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Kansans Can School Redesign Project: Apollo



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 will host two informtional webinars. The webinars will be held Tuesday, January 21 from 9:00-10:00 am and on Friday, January 24 from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm. You can access either webinar using this zoom link


The Apollo II application will be released the first week of February and will be due to KSDE by April 3, 2020.

The application package will contain the necessary information and form to apply for the APOLLO II 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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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

Cheryl Franklin
Graphic Design Specialist

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