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Individual Plan of Study (IPS)
Fall 2023 Statewide Professional Development

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All sessions are in-person:

Oct. 2: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center (NKESC)
703 W. 2nd St., Oakley
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Oct. 3: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center 
810 Lark Ave., Sublette
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Oct. 6: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
1500 E. 11th Ave. #200, Hutchinson
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Oct. 9: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
13939 Diagonal Ave., Clearwater
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Oct. 13: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Smoky Hill Education Service Center   605 E. Crawford St., Salina
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Nov. 1: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
1104 E. 1000 Rd., Lawrence
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Nov. 3: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
947 W. 47 Hwy., Girard
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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will be providing IPS Technical Assistance opportunities in the fall at educational service centers.

Topics being covered:

  • IPS Requirements (includes the process implemented by each school district and the product or plan created by each student).
  • IPS Digital Reference Guide (PDF) will be reviewed.
  • Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) – KSDE IPS Partnership will be discussed. Developed documents will be shared: scope and sequence document; an electronic portfolio recommendations and outcomes document and an education and career goal setting implementations and outcomes document.
    • Resource documents will be reviewed and shared.
  • Kansas Work-Based Learning (WBL) Continuum that incudes Elementary Career Field Awareness, Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Cluster Exploration, and High School CTE Career Pathway Preparation.
    • Examples of WBL experiences across the continuum will be presented and participants will be encouraged to share local WBL experiences.
    • Postsecondary educational resources and labor market informational resources created by state agencies will be shared.

District representatives and IPS district teams are encouraged to attend (teachers, counselors and administrators).

IPS Coordinator
Helen Swanson
(785) 296-4912

IPS Lead
Natalie Clark
(785) 296-4351

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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