive information about education in Kansas. Links to the cards are below.