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APOLLO Zoom Webinar

January 23, 2019

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Submit the application electronically to tcote@ksde.org by April 5, 2019.



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 APOLLO Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

Districts selected for the APOLLO Project may designate one or more elementary and/or 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.

These districts will serve as demonstration sites for other Kansas districts.


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/or 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 a vote; faculty with a vote of 80 percent in each building being redesigned; and support from the local Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) or other professional organization.

  • Be able and willing to launch a new school design in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Be willing to serve as a demonstration school/district for others in Kansas to study, learn and visit.

For planning purposes, if your school/district is selected to be part of the Apollo mission, you can expect the following during the Plan Year:
  1. Weekly staff member time devoted to working on redesign. This includes both the biweekly, all-day regional workshops the school redesign team attends, as well as work done by the rest of the staff during the weeks between the workshops.
  2. Costs for substitutes and transportation for staff attending the biweekly regional workshops and also for staff to visit other Redesign demonstration schools in Kansas. 

Submit the application electronically to tcote@ksde.org by April 5, 2019.

This application package contains the necessary information and form to apply for the APOLLO Kansans 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 Apollo 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

Cheryl Franklin
Graphic Design Specialist

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