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GEMINI II: The Space Walk Begins

Kansans Can School Redesign Project

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education is accepting applications for school districts to participate in the Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

Districts selected for the Gemini II Project must 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 told us they wanted schools to look like in the future.


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
  • Postsecondary success

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:

  • 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.
  • Each district and school must provide evidence and have approval by their 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 launch a new school design in the 2019-2020 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 tcote@ksde.org by April 2, 2018.

This application package contains the necessary information and form to apply for Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins Kansas Can School Redesign project. If applicants have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Brad Neuenswander
Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
(785) 296-2303



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Thinking about becoming a Gemini II district?

Here are a few question to help gauge your readiness.

  1. How knowledgeable are your administrators, board, teachers and community with the Board Vision?
    1. Have you shared your data?
  2. Do stakeholders agree that a collaborative culture already exists?
  3. Are school administrators willing to empower teachers and to share ownership in this redesign process?
  4. Is the district willing to look at the reallocation of resources in support of redesign?
  5. Are you willing to allow students to have voice and choice in the redesign model?

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

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Graphic Design Specialist

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