Image Banner Kansas State Department of Education Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins Kansans Can School Redesign Project


GEMINI II: The Space Walk Begins

Kansans Can School Redesign Project

Nineteen school districts from across the state took part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which was the third round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced this cohort on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

In February 2018, KSDE began accepting applications for the Gemini II Project and the districts were announced April 17, 2018 during the Kansas State Board of Education meeting.

This cohort launched using a Regional Training approach. A grant from the Kauffman Foundation allowed KSDE to contract with Education Elements (EE). EE helped the KSDE Redesign Flight Team build out content for the Regional Training approach; EE also helped train a cadre of Regional Trainers. Gemini I schools that requested an additional Plan Year, and Gemini II schools attended bi-monthly Regional Redesign Trainings during the 2018-2019 school year. Each school was assigned a coach, and that coach supported each school during their Launch Year (2019-2020). 

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, KSDE launched the Kansans Can School Redesign Project in August 2017. Twenty-nine Kansas school districts applied for the project. Seven districts — each one representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts — were selected. Remaining applicants had the opportunity to participate in the Gemini I Project. 

With the April 2018 announcement, 47 districts and 103 schools were taking part in the school redesign project.

Gemini II Districts

Andover USD 385

Caldwell USD 360

Cedar Vale USD 285

Clay County USD 379

Emporia 253

Fredonia USD 484

Halstead-Bentley USD 440

Haven USD 312

Haviland USD 474

Lakin USD 215

Little River-Windom USD 444

Lyons USD 405

Neodesha USD 461

Osawatomie USD 367

Peabody-Burns USD 398

Southern Lyon USD 252

Stafford USD 349

Whitewater-Remington USD 206

Wichita USD 259

Winfield USD 465

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.



Kansans Can School Redesign Icon   Kansans Can Videos   Kansans Can Training Modules   Kansans Can Brochures   Kansans Can Fact Sheets   Kansans Can Presentations   Kansans Can Graphics   Share the Vision
School Redesign   Videos   Training Modules   Printables   Fact Sheets   Presentations   Graphics   Share the Vision

Kansans can School Redesign Project logo

Copyright 2024 by Kansas State Department of Education | 900 SW Jackson St. | Topeka, KS 66612 Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Use  |  System Maintenance Notices  |  Open Records (PDF)

The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. (more information...)

To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at or by 785-296-3201.