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Kansans Can School Redesign Program Apollo II



Kansans Can School Redesign Project

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 2021-2022 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 II 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.
    1. You will also want to set aside time for staff to tour other redesign schools in, and possibly outside of, Kansas. 
  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. 
In order to better help schools get ready to apply for Apollo II, the KSDE Redesign Team hosted two informtional webinars. The webinars were held on Tuesday, January 21 from 9:00-10:00 am and on Friday, January 24 from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm. If you were not able to join us, you can watch a recording of the webinar using this media link


The Apollo II application is now available and will be due to KSDE by July 1, 2020.

The application package contains the necessary information and form to apply for the APOLLO II Kansans Can School Redesign project. Your application package must be sent to Theresa Cote at tcote@ksde.org. If applicants have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

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

Kansans Can School Redesign Project graphic

Elementary School
Redesign Specialist

Tammy Mitchell
(785) 296-4623

Secondary School
Redesign Specialist

Jay Scott
(785) 296-6818

Redesign Coordinator
Sarah Perryman

(785) 296-1074

Questions about this page contact
Ann M. Bush
Communications Specialist



Thinking about becoming a Apollo 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?


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