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Kansans Can School Redesign Project

Twenty-nine Kansas school districts applied for the Kansans Can Redesign Project at its inception. However, only seven could be selected. Thus, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) developed the Gemini Project and offered the remaining districts an opportunity to take part in the project on a smaller scale. While the districts participating in the Gemini Project didn’t receive onsite coaching from KSDE staff members like the Mercury 7 districts, they did:

  • Participate in video Professional Learning Community (PLC) sessions together.
  • Set a project launch date that occurs no later than the spring of 2020.
  • Participate in opportunities to collaborate with other Gemini and Mercury schools.
  • Develop and share a project timeline with KSDE staff members.
  • Redesign one elementary school and one secondary school.
  • Adhere to the redesign fundamental principles.

Twenty-one school districts accepted the challenge. Many launched with the Mercury schools in 2018-2019 while others continued to plan and launched 2019-2020.  ​

Gemini I Districts

Ashland USD 220

Basehor-Linwood USD 458

Beloit USD 273

Burrton USD 369

Canton-Galva USD 419

Dighton USD 482

Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh USD 410

Fowler USD 225

Geary County USD 475

Kingman-Norwich USD 331

Leavenworth USD 453

Newton USD 373

North Lyon County USD 251

North Ottawa County USD 239

Ottawa USD 290

Renwick USD 267

Rolla USD 217

Santa Fe Trail USD 434

Skyline USD 438

Spring Hill USD 230

Kansans Can School Redesign Documents

DownloadFact Sheet: Kansans Can Personalized LearningFact Sheet: Personalized learning places the whole child at the center of instruction. It is informed by strong relationships between educators/ students/ family members/ community relationships to provide equity and choice in time, place, path and demo
DownloadKansans Can Personalize Learning: Research Base 
DownloadPlan Year Timeline What to ExpectInfographic timeline for the phases of the project year.
DownloadPersonalized Learning Infographic Infographic
DownloadRedesign Launch Readiness RubricThis is the rubric that was revised and utilized for our final Apollo III cohort. It is the most comprehensive and best represents what we want schools to get out of the Redesign Plan Year.
DownloadLaunch Year Project TimelineInfographic timeline.
DownloadAscent Year Timeline Infographic explaining what to expect during the ascent year as a redesign school.
DownloadRedesign Success RubricThis rubric is a self-assessment for Redesign schools that can be used to evaluate their current performance level as measured against the six Redesign Competencies.
DownloadRedesign Strategy ReportThis document is meant to help schools have objective conversations about the strategies that they have tested and/or want to test. Directions for use are on page 3.
DownloadRedesign Leadership Competencies 
DownloadRedesign School Coaching Support Plan This project plan outlines the support for Redesign Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
DownloadRedesign Mentoring Program: Project Plan  
DownloadLift Off: How Kansas is Redesigning its Schools for TomorrowKSDE Report from March 2020
DownloadKansans Can School Redesign Project Technical Assistance for Redesign SchoolsKansans Can School Redesign Project Technical Assistance for Redesign Schools
DownloadRedesign Reunion Tour Summary (Summer 2021)At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Mercury and Gemini I schools were visited to reflect on successes and challenges of the last year, and the role Redesign played in navigating those. This is a summary of their feedback.
DownloadKansans Can School Redesign BookletKansans Can School Redesign Booklet
DownloadKansan Can School Redesign Districts InfographicMap of all the participating USDs and a list of all the schools participating in the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.
DownloadRedesign Communication PlanThis document is meant to help you and your team draft a comprehensive communication plan for your school improvement work.
DownloadRedesign Business & Community Action PlanThis document is meant to help your team consider your opportunities to collaborate with business and community sponsors in your area.


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